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Sister Mary Consuella Oleszkowicz, teacher and principal Nov. 17, 1918 -- Oct. 23, 2008

Sister Mary Consuella Oleszkowicz, a Franciscan Sister of St. Joseph who taught at Corpus Christi School in Buffalo and other schools in Wisconsin, Michigan and Massachusetts, died Thursday in the Colette Hilbert Health Center, Town of Hamburg. She was 89.

Sister Consuella became a postulant of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph on Aug. 22, 1936, and professed her final vows on July 17, 1941.

She attended St. Clare College in Milwaukee and later received a Bachelor of Science degree from Cardinal Stritch College.

Sister Consuella was a Catholic educator for 48 years. She taught at St. Josaphat, Milwaukee; St. Hedwig, Detroit; Corpus Christi, Buffalo; and St. Charles Borromeo, Milwaukee. She also served as principal at Holy Trinity in Westfield, Mass., and Our Lady Queen of Angels in Detroit.

She was the recipient of the 1984-85 Outstanding Education Citation from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Sister Consuella later became a dietary assistant at Marycrest Manor in Livonia, Mich. She was considered an excellent cook and baker who loved to watch cooking shows and try out recipes on her sisters.

In 2002, she came to the Colette Hilbert Health Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Monday in Immaculate Conception Convent Chapel, 5286 South Park Ave., Town of Hamburg.


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