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Aug. 27, 1923 – Jan. 29, 2013

Sister Mary Elizabeth Sander, a longtime nurse and nurse administrator and a Sister of Mercy for 70 years, died Tuesday in Mercy Center Health Care Unit. She was 89.

Born in Buffalo, she attended School 60 and All Saints Elementary School and was a graduate of Mount St. Joseph Academy. She enrolled in the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1941, entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1942 and completed her nursing studies in 1945. Later, she received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from D’Youville College.

Also known as Sister Mary Concordia, she was supervisor of medical nursing at Mercy Hospital, director of nursing at St. Jerome Hospital in Batavia and supervisor of obstetrics at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, where she also was supervisor of the operating room for many years. She was one of the first to staff Kenmore Mercy Hospital when it opened in 1951.

An avid photographer and nature lover, she was particularly fond of sunrises, sunsets and the water.

Surviving are a sister, Ruth Englert, and a brother, Richard.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in Mercy Center Chapel, 625 Abbott Road.