Sister Anne Peter Motto, a Franciscan Sisters of Allegany for over 60 years, died March 9, 2019, at the age of 87.
The former Mary Ellen Motto as born Sept. 5, 1931, in Utica. The daughter of Rocco and Anna Tartaglia Motto attended elementary school at Roscoe Conkling School in Utica and graduated from Utica Catholic High School in 1949.
She was received into the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse in Allegany on Aug. 15, 1955, and professed her final religious vows on Aug. 16, 1962.
Sister Anne Peter graduated from St. Elizabeth Teacher College in Allegany (now part of St. Bonaventure University), where she earned a bachelor's degree in Education in 1971.
She began her ministry in education as a grade school teacher. From 1956-1974, she taught in parish schools in Westville and Pomona, N.J.; Rome, Olean, Niagara Falls and Alden; Alexandria, Va. and Miami.
In 1978, Sister was welcomed home to St. Elizabeth Motherhouse where she held the position of receptionist and switchboard operator. Although She formally retired in 1993, she kept herself active with handmade crafts and various types of puzzles.
Sister Anne Peter is predeceased by her parents.
A funeral Mass was held March 14, in the Chapel of St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, followed by burial in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany.