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Sister Clare Ann Torla, teacher from grade school to college level ; Oct. 26, 1943 -- Dec. 23, 2010

Sister Claire Ann Torla, who taught at the elementary, high school and college levels, died Thursday in Lawrence (Mass.) General Hospital. She was 67.

A native of Lawrence, she entered the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph in 1957 and professed final vows in 1965.

She received a bachelor's degree in education from D'Youville College and a master's degree in teaching science from Boston College.

Sister Claire Ann ministered in education for 30 years at a variety of schools, including St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School in Athol Springs, Holy Trinity Elementary School in Niagara Falls, Hilbert College in Hamburg and Immaculata Academy in Hamburg.

From 1986 to 1990, she also served as third councilor and general secretary at the sisters' motherhouse in Hamburg.

She served from 1995 to 2004 as facilities manager at Immaculate Conception Convent and from 2004 to 2010 as accommodations coordinator for the motherhouse.

Sister Claire Ann was known for tending to the sisters' cemetery and constantly carrying a pencil and pad of paper to keep a list of what assistance she could provide other people.

Survivors include three brothers, Michael, Bernard and James.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Immaculate Conception Convent Chapel, 5229 South Park Avenue, Hamburg.


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