Sister Marie D. Clitheroe, longtime educator
Sister Clitheroe was born July 29, 1925, in Hamilton, Ont. in Canada with the name Irene. She attended school in Buffalo and graduated from St. Nicholas Academy.
After completing a teacher training course, she taught at Sacred Heart School in Buffalo. Six years later, in 1950, she entered the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Divine Child and took the religious name Marie Dorothy.
In 2003, she became a Sister of St. Francis of the Third Order Regular of Buffalo when her congregation merged with the order.
She later earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Medaille College and her master’s degree in education from Canisius College.
For more than 40 years, she was an educator. She taught at Immaculate Heart of Mary Elementary School in Buffalo; DeSales High School in Lockport where she was also assistant principal; Turner High School and Turner Carroll High School in Buffalo.
For six years she served on the Board of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Buffalo, primarily helping them further develop their religious education program.
Sister Clitheroe also served on the Leadership Council of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Divine Child and from 1988 to 1996 was their general minister. Later, she worked with the McAuley-Seton Home Care.
A Mass was held Tuesday, Nov. 23 in St. Mary of the Angels Chapel in Williamsville.