Sister William Clare Platt, O.S.F., 91, died July 25 in Assisi House, Aston. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 71 years.
She was born in Media where she was a member of Nativity B.V.M. Parish and a graduate of Notre Dame High School. She entered the congregation in 1945 and professed her first vows in 1948. She earned B.S. in education from Villanova University in 1969 and ministered primarily in elementary education and, in later years, in pastoral services.
During her 45 years of ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Sister William Clare taught at St. Benedict School in Philadelphia and St. Mary School in Schwenksville. She served in pastoral services at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Lenni and at Assisi House (the congregation’s retirement residence in Aston). In 2011 she became a resident at Assisi House and served in prayer and hospitality ministry.
Sister William Clare ministered for 15 years in the Diocese of Harrisburg and 11 years in the Diocese of Allentown.
Additional ministry experience includes teaching at St. James School in West Warwick, Rhode Island, and at St. Nicholas School in Egg Harbor, New Jersey.
The funeral Mass was celebrated July 30 in Assisi House. Burial followed in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston.
Sister William Clare is survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and by her Franciscan family. Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.
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