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Sister Mary Marcia Stobnicki, 92, educator ; Feb. 21, 1918 -- Dec. 19, 2010

Sister Mary Marcia Stobnicki died Sunday in the Colette Hilbert Care Community after 72 years of religious life. She was 92.

Born Mary Magdalene Stobnicki in Buffalo, she entered the aspirancy of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph in 1932; four years later, she became a postulant, and in 1941 professed her final vows.

Sister Marcia received a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Detroit and a master's degree in sacred science from St. Bonaventure University.

For 54 years, she ministered in the field of education at St. Hedwig and Our Lady Queens of Angels in Detroit; St. Sebastian, in Dearborn Heights, Mich.; St. Hyacinth in Auburn; and Hilbert College in Hamburg. Later, she served as principal and coordinator at St. Joseph School in North Tonawanda and assistant principal at Immaculata Academy.

Sister Marcia was the facilities manager at Immaculata Academy from 1992 to 1994. In 2006, she joined the Sisters in the Colette Hilbert Care Community.

A gifted teacher, Sister Marcia will be remembered as a prayerful, playful, personable person. Although she was noted for her "no nonsense" approach to discipline, her students also experienced her sense of humor.

In 1993, Sister Marcia received one of Immaculata Academy's first Mater Christi Awards, and in 2000, the Alumnae Association of Immaculata Academy honored her with the seventh annual Alumnae Spirit Award.

Her zeal for missions was boundless, especially for the poor in Nicaragua. Her motto was to pray for "Saints and Sinners." God loves all.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in the chapel at Immaculate Conception Convent, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg.


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