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Sister Beverly Schleider, longtime educator

Oct. 13, 1927 – Nov. 27, 2015

Sister Beverly Schleider, formerly Sister Mary of the Passion, a sister of St. Mary of Namur and a longtime educator, died Friday in Sisters Hospital. She was 88.

Born in Binghamton, she decided to become a nun at an early age. She entered the Sisters of St. Mary in 1946 and started her ministry as a teacher of the youngest children, teaching many schools in Kenmore, Buffalo, Lockport and Binghamton.

Eventually, she changed her ministry from education to pastoral work. In Strykersville, she worked as a religious education director for younger children, which she continued in Binghamton. Sister Beverly also did pastoral work in Endicott and Greenwood, and in Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Buffalo.

One of her most interesting experiences was working with the residents of Killarney, a group home sponsored by the Claddagh Commission in Derby, where she provided services and support for developmentally disabled adults, and learned simplicity and openness by watching these adults place their lives unconditionally in the hands of caregivers.

Sister Beverly was noted for her loyalty to her family, her work with associates of the Sisters of St. Mary, devotion to her work and her willingness to help others. She earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Rosary Hill College and spent a sabbatical year at Mundelein College in Chicago.

She is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Pantalone.

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

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