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Sister Mary Christine Ganczewski, educator ; Oct. 6, 1922 -- Dec. 27, 2010

Sister Mary Christine Ganczewski, a Felician Sister for 68 years and educator for more than 40 years, died Monday in the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in Buffalo. She was 88.

The former Mary Ganczewski was born in Buffalo and entered the Immaculate Heart of Mary Province of the Felician Sisters in 1942. She professed perpetual vows on Aug. 6, 1950.

She was a member of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish. She graduated from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education at Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, now Medaille College.

Sister Christine taught students in the primary grades and was an elementary school teacher for 48 years, serving in the Diocese of Buffalo for 41 years and in the Diocese of Syracuse for seven years.

She also was principal at St. Casimir School in Buffalo and St. John Gualbert School in Cheektowaga.

In 1989, she was recognized as "Religious Educator of the Year."

Sister Christine retired from teaching in 1992 and became an aide at the Villa Maria Infirmary.

She is survived by her sister, Gertrude Zablotny.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Friday.


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