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June 8, 1927 – July 15, 2014

LEWISTON – Sister Loretta Peterson, OSF, of Stella Niagara, a teacher and librarian, died Tuesday. She was 87.

Born Mary Ellen Peterson in Lackawanna, she was raised in Balboa, Panama Canal Zone. After graduating from high school at Stella Niagara in 1944, she worked four years as a time and payroll clerk as a civilian employee of the 15th Naval District in the Canal Zone.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity at Stella Niagara on Sept. 26, 1948, and professed her vows Aug. 17, 1951.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Rosary Hill College, now Daemen, in 1957 and her master’s degree in library science from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., in 1969.

She was a teacher and librarian at the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart and at Bishop McMahon High School. She also taught at Catholic elementary and high schools in Ohio, West Virginia and California and at the St. Francis International School in Rome.

Survivors include a sister, Eileen T.

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