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Nov. 11, 1931 – March 26, 2014

Sister George Marie Attea, a Sister of St. Joseph for 63 years, died Wednesday in the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence. She was 82.

Born Anne Attea in Williamsville, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1950. She took her final vows on Aug. 29, 1959. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Medaille College and a master’s degree in elementary education from Buffalo State College.

For 30 years, Sister Attea devoted herself to teaching primary grades – 15 in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Salamanca and Attica, followed by 15 at Our Mother of Good Counsel, Blasdell.

She ministered in multiple roles at the Clarence Residence since 1983, serving as an administrative, general and personal aide. In addition, she volunteered at the Brothers of Mercy, delivering mail and working in the gift shop. She retired in 2005.

She is survived by three brothers, Joseph, Martin and William Attea.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 7 p.m. Friday it the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence, 4975 Strickler Road, Clarence.