Mary Margaret Meldon, SSJ, 88, of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania died on Saturday, January 26, 2013. She was in her 69th year of religious life. She was born in Erie on September 11, 1924 the daughter of the late James and Evelyn (Morrison) Meldon. Sister Mary Margaret entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on September 8, 1943 and professed her final vows on August 15, 1949. During her ministry career, she served as a teacher, social worker, hospital administrator, director of planning for hospitals and business manager for her congregation. A graduate of Villa Maria Academy and Villa Maria College, she earned Masters Degrees in social work and hospital administration, both at St. Louis University. She completed post-graduate work at George Washington University in Washington, D.DC. where she earned a certificate in health planning administration. Her ministry in education included teaching at the following schools: St. Gregory in North East; Villa Maria Elementary and St. Andrew schools in Erie and St. Bernard High School in Bradford. For six years, she served as a social worker in the Catholic Charities office of the Erie Diocese. She was administrator of Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie and Washington Hospice Society, Washington, D.C. She also served as Director of Planning at Canonsburg Hospital, Canonsburg, Pa. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, she worked in the business office at Spencer Hospital, Meadville, Pa. She returned to Spencer Hospital and served as Director of Long Range Planning from 1979- 1981. In 1981, she began working as the Business Manager of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania and continued in that capacity until 1999. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Thomas, and one twin sister, Mary Longacher. She is survived by one brother, Eugene Meldon of Junction, Colo. and one sister, Evelyn Colvin (Charles) of Naples, Fla. and several nieces and nephews and by her religious community. Friends may call at the Sisters of St. Joseph Community Living Center, 5031 West Ridge Rd. on Monday from 2:00 PM â€" 7:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. until a Mass of Christian Burial at 4:30 p.m. A prayer service will be held Monday at 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Community Support Fund of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Arrangements by the John J. Quinn Funeral Home, West 9th & Liberty St.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Jan. 28, 2013