Sister Bernadette Therese, 58

School principal

March 10, 2007

Sister Mary Bernadette Therese Melling, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and a parochial school principal, died Sunday of cancer at her convent in Winchester, Va. The former Irvington resident was 58.

Born Mary Melling in New York City, she moved to Irvington with her parents in the 1950s and attended St. Joseph Monastery Parochial School there.

She entered the religious order in 1967 and received the name Mary Bernadette Therese.

She taught at St. John the Evangelist School in Hydes, and after an assignment in Pittsburgh became principal and a teacher at St. Michael's School in Frostburg.

In 1994 she moved to Sacred Heart Academy in Winchester, Va., where she taught and was also principal.

Her funeral Mass was offered Wednesday at her order's motherhouse in the Woodbrook section of Baltimore County.

Survivors include two brothers, William Melling of Gaithersburg and John Melling of New Bern, N.C.; two sisters, Bernadette Fortenbaugh of Baltimore and Ann M. Meany of Ellicott City; and nieces and nephews.

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