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Sister Mary Saletinia Kaczor, 92, Catholic school teacher and principal

Feb. 12, 1925 – Sept. 24, 2017

Sister Mary Saletinia Kaczor, a Catholic elementary school teacher and principal, died Sunday in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center, Cheektowaga, where she had been a resident for two years. She was 92.

Born in Salamanca, one of eight children, the former Lucille Kaczor entered the Immaculate Heart of Mary Province of the Felician Sisters on July 9, 1942, and professed perpetual vows in 1950.

She graduated from Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy in Buffalo, earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, now Medaille College, and competed her master’s degree in education at Buffalo State College.

One of her first teaching assignments was at St. Stanislaus Kostka Day Care Center in Toronto, where she spent 12 years. Returning to the Diocese of Buffalo, she taught for 36 years in the Diocese of Buffalo, except for two years at St. Catherine of Siena School in Binghamton.

Sister Saletinia also served as principal in Binghamton, at St. Barbara School in Lackawanna and at Genesee-Wyoming Consolidated Catholic School in Attica.

In 1995, she was assigned to be a coordinator and maintenance supervisor at Villa Maria Academy. Two years later, she became an assistant in the main kitchen at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Provincial House, serving 12 years full-time and three years part-time. In 2013, she became devoted to prayer ministry.

For her 75th anniversary in religious life in May, one of her former students, Rev. Robert Wozniak, concelebrated the Mass and gave the homily.

Survivors include a brother, Thomas; three sisters, Mary Onisk, Helen Napierala and Theresa Frye; nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent Chapel, 600 Doat St., Cheektowaga.

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