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Sister Mary Patrick Coleman, former teacher, tutor

March 28, 1935 – Feb. 24, 2015

Sister Mary Patrick Coleman of the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur died Tuesday in the Health Center of the Sisters of St. Francis at Stella Niagara after a lengthy illness. She was 79.

Born in Buffalo, she entered the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur in 1953 after graduating from Mount St. Mary Academy in Kenmore. She made her perpetual vows in 1962.

Sister Mary Patrick’s enthusiasm was always directed toward young children. She taught at primary school level at St. John the Baptist School, Blessed Sacrament School in Kenmore, and St. Patrick School in Lockport.

After becoming ill, she worked as a part-time tutor, did remedial tutoring and was a part of the Literacy Volunteer Program at Erie County Medical Center.

When her illness took a deeper hold, she had to stop working, and spent her last years at Stella Niagara Health Center in Lewiston, where the Sisters of St. Francis took care of her.

She is survived by her brother, Edward Coleman.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Chapel of Sisters of St. Francis at Stella Niagara, 4421 Lower River Road, Town of Lewiston.

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