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Sister Mary Aurelian Kosiba, teacher and administrator in Catholic schools

Feb. 10, 1924 – Dec. 9, 2017

Sister Mary Aurelian Kosiba, a teacher and administrator in Catholic schools, died Saturday in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center, Cheektowaga, where she had been a patient since 2008. She was 93.

Born in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Canisius College.

Sister Aurelian entered the Buffalo Province of the Felician Sisters in 1942 from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Home for Children and professed her perpetual vows on Aug. 6, 1950.

She began her career by teaching for 12 years in Catholic elementary schools. In 1956, she became a math teacher at Bishop Colton High School in Buffalo, then went on to Sacred Heart High School in Syracuse. She returned to Buffalo to teach math at Bishop Gibbons High School, Cardinal O’Hara High School and Villa Maria Academy. Considered an excellent teacher, she was patient in helping her students understand mathematical concepts.

At Bishop Gibbons, she also served as associate principal and was assistant principal at Cardinal O’Hara.

She went on to assist the treasurer of the Buffalo Province for a year before serving three years as principal of St. Casimir’s Elementary School.

In 1985, she was summoned to Rome, Italy, where she was assistant to the treasurer general at the Our Lady of Mediatrix of Graces Generalate.

Upon her return, she became cafeteria manager at Villa Maria Academy, as well as athletic center coordinator and director of maintenance personnel.

In 1991, she went to Villa Maria College, where she managed the bookstore and building rentals for nine years. She also managed the Villa Maria Gift Shop at the Provincial House. She joined the sisters at St. Francis Residence Convent in 2002, volunteering as a receptionist part-time.

Survivors include nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13 in Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent Chapel, 600 Doat St., Cheektowaga.

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