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Sister Mary Raymond Syjut, teacher in Catholic elementary schools

Nov. 30, 1926 – Dec. 6, 2017

Sister Mary Raymond Syjut, a teacher in Catholic elementary schools for 45 years, died Wednesday in Immaculate Conception Convent, Hamburg. She was 91.

Born in Detroit, after high school the former Bernice Theresa Syjut worked in a tool shop and managed a grocery store. After a 30-day novena to Mother Mary, she became a postulant with the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph in 1960 and professed her final vows on Aug. 2, 1964.

Sister Raymond earned a bachelor’s degree from Medaille college and taught in schools in Angola, Medina, Bessemer, Ala.; Westfield, Mass.; Livonia, Mich.; and Detroit. In retirement, she was involved in volunteer ministries in Marycrest Manor in Livonia before coming to Hamburg earlier this year.

Known for her generous heart, she said that her years assisting the poor in Bessemer were the best of her life.

Survivors include a brother, Brian; a sister, Elizabeth; and nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11 in the Immaculate Conception Convent Chapel, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg.

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