Sister Mary Patricia O’Connell, R.S.M., a Sister of Mercy for 58 years, died April 18. She was 76.
Formerly known as Sister Mary Columba, she was born in Brooklyn and attended St. Thomas Aquinas School, Flatlands, and Mercy Juniorate H.S., Fort Greene.
She taught at St. Brigid School, Bushwick, 1961-63; St. Edward Confessor, Syosset, L.I., 1963- 67; and St. Pius X, Plainview, 1967-71.
For the next 46 years, she served as teacher, coach, CYO board member, parish and community choir member at Our Lady of Mercy, Hicksville, and volunteered at the Community Retreat House in Water Mill, L.I.
She is survived by her brother, Gerry O’Connell and his wife, Louise.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Mercy Church, Hicksville, L.I.
Burial followed in St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale, L.I.