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March 19, 1926 – May 27, 2015

Sister Ann Miner, a longtime teacher who developed an arts program for children, died Wednesday at St. Mary’s Center. She was 89.

Born in Dushore, Pa., the former Sister Joseph Marie entered the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur on Aug. 22, 1949.

She taught in parochial schools in Buffalo, Kenmore and Tonawanda.

In 1964, she moved to Sumter, S.C., where she taught at St. Jude Elementary School. She next went on to Fort Valley, Ga., where she became pastoral administrator at St. Julianna Church. Her work in the South continued in Garden City, Ga. and Springfield, Ga., where she became director of Savannah United Ministries until 1983.

After teaching at Hopevale in the mid-1980s, she returned to Sumter to found St. Jude Enrichment Center, where she worked until 1996. She then became a literary instructor for adults until 2000.

Upon her return to St. Mary Center in Buffalo, she organized a program for youth called “Arts Alive” in which neighborhood children studied and performed in the various arts.

She is survived by two sisters, Rosemary Brunner and Jewel Lukacz.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 7 p.m. Friday in St. Mary Center, 241 Lafayette Ave.

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