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Sister Mary C. Henry, 97, teacher of the deaf; Dec. 31, 1913 -- April 26, 2011

Sister Mary C. Henry, who taught in parish schools and at St. Mary's School for the Deaf, died Tuesday in the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence in Clarence. She was 97.

Born Cecilia Henry in Hamilton, Ont., she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1939 and pronounced her vows in 1942.

Both her bachelor's degree from Buffalo State Teachers College in 1939 and her master's degree from Mount St. Joseph Teachers College in 1952 were in the field of deaf education.

Sister Mary taught in parish schools in Dunkirk, Niagara Falls, Snyder, Buffalo and Lackawanna before going to St. Mary's School for the Deaf, where she taught elementary grades for 18 years and was responsible for special writing projects.

She spent 46 years at St. Mary's. Her ministry also included work at what is now Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Buffalo.

Sister Mary retired to the Clarence residence in 1999 and continued her archival interests.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 7 p.m. today in the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence.


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