on September 23, 2013 - 7:47 PM
Feb. 9, 1931 – Sept. 22, 2013
Sister Mary Peter Dolata, a teacher, guidance counselor and school administrator, died Sunday in Erie County Medical Center. She was 82.
Born Leona Dolata in Detroit, Mich., Sister Mary Peter was a member of the former St. Florian parish in Buffalo’s Black Rock neighborhood.
She entered the Immaculate Heart of Mary Province of the Felician Sisters in 1949 and professed perpetual vows in 1957. She was a graduate of Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy and Rosary Hill College, now known as Daemen College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education. She also received a master’s degree from Canisius College.
For many years, Sister Mary Peter taught business studies in Catholic high schools within the Diocese of Buffalo, including Villa Maria Academy, Bishop Colton High School and Bishop Gibbons High School in North Tonawanda.
In 1974, she was appointed associate principal of Notre Dame High School in Batavia, where she also taught part time and served as a guidance counselor.
She returned to Villa Maria Academy in 1983 as a guidance counselor. She moved to Cardinal O’Hara High School in the Town of Tonawanda to become director of guidance for several years, then went back to Villa Maria Academy as director of guidance in 1988.
Sister Mary Peter served five years in Rome, Italy, as a typist in the late 1960s at the Felician congregation’s headquarters, Our Lady of Mediatrix of Graces Generalate.
She returned to Rome in 1982 and 1994 as coordinating secretary and chapter secretary for the congregation’s general chapters.
In 1992, Sister Mary Peter was appointed to the Felician Sisters Central Archives in Enfield, Conn., where she assisted as liaison for the publishing of the Felician Constitutions, titled “Response to Love.”
As a result of severe rheumatoid arthritis, Sister Mary Peter became a patient in the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in 1995.
Survivors include two brothers, Raymond and Thomas, and a sister, Annette Dobrasz.
An evening prayer service will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent Chapel, 600 Doat St. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Convent Chapel.