Aston, PA—Sister Patricia Ann Lynch, OSF (formerly Sister Rose Marie), 67, died in Assisi House on July 16. She was a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 46 years. Patricia was born in Philadelphia where she was a member of Transfiguration Parish and a graduate of West Catholic High School. She entered the congregation in 1963 and professed her first vows in 1966. She earned a B.A. in History from Neumann University in Aston, Pennsylvania, and a BSN in Nursing from Gwynedd Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania. Sister Patricia’s early year in ministry were spent in elementary education. She also spent many years in healthcare and was a certified rehabilitation nurse. In 2009 she was named as a finalist in the Nursing Spectrum Excellence Awards under the category of mentoring.
Sister Patricia ministered for 37 years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She taught at Resurrection School, Chester (1967-1970); St. John Neumann School, Bryn Mawr (1976-1979); and Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Morton (1979-1982). Her ministry in healthcare included ministering at St. Agnes Medical Center (1984-2004) and St. Mary Medical Center, Langhorne (2004-2012). In June she became a resident of Assisi House in Aston where she served in prayer ministry until her death.
Sister Patricia also ministered in the Diocese of Allentown for six years, teaching at Holy Ghost School in Bethlehem (1970-1976).
All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, on Thursday, July 19. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 9:00 A.M followed by viewing. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 A.M. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston. Sister Patricia is survived by her twin sister, Mary O’Riordan, nieces, nephews, and by her Franciscan family. Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.