Patricia Norton, SCN, 83, (formerly Sister Patrick Maria) was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She died on Dec. 24, 2020, at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Massachusetts. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 63 years.
Sister Pat served in educational ministries for many years, teaching primary grades at schools in Kentucky and Tennessee from 1957-1973. She was principal at Sacred Heart School in Hickman, Kentucky, and St. William School in Millington, Tennessee.
She served in pastoral ministry from 1977-1987 at St. Susanna Parish in Dedham, Massachusetts. From 1987-2011 she served as chaplain for Caritas Good Samaritan Hospice in Norwood, Massachusetts.
Sister Pat served her SCN Community as treasurer for the province in Memphis, Tennessee, from 1973-1977.
She is survived by her nieces and nephews Patricia Fleming, Maureen McKillop, Kathleen McPhee, Mary Beth Simmons, Paul Norton, and Wayne Shepherd and survived by 13 great-nieces and nephews and three great-great nieces and nephews; and by her religious community.
A Funeral Mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Church in Weymouth, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston, Massachusetts.
Funeral Arrangements are being handled by McDonald Keohane Funeral Home, Weymouth, Massachusetts. Memorials may be sent to the SCN Office of Mission Advancement, P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, Kentucky, 40048.
I lived in Millington Tennessee and Sister taught me in the third grade. She taught us religion.
Sr. Josephine Barrieau, my aunt, and Sr. Pat were roommates in the second-floor apartment of a house in West Roxbury. Since my aunt’s death in 2005, Sr. Pat and I would talk on the phone or meet twice a year, in February for Sr. Jo’s birthday and in Septembr for her anniversary. For my mother and me, it was good to have Pat to talk to about Jo.
Sr. Pat also helped my mother see her second son three days before he passed. Her witnessing and describing how excited they were to see each other means a lot still. Pat’s doing this for us, Jo’s extended family, is pivotal still.
Glad Sr. Pat had her big family doing their best for her and having her with them as she passed, a great comfort.
Glad for all being in the community did for both my aunt and her good friend. Sr. Jo’s community pin she often wore on her label I keep in a safe place.