Obituary of Dorothy Stephanie Odachowski
Sister Mary Esther Odachowski died peacefully on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at St. Francis Park in the 86th year of life and the 68th year of religious life.
Sr. Esther was born on February 6, 1932 in Baltimore, MD to the late Walter and the late Stephanie (nee Sobotka) Odachowski. On January 5, 1949 she became a postulant and on July 19, 1953 Sister Esther professed her final vows.
Sister Esther received her Masters degree at Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY and attended St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing, Brooklyn, NY. She taught at St. Columba, Buffalo before getting her nursing degree and moving into the health care field. For over 25 years, Sr. Esther served as a nurse, charge nurse, or supervising nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital, Brooklyn, NY, Marycrest Manor, Livonia, MI, St. Joseph Hospital, Cheektowaga, NY, St. Anthony’s Home for the Aged, Hamburg, and Immaculate Conception Convent, Hamburg. Sr. Esther then studied and was certified in clinical pastoral education at Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital, Darby, PA before entering into service in pastoral ministry. She returned to St. Mary’s Hospital in Brooklyn to tend to the spiritual needs of the patients as others cared for their physical needs. Later in her ministerial life, Sr. Esther served her community as Director of Formation, Director of Associates and as a Local Minister before joining her sisters in the Health Care community in Hamburg, NY.
As a young girl, Sr. Esther was deeply influenced by Sr. Crispin, FSSJ, whom she saw as a grand model of a woman religious. Sr. Crispin brought about a transformation in young Dorothy who later joined the community and became Sr. Esther. Since childhood, Sr. Esther had a great devotion to St. Jude and she prayed for his intercession during her nursing career, especially in difficult situations. Sr. Esther liked reading, watching nature and watching EWTN. She cheered on the Buffalo Bills and the Baltimore Ravens on TV and was often torn between the two. In her younger days, Sr. Esther entertained the other sisters by playing the piano and organ. And, whenever she had the opportunity, she enjoyed feasting on hard crabs and crab cakes from Baltimore. Sr. Esther was a very dedicated pray-er. She remembered all those who requested prayers and those who suffered in the world.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis Park, Hamburg, New York, 5229 South Park Ave, Hamburg, NY, where a Memorial Prayer Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered in the Chapel on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be at St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph in memory of Sister M. Esther Odachowski, FSSJ.
No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived,
what God has prepared for those who love God. ~ 1 Cor. 2:9