March 29, 1920 - Sept. 22, 2012
Sister Mary Sidonia, 92, a Felician Sister for 73 years, died Saturday at the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in Buffalo.
The former Irene Luczak was born in Buffalo, and was a member of St. Stanislaus Parish. She entered the Immaculate Heart of Mary Province of the Felician Sisters in Buffalo and professed perpetual vows Aug. 6, 1947.
After graduating from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy, she furthered her education at Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, now Medaille College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in education. She also received a master's degree from Canisius College.
Initially, Sister Sidonia taught primary grades at schools within the Diocese of Buffalo and at St. Mary School in New York Mills. She was transferred to St. Stanislaus Kostka Day Care Center in Hamilton, Ont., where she served nine years as a full-time teacher.
Upon her return to the United States, she continued teaching at the junior high school level. From 1963 to 1966, she served in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she taught at the American School. Upon her return to the United States, she resumed teaching elementary schoolchildren. At St. Andrew School, Sloan, and Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary School in Buffalo, she also served as principal while teaching.
In 1974, Sister Sidonia became involved in education on the secondary level as guidance counselor at Villa Maria Academy and Baker Victory High School, Lackawanna. She was also the assistant principal at Cardinal O'Hara High School, Tonawanda, for a year.
With her assignment to St. Michael Parish in Lackawanna, Sister Sidonia began her ministry as religious education coordinator for 15 years. She continued as a parish minister and religious education teacher at Queen of Martyrs, St. Luke's, St. Adalbert and St. Teresa of Avila parishes.
She became a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Provincial House in 2001. In April, 2005, because of her failing health, she became a patient in the Felician Sisters Health and Wellness Center, now known as Blessed Mary Angela Care Center.
Sister Sidonia is survived by her brother, Anthony.
An evening prayer service will take place at 5 p.m. today in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1 p.m. Monday, in the Convent Chapel. Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga.