July 11, 1925 – July 16, 2016
Sister Mary Aileen Madej, a Felician sister for 72 years, died Thursday in Buffalo General Medical Center. Hospital. She was 90.
Born in Gertrude Madej in Buffalo, she entered the local province of the Felician Sisters at the age of 17. After graduating from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy, she continued her education at Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, now Medaille College, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education.
Sister Aileen taught at all levels, from kindergarten through high school. At the beginning of her ministry she taught second grade at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary School. She spent 15 years as a full-time elementary school teacher in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and nine years in the Diocese of Syracuse.
At her 70th anniversary of religious life, she expressed gratitude for the gift of health that enabled her to teach so long. She also was pleased at being able to teach students who became priests and religious women.
In 1968, Sister Aileen began teaching English at Villa Maria Academy. During her 11-year stay, she also served as the assistant principal and guidance counselor. Additionally, she taught English at Notre Dame High School in Batavia for five years. After that, she returned to several elementary schools to serve as a librarian and education aide.
In 1988, she moved to Villa Maria Infirmary Convent after experiencing health problems. She became the assistant to the director of ministry, which entailed taking care of educational records. She assisted in this capacity for 18 years.
On May 25, 2008, she became a patient in the Felician Sisters Health and Wellness Center, now known as Blessed Mary Angela Care Center.
She is survived by her sister, Eva Pazderski.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in the chapel at Immaculate Heart of Mary Central Convent, 600 Doat St.