Sister Mary Patricius Maloney, a member of the Sisters of Mercy community for 75 years, spent her career as a teacher, principal, college department head and volunteer.
The Greeley, Neb., native died Tuesday at age 93. Funeral services are planned next Tuesday at the Mercy Villa, 1845 S. 72nd St., starting at 10 a.m.
Sister Patricius completed a bachelor’s degree at the College of St. Mary in 1960 and went on to earn a master’s from Creighton University in 1964, all while teaching every elementary grade except kindergarten. She taught in Omaha and Lincoln, as well as Denver and Devils Lake, N.D.
She was named principal of several of those schools, including opening St. Thomas More Elementary School in Omaha.
Her ministry would take her to other roles, but she said in a 1979 interview that she liked working with elementary students the best. “They keep you young,” she said.
She served as supervisor of elementary schools for the Sisters of Mercy Omaha province from 1964 to 1967, assessing and evaluating 45 Mercy elementary schools across nine states. She then held a similar position with the Omaha Archdiocesan Education Office from 1969 to 1971.
In 1972, she was named head of the education department at the College of St. Mary. She left that role in 1979 and took on the role as assistant director of admissions at the college until 1996. She worked mornings only; she said it allowed her to not only meet new college students but also to pursue several volunteer roles.
For more than 25 years, her volunteer work took her to the Madonna School, the Omaha Archdiocesan Consultation Center and St. Thomas More.
Her other teaching assignments in Omaha were: St. Bernard, 1958-60; St. Peter, 1951-53 and 1956-58; St. Margaret Mary, 1953-54; Holy Family, 1947-50; St. Patrick, 1942-43; and St. James Orphanage, 1941-42. She was at Blessed Sacrament in Lincoln from 1943-47.
“She loved teaching and it showed,” said Sister Mechtilde Hill. “Her students always loved her. She had a special talent for teaching little children, and for teaching others how to teach them.”