Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister Patricia O’Brien, formerly known as Sister M. Nivard, died Oct. 14 in Our Lady of Peace Residence, Scranton, Pa.
Born in 1929 in Baltimore, Md., and given the name Frances Patricia, she entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary congregation Sept. 8, 1947. She made her temporary profession of vows May 8, 1950, and final profession of vows Aug. 2, 1953. She received a bachelor of arts degree in English/social studies and a master of science degree in counselor education from Marywood College, Scranton, and a master of social work degree from the University of Maryland.
Her ministry in education included teaching in Mount Holly Regional Catholic School, Mount Holly, from 1950 to 1953. Other schools where she taught or served as principal included New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland. She also served as a social worker from 1973 to 1975, and the social work coordinator from 1976 to 2000, at Spring Grove Hospital Center in Baltimore, Md.
Sister Patricia is survived by nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and by the members of her religious community.
Interment was in St. Catherine Cemetery, Moscow, Pa.