Sister Patricia Lynch, 67, teacher and nurse

Sr. Patricia Lynch
Sr. Patricia Lynch
Posted: July 20, 2012

Sister Patricia Lynch, 67, a Franciscan nun for 46 years, died of cancer on Monday, July 16, at Assisi House, her religious order's retirement home in Aston, Delaware County.

Known for much of her career as Sister Rose Marie, Sister Lynch taught elementary school classes in Delaware County and then worked as a nurse in Philadelphia and Bucks County.

In 2009, a spokeswoman for her order said, she was a tristate finalist for a nursing spectrum excellence award.Born in Philadelphia, Sister Lynch graduated from West Catholic High School, entered the order in 1963, and professed her first vows in 1966.

She taught at Resurrection School in Chester from 1967 to 1970, before teaching at Holy Ghost School in Bethlehem, Pa., from 1970 to 1976.

Returning to Delaware County, she taught at St. John Neumann School in Bryn Mawr from 1976 to 1979 and at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Morton from 1979 to 1982.

After earning a bachelor's degree in history from Neumann University in Aston in 1970 and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Gwynedd Mercy College in 1984, she was a rehabilitation nurse at St. Agnes Medical Center in South Philadelphia from 1984 to 2004 and at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne from 2004 to 2012.

Sister Lynch is survived by her twin, Mary O'Riordan.

A brief wake, at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 19, at Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Rd., Aston, will be followed by visitation and an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass there.


Contact Walter F. Naedele at 215-854-5607 or wnaedele@phillynews.com.

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