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Sister Suzanne Kelly, RSM, teacher and missionary

July 20, 1933 – April 11, 2016

Sister Suzanne Kelly, formerly Sister Mary Dorothy, a teacher, missionary and director of religious formation, died Monday. She was 82.

Born in South Buffalo, the oldest of six children, she attended St. Martin Elementary School and Mount Mercy Academy, graduating in 1950.

She entered the Sisters of Mercy and earned a bachelor’s degree in English and education from Mount Saint Joseph College, now Medaille College, and a master’s degree in chemistry from Niagara University. She was recognized as the first woman to receive this Niagara. She also earned a master’s in religious studies from De LaSalle University in the Philippines.

After 28 years teaching elementary and high school students in Western New York, Sister Suzanne traveled to the Philippines to be director of spiritual formation. There she educated young women seeking religious life and young men desiring to become priests. For nearly 20 years, she ministered at St. Mary’s Theologate Mercy Junior College in the Philippines and traveled to villages instructing families on how to grow herbs for medicinal purposes.

Survivors include three brothers, John, James and Thomas; and two sisters, Bernetta and Mary.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Mercy Center Chapel, 625 Abbott Road.

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