BUFFALO - Sister Annette Mirco, OSF, passed away Saturday (March 1, 2014) at Buffalo General Hospital.
Born Antoinette Mirco on Jan. 21, 1918, in Buffalo, she was a daughter of Michael and Anna Louise McGinty Mirco of Buffalo.
She was received into the congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse on Aug. 15, 1942, and professed her final religious vows Aug. 16, 1949.
Sister Annette attended St. Columba grade school in Buffalo from 1923 to 1931, followed by high school at St. Patrick's and Mount Mercy Academy, both of Buffalo, graduating in 1935. After joining the congregation, she began college courses at Medaille College in Buffalo, continuing at St. Elizabeth Teacher's College (now part of St. Bonaventure University) in Allegany; Nazareth College in Rochester; Fordham University in New York City; and St. Bonaventure University, where she earned her B.S. in education in 1959. Sr. Annette pursued graduate studies at Nazareth College and St. Bonaventure University, completing her M.A. degree in education and guidance in 1965 at Villanova (Pa.) University.
Sr. Annette taught in the lower grades in congregational schools located throughout New York and New Jersey and during several assignments also served as guidance counselor. In 1969, she accepted the guidance position at Archbishop Walsh High School in Olean, and in the years to follow she was given increasing oversight - first in the role of assistant principal and finally as principal of the school that she grew to love. Following her many years in education, she found a personal calling in pastoral care, serving within many New York parishes as well as ministering to her own sisters within the St. Elizabeth Motherhouse Infirmary. During this time, she also served as a sister visitor, bringing a welcome smile of encouragement to many at St. Joseph's in Niagara Falls. Well into her retirement years, Sr. Annette continued to be of service to her sisters at the St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, happily volunteering wherever she was needed.
Sister Annette is predeceased by her parents; sisters Alice Carriero, Mary Pinto, Rose Miller and Catherine Mirco; and her brother, Louis.
She is survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
A wake service is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, Allegany. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday (March 5, 2014) in the chapel of St. Elizabeth Motherhouse, followed by burial in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany.
The funeral arrangements are under the direction of Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc., 646 E. State St., Olean. Sister Annette's obituary and condolences can be found online at www.letromcintoshspinkfuneralhome.com.