Obituary of Sr. Mary Telesphore Wozniak, FSSJ.
Sister Mary Telesphore Wozniak died peacefully on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at St. Francis Park in the 95th year of life and the 77th year of religious life. Sr. Telesphore was born on November 13, 1925 in Buffalo, NY to the late Bernard and the late Clara (nee Pilarski) Wozniak. On January 5, 1943 she became a postulant and on July 12, 1947 Sister Telesphore professed her final vows. Sister Mary Telesphore received her Master in Education degree at Marygrove College in Detroit, MI. For forty-five years, Sr. Telesphore offered her services to God’s people as an educator. Her dedication to the education of children and teens took place at St. Teresa, Rochester; St. Columba, Buffalo and St. Peter, Lewiston in New York State. Outside of New York, she ministered in Massachusetts at Holy Trinity, Westfield; SS Peter and Paul, Three Rivers and St. Stanislaus in Chicopee. Sister Telesphore also taught at St. Hedwig in Detroit MI and St. Anthony in Fairfield, CT. Sister’s final years of active ministry were offered as an assistant in ministry, helping her sisters in the infirmary and as a driver and sacristan in Hamburg, NY. Sister Telesphore joined her Sisters in the Care Community in 2012 to serve in the ministry of prayer and presence. Sr. Mary Telesphore was a gentle yet determined woman. During her many years at St. Columba School in Buffalo, NY, she became a beloved band teacher. She felt strongly that music was needed in one’s life to be a well-rounded person. She used her influence to gain donations of musical instruments and then initiated a student band. She was truly the “leader of the band.” A former student recently recounted that Sr. Telesphore helped her to become the woman she is today through her band participation. She said that she went to school early and stayed late so that she could spend time with all of the sisters, but with Sr. Telesphore in particular. Her sentiments echo those of other former students of Sr. Telesphore. Sr. M. Telesphore is survived by her sisters in community and a beloved niece. Arrangements by Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home. Services will be held privately. 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 Mary Telesphore Wozniak. 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