Sister Mary Patricia McCrane, S.S.J. (formerly Sister Maria Vincent), age 85, died Sept. 25 at Chestnut Hill Hospital in the 66th year of her religious life.
She was the daughter of the late James J. McCrane and Mable F. Rodgers McCrane. Born in Philadelphia, she attended Ascension of our Lord Grade School and Little Flower High School. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in September 1950 and professed Final Vow on Aug. 8, 1958.
She graduated with a B. S. from Chestnut Hill College and an M.A. from New Jersey City University.
In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia she was a teacher at St. Francis of Assisi School, Philadelphia and Holy Saviour School, Linwood; coordinator of Sacred Heart Preschool, Cheltenham; Sacred Heart Preschool, Rydal; librarian at SS. Colman-John Neumann School, Bryn Mawr; and director of Day Care at Holy Redeemer Hospital, Meadowbrook.
She served as staff member of St. Joseph Guild, Flourtown; coordinator and co-director of the Little Design Shoppe; and volunteer as Health Care Staff at St. Joseph Villa/Gift Shop and also volunteer at St. Philip Neri, Lafayette Hill.
Sister Mary Patricia was also a teacher in the Archdiocese of Washington and the dioceses of Wilmington, Newark and Harrisburg.
In 2007 Sister Mary Patricia became a resident of St. Joseph Villa until her death.
She is the sister of Vincent McCrane, Marguerite Klinger and the late James McCrane and John McCrane; sister-in-law of Helen McCrane, Eileen McCrane and the late Claire McCrane and John Klinger.
She is survived by beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews, as well as her congregation, the Sisters of St. Joseph.
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