Sister Mary Estelle Waclawczyk
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Sister Mary Estelle Waclawczyk
Sister Mary Estelle Waclawczyk
Sister Mary Estelle Waclawczyk died Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Convent in Rio Rancho, N.M.

She was born May 20, 1929, to William (Willie) and Mary Lee (Dzuik) Waclawczyk of Cestohowa and was named Edna at Baptism.

She received her grade school education through the Felician Sisters, and by the time she made her First Holy Communion, she had made her decision to become one of them. On July 2, 1943, she traveled to Chicago, Ill. to begin the first step of this choice as a high school student at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School. Upon her graduation in 1947, she entered the Felician Order in Chicago. In 1949, she began her 51-year classroom teaching ministry. For the next 21 years, she taught either two or three grades at a time. Her education ministry sites included Chicago, Ill.; St. Hedwig, Cestohowa, Panna Maria, Bremond and San Antonio; Aston and Exeter, Neb.; and Arcadia and Claremont, Calif. When she was transferred to Rio Rancho, she tutored at St. Felix Pantry. Sister Estelle was also an accomplished seamstress and baker. In addition to her teaching, she also served as sacristan in most of her teaching locations as well as during her years in Rio Rancho.

Survivors include her sister, Susie Skloss; brother, Otto (Gladys) Waclawczyk; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant brother, Frank; her sisters, Magdalene Urbanczyk and Emma Opiela; and brothers-in-law, Domin Opiela, Elias Urbanczyk and Emil Skloss.

Rosary and Wake Services were held at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Convent Chapel, Rio Rancho, N.M., at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the same location on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 9 a.m. Burial followed in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Albuquerque, N.M.

Pallbearers were Leroy Opiela, Mary Ann Barkley, Cap and Edna Vajdos, and Eli and Vivian Urbanczyk.

A memorial service is pending at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Cestohowa.

Memorial donations may be made to the Felician Sisters at 4210 Meadowlark Lane SE, Rio Rancho, N.M. 87124.
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