A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 9 in McAuley Hall Health Care Center, Watchung, for Mercy Sister Dolores Patterson who died Feb. 5. She was 88.
The former Sister Mary Melanie was born in Atco and graduated from Camden Catholic High School where she came to know the Sisters of Mercy who influenced her decision to answer a call to the religious life. She held a degree in elementary education from Georgian Court College (now Georgian Court University), Lakewood, and taught in parish schools in the Trenton, Metuchen and Camden Dioceses. In the Trenton Diocese, she ministered in St. Paul School, Princeton; St. Joseph School, Keyport, and St. Mary School, Bordentown.
She later went on to teach students with special needs in the Camden Diocese.
Burial was in Holy Redeemer Cemetery, South Plainfield. Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic Community, 1645 Highway 22 West, Watchung, N.J. 07069.