Obituary

Sister Clarice Pennell RSM

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Sister Clarice Pennell, RSM, a member of the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy, died at Mercy Center, Dallas, on Thursday, May 2, 2013.

The former Mary Doris Pennell was born April 2, 1924 in Williamstown, a daughter of John and Elsie Lynch Pennell.

Sister Clarice graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg. She received a bachelor of arts from Misericordia University and a master's degree from Villanova University. She entered the Sisters of Mercy on Sept. 8, 1942, and professed her vows on March 12, 1945.

Sister Clarice shared her gifts of teaching and administration within the Diocese of Harrisburg. In particular, her years as principal and then teacher at St. Theresa School in New Cumberland were years filled with much joy. She often spoke of the wonderful faculty and the cooperative parents and students.

Having completed her time there, Sister Clarice cared for her sister, Clare Burke. For the past seven years, she has been a resident of Mercy Center and participated in the ministry of prayer.

Sister Clarice is survived by her devoted niece, Clarice, Woodbridge, N.J.; nephew, William, Camp Hill; five grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and her Sisters of Mercy.

Sister Clarice was always grateful to all at Mercy Center who cared for her and helped her keep her sense of humor, and who always got her to activities on time.

A prayer service and visiting hours will be on Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Mercy Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Mercy Center. Interment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.

Contributions in memory of Sister Clarice Pennell may be made to Mercy Center, P.O. Box 370, Dallas, PA 18612.
Published in Times Leader on May 4, 2013