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Father Edward R. Czarnecki 1940-2019
Tue, Mar 19th 2019 03:00 pm
Father Edward R. Czarnecki, who served several parishes across Erie County, died March 17, 2019. He was 78 years old.
Sister Marie McTarnaghan, OSF, 1932-2019
Mon, Mar 18th 2019 03:00 pm
Sister Marie McTarnaghan, who taught in Catholic schools for almost 40 years, died March 9, 2019. She was 86.
Sister Mary Frances Welch, OSF, 1927-2019
Thu, Mar 14th 2019 03:55 pm
Sister Mary Frances Welch, OSF, formerly known as Sister M. Peter, died Feb. 18, 2019, at the Health Center in Stella Niagara. The longtime teacher was 91 years old.
Msgr. James N. Connelly 1921-2019
Tue, Feb 26th 2019 04:00 pm
Msgr. James N. Connelly, who served the Diocese of Buffalo for nearly 70 years, died Feb. 24, 2019. He was 97 years old.
Father D. James French, SJ
Sun, Feb 24th 2019 02:00 pm
Buffalo-born Jesuit priest Father Donald James French, SJ, died Dec. 2, 2018, at Murray-Weigel Hall, Bronx.
Father John L. Kuhlmann
Tue, Feb 19th 2019 06:30 pm
Longtime Jamestown chaplain Father John L. Kuhlmann died Dec. 21, 2018. He was 76.
Sister Therese Marie Kodz, CSSF
Sat, Feb 16th 2019 04:00 pm
Sister Therese Marie Kodz, 75, a Felician Sister for 57 years, died in Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, Dec. 10, 2018. The former Mary Kodz was born on June 23, 1943, in Utica. She entered the Buffalo Province of the Felician Sisters on July 2, 1961, and professed perpetual vows on Aug. 3, 1969. After graduating from the Utica Catholic Academy, she furthered her education at Villa Maria College of Buffalo. She then attended Medaille College in Buffalo and Buffalo State College for degrees in education.
Former Vicar General Msgr. David Slubecky passes away
Thu, Feb 14th 2019 03:00 pm
Being a priest had been a dream of David S. Slubecky from childhood. He would celebrate a pretend Mass and hand out Necco wafers to his younger siblings as Communion. "I'd keep all the chocolate ones for myself," he said. "I was just drawn to the idea of being able to celebrate Mass and be involved with people in a parish." Among his many duties in the Diocese of Buffalo, He would go on the become a regular fixture on the Daybreak TV produced "Daily Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral." Less than a year after retiring, Msgr. Slubecky passed away on Feb. 12. The son of the late Stanley and Maria Theresa (Zielonka) Slubecky was born Dec. 5, 1947, in Batavia. He attended Catholic schools right from the start with St. John the Baptist in Alden. The Sisters of St. Joseph who taught him claim that even in second grade he had talked about becoming a priest. "My parents actually encouraged me to go to a regular high school and I said 'No, I really want to do this," said Msgr. Slubecky. By age 14, he attended the Diocesan Preparatory Seminary, a high school for young men pursuing a vocation to the priesthood. There were 122 boys in his freshman class, but he was one of only two who went on to be ordained. After studying philosophy for two years at St. John Vianney Seminary (now Christ the King in East Aurora), he went to Rome to study theology at the North American College. He was ordained on July 21, 1973, by Bishop Edward D. Head. His first assignment was at St. Mary Parish in Batavia, where he stayed for only four months before going back to Rome to finish his graduate degree in theology. After spending a few more months at St. Mary's, he went to St. Ignatius Renewal Center in Clarence to serve as the retreat master and to direct the formation team for the permanent diaconate. When he retired last May, he spoke to the Western New York Catholic saying that that assignment remained close to his heart. "Many times I was really humbled by the quality of faith and the depth of faith of the people who came for retreats. In many ways, I gained more from them than I think they ever could've gotten from me." In September of 1983, he returned to Rome to obtain a graduate degree in Canon Law. He eventually moved on to be judicial vicar of the diocesan Tribunal. "So, although I initially went with the idea that I would be working in a parish, I was not really in a parish for most of the first 22 years of my priesthood." In 1988, Pope John Paul II honored him with the title monsignor. The title is a pontifical honor designating a priest as Chaplain to His Holiness. In July 2008, he was elevated to Prelate of Honor to His Holiness by Pope Benedict XVI. In 1994, he became pastor of Fourteen Holy Helpers Parish in West Seneca, a position he held until 2005, at which time he became moderator of the curia and vicar general for the Diocese of Buffalo. In these roles, Msgr. Slubecky served as a chief operating officer for the Diocese of Buffalo. "I serve on every board that exists in the diocese," said Msgr. Slubecky, who loved parish work, but agreed to go where he was needed most. "In every instance I have to say I believed after the fact that it was supposed to happen. In each case, I gained a lot from it with regard to various parts of my life." He considers one of the most moving moments of his priesthood to be in the final days of his grandmother's life in the late 1980s. "I anointed her and when I finished anointing her, she came out of the fetal position, had a clear mind for three days, talked to all the family and then she passed away. It was just very moving the power of that sacrament." Msgr. Slubecky had been living at the Msgr. John J. Coniff Priest Retirement Home in Lancaster since his retirement. He is survived by his siblings Daniel, Elaine Hudson, Rita Gibney and Donald. He had one other brother, the late Tommy Slubecky. Visitation will take place Sunday, Feb. 17, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Fourteen Holy Helpers Church, 1345 Indian Church Road, West Seneca. Msgr. Slubecky will lie in state on Monday, Feb. 18 at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo, where a concelebrated funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. with Bishop Richard J. Malone presiding.
Sister Teresa Marie Patora, CSSF, 1926-2019
Wed, Feb 6th 2019 08:00 am
Sister Teresa Marie Patora, 92, died at Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in Buffalo on Feb. 1, 2019. The former Theresa Patora was born June 7, 1926, in Erie, Pa. She attemnded school in Erie, then graduated from Villa Maria Academy in Buffalo.
Sister Marie Bernarde Procknal, RSM 1927-2019
Tue, Jan 29th 2019 02:00 pm
Sister Marie Bernarde Procknal RSM, died January 23, 2019, at Mercy Center Convent in Buffalo after 73 years as a dedicated Sister of Mercy.
Sister Therese Marie Kodz, CSSF, 1943-2018
Thu, Dec 13th 2018 01:00 pm
Sister Therese Marie Kodz, 75, a Felician Sister for 57 years, died in Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, Dec. 10, 2018. The former Mary Kodz was born on June 23, 1943, in Utica.
Sister Mary Janet Mazierski, CSSF, 1929-2018
Fri, Nov 30th 2018 04:00 pm
Sister Mary Janet Mazierski, 89, a Felician Sister for 69 years, died in the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in Buffalo on Nov. 28, 2018. The former Lucille Mazierski was born Sept. 18, 1929, in Buffalo. She entered the Buffalo Province of the Felician Sisters on Sept. 17, 1949, and professed perpetual vows on Aug. 13, 1957. She graduated from Riverside High School in Buffalo and furthered her education at Canisius College of Buffalo earning a bachelor's degree and at Medaille College, Buffalo, with a master of arts degree.
Sister Mary Rosalma Pawlak, CSSF, 1920-2018
Fri, Nov 30th 2018 04:00 pm
Sister Mary Rosalma Pawlak, 98, a Felician Sister for 76 years, died in the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in Buffalo on Nov. 28, 2018. The former Josephine Pawlak was born on Feb. 22, 1920, in Morris Run, Pa. She entered the Immaculate Heart of Mary Province of the Felician Sisters on Oct. 25, 1942, and professed perpetual vows on Aug. 6, 1950. She was a member of St. Casimir Parish in Elmira, and graduated from Elmira Free Academy. She earned a bachelor's degree from Mount St. Joseph Teachers (now Medaille) College in Buffalo. She also received a diploma from Rochester Dental Dispensary and a New York state license as a dental hygienist.
Sister Ruth Haselbauer, SSJ, 1934- 2018
Fri, Nov 30th 2018 04:00 pm
Sister Ruth Haselbauer, a Sister of St. Joseph for 65 years and an administrator and faculty member at Medaille College for 35 years, died Nov. 19, 2018, at the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence in Clarence, after an extended illness. She was 84.
Father Richard A. Jesionowski, 1933-2018
Mon, Oct 29th 2018 03:05 pm
Father Richard A. Jesionowski of the Diocese of Buffalo, died Oct. 27, 2018, just months after retiring at the age of 84.
Sister Grace A. Knauber, OSF, 1927-2018
Tue, Oct 2nd 2018 11:00 am
Sister Grace A. Knauber, an educator who served in Western New York and Puerto Rico, died Sept. 28, 2018, at the age of 91.
Father Bede Fitzpatrick, OFM, 1922-2018
Mon, Oct 1st 2018 11:00 am
Father Bede Fitzpatrick, who spent nearly his entire ministry in Japan, died Sept. 12, at the age of 96.
Msgr. Francis M. Skupien 1927-2018
Thu, Sep 13th 2018 02:00 pm
Msgr. Francis M. Skupien, longtime pastor of St. Mary Parish in Gasport, died Sept. 12, 2018, at the age of 91.
Father Jeremiah McGinley, OFM, 1928-2018
Tue, Sep 4th 2018 01:35 pm
Buffalo native Father Jeremiah McGinley, OFM, a professed Franciscan friar for 67 years and a priest for 63, died on Aug. 30 at Holy Name Friary in Ringwood, N.J. He was 89.
Sister Mary Agnes Czarnecki, CSSF, 1920-2018
Tue, Aug 28th 2018 03:00 pm
Sister Mary Agnes Czarnecki, 98, a Felician Sister for 79 years, died in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in Buffalo Aug. 28, 2018.
Sister Eileen Rynne, OSF, 1920-2018
Wed, Aug 8th 2018 12:00 pm
Sister Eileen Rynne, who served throughout the Northeast, died Aug. 6, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse in Allegany.
Sister Mary Esther Odachowski, FSSJ, 1932-2018
Thu, Jul 26th 2018 03:00 pm
Sister Mary Esther Odachowski died July 25, 2018, at St. Francis Park in the 86th year of life and the 68th year of religious life.
Sister Mary Lintner, SSJ, 1924-2018
Mon, Jul 23rd 2018 03:35 pm
Sister Mary Lintner, SSJ, a teacher and school psychologist, died July 15, 2018, at the Sisters of St. Joseph Residence, Clarence, after an extended illness. She was 94.
Msgr. Mecislaus S. Wendzikowski 1934-2018
Tue, Jul 10th 2018 03:15 pm
Msgr. Mecislaus S. Wendzikowski, who served the Diocese of Buffalo for 59 years, died July 4, 2018. He was 84.
Father George E. Maj, SAC, 1931-2018
Wed, Jun 27th 2018 03:15 pm
Father George E. Maj, a Pallottine priest for 60 years, died June 24, 2018, at the age of 86.
Sister Rita Kane, SSJ, 1917-2018
Tue, Jun 26th 2018 11:00 am
Former teacher and principal, Sister Rita Kane died June 22, 2018, at the age of 100.
Father Stanislaw Dudek, 1937-2018
Tue, Jun 26th 2018 10:45 am
Father Stanislaw Dudek, a Polish-born priest who served the Diocese of Buffalo for over 10 years, died June 24, 2018.
Sister Emily Marie Jurecki, CSSF, 1920-2018
Tue, Jun 5th 2018 02:00 pm
Longtime educator Sister Emily Marie, 98, a Felician Sister for 79 years, died in Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in Buffalo, on June 1, 2018.
Sister Marie Colette Rutkowski, 1935-2018
Mon, May 7th 2018 04:00 pm
Sister Marie Colette Rutkowski, (formerly Sister M. Inviolata) died peacefully on May 3, 2018, at St. Francis Park in the 83rd year of life and the 61st year of religious life.
Norman Paolini, Jr., 1947-2018
Mon, May 7th 2018 03:00 pm
Norman (Norm) Paolini Jr., co-founder of St Luke's Mission of Mercy, passed away on April 30, 2018 in his Buffalo home, after a lengthy illness.
Father Jerome P. Laubacker
Thu, Apr 26th 2018 01:40 pm
Lockport native Father Jerome P. Laubacker died April 11, 2018.
Sister Alma Robert Glenn, 1931-2018
Wed, Apr 18th 2018 04:00 pm
Teacher and missionary, Sister Alma Robert Glenn died April 12, 2018 at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, Allegany. She was 86.
Sister Mary Belair, OSF, 1931-2018
Thu, Apr 5th 2018 01:00 pm
Sister Mary Belair, longtime teacher, died April 3, 2018, after more than 60 years with the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany.
Father Paul M. Marconi, CRSP 1933-2018
Wed, Mar 21st 2018 04:00 pm
Father Paul M. Marconi, former director of Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston, died Feb. 15, 2018, in Bethlehem, Pa. He was 85.
Sister M. Edwardine Machnica, CSSF, 1933-2018
Thu, Feb 22nd 2018 04:10 pm
Longtime educator Sister M. Edwardine Machnica died Feb. 17, 2018, at the age of 85.
Sister Elena M. Sinatra, SSHJ, 1934-2018
Thu, Feb 15th 2018 01:00 pm
Sister Elena M. Sinatra, SSHJ, died Feb. 7, 2018, at the age of 83.
Msgr. Samuel J. Faiola, 1925-2018
Thu, Feb 15th 2018 12:00 pm
Father Samuel J. Faiola, longtime pastor of St. Stephen Parish in Middleport, died Feb. 12, 2018. He was 92.
Msgr. Paul R. Juenker, 1920-2018
Mon, Feb 12th 2018 09:00 am
The oldest priest in the Diocese of Buffalo, Msgr. Paul R. Juenker, died Feb. 8, 2018, at the Brothers of Mercy Nursing Home in Clarence after a short illness. He was 97.
Sister Mary Conrad Marie Glica, FSSJ (1934-2017)
Thu, Jan 25th 2018 11:25 am
Sister Mary Conrad Marie Glica, FSSJ, died Jan. 1, 2018, at Immaculate Conception Convent in Hamburg. She was 83.
Sister Ann Frances Hemberger, SSMN (1935-2017)
Thu, Jan 25th 2018 11:00 am
Sister Ann Frances Hemberger, SSMN, died Dec. 12, 2017, at St. Mary Center in Buffalo. She was 82.