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Feb. 16, 1931 – May 21, 2013

Sister Mary Michael Hill, of Stella Niagara, died Tuesday in Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, Lewiston. She was 82.

Born Margaret Mary Hill in Niagara Falls, Sister Mary Michael graduated from Cleveland Avenue School in Niagara Falls and Stella Niagara Seminary. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Rosary Hill College and her master’s degree at Niagara University.

Sister Mary Michael was employed at Marine Trust Co. and Bell Aircraft Corp. before she entered the Sisters of St. Francis at Stella Niagara in 1955 and professed her vows in 1958.

She taught at Stella Niagara Seminary and Bishop McMahon High School in Buffalo. She was a provincial secretary of Holy Name Province and secretary at Stella Niagara Education Park.

With the opening of the Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara in 1974 and until 1981, Sister Mary Michael served on the retreat team and was involved in the various renewal movements, giving directed retreats, directing the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius and doing spiritual direction.

In 1981, Sister Mary Michael was one of three sisters to begin the community’s ministry in the Miami Archdiocese. She was involved in spiritual care of the elderly and assistant chaplain at St. John’s Rehabilitation Center. In 1986, she moved to Daytona Beach to assume administration of Casa San Pablo, a HUD 202/8 housing complex for low-income elderly sponsored by St. Paul Catholic Church. In 1997, she resigned from Casa San Pablo to accept the position of pastoral associate and business administrator of the Basilica of St. Paul, Dayton Beach, Fla.

Sister Mary Michael retired in October 2006 and continued to live in Daytona Beach until 2007, when she returned to Stella Niagara.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Sisters Chapel at Stella Niagara, 4421 Lower River Road, Lewiston.