Sister Martin Regina, Teacher

August 06, 2009|By Jacques Kelly

Sister Martin Regina McConnell, a retired parochial school teacher, died of a stroke July 30 at her order's retirement home in Aston, Pa. She was 80.

Born Regina McConnell in Philadelphia, she entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in 1947. She earned a bachelor's degree from Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg.

She taught for nearly three decades in Baltimore, beginning in 1951 at St. Vincent de Paul School in downtown Baltimore and continuing at St. Clement Maria Hofbauer in Rosedale, St. Anthony School in Gardenville, St. Peter Claver School in West Baltimore, Charles Hall Middle School in East Baltimore and the Shrine of the Little Flower School in Belair-Edison.

After her retirement, she volunteered at St. Joseph Hospital Convent in Towson and at the old Church Home on Broadway.

She also taught in Wilmington and Newark, Del., and was a former principal at St. Patrick Indian Mission in Anadarko, Okla.

A mass was offered Tuesday in Aston, Pa.

Survivors include a niece and a nephew.

- Jacques Kelly

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