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March 5, 1927 – Sept. 18, 2013

Sister Mary Candace Kazmierczak, a Felician sister who taught for 28 years in Catholic elementary schools then served as an aide at Villa Maria College, died Wednesday in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center, Buffalo, where she had been a patient for 16 years. She was 86.

Born Alice Kazmierczak in Buffalo, shewas a member of St. Adalbert Basilica and entered the Buffalo Province of the Felician Sisters on July 26, 1945. She professed her perpetual vows Aug. 9, 1953.

She was a graduate of Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy and earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, now Medaille College.

Sister Candace began as a child care aide at St. Rita’s Home for Children in Getzville, then was a group director for two years at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Home in Cheektowaga.

She later taught at several schools, including St. John Gualbert, Resurrection and Our Lady of Czestochowa, all in Cheektowaga; Queen of Peace and St. Casimir in Buffalo; and St. Augustine in Depew.

Sister Candace left teaching in 1983 and began 27 years of service at Villa Maria College as an aide at the bookstore.

She later served as a library aide, a cafeteria aide and cashier.

She was known for her sense of humor and attention to details.

Survivors include three sisters, Eleonore Eckert, Mary Ann Downing and Theresa Kazmierczak.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in the chapel at Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent, 600 Doat St.