Sister Mary Victor, 79, nurse and instructor

November 29, 2001

Sister Mary Victor, a retired Mercy Medical Center nurse, died Saturday of heart failure at The Villa, the Sisters of Mercy retirement home in Pinehurst. She was 79.

A nursing instructor at Mount St. Agnes College in Mount Washington from 1953 to 1955, she also taught at the downtown Baltimore hospital for several years. After holding nursing posts in Savannah, Ga., Mobile, Ala., and at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium, she returned to the hospital from 1973 until she retired in 1991.

Born Mary Catherine Bistline in Newport, Pa., she converted to Roman Catholicism in 1949 and joined the Sisters of Mercy in 1951. She took her vows Aug. 16, 1955, and subsequently earned bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Catholic University of America in Washington.

She was an Army nurse at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington during World War II.

Services were held yesterday.

She is survived by a brother, James Bistline, and a sister, Louise Bistline, both of Alexandria, Va.

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