Rita LEWANDOWSKI Obituary (2022) – Buffalo, NY
(formerly Sister Thomas More)
Sister Rita Lewandowski, GNSH, (formerly Sister Thomas More) (89), passed away on Sunday December 26, 2021. Rita was born in Buffalo, NY on October 26, 1932, daughter of the late Walter and Florence A. (Gajewski) Lewandowski . Sister graduated from South Park High with a BA with Honors in Latin from D’Youville College and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. Postgraduate work was carried out at Villanova and Temple Universities. Sister held a permanent license from NY and PA as a specialist in reading, as well as a permanent license from NY in Latin. The sister was a member of the Kappa Gamma Pi Honor Society.
A long-time educator, Sister Rita has influenced the lives of countless young people and adults by introducing them to the world of reading and literacy. Prior to joining the Gray Nuns of the Sacred Heart in 1961, she was an instructor at Marymount Junior College, Arlington, Virginia, where she taught philosophy, English, and world literature. Her ministerial assignments as a gray nun took her to PA, GA and NY. Sister taught at Sacred Heart Junior College, Yardley, PA for six years and D’Youville College for two years. For over 38 years, Sister Rita’s ministry has focused on the Buffalo area. Students at the Immaculate Conception, Eden, and Holy Angels School and Academy benefited from her experience. For ten years she was a reading specialist at several local schools, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, All Saints, St. Joseph’s Academy, St. Augustine Center and St. Bonaventure. Turning to adult literacy in 1991, she engaged and challenged those attending the Adult Learning Center to discover the joys of reading. The sister continued this ministry until 2007, upon her retirement she became a volunteer teacher with the Literacy Volunteers of Western New York until 2015. She moved to Philadelphia in December of the same year. Predeceased by her brother Richard, Rita is survived by her nephew in addition to her religious congregation. Sharing memories at 9.45 a.m., funeral mass will follow at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 8 (Chapel of the Sisters Redemptrors, 521 Moredon Rd., Huntingdon Valley, PA. Burial at Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem, PA. Memorial contributions can be made. to the Gray Nuns of the Sacred Heart, 14500 Bustleton Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19116-1188 or at www.greynun.org.
Posted by Buffalo News on January 2, 2022.