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May 9, 1926 – Feb. 4, 2013

Sister Mary Nazaria Stoklosa, a teacher for many years, died Monday in the Colette Hilbert Care Community, Hamburg. She was 86.

Born Irene Stoklosa in Detroit, she entered the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph as a postulant on Aug. 16, 1944, and professed her final vows on July 11, 1949.

She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education, and worked for 37 years in education at schools in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Michigan and Rochester, as well as St. Joseph’s in North Tonawanda.

Sister Stoklosa moved to the care community in 2005. She spent a great deal of time reading and praying the rosary. In her younger years, Sister Stoklosa possessed an exceptional soprano voice and would sing with other sisters in the choir. She enjoyed participating in weekly activities at the care community with a smile on her face and a welcoming disposition, and her latest creation, a fluffy snowman, is still on display.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

A memorial prayer service will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. today in Immaculate Conception Convent, 5229 South Park Ave.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the convent chapel.