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Sister Mary Blanche Grzybowski, teacher, librarian; Aug. 7, 1914 -- Dec. 22, 2011

Sister Mary Blanche Grzybowski, a Felician nun who served as a librarian and teacher in local Catholic schools, died Thursday in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center, Buffalo. She was 97.

The former Helen Grzybowski was born in Buffalo and was a member of St. Adalbert Parish before she entered the Buffalo province of Felician Sisters in 1931. Sister Mary Blanche professed her perpetual vows in 1939.

She was a graduate of Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy and continued her education at the former Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, now Medaille College, where she earned both her bachelor's and master's of science degrees in education. Sister Mary Blanche also took courses in library science at Nazareth College in Rochester.

For 11 years, she taught in the Syracuse Diocese elementary schools and spent 19 years teaching at various elementary schools in the Buffalo Diocese, including at St. John Kanty Catholic School. She served as principal of Assumption School in Albion and spent several years at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Home for Children in Cheektowaga. She also taught second grade at St. Bernadette School in Ajax, Ont., Canada.

In 1967, Sister Mary Blanche began serving as a librarian at Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Syracuse. She also spent four years as a librarian in Rio de Janiero, Brazil in the early 1970s before returning to Buffalo and resuming duties as a librarian at Catholic elementary and high schools. In addition, she served for 10 years as a librarian at Cardinal O'Hara High School in the Town of Tonawanda.

Sister Mary Blanche retired in 2006, after serving 13 years as a librarian at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Provincial House.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Sisters Chapel at Immaculate Heart of Mary Central Convent, 600 Doat St., Cheektowaga.