May 7, 1930 – Sept. 19, 2017
Sister Ann Therese Hedges, an educator for more than 40 years, as well as an artist, died Tuesday in the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence, Clarence, after a short illness. She was 87.
Born in Medina, Emily Hedges entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in September 1948.
She pronounced her final vows in August 1954.
Sister Ann Therese attended Mount St. Joseph Teachers College and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from that institution in 1963.
She also earned a master’s degree in education in 1970, from Medaille College.
Sister Ann Therese served as a teacher during a 46-year career. She started at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf.
She later taught intermediate and upper grades in diocesan schools located in Buffalo, Fredonia, Java Center, East Aurora and Blasdell, where she taught art.
She also served as a volunteer in various ways in Lackawanna from 1996 to 2005.
After two years at Our Lady of Victory Hospital, she assisted at the Lackawanna Food Pantry and in the gift shop at Our Lady of Victory Basilica.
She retired in 2005.
Sister Ann Therese remained an artist, and painted. She also enjoyed teaching a weekly class at the Sisters Residence.
She is survived by two sisters, Margaret Prada and Kathleen Janush; three brothers, Wayne, Michael and Brendan; and nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Friday in the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence.