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Sister Mary Georgette Zielinski, teacher, principal

Sept. 2, 1946 – June 14, 2015

Sister Mary Georgette Zielinski, a Felician sister for 50 years, died Sunday in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in Buffalo. She was 68.

Born in Buffalo, the former Irene Zielinski was a member of Precious Blood Parish. She entered the Immaculate Heart of Mary Province of the Felician Sisters in Buffalo on June 21, 1964, and professed perpetual vows on Aug. 1, 1971. She earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Medaille College.

Sister Georgette began her ministry in the field of education as a second-grade teacher at St. John Gualbert School, Cheektowaga. She continued to teach in Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Buffalo for 18 years, mostly at the primary level. Her teaching experiences also extended to the Diocese of Syracuse at St. Mary School in New York Mills, and to the Diocese of Ogdensburg at St. Peter School in Lowville. She served as principal at St. Peter School for two years and at St. James School in Depew for six years. She immersed herself in education and had a gift for helping children learn and understand.

In addition to classroom involvement, Sister Georgette spent eight years teaching at the Villa Maria Learning Center in Buffalo. She also took care of a group of boys at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Home for Children in Cheektowaga for three years.

In 2003, Sister Georgette was sent to assist the aged and infirmed sisters in the infirmary that is currently known as the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center. During eight of her 10 years there, she managed the dining room. She then became involved in the Mission Awareness Program keeping the employees informed about the Felician-Franciscan ministry core values, and spreading joy with thoughtful little gifts for them on various occasions.

During the last year and a half, she served the poor at the Sister Mary Josette Food Pantry, which is connected with Villa Maria College of Buffalo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Immaculate Heart of Mary (Villa Maria) Convent Chapel, 600 Doat St.

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