on July 1, 2014 - 9:01 PM
, updated July 3, 2014 at 6:21 PM
Nov. 19, 1920 – June 27, 2014
Sister Mary Felicity Wardzinski, a teacher for more than 50 years, died Friday in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center, Buffalo. She was 93.
Born in Buffalo, one of six children, the former Irene Wardzinski was a member of St. Stanislaus Parish. She entered the Immaculate Heart of Mary Province of the Felician Sisters on July 7, 1939, and professed her vows on Aug. 6, 1947.
After graduating from Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Canisius College, a master’s degree from St. Bonaventure University and a doctorate in philosophy from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
She began her career at Queen of All Saints School in Lackawanna, where she taught kindergarten for 11 years. In 1950, she also began teaching English intermittently at Villa Maria Academy and taught at Baker Victory High School.
In 1966, she became a philosophy instructor at Villa Maria College, then in 1978 became a philosophy professor at Madonna University in Livonia, Mich. She later was an associate professor at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary and St. Mary College, both in Orchard Lake, Mich., and chaired the philosophy departments at both schools.
She returned to Villa Maria College in 1997 and was a part-time instructor in religious studies and philosophy until 2004.
She was responsible for research and translations within the Felician congregation. She also was active in provincial and general chapter meetings at which major decisions were made for the congregation.
From 2006 until she entered Blessed Mary Angela Care Center last October, she translated archival documents and assisted as a receptionist at St. Francis Residence Convent. On June 22, she observed her diamond jubilee in religious life by taking part in a Eucharistic Liturgy Celebration.
Survivors include a sister, Dorothy Rozborski.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Tuesday morning in Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent Chapel, 600 Doat St., Cheektowaga.