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Sister Mary Constantine Hajduk, 96, teacher Feb. 6, 1916 -- June 17, 2012

Sister Mary Constantine Hajduk, who taught full time in Catholic schools for more than five decades, died Sunday in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center, Buffalo. She was 96.

Born Stephanie Hajduk in Tyler, Pa., she was a member of Holy Apostles SS. Peter & Paul Parish in Buffalo when she entered the Immaculate Heart of Mary Province of the Felician Sisters in 1935.

She was a graduate of Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy and Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in education.

She professed her perpetual vows with the Felician Sisters in 1943.

Sister Constantine's first teaching assignment was at St. Stanislaus School, and she spent 37 years teaching primary and intermediate grades at several Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Buffalo.

She also taught for 18 years and served as principal in the Diocese of Syracuse.

From 1989 to 1999, she was a part-time teacher, tutor, remedial reading teacher and office aide at Villa Maria Learning Center in Buffalo, St. James School in Depew and St. Aloysius Gonzaga School in Cheektowaga.

Sister Constantine joined St. Francis Residence Convent in 1999 and became a patient in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in 2004.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in Immaculate Heart of Mary Central Convent, 600 Doat St.