Sr. Mary LaSala, FSSJ

Sr. Mary Gregory LaSala, FSSJ

1931 - 2022

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Obituary of Sr. Mary Gregory LaSala, FSSJ

Sister Mary Gregory LaSala died peacefully on Friday, March 4, 2022 at St. Francis Park in the 90th year of life and the 72nd year of religious life. Sr. Mary Gregory (Lena) LaSala was born on July 6, 1931 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Stephen and the late Josephine (nee Russo) LaSala. On January 6, 1949 she became a postulant and on July 19, 1953, Sister Gregory professed her final vows. Sister Gregory served her entire 60+ years of ministry as a nursing aide, helping the most vulnerable of God’s people. She ministered at Ozanam Home, Milwaukee, WI, St. Mary’s, Detroit, MI, St. Clare Manor, Lockport, NY and St. Anthony Home for the Aged, Hamburg, NY. Sr. Gregory offered the vast majority of her years of service to caring for her own sisters at the motherhouse infirmary. She was admired and appreciated for her loving ministry of accompanying her sisters as they neared death. She sat with them for hours to pray for them and attended to their needs. She knew the little favorites of each one, whether it was a favorite food, a favorite song or prayer, etc. Sr. Gregory lovingly helped to prepare many sisters for their funerals over the years. Sr. Gregory was the epitome of generosity. She gave willingly of her time, her talents and her treasure. She never said no to filling in for an extra shift or to sitting with a patient in the hospital throughout the night if needed. A keen observer of people, Sr. Gregory was able to make even the most reluctant patient feel comfortable and willing to accept necessary medical help. With her sisters, she was known to share special treats on holidays and ordinary days. She always said, “If I have it; I share it. It’s all a blessing.” 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 Gregory LaSala. 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

Mass of Christian Burial

St. Francis Park
5229 South Park Ave
Hamburg, New York, United States