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Dec. 16, 1935 – July 12, 2013

Sister Mary Innocent Pomarzynski, a teacher and health care administrator, died Friday in the Colette Hilbert Care Center. She was 77.

Born Theresa Sophie Pomarzynski in Buffalo, she entered the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph as an aspirant in August 1951, became a postulant in January 1955 and professed her final vows Aug. 2, 1959.

Sister Innocent received an associate degree from Hilbert College, a bachelor’s from Elms College in Chicopee, Mass., and a master’s from Marygrove College in Detroit.

Over a 29-year career in education, she taught at Immaculata High School in Hamburg as well as a number of parochial schools around the country, including St. Columba in Buffalo.

Upon completing a program in nursing home administration at Michigan State University, she became administrator at Marycrest Manor in Livonia, Mich., 1988.

Sister Innocent came to the Hilbert health center in May 2003.

Even after suffering a debilitating stroke, Sister Innocent continued to minister to others through her cheerful spirit and all-embracing smile.

She is survived by a sister, Rita Decsi.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the convent chapel, 5229 South Park Ave., Hamburg.