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Sister Mary Paulette Tirone, Immaculata Academy president

Jan. 24, 1942 – June 17, 2015

Sister Mary Paulette Tirone, a teacher, Catholic leader and president of Immaculata Academy, died Wednesday in Hamburg. She was 73.

Sister Tirone, a Buffalo native known for her quiet manner and wisdom, started her 45-year career teaching at the Sacred Heart School of Danbury, Conn., before returning to Western New York.

She taught at Most Precious Blood School in Angola, St. Mary of the Lake in Hamburg and the Mother of Divine Grace in Cheektowaga before spending 30 years at Immaculata.

There she was a guidance counselor, teacher, principal and finally president for the last five years.

Her work as a congregation minister included 16 years as a Leadership Team member and eight years as general minister.

She served on a number of boards, including as chairwoman of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

As president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious of Western New York, she cut the ribbon of the Gerard Place Transitional Housing Program when it opened in October 2000.

She took her final vows with the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph in 1964.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Medaille College and a Master of Arts in education and guidance from Niagara University.

Before moving to the Immaculate Conception Convent in Hamburg this year, she resided at the Most Precious Blood Convent in Angola for 13 years.

She is survived by three sisters, Jo, Gloria Campanella and Elizabeth Gajewski; and a brother, Charles.

A Memorial Mass will be offered at 7 p.m. Monday at Immaculata, 5138 South Park Ave., Hamburg.

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