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Jan. 21, 1918 – March 1, 2014

Sister Annette Mirco, a teacher, guidance counselor and principal, died March 1 in Buffalo General Medical Center. She was 96.

Born in Buffalo, she was received into the congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse on Aug. 15, 1942, and professed her final religious vows on Aug. 16, 1949.

Sister Annette attended St. Columba Elementary School, followed by high school at St. Patrick’s and Mount Mercy Academy, graduating in 1935.

After joining the congregation, she began college courses at Medaille College, continuing at St. Elizabeth Teacher’s College, now part of St. Bonaventure University, Nazareth College in Rochester, Fordham University in New York City and St. Bonaventure, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in education in 1959.

She pursued graduate studies at Nazareth and St. Bonaventure, completing her master’s degree in education and guidance in 1965 at Villanova University.

Sister Annette taught in the lower grades in schools throughout New York and New Jersey, and during several assignments also served as guidance counselor. In 1969, she accepted the guidance position at Archbishop Walsh High School in Olean, later being named assistant principal and principal.

After many years in education, she found a personal calling in pastoral care, serving within many New York parishes as well as ministering to her own sisters within the St. Elizabeth Motherhouse Infirmary.

She continued to be of service at the motherhouse well into her retirement years.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered last week in the chapel of St. Elizabeth Motherhouse.