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Sister Mary Noela Bobrycki, 90, longtime educator in Diocese March 21, 1919 -- Sept. 9, 2009

Sister Mary Noela Bobrycki, a Felician sister for 72 years, died Wednesday in the order's health and wellness center in Buffalo. She was 90.

Born Antoinette Bobrycki in West Lynn, Mass., she entered the Immaculate Heart of Mary Province of the Felician Sisters in Buffalo in 1937 and professed perpetual vows in 1945.

Sister Mary Noela had earned bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, now Medaille College.

Most of her 34-year career as an educator was spent in the Diocese of Buffalo, teaching in elementary schools and serving as principal at several schools. During that time, she also spent a few years at Immaculate Heart of Mary Home for Children in Cheektowaga, caring for a group of girls.

Sister Mary Noela also served in the dioceses of Erie, Pa., and Syracuse.

From 1970 to 1980, she was director of novices in the province, preparing new candidates for living the vowed religious life. She later worked as a librarian at several schools in the Syracuse diocese and was a part-time parochial vicar.

Sister Mary Noela returned to Buffalo in 2006 and had been a patient in the Felician Sisters Health and Wellness Center since February.

Survivors include a brother, Edwin Bobrycki.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Villa Maria Convent Chapel, 600 Doat St.


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