Sister Mary Mercedes Rodriguez, S.S.N.D., who had been sacristan at her order's retirement home in Glen Arm for many years, died Tuesday at St. Joseph Hospital of pneumonia. She was 89.
A mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow in the chapel of Villa Assumpta, the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 6401 N. Charles St.
Sister Mercedes, who had lived at Villa Assumpta since 1983, retired to the motherhouse when the order closed Villa Maria, the retirement home at Notchcliff on Glen Arm Road, where she had
1954 as sacristan in the chapel.
From 1938 until 1952, she worked at St. Vincent's Orphanage in Philadelphia and then for two years at St. Peter's Orphanage in Newark, N.J.
For 10 years before that, she taught primary school classes in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The former Josefa Rodriguez was a native of Cayey, Puerto Rico, and entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1923 in San Juan. She attended the College of Notre Dame.
Survivors include many nieces and nephews.