Sister Mary Romana Ciko, a native of Poland and a Felician Sister, died Monday in the Felician Sisters Health and Wellness Center, Cheektowaga, where she had lived for the past year. She was 88.
Born Irene Ciko in Lobchora, Poland, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary Order of the Byzantine Rite, in 1939 and professed final vows in 1951.
Sister Romana moved to Buffalo in 1969, living and working with the Felician Sisters at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Home for Children in Cheektowaga.
In the 1980s, she began working in the dining hall of the Villa Maria Infirmary, which is now known as the Felician Sisters Health and Wellness Center, in Cheektowaga.
While living with the Felician Sisters, Sister Romana expressed her desire to transfer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Province in Buffalo.
She officially became a member of the Buffalo province in 1988, when she professed perpetual vows as a Felician sister.
Sister Romana ministered in food services at the infirmary until 1992.
Over the next six years, she assisted the sisters as an infirmary aide before returning to food service.
Failing health forced her in 2004 to cut back her schedule, but she continued to work part time until 2008, when she became a patient in the center.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in the Felician Sisters Health and Wellness Center Chapel, 600 Doat St., Cheektowaga.