Age 87, born Elizabeth Turajski in Cleveland, Ohio to the late Marion (Politowicz) and Stephen Turajski. Loving sister of the late Louis and Thomas Turajski; sister-in-law of Adeline Turajski and Helen Brown; aunt of Katherine Brown; cousin of Joan Olin and the late SM Roselle Mistal, CSSF.
Felician Sisters and family will be present at the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Villa Maria) Convent (600 Doat) on Sunday 2-5 PM. An evening Prayer Service will begin at 5 PM in the Convent Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10 AM.
Interment will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga, New York.
Memorials may be made to Felician Sisters, 600 Doat St, Cheektowaga, New York 14211.
Sister Mary Francella Turajski, Educator
Sister Mary Francella, 87, a Felician Sister for 69 years, died in the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. The former Elizabeth Turajski was born on May 20, 1926 in Cleveland, OH. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Parish, Alden, NY. Elizabeth was a graduate of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy. She entered the Immaculate Heart of Mary Province of the Felician Sisters in Buffalo, NY, on August 22, 1944 and professed perpetual vows on August 6, 1952. She furthered her education at Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, now known as Medaille College, Buffalo, NY, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree.
At the onset of her ministry, Sister Francella was an elementary school teacher at St. Stanislaus School in Buffalo, NY. She continued teaching intermediate grades at St. Augustine School, Depew, NY, St. Mary School, New York Mills, NY and SS. Peter & Paul School, Buffalo, NY. In 1959, she began teaching English at Our Lady of Fatima School in St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Canada for four years. Upon her return to the United States, she continued teaching English on the secondary level at Villa Maria Academy in Buffalo. Once again her services were requested in Canada as an English teacher at Holy Name of Mary High School in Port Credit, Ontario where she remained for five years. She returned to Villa Maria Academy in 1979 for an eight year stay. She also taught English at Notre Dame High School, Batavia, NY. Sister Francella was a very conscientious teacher who insisted that her students perform well.
In 1982, Sister Francella became the Director of Records at Villa Maria College of Buffalo, a position she held for fourteen years. Her precision helped her serve the students well. During this time she also ministered as a Religious Education teacher at St, John the Baptist Parish in Alden, NY. She remained in the Records office for six more years assisting on a part-time basis until she was physically unable to continue. In December 2001, Sister Francella began helping the sisters in the Infirmary dining room. Because of poor health, she became a patient in the Blessed Mary Angela Care Center in December 2005 where she lived for nine years.