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Sister Mary Alice Winiarski, longtime educator Nov. 10, 1927 -- Feb. 26, 2012

Sister Mary Alice Winiarski, a Franciscan nun who ministered in the field of education for 56 years, died Sunday in the Colette Hilbert Care Community, Hamburg. She was 84.

Born Alice Winiarski in Milwaukee, she entered the Congregation of Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph and professed her final vows July 16, 1951. Sister Alice received her bachelor's degree in education from Mercy College in Detroit and her master's degree from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.

She either taught or served as a principal at Catholic schools in Detroit; Kenosha, Wis.; Trenton, N.J.; and Kewanee, Ill. She entered the Colette Hilbert Care Community last June.

She is survived by a sister, Regina Fialkowski; and two brothers, Norbert and David.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Immaculate Conception convent, Hamburg.