Sr. Mary Michael Hill, OSF, (Margaret Mary Hill), of Stella Niagara, NY, passed away on Tuesday May, 21 2013, in Mt. St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, NY. She was born in Niagara Falls, NY on February 16, 1931, the daughter of the late John R. and Helen (Edwards) Hill.
Sister Mary Michael graduated from Cleveland Avenue School and Stella Niagara Seminary. She earned her BA degree at Rosary Hill (Daemen) College and her MA at Niagara University. Sister Margaret was employed at Marine Trust Company and Bell Aircraft Corp., before she entered the Sisters of St. Francis at Stella Niagara in 1955 and professed her vows in 1958. Sister taught at Stella Niagara Seminary and Bishop McMahon High School, Buffalo, NY. She was a Provincial Secretary of Holy Name Province and Secretary at Stella Niagara Education Park. With the opening of the Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara in 1974 until 1981, Sister Mary Michael served on the retreat team and was involved in the various renewal movements, giving directed retreats, directing the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius and doing spiritual direction.
In 1981, Sister Mary Michael was one of three sisters to begin the community's ministry in the Miami Archdiocese. She was involved in spiritual care of the elderly and assistant Chaplain at St. John's Rehabilitation Center. In 1986, she moved to Daytona Beach to assume administration of Casa San Pablo, a HUD 202/8 housing complex for low income elderly sponsored by St. Paul Catholic Church. In 1997, she resigned from Casa San Pablo to accept the position of Pastoral Associate and Business Administrator of the Basilica of St. Paul, Dayton Beach, FL. Sister Mary Michael retired in October 2006 and continued to live in Daytona Beach until 2007 when she returned to Stella Niagara.
She is survived by a nephew, Michael Boucher. Sister was the sister of the late Kathryn Ann (late Aruther) Boucher.
Friends may call on Friday after 2:00 PM at Stella Niagara, 4421 Lower River Road, where a prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00 AM, in the Sister's Chapel at Stella Niagara with Rev. Robert Webster from the Diocese of Orlando, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis, 4421 Lower River Road, Stella Niagara, NY 14144. Interment in Stella Niagara Cemetery.
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