on May 8, 2014 - 5:51 PM
Sept. 18, 1919 – May 8, 2014
Sister Mary St. Edward Underberg, a longtime teacher and administrator at schools in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, died Thursday in St. Mary of the Angels Community Health Center, Williamsville. She was 94.
Born Edith Underberg in Milford, Iowa, she entered the convent Aug. 2, 1938, pronouncing final vows six years later in the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis.
Sister St. Edward received a bachelor’s degree from Rivier College in Nashua, N.H.; a master’s degree in education from Mount St. Joseph’s Teachers College in Buffalo and certification from Catholic University in dogmatic and scriptural catechists.
Her 45 years of religious life were spent in teaching and administration in the Buffalo diocesan schools, involved with children from first grade through senior year in high school.
She said her most rewarding teaching experience was having four grades in one classroom in Strykersville, Springbrook and Darien Center.
She served as principal for 22 years at several local schools, including St. Bartholomew and St. Gerard in Buffalo, Queen of Heaven in West Seneca and St. Leo the Great in Amherst.
In retirement, she assisted in the laundry, switchboard and other tasks at the convent.
Sister St. Edward loved to learn, explore and share her education. News, politics, newspapers, radio and, in more recent years, the computer helped her to stay in touch with church and world events.
She is survived by two sisters, Alberta Hanel and Agnes Wendling, and a brother, Albert.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Mary of the Angels Chapel, 201 Reist St., Williamsville.