Sister Dorothy L. Payne, S.S.J. (formerly Sister Joseph Francis), died Feb. 3 at St. Joseph Villa, Flourtown. She was 79 and in the 57th year of her religious life.
The daughter of the late Henry and Helen Payne, Sister Dorothy attended Public School Number Twelve and Holy Family Academy in Bayonne, N.J.
In September 1961 she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph, Chestnut Hill, and professed her final vows in 1969.
Sister Dorothy ministered in the archdioceses of Newark and Philadelphia and the Diocese of Trenton.
She is survived by her brother William Payne and cousin Joan DeVito (Dominic). She is also survived by her extended family and members of her congregation, the Sisters of St. Joseph.
The funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 7 at St. Joseph Villa.
Donations may be made in Sister Dorothy’s name to St. Joseph Villa, 110 Wissahickon Ave., Flourtown, PA 19031-1898
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