Sister of Mercy M. Teresita Williams, who was a longtime educator in diocesan Catholic schools, died Dec. 14, 2019. She was 98 years old.
Sister Williams entered the congregation Sept. 8, 1938, after graduating from Our Lady of Mercy High School in Brighton. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Nazareth College.
She taught at Holy Cross, Rochester; St. Cecilia, Irondequoit; St. Charles Borromeo, Greece; St. Helen, Gates; Holy Family, Auburn; and St. Patrick, Owego. She also was principal and teacher at St. John Evangelist School, Clyde. She also did clerical work for St. James Mercy Hospital, Hornell. Her ministry was altered for 12 years while she cared for her mother at the family residence in Fort Myers, Fla., which she expressed gave her “a broader sense of life and the world.” When she returned, she became resident assistant at the motherhouse’s medical center for 10 years.
Sister Williams is survived by her nieces, nephews and her sisters in the congregation. Her funeral liturgy was celebrated at the Mercy Center chapel in Brighton Dec. 20, 2019, with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 1437 Blossom Road, Rochester, NY 14610.