Sister Joella Matt, 99, nurse in several dioceses

Sister Joella Matt
Sister Joella Matt
Posted: May 24, 2014

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.

Sister Joella studied nursing at St. Joseph Hospital in Providence, R.I., and became a registered nurse in 1936. She stayed at the hospital for a year before returning to Philadelphia.

She worked at St. Mary Hospital in Philadelphia from 1937 to 1944 as pediatric supervisor, and again from 1974 to 1976 as an IV therapist.

Sister Joella also spent time in the Diocese of Allentown at St. Joseph Hospital in Reading. Her roles there included medical-surgery supervisor, IV therapist, admissions volunteer, and dining-room attendant. In 2001 she retired to Assisi House.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

Services were Thursday.

Donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Rd., Aston, Pa. 19014.


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