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Sister Mary Charitine Stankiewicz, 94, Catholic elementary school teacher

July 30, 1923 – Oct. 9, 2017

Sister Mary Charitine Stankiewicz, a Felician Sister for 76 years and a Catholic elementary school teacher, died Monday in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center, where she had been a resident since 2014. She was 94.

Born Dorothy Stankiewicz in Buffalo, she was a member of St. Casimer Parish, entered the Buffalo Province of the Felician Sisters in 1941, and professed perpetual vows on Aug. 6, 1949.

A graduate of Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Canisius College and a master’s degree from St. Bonaventure University.

Sister Mary Charitine began teaching at Queen of All Saints Elementary School in Lackawanna and taught primary and intermediate grades for 55 years at numerous schools in the Diocese of Buffalo. She served as principal at St. Edmund’s School in the Town of Tonawanda and taught there for six years.

In retirement, she assisted in maintenance and offering hospitality at Villa Angela Convent in Elma from 1997 to 2004, when she joined the community at the Provincial House, providing auxiliary services. From 2006 to 2014, at St. Francis Residence Convent, she assisted the other sisters.

Survivors include her sister-in-law, Joyce Stanky, nieces and nephews.

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

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