Sister Mary Jeannette O’Brien dies, taught at St. John, Collingswood


Sister Mary Jeannette O’Brien, 99, a graduate of Camden Catholic High School and teacher at St. John School in Collingswood, died Dec. 6 at McAuley Hall Health Care Center, Watchung, N.J.

Sister Jeannette, one of eight children, graduated from Camden Catholic High School in 1934, and entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1936.

In 1971, Sister Jeannette began teaching at St. John School, retiring in 1980. She also taught at other schools in New Jersey.

After her retirement, she was a volunteer in St. Charles Parish, Cinnaminson until 2003 when she moved to St. James Retirement Community in Red Bank, and most recently to McAuley Hall Health Care Center, Watchung, where she continued her ministry of prayer.

Her community remembered her as “a quiet, gentle woman with a ready smile and a kind word to everyone.”

She is survived by her sister, Loretta Matthews of Florida, many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and Sisters of Mercy in the Mid-Atlantic Community.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Dec. 10. Burial was in Holy Redeemer Cemetery, South Plainfield.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic Community, 1645 Highway 22, Watchung, NJ 07069.