Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph
5229 South Park Avenue
Hamburg, NY 14075
5229 South Park Avenue
Hamburg, NY 14075
Sister Mary Genevieve Koslowski FSSJ
Sister Mary Genevieve Koslowski died peacefully on February 11, 2014 at 12:20 p.m. in the Colette Hilbert Care Community in the 82nd year of life and the 63rd year of religious life.
Katherine Koslowski was born on June 16, 1931 in Tewsburg, Massachusetts to the late Helen Koslowski. Sister Genevieve became a postulant of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph on January 5, 1949 and professed her final vows on July 19, 1953.
Sister Genevieve received a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education from Marywood College in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
For forty-one years, Sister Genevieve ministered in the field of education at Holy Cross, Fall River, MA; St. Francis, Bessemer, AL; Mater Dolorosa, Holyoke, MA; St. Vincent, North Evans, NY; Our Lady Queen of Angels, Detroit, MI; St. Sebastian, Dearborn Heights, MI; Kolbe School, Baltimore, MD; and Sacred Heart, Danbury, CT. Over the course of her ministry, Sister also served as principal at St. Stanislaus, Chicopee, MA; St. Michael, Bridgeport, CT; St. Mary Queen of Angels, Swartz Creek, MI; and St. Stanislaus, Trenton, NJ and a school aide at St. Peter, Lewiston, NY. Upon her return to Immaculate Conception Convent, Sister Genevieve held various positions which included driving assignments, delivery of in-house mail and Minister of Food Service within the Motherhouse, and volunteering at Hilbert College. Beginning in June 2011, Sister Genevieve ministered as the coordinator of the newly formed Host Ministry Department.
Sister Genevieve may have been “small in stature” but she possessed a heart full of kindness, gentleness and compassion. Sister’s enthusiasm and cheerfulness were shared with her Sisters in community, from praying and sharing Scripture with the Sisters in the Care Community to being available as a driver, a sacristan, or sorting mail – any task where she was needed.
Sister Genevieve is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Charles Brown; her brother and sister-in-law, John and Dolores Shedd; and her brother-in-law, Benjamin Tieso. Sister is also survived by nieces and nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Wake services will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 3:00 – 6:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Convent, Hamburg, New York where a Memorial Prayer Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered in the convent Chapel on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Cheektowaga, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph in memory of Sister Genevieve.
Sister Mary Teresita Sieradzki FSSJ
Sister Mary Teresita Sieradzki died peacefully in her sleep on February 25, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Convent in the 86th year of life and the 63rd year of religious life.
Dorothy Mary Sieradzki was born on June 17, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Frederick and the late Mary (nee Szelag). Sister Teresita became a postulant of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph on September 8, 1948 and professed her final vows on July 19, 1953.
Sister Teresita received a Bachelor degree in Business Education from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
For sixty-two years, Sister Teresita ministered in the field of education and office management which included twenty-two years as General Treasurer for the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph. Sister ministered as a teacher at St. Vincent, North Evans, NY; Immaculata Academy, Hamburg, NY; St. Hedwig High, Detroit, MI; and St. Mary’s, Swartz Creek, MI. Sister Teresita also ministered in various office positions at St. Joseph Hospital, Cheektowaga, NY; St. Anthony Home, Hamburg, NY; St. Mary’s Hospital, Brooklyn, NY; and Queen of Angels, Detroit, MI. In 1991, Sister Teresita returned to the Motherhouse where she was the General Secretary until August of 1992 when Sister became the General Treasurer.
Sister Teresita, whose name is written in the loving heart of Christ, will be remembered as a very competent steward of the Congregation’s finances. All was in “precise order” in the Treasurer’s Office. A deeply prayerful and spiritual woman, Sister was devoted to her family whom she loved dearly and shared their e-mails with the sisters during table conversation. Sister Teresita loved good times, especially dancing the polka at family celebrations and community parties. Sister enjoyed her travels with her Sister companions to Poland, Assisi, Florida and “Out West.” How appropriate this quote describes her life…”Happy thoughts of good times past. Make memories that last and last.”
Sister Teresita is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Dolores. Sister is also survived by her nieces and nephews; great- nieces and great-nephews.
Wake services will be held on Friday, February 28, 2014 from 3:00 – 6:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Convent, Hamburg, New York where a Memorial Prayer Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered in the convent Chapel on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Cheektowaga, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph in memory of Sister Teresita.