Sister Franceline Marsh, R.S.M.

Sister Mary Franceline Marsh, a member of the Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic Community, died Feb. 2 at age 101.

The daughter of Harry and Mary Marsh, Sister Mary Franceline was born in small town Brookdale, Pa., near Erie.

Sister Mary Franceline taught in elementary and secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Allentown. Though small in stature at four foot nine inches tall, Sister Mary Franceline was well able to handle any discipline matter that arose as a teacher at Cardinal Dougherty High School, Philadelphia.

In 1963 she began ministering in the finance office at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Darby, a ministry she loved for 17 years. She then began her ministry as a member of the support staff for the Development Office of the Sisters of Mercy at Merion. For more than 20 years Sister Mary Franceline was responsible for sending acknowledgements to donors, and cards to benefactors.


At the age of 93, Sister retired to McAuley Convent in 2010.

Sister Mary Franceline will be remembered for her dry sense of humor and winning smile, her passion for service and her long suffering over recent years.

She is survived by her nieces Michele Marsh, Fran Teti and her nephew Jim Marsh and her Community of the Sisters of Mercy. She was predeceased by three siblings, Jim, Leo and Bernadette (Dot).

The funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 16 at the Convent of Mercy, Merion. Burial was in the community cemetery the following day.