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Sister M. Thaddeus Pogorzala, 89, Catholic school teacher and principal

Dec. 15, 1929 – May 7, 2019

Sister M. Thaddeus Pogorzala, a Catholic school teacher and principal, died Tuesday in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center, where she had been a resident since 2011. She was 89.

Born Esther Pogorzala in Buffalo, she was a member of Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church in Cheektowaga and entered the Buffalo Province of the Felician Sisters in 1952. She professed perpetual vows on Aug. 6, 1960.

She attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Medaille College.

Sister Thaddeus began her career assisting at St. Stanislaus Kostka Day Care Center in Toronto for a year, then cared for youngsters at St. Rita’s Home for Children in Getzville.

She went on to teach elementary grades at Queen of Martyrs Schools and later was principal at St. Adalbert School in Buffalo.

She also taught in religious education programs. She was religious education coordinator at Holy Spirit Parish, North Collins; St. Gabriel Parish, Elma; St. Bernard Parish, Buffalo; and SS. Peter and Paul Parish, Depew.

For six years, she helped maintain Villa Angela Convent in Elma for recreational use of the sisters. She was summoned to a local leadership position in Rome, Italy, at Our Lady Mediatrix of Graces Generalate, serving from 1984 to 1987.

She then held a similar position at St. Felix Convent in Buffalo, where the sisters ministered to special education students at the Cantalician Center for Learning.

In retirement, she became a member of the St. Francis Residence Convent in Buffalo in 2008. She often would be seen praying the Stations of the Cross in the convent's chapel.

Survivors include a brother, Leonard.

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

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