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Agnes R. Walsh, longtime teacher, WWII volunteer

March 13, 1918 – July 9, 2015

Agnes R. Walsh, a teacher for 32 years, died Thursday in her East Aurora home. She was 97.

Born in Cleveland, she received a classical diploma from Mount St. Joseph’s Academy in 1935, and graduated from Chown’s Business College.

She worked at the Music House in Buffalo and then in 1943 at Curtiss-Wright Corp., where she handled confidential correspondence on military projects. During World War II, she served in the American Red Cross.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in Williamsville in 1949 and became known as Sister Marguerite, and also earned a bachelor’s degree from the former Rosary Hill College and a master’s degree from Canisius College before embarking on a teaching career.

She taught at diocesan schools, including St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster from 1952-62.

She went on to serve the Sisters of St. Francis as a junior professed director.

She took leave from the Sisters of St. Francis in 1970. Her teaching continued in the Buffalo Public Schools, where she taught at Kensington High School, McKinley High School and the St. Augustine Center. She retired in 1981.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Immaculate Conception Church, 520 Oakwood Ave., East Aurora.