A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 21 in Assisi House, Aston, Pa., for Franciscan Sister Manetto Ruocchio, who died Dec. 18. She was 93.
A professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 72 years, Sister Manetto (formerly Susan Dorothy Ruocchio) was born in Philadelphia. She entered the congregation in 1943 and professed her first vows in 1946. She earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Villanova University, Villanova, Pa., and a master of arts degree in English/Education from The Catholic University of America, Washington. She ministered primarily in elementary education, serving in the Diocese of Trenton for 34 years; the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for 20 years and also in the Diocese of Providence, R.I. and the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pa.
In the Trenton Diocese, she taught in Blessed Sacrament School and Immaculate Conception School, both Trenton; served as principal in St. Raphael School and St. Anthony School, both Hamilton, and as both teacher and principal in Holy Angels School, Hamilton. She also taught in St. Rose of Lima School, Freehold.
Sister Manetto is survived by a sister-in-law, nephews and her Franciscan family. Burial was in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Aston.
Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, Pa. 19014.