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Sister Mary Frumentia Mikula, educator, Fulbright scholar July 4, 1923 -- Sept. 23, 2009

Sister Mary Frumentia Mikula, a lifelong educator, died Wednesday in Colette Hilbert Care Community, Town of Hamburg. She was 86 and in the 68th year of religious life.

Born Lottie Rose Mikula in Detroit, she entered the aspirancy of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph on Aug. 17, 1936. She became a postulant on Aug. 30, 1939, and she professed her final vows on July 8, 1944.

Sister Frumentia earned a bachelor's degree from Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee and a master's degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee. In 1973, she received a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Mysore in India, where she studied Indian culture and civilization.

For 62 years, Sister Frumentia ministered in the field of education at parishes including St. Josaphat in Milwaukee; St. Mary Queen in Swartz Creek, Mich.; St. Hedwig High School in Detroit; Holy Rosary in Kenosha, Wis.; and St. Sebastian in Dearborn Heights, Mich.

She served as principal of St. Charles Borromeo School in Milwaukee, St. Stanislaus School in Shamokin, Pa., and St. Hedwig High School in Detroit.

From 1988 to 2003, Sister Frumentia was a volunteer aide at Our Lady Queen of Angels in Detroit and in 2003 served as a religious presence at Marycrest Manor, Livonia, Mich., helping in whatever way she could. She joined the sisters in the Colette Hilbert Care Community in June 2005.

A great fan of Polish literature, art and culture, she received numerous grants to study abroad.

Sister Frumentia was known for her winning smile, wonderful sense of humor and this remark: "I am not a saint; I am in the process of becoming one."

Survivors include two sisters, Irene Wenglinski and Mary Lyons, and two brothers, the Rev. John and Walter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 7 p.m. Friday in Immaculate Conception Convent Chapel, 4286 South Park Ave., Town of Hamburg.

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