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Sister Madelene Stauring, educator, social worker

Jan. 27, 1934 – June 26, 2016

Sister Madelene Stauring, an educator, administrator and social worker, died Sunday at the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence in Clarence after a short illness. She was 82.

Born in Herkimer, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1954 and took her vows in August 1957.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, now Medaille College, in 1962 and taught in Catholic elementary schools for 12 years.

She earned a master’s degree in social work from the University at Buffalo in 1975.

After studying at the Institute for Intercultural Communication of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, she did missionary work for two years in La Paz, Bolivia. She went on to serve for eight years as a caseworker for Catholic Charities in Dunkirk and directed the School Intervention Program at the Mount St. Joseph Academy elementary school from 1980 to 1992.

She created the Family Support Center in Clarence and served as its director until it closed in 2003. She was also a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph congregation’s Leadership Team from 1997 to 2002.

She served at the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence from 2003 until her retirement earlier this year.

She is survived by a brother, Donald, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass will be offered 1:30 p.m. July 16 at the Sisters’ Residence, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence.

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