Sister Mary Caroline Hriczko, DC, died Nov. 9, 2017, at St. Louise House in Albany. She was 85.
The former Caroline Hriczko was born Dec. 22, 1931, in Buffalo, to John and Karolina (Chanda) Hriczko. She joined the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in Buffalo in 1953, the year after she received an RN diploma from Sisters' Hospital in Buffalo. She also received a bachelor's degree in nursing from St. Joseph College in Emmitsburg, Md., in 1956. In 1976, she earned a master's degree in community health nursing, with a specialty in gerontology, from Boston University.
Sister Mary Caroline's early ministry included service at the Seton Psychiatric Institute in Baltimore, Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C., and Seton Hospital in Waterville, Maine. She also served at several medical facilities in the Boston area and at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton from 1976-78.
She returned to the Diocese of Buffalo in 1978, where she served at Sisters' Hospital until 1982, when she began serving at St. John of God Hospital in Brighton. In 1986, she returned to Sisters Hospital, where she continued serving until 2003, when she moved to Albany to start a prayer ministry at St. Louise House.
She is survived by nieces, nephews and their families.
A funeral Mass was held at DePaul House Chapel in Albany, with burial in St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands.