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Sister Rose Mary Lander, 95, teacher of the deaf

Nov. 4, 1917 – April 13, 2013

Sister Rose Mary Lander, who taught for 49 years at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, died Saturday in the Sisters of St. Joseph residence in Clarence after a long illness. She was 95.

Born Luella Lander in Dunkirk, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1935 and pronounced her final vows in 1941.

She received a certificate of education from the University of Buffalo in 1943, a bachelor’s degree in education from Mount St. Joseph Teachers College in 1944 and a master’s degree in special education for the deaf from Canisius College in 1972.

In addition to teaching primary and elementary students at St. Mary’s, she provided numerous after-school activities for children, many of whom became involved in crafts and gardening because of her encouragement and help.

Sister Rose Mary enjoyed camping and began a Girl Scout troop at St. Mary’s. She served on the board of directors of the Girl Scouts for six years.

And for 25 years, she camped during the summers with deaf boys and girls at Camp St. Joseph at Java Lake.

Sister Rose Mary retired in 1988 to the sisters residence, where she maintained a green house, helped with gardening and made crafts for the gift shop.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Tuesday in the sisters residence.

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