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Sister Mary Agnes Czarnecki, 98, teacher in Catholic elementary schools

March 11, 1920 — Aug. 28, 2018

Sister Mary Agnes Czarnecki, a teacher in Catholic elementary schools who served for 17 years in Brazil, died Tuesday in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center, Cheektowaga, where she had been a resident for three years. She was 98.

Born Josephine Czarnecki in Buffalo, one of four children, she was a member of St. Adalbert's Parish and was a graduate of Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy.

She entered the Buffalo Province of the Felician Sisters in 1939 and professed perpetual vows on Aug. 6, 1947. She went on to earn a bachelor's degree in education from Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, now Medaille College.

Sister Mary Agnes began teaching primary grades at Queen of All Saints School in Lackawanna, which had students from 19 different nationalities.

She then taught at Holy Apostles SS. Peter and Paul School and St. Casimir School in Buffalo, a school in Rome, N.Y., and St. John Gualbert School in Cheektowaga.

In 1954, she volunteered to serve in missions in Brazil, where for 13 years she instructed children of diplomats and business people from China, Japan, France and England in Sao Paulo. From 1967 to 1970, she worked with the Association for Handicapped Children in São Paolo.

Returning to the United States, she was a child care aide at St. Rita's Home for Children in Getzville and taught in Binghamton.

She became a staff nurse assistant at Villa Maria Infirmary in 1980, working part-time from 1999 to 2015, helping the sister patients with their clothing and laundry and helping them prepare for special occasions.

Survivors include several cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31, in Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent Chapel, 600 Doat St., Cheektowaga.

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