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Sister Mary Poncilia Rogacki, 96, teacher, Felician Sister for 77 years

June 3, 1923 – Oct. 6, 2019

Sister Mary Poncilia Rogacki, a Felician sister for 77 years who taught in Catholic elementary schools, died Sunday in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center. She was 96.

Born Lucy Rogacki in Depew, she attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy and entered the Buffalo Province of the Felician Sisters on July 9, 1942. She professed perpetual vows on Aug. 6, 1950.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, now Medaille College, and began teaching at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Home for Children in Cheektowaga. She also assisted as a child care aide at St. Rita’s Home for Children in Getzville.

In 1947, she began teaching in elementary schools, primarily in the Diocese of Buffalo but also in the Diocese of Syracuse, and continued for 36 years.

Sister Poncilia was noted for her ability to help youngsters to read and for preparing them for the sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist.

Since 1991, she had served infirm and retired sisters in various ways, assisting in the dining room and the vestry. She also was director of the laundry.

She became a resident at Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in 2014.

Survivors include a sister, Cecelia Borcz as well as three cousins who shared her religious life, Sister Mary Loriette Tokasz, Sister Mary Angelette Helak and Sister Maureen Helak.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent Chapel, 600 Doat St., Cheektowaga.

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