Sister Bernadette Marie Del Frate, S.C.

Sister Bernadette

Sister Bernadette Marie Del Frate, S.C., (Sister Maureen Joseph) died Feb. 18 at Schervier Nursing Care Center, Riverdale. She was 85.

Born in Jackson Heights, she attended Sacred Heart School, Bronx, and Cathedral H.S. in Manhattan, before entering the Sisters of Charity of New York in 1949. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin and education from the College of Mount St. Vincent and a master’s degree in education administration from Marquette University. She later earned NYS permanent certification for grades N–6 and elementary school administration.

She was principal of St. Gabriel, East Elmhurst, 1966-72. She became the director of education for the Sisters of Charity in 1985 and in 1987 was elected a Regional Coordinator for two terms, serving until 1995.

Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery, Yonkers.