Sister Mary Emily Mentell died Oct. 28. She was 80.
A member of the Little Servant Sisters of the Immaculate Conception in Cherry Hill, she was born in Poland. As a teacher Sister Emily entered the Motherhouse – Novitiate of the Little Servant Sisters of the Immaculate Conception in Stara Wies, vicinity Brzozow, Poland in 1958.
Her first profession of vows was proclaimed there in 1961, and her final profession in 1966 at St. Joseph Convent in Woodbridge, N.J. following her arrival in the United States in 1963.
A devoted principal, teacher in the United States for 41 years in the Diocese of Camden (St. Matthew Regional School, West Deptford) Diocese of Metuchen (Our Lady of Lourdes School, Milltown and St. Stanislaus Kostka School in Sayreville), Archdiocese of Newark (St. Hedwig School, Elizabeth), and at the beginning in the Diocese of Buffalo (Visitation School), Sister Emily also served in community administration including as superior provincial.
Her final five years were spent in prayer ministry, knitting for the needy, along with redemptive suffering at the provincialate, Cherry Hill.
“Her community gives thanks for the witness of her consecrated life. Sister Emily had a bright intellect, reflected inwardly and shared in company with discernment and a quiet sense of humor,” the Little Servant Sisters said when announcing her death.
“She loved her Marian congregation and was faithful to her religious and professional duties. She was demanding of self and was always conscientious, ready to help her community with projects and individuals in their needs. It was evident that she drew strength from her relationship with God, hours of Eucharistic adoration, praying with Scripture and devotion to the Blessed Mother.”
Mrs. James McCoog of National Park said that she would miss Sister Emily very much as she was a wonderful person.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 3 and Interment at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Chews Landing. Memorial donations in her memory may be made to the Little Servant Sisters, 1000 Cropwell Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003.