Sister Edward Marie Tesiero (Edwina Mary)
Sister Edward Marie Tesiero (Edwina Mary)
Sister Edward Marie Tesiero (Edwina Mary), 85, a Franciscan Sister of the Atonement from Graymoor, died July 25 in the Lurana Healthcare Residence of St. Francis Convent, Graymoor, in Garrison.

Sister Edward Marie was born in Amsterdam on Oct. 15, 1935 to Sarah (Boyd) and Edward Tesiero, entered the community on Sept. 8, 1959 and received the name Sister Edward Marie on May 5, 1960 when she became a novice. She professed her first vows on May 15, 1961 and her final vows on Aug. 27, 1966. As an Atonement missionary for 60 years, she served in parish, catechetical, pastoral and educational ministries. Her first mission assignment was in 1962 at Mt. Carmel, Conn. From there, she ministered in Maine (Limerick), California (Merced, Bakersfield), Oregon (Bandon), New York (Albany, Graymoor, Canajoharie, Amsterdam, Schuylerville, Massena and Morristown), New Hampshire (North Conway), and a three-month stay in Bethlehem, South Africa. From 1991-96, Sister Edward Marie served on the leadership team of the congregation and from 2001-06 she was the appointed secretary general. She returned to Graymoor in January 2018.

In 1958, the year before she entered the community, Sister Edward Marie received a bachelor’s degree from The College of St. Rose. In 1970, she studied theology for one year at Regina Mundi in Rome, Italy and, in 1971, began studies at St. Louis University, Miss., where she received a master’s in theology in 1973. From 1975-80, Sister Edward Marie was the directress of Higher Studies for the junior sisters of the congregation. Sister Edward Marie was well known as a catechist and director of religious education in the numerous parishes in which she ministered. 

Sister Edward Marie, who was predeceased by her parents and sister, Marilyn Sickler, is survived by her sisters in community, her brother, Edward Tesiero of Amsterdam and several nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass was held July 31 at the Motherhouse Convent Chapel at Graymoor. Donations in Sister Edward Marie’s memory may be sent to: Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement, 41 Old Highland Turnpike, Garrison, N.Y., 10524.