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Sister Mary Mulvihill, 100, longtime educator ; Dec. 16, 1910 -- Dec. 28, 2010

Sister Mary Mulvihill, a longtime educator and pastoral care minister, died Tuesday in Annunciation Convent, Buffalo. She was 100.

Born Ado Mulvihill in Arnprior, Ont., she taught in Canada for four years before entering the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur in 1933.

Sister Mary earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Canisius College. Her career in education lasted 45 years and included teaching stints at St. John the Baptist School in the Town of Tonawanda and St. Paul School in Kenmore. She was principal of Mount St. Mary Academy and Annun-

ciation, DeSales and Cardinal O'Hara High schools.

After returning to Mount St. Mary as a guidance counselor, Sister Mary sought new challenges and trained in in pastoral care and worked in Rhyl, North Wales, and Monifieth, Scotland.

When she returned to the United States, she worked as a pastoral minister to the elderly until the early 1990s.

Sister Mary was known for carrying out her many responsibilities with a cheerful demeanor.

"Even at 100, a smile was her trademark, warm hospitality her custom, and laughter the answer to every challenge," one of her colleagues said. " She really lived life right to the end."

Survivors include a brother, Brian.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in the St. Mary Center Chapel, 241 Lafayette Ave.

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