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May 10, 1926 – Jan. 15, 2014

Sister Mary Francella Turajski, a teacher and a Felician Sister for 69 years, died Wednesday in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center after a lengthy illness. She was 87.

Born in Cleveland, she was a member of St. John the Baptist Parish in Alden and a graduate of Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy. She entered the Immaculate Heart of Mary Province of the Felician Sisters on Aug. 22, 1944, and professed perpetual vows on Aug. 6, 1952.

She earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, now Medaille College.

She began her teaching career in the intermediate grades at St. Stanislaus School in Buffalo, St. Augustine School in Depew and SS. Peter & Paul School in Williamsville. After four years at Our Lady of Fatima School in St. Catharines, Ont., she returned to Buffalo in 1963 to teach English at Villa Maria Academy.

In the 1970s, she taught English for five years at Holy Name of Mary High School in Port Credit, Ont., then returned to Villa Maria Academy. She also taught English at Notre Dame High School in Batavia.

In 1982, she became director of records at Villa Maria College, a position she held for 14 years, then assisted part time for six more years, retiring in 2001. She also was a religious education teacher at her home parish in Alden. Before she became a patient in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in 2005, she helped in the infirmary dining room.

Survivors include a niece and a cousin.

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