Sister Joella Matt, 99, a registered nurse who served Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, died Friday, May 16, of cardiopulmonary failure at Assisi House in Aston Township.
She had been a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for one month shy of 80 years and would have celebrated her 100th birthday this summer.
A colleague, Sister Ann Marie Slavin, said she would have shied away from publicity on both occasions.
"A quiet woman who seldom spoke about herself, Sister Joella's long life was one of service to others," said Sister Ann Marie.
A Lancaster native, Sister Joella professed her first vows in 1934. Her two siblings, Sister Joanne Matt and Sister Rosemary Matt, also became nuns. Both preceded her in death.