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Sister Rita Kane, 100, Catholic elementary school teacher and principal

Dec. 3, 1917 – June 22, 2018

Sister Rita Kane, a Catholic school teacher and principal, died Friday in the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence, Clarence. She was 100.

Born in Buffalo, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in February 1937 and became Sister John Aloysius. She pronounced her final vows in August 1942 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in education from Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, now Medaille College, where she majored in French.

She completed a certificate program at the Visually Handicapped Institute of Catholic University in Washington, D.C., in 1955. The following year, she earned a master’s degree from Mount St. Joseph College.

She taught elementary grades for 26 years, was director of postulants for her community from 1963 to 1968 and was part of the Vocation Team for the Diocese of Buffalo. She then served as principal of Cathedral School in Buffalo from 1971 to 1985.

A lifelong advocate for Mount St. Joseph Academy, she was a former alumnae moderator and worked with the alumnae from 1987 until recently.

She moved to the Sisters Residence in Clarence in 2011.

Survivors include many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday, June 25, in the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence.

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