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Sister Margaret Mary Foley, taught primary school for more than 45 years

Aug. 24, 1922 – Jan. 27, 2015

Sister Margaret Mary Foley, a primary school teacher in Catholic schools for more than 45 years, died Tuesday in St. Mary of the Angels Regional House in Williamsville. She was 92.

Born in Buffalo, Sister Margaret Mary attended St. Nicholas High School and Hurst’s Private Business School.

She worked for three years as a bookkeeper and accountant for a construction firm, then four years as a private secretary for a certified public accountant before answering her calling.

After a retreat at St. Mary of the Angels, she entered the Franciscan community and was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis for 65 years.

Originally known in religious life as Sister M. Joseph Ann, she received a bachelor’s degree and certification in elementary education from Mount St. Joseph Teachers College – now Medaille College. She taught primary grades for 45 years, in Buffalo, North Java, Elma and Hamburg, as well as Greenville, S.C.

Sister Margaret Mary always said that teaching first-graders allowed her to feel young. In later life, she worked as director of the Perpetual Adoration Aid Society and as a receptionist at St. Mary of the Angels. More recently, she devoted herself to her love of reading, walking and prayer ministry.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the chapel of St. Mary of the Angels Regional House, 201 Reist St., Williamsville.