Sister Mary Cordella Taught at Catholic High

A Mass of Christian burial for Sister Mary Cordella Joyce, O.S.F., who taught in Baltimore high and elementary schools, will be offered at 7 p.m. tonight in the chapel of Assisi House, Aston, Pa.

Sister Cordella, who was 82, died Thursday after a short illness at Assisi House, the retirement home of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, where she had lived since 1977.


A specialist in mathematics and social studies, she retired about 20 years ago from full-time teaching, but continued to work part time at schools in the Wilmington, Del., area.

From 1953 until 1962, she taught at Catholic High School in Baltimore.


She began her teaching career in Baltimore in 1929 at St. Elizabeth's School and then taught at several Wilmington schools. She taught at St. Elizabeth's School from 1940 until 1944 and then for two years at the Shrine of the Little Flower. From 1948 until 1953, she taught at Immaculate Conception School in Towson.

The former Margaret Mary Joyce was a native of Wilmington and entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in 1928.

A graduate of Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, she did graduate work at Catholic University and St. Louis University.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.