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Dec. 7, 1913 – Dec. 14, 2013

Sister Mary Luchesia, a teacher, principal and librarian who worked with elderly and sick sisters at Villa Maria Infirmary, died Saturday in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center, Buffalo. She was 100.

Born in Buffalo, the former Mary Marszalek was a Felician sister for 81 years.

She graduated from the former Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, now Medaille College, with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education.

She started her teaching career at St. Stanislaus School in Buffalo. She was a full-time teacher for 41 years and a part-time teacher for nine years in the Diocese of Buffalo – except for one year at Sacred Heart School in Syracuse.

She also was principal at Coronation, St. John Kanty and St. Adalbert schools for 20 years. She later worked for one year as a librarian at Villa Maria Academy.

Sister Luchesia then became director of craft ministry at Villa Maria Infirmary, where she enabled sisters to use their creative skills in making handicrafts. She also worked as an assistant to the director of novices, an aide to the local minister, and as a director of formation ceremonies and liturgies at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Provincial House.

For her 100th birthday, a special Mass was offered by the Rev. Monsignor Robert Golombek and attended by a select group of sisters and friends.

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