Niagara Gazette


June 16, 2014

Teresa Marie Coppola

KENMORE — Teresa Marie Coppola, a longtime Catholic Diocese of Buffalo school educator, teacher and principal, died June 14, 2014 in Kenmore Mercy Hospital Hospice-Unit after a seven-year battle with cancer. She was 69. Born in Buffalo and raised in Orchard Park, she attended Nativity of Our Lord Grade School and graduated from Mount Mercy Academy High School in June 1962. In September of 1962, Teresa entered the Sisters of Mercy where she was a member of the order for 16 years. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Sancta Maria College and Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, a master's degree in Theology from Canisius College.

She taught at various schools in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo from 1966 to 2007, including Holy Family, South Buffalo; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lakeview; St. James, Jamestown; Mount Mercy Academy, Buffalo; Madonna High School, Niagara Falls; and Niagara Catholic High School, Niagara Falls.

While at Madonna High School, Teresa was assistant principal and principal from 1972 through 1976. She played a very important part in planning the merger of Duffy High School and Madonna High School into today's Niagara Catholic High School.

Teresa is survived by her husband, Howard Pirong; three sisters, Florence Webber, Joan      Stadelmaier and JoEllen Murphy and two brothers, Ralph and Joseph; also survived by many nieces and nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Fretthold Funeral Home Inc., 1241 Oliver St. at Ward Rd., in North Tonawanda on Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday at 9:30 AM at Our Lady of Czestochowa R.C. Church, 57 Center Avenue, North Tonawanda. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Teresa Coppola Memorial Scholarship fund, care of Niagara Catholic High School, or the Sisters of Mercy, or Missionary Oblates of Belleville, IL.

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