Sis­ter Mary Rosalma Pawlak, Feli­cian Sis­ter for 76 years

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS - Feb. 22, 1920 – Nov. 28, 2018

Sis­ter Mary Rosalma Pawlak, a Feli­cian sis­ter for 76 years, died Nov. 28 in Blessed Mary An­gela Care Cen­ter, where she had been a pa­tient since 2011. She was 98.

Born in Morris Run, Pa., one of 11 chil­dren, the for­mer Josephine Pawlak was a mem­ber of St. Casimir Parish in Elmira and was a grad­u­ate of Elmira Free Acad­emy.

She re­ceived a bach­e­lor’s de­gree from Mount St. Joseph Teach­ers Col­lege, now Medaille Col­lege. Af­ter earn­ing a diploma from Rochester Den­tal Dis­pen­sary, she be­came a li­censed den­tal hy­gien­ist.

She joined one of her older sis­ters, Sis­ter Mary Ado­rata Pawlak, a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teacher, in the Im­mac­u­late Heart of Mary Prov­ince of the Feli­cian Sis­ters in 1942. She pro­fessed her per­pet­ual vows in 1950.

Sis­ter Rosalma was a den­tal hy­gien­ist in the Im­mac­u­late Heart of Mary Home for Chil­dren in Cheek­towaga for 27 years, while also as­sist­ing as a chauf­feur and direct­ing a group of boys. She then was an ad­min­is­tra­tor at the home for seven more years. Her time at the home was in­ter­rupted by an as­sign­ment to Boonville, where she was re­li­gious ed­u­ca­tion co­or­di­na­tor for sev­eral parishes.

Later she served at Guardian An­gel Day Care Cen­ter in Buf­falo, where she was a part-time teacher, of­fice aide, so­cial worker and ad­min­is­tra­tor. She re­tired as di­rec­tor of the cen­ter in 1989.

She then was a full-time chauf­feur for 15 years for the sis­ters at Villa Maria In­fir­mary in Buf­falo and con­tin­ued part time for sev­eral more years.

She also took spe­cial care of the area by the Grotto of Our Lady of Lour­des on the con­vent grounds. When sev­eral sis­ters from In­dia came to live with the Feli­cian Sis­ters in 2006, she helped them adapt.

Sur­vivors in­clude a niece, neph­ews and cousins.

A Mass of Chris­tian Burial was of­fered Dec. 1, in Im­mac­u­late Heart of Mary Con­vent Chapel, 600 Doat St.

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