Sister Thomasina, the former Helen Farley, died Jan. 16 at St. Joseph Villa, Flourtown. She was in the 62nd year of her religious life and was 81 years old.
Born in Philadelphia Jan. 9, 1935, Sister Thomasina was the daughter of Thomas Farley and Catherine Reagan and the sister of Anne Farley and the late Sister Evarista Farley, S.S.J., and Catharine Farley.
She attended St. Hugh Elementary School and Little Flower High School in Philadelphia, and was a graduate of Chestnut Hill College and Temple University.
Sister Thomasina entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph on Sept. 8, 1954 and professed final vows on Aug. 12, 1962.
As a teacher, Sister Thomasina taught both elementary and secondary school in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Dioceses of Allentown, Camden and Trenton. In addition, she was director of studies at St. Rose School, Belmar, N.J., and a member of the administration, faculty and staff at Chestnut Hill College.
In September 2008, Sister Thomasina became a resident of St. Joseph Villa where she remained until the time of her death. She is also survived by members of her congregation, the Sisters of St. Joseph.
The funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 20 at St. Joseph Villa, Flourtown. Donations in Sister’s memory may be made to Saint Joseph Villa, 110 W. Wissahickon Avenue, Flourtown, PA 19031.
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