Sister Mary Benilda Nadolski died peacefully on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at St. Francis Park in the 99th year of life and the 79th year of religious life.
Sr. Benilda was born on January 18, 1922 in Westfield, MA to the late John and the late Anna (nee Burek) Nadolski. On August 22, 1940 she became a postulant and on July 24, 1945 Sister Benilda professed her final vows.
Sister Mary Benilda received her Masters in English degree at St. Bonaventure University, Olean, NY. For sixty plus years, including twenty-five years as a school administrator, Sr. Benilda served as an educator to God’s people. She began her teaching career St. Josaphat in Milwaukee, WI. Then, in New York State Sr. Benilda taught at St. Theresa, Rochester; Corpus Christi, Buffalo, St. Joseph, North Tonawanda and Holy Trinity, Niagara Falls.
She served as a school administrator at St. Hedwig, Detroit MI; Immaculata Academy, Hamburg, NY; and for many years at Sacred Heart, Danbury, CT. Sister Benilda completed her years of active ministry by serving in parish ministry at St. Stanislaus in Chicopee, MA before joining her Sisters in the Care Community in Hamburg in 2013 to serve in the ministry of prayer and presence.
Sr. Benilda’s inspiration came from Jesus’ words, “Be not afraid” and the life and words of Mother Colette Hilbert, especially, “In all things charity.” She was spry and active in the convent activities until the end of her life. In addition to being a dedicated pray-er for the needs of God’s people, Sr. Benilda enjoyed singing, dancing, visiting with her sisters, playing Bingo and attending parties.
Arrangements by Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home. Services will be held privately. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Westfield, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph in memory of Sister Mary Benilda Nadolski.
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
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