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Sister Mary Alice McClure, longtime Spanish teacher April 15, 1924 -- July 1, 2007

Sister Mary Alice McClure, a longtime teacher of Spanish and a Sister of Saint Joseph, died Sunday in the Sisters of Saint Joseph Clarence Residence. She was 83.

Sister McClure was born in Lackawanna and received bachelor's of education and master's of languages degrees from Mount Saint Joseph Teacher College, now Medaille College.

In 1951, she began teaching health, religion, science and Latin at Mount St. Joseph Academy in the Town of Tonawanda. She briefly taught Latin and Spanish at Cardinal Mindszenty High School in Dunkirk before returning to Mount St. Joseph in 1964. From 1987 to 2003, she taught Spanish at Our Lady of Victory School in Lackawanna.

Sister McClure was known for holding tutoring sessions and collecting medicines and supplies for missions in South America. She was known to family as a "super sister," and she enjoyed gardening and animals.

She is survived by a brother, William, and two sisters, Rose Carnevale and Lorraine McClure.

A funeral Mass was offered Monday.

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