School Sister of Notre Dame Blanche Leising is marking her 60th jubilee. A native of East Amherst, N.Y., she earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and a master’s in elementary education from The Catholic University of America.
Sister Leising began her 52-year teaching career in 1951 at St. Matthew’s Parochial School in Baltimore, Md. She then was principal of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Washington, D.C., for seven years before becoming a teacher at St. Boniface School in Rochester. Two years later she become principal at Most Holy Redeemer School in New York City. Returning to Rochester two years later, she taught at St. Michael, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and again at St. Boniface.
From 1980 to 1983, she taught and served as principal at Catholic schools in Providence, R.I., and Irvington, N.J. In 1984 she returned to Rochester and was principal of St. Boniface for six years. Sister Leising performed secretarial work at Holy Apostles Church in Rochester for five years before returning to teaching, at Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Rochester, where she served for eight years. She is now retired and volunteers at Holy Apostles Church and Notre Dame Learning Center in Rochester.