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Sister Grace A. Knauber, 91, taught in many local parochial schools

July 23, 1927 – Sept. 28, 2018

Sister Grace A. Knauber, a teacher in 10 schools in the Diocese of Buffalo who also taught in Puerto Rico, died Friday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. She was 91.

Born in Lancaster, one of 10 children, she entered the Sisters of St. Francis on Feb. 17, 1946, following her older sister, Marie, into the order, and was originally known as Sister M. Barbara Ann.

Sister Grace attended Canisius College and Rosary Hill College, now Daemen College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education and art in 1963.

She went on to complete a master’s degree in education at the University of Puerto Rico in 1971 and received a certificate in English education in 1973 from the University at Buffalo and an administrative certificate from Niagara University.

She was a teacher in St. James and St. Gerard schools in Buffalo, Most Holy Redeemer School in Cheektowaga, SS. Peter and Paul School in Hamburg, Nativity of Our Lord School in Orchard Park, Fourteen Holy Helpers School in Gardenville, St. Cecilia’s School in Sheldon, Sacred Heart School in Bowmansville, St. Leo School in Amherst and St. Aloysius School in Springville.

She also spent more than 20 years in Puerto Rico, where she taught English as a second language.

Her sister, who became Sister Mary Leo, also was a teacher and died in 2009.

Survivors include two brothers, Robert and Roy; two sisters, Joan Schmidt and Rita Hake; and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in St. Mary of the Angels Chapel, 201 Reist St., Williamsville.

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