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SISTER RITA PETERSON - (Formerly Sr. Mary Martin) Of Lockport, a Sister of St. Mary of Namur, who dedicated her life to the teaching of reading, passed away at Absolut of Gasport under the care of Hospice. Born in Buffalo, November 22, 1928, the daughter of the late Martin J. and Helen T. (Murphy) Peterson. Sister Rita was predeceased by her brothers and sisters, Charles (Rita) Peterson, Florence (Walter) Smith, Eleanor (William) O'Keefe, Howard (Jean) Peterson, Elizabeth (Fred) Mohler, Margaret (William Lannen & Norman Steinagle) William Peterson and Dorothy Griffin. She is survived by sister-in law, Colleen Peterson; brother-in-law, Howard Griffin; many nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews and her religious community, the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur. Relatives and friends may call Monday, April 28, 2014 from 3-8 PM in PRUDDEN AND KANDT FUNERAL HOME, 242 Genesee St. Lockport, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 9:30 in All Saints Parish Oratory, 391 Market Street, Lockport, NY. Memorials to Sisters of St. Mary, 245 Lafayette Ave., Buffalo, NY 14213 would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences at

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