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Sister Ursula Tisdall, former teacher and principal, dies at 85

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ASTON, Pa. – Sister Ursula Tisdall, who ministered for 22 years in the Diocese of Wilmington, died Dec. 13 in Assisi House. She was 85 and had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 66 years.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Sister Ursula worked primarily in education. She was a teacher at St. Anthony of Padua School in Wilmington and Holy Angels School in Newark, and she served as principal at Immaculate Conception in Elkton, Md., and St. John the Beloved in Wilmington.

She also taught or was a principal in the archdioceses of Washington and Baltimore, and in the dioceses of Raleigh, N.C, and Charleston, S.C. She served for 17 years in the Archdiocese of Boston as a chaplain and in other roles, and for the past five years she volunteered at a parish in the Diocese of Worcester, Mass.

Services were Dec. 18 in Aston. Burial was in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery. Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.

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