Sister Mary Gertrude Weldon BELMONT - Sister Mary Gertrude Weldon, 93, died July 15th, 2014 at Marian Center, Sacred Heart Convent, Belmont, NC. Sister Gertrude, daughter of Anna C. and Arthur P. Weldon, was born in Philadelphia, PA. Sister is a graduate of the former Sacred Heart Academy and Sacred Heart Junior College, Belmont, NC. Following graduation in 1939 she entered the Sisters of Mercy and according to the custom of the time her name was changed from Miriam Elizabeth to Sister Mary Gertrude. Sister Gertrude continued her education receiving her RN at Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh; B.A. in Nursing Education, Marquette University, and an M.A. in Nursing Education and Psychology, St John's University, New York. Sister Gertrude served in a wide variety of experiences in the education field and the medical profession. She served in many nursing capacities at Saint Joseph Hospital, Asheville, N.C. and Mercy Hospital, Charlotte, N.C. ranging from Obstetrics and Operating Room Supervisor, Pediatric Supervisor and Medical Surgical Clinical Instructor to Director of Nurses at Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. After completing her degree in Nursing Education and Psychology she turned her attention to educational ministry. Sister began teaching Psychology, Health, Anatomy, and Philosophy at Sacred Heart College and also served as Guidance Counselor, Director of Admissions and Recruiting. Sister's penchant for creativity led her to develop and direct a Medical Assistants Program as part of Sacred Heart's curriculum. This program was recognized and approved by the American Association of Medical Assistants and became one of the most popular tracks in the college. In 1972 Sister Gertrude changed directions again and assumed the role of principal at St. Michael's Elementary School, Gastonia, NC. During this time she was one of the organizers of the Diocesan Principals Association and served one term as its president. In 1981 Sister was appointed Nurse Director of Marian Hall, the Infirmary for the Sisters of Mercy at Sacred Heart Convent, Belmont. She remained in this position supervising and providing skilled care for the sick until her retirement in 2000. Sister Gertrude was a charter member of the Sister's Senate in the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte and was instrumental in its organization. She ultimately served one term as president of this Senate. Sister was always recognized as an excellent teacher and a compassionate care-giver. Her work has left indelible marks wherever she ministered and she touched the lives of people of all ages over many years. A final tribute to her is summed up in a quote from one of her former students, "She was a great lady and a magnificent teacher!" Wake and Visitation: Thursday, July 17 at 7 pm in Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Belmont. Mass of Christian Burial: Friday July, 18 at 10:30 am in Sacred Heart Convent Chapel. Memorials may be sent to Sisters of Mercy South Central Community, 500 Sacred Heart Circle, Belmont, NC 28012. Condolence messages may be sent to www.mcleanfuneral.com. McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the family of Sister Mary Weldon.
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Published in Charlotte Observer on July 18, 2014