Sister Catherine Tronolone, OSF (baptized Lucretia “Grace”) of Stella Niagara, NY, passed away on January 9, 2021 at Stella Niagara Health Center. Sister was born in Buffalo, NY, August 10, 1924, the daughter of the late Carmine and Lucia (Sisti) Tronolone.
Sister Catherine entered the Sisters of St. Francis at Stella Niagara September 6, 1942 and was professed August 19, 1944.
She received her Bachelor's degree in Education in 1952 at Mt. St. Joseph Teachers College, Buffalo, NY and her Master's degree from Catholic University, Washington, D.C. in 1966.
Sister Catherine was an educator and Pastoral Minister. She taught at St. Michael School, St. Benedict School and Cardinal O'Hara High School in Buffalo, NY; Seminary of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Stella Niagara, NY; St. Francis DeSales High School, Columbus, Ohio; Mater Dei High School, New Monmouth, NJ; Charleston Catholic High School, Charleston, W.VA; and Casa MaddalenaLanguage School and St. Francis International School (where she also served as Principal), Rome, Italy. Sister Catherine also served in Pastoral Ministry at St. Mary Parish, New Monmouth, NJ. After many years of teaching, Sister Catherine continued her ministry to the sick and
homebound in Buffalo,NY and was sure to visit her Sisters in the Stella Niagara Health Center and bring candy on a weekly basis. She also spent time in Poland teaching English to the Sisters in Our Lady Help of Christians Province, Orlik. Sister Catherine retired and moved to the Stella Niagara Health Center in December 2015.
Sister Catherine is survived by two sisters: Dolores (late Joseph) Calabotta and Veronica (late Alfred) Webdale and a sister-in-law, Eve (late Anthony) Tronolone as well as many nieces and nephews and her Sisters at Stella Niagara.
She was predeceased by siblings: Lucretia (age 12), Daniel (age 16), John (Pauline) Tronolone, Teresa (Peter) Tronolone, Frank (Mary) Tronolone, Agnes (Lawrence) Gardner, Carmen (Catherine) Tronolone, Celia (Lee) Semmet, Anthony Tronolone, and Caesar (Valerie) Tronolone.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Interment at Stella Niagara Cemetery.
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