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Sister Edwardine, longtime Felician sister and educator

Sept. 13, 1932 – Feb. 17, 2018

Sister Mary Edwardine, a Felician sister for 67 years and an educator, died in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center on Saturday. She was 85.

The former Theresa Machnica was born in Buffalo, and was a member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish in Cheektowaga. She entered the Buffalo Province of the Felician Sisters in 1950 and professed perpetual vows that same year.

After graduating from Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy, Sister Edwardine furthered her education at Rosary Hill College, earning a bachelor of science in education degree. She earned her master's degree at State University of New York College in Buffalo.

Sister Edwardine began teaching at the elementary level at St. Stanislaus School, and went on to teach science at many schools within the Diocese of Buffalo. She also taught at Sacred Heart School in Syracuse and Transfiguration School in Rome, N.Y.

Sister Edwardine later served as principal at St. Luke School in Buffalo and Our Lady of Czestochowa-Ascension Consolidated School in North Tonawanda.

The Elizabeth Seton Award for Meritorious Service in the Schools of the Diocese of Buffalo was presented to Sister Edwardine in 1988 at the annual St. John Neumann Awards Dinner. North Tonawanda Mayor Betty Hoffman that year proclaimed Jan. 30 as “Sister Mary Edwardine Day in North Tonawanda.”

Due to poor health, Sister Edwardine became a resident of the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center eight years ago.

She is survived by two sisters, SM Francelita Machnica, CSSF, and Barbara Machnica; a brother, Walter Machnica; and nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday in Immaculate Heart of Mary Central Convent Chapel, preceded by a wake at the convent from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday and 2 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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