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July 5, 1920 – Jan. 20, 2013

Sister Jane Marie Kupniewski, a retired teacher who was a Felician nun for 73 years, died Sunday in the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in Dunkirk. She was 92.

Born Jane Kupniewski in Erie, Pa., she was a 1939 graduate of Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy in Buffalo. She professed her perpetual vows Aug. 6, 1948, and continued her education at the former Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, now known as Medaille College.

Sister Jane Marie’s preparation to enter religious life was delayed for a year because of a serious eye infection.

She began teaching at elementary and junior high schools in the Buffalo Diocese in 1942. She also taught at Villa Maria Learning Center for a year and at the St. Stanislaus Kostka Day Care Center in Toronto from 1948 to 1952.

She retired from teaching in 1992 and devoted her time to various supportive services at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Provincial House, where she also was an aide in the provincial archives for 12 years.

After being stricken by ill health in May, Sister Jane Marie became a patient in the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Convent Chapel of Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent, 600 Doat St.