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Sister Grace Mary Klenchik

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Sister Grace Mary Klenchik, (Ruth), 81, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield in her 63rd year, died on Feb. 1, 2008, in Mont Marie Health Care in Holyoke, Mass. She was born in Binghamton, N.Y., the daughter of John and Mary (Maliswaski) Klenchik.

Sister entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rutland, from St. Mary Parish, Binghamton, N.Y.; she became a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield when the Congregations merged in 2001.

Sister graduated from St. Patrick’s High School, Binghamton. She earned a B.S. degree from the College of St. Joseph in Rutland. She also studied at Cardinal Stritch College, Milwaukee, Wisc. and Gonzaga University, Seattle, Wash.

Sister ministered in the Diocese of Burlington as a teacher in Rutland at Mt. Saint Joseph Academy, St. Peter’s School and Christ the King School; in Fair Haven at St. Mary’s School; in Bennington at St. Francis de Sales School, and in White River Junction at St. Anthony’s Parish. She also served on the staff of the College of St. Joseph in Rutland. In addition, Sister served as Director of Formation for the Congregation from 1989 to 1995. Most recently, she has ministered as Pastoral Assistant at St. John the Baptist Parish in North Bennington.

In addition to her sisters in Community, she is survived by a sister, Marie Maliswaski of Endicott, N.Y, nieces and nephews.

The wake is Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, at Mt. Saint Joseph Chapel, 129 Convent Ave., Rutland, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2:30 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 1:30 p.m.

The funeral mass will be held Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008 at Mount St. Joseph Chapel at 3 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the sisters of St. Joseph, Mont Marie, 34 Lower Westfield Rd. Holyoke, MA 01040-2739.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Clifford Funeral Home.
Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 4, 2008
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