Sister Judith Ann Worden, RSM (Sister Mary Leo), a Pittsburgh Sister of Mercy for 66 years, died at the Convent of Mercy on October 24, 2021. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., she was 84 years old. Daughter of Leo and Mafalda (Tillie Marino) Worden, Sister Judith entered the Sisters of Mercy from St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Pleasant Hills, in 1955 and made final vows in 1961.
Sister Judith earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Mount Mercy College (now Carlow University) and a Master’s from the University of Dayton. She taught in the Catholic schools in the Pittsburgh and Greensburg Dioceses including St. Peter Northside, St. Xavier Academy in Latrobe, as well as Academia Católica and Colegio la Merced in San Juan Puerto Rico. Additionally, Sister Judy served on the Board of Carlow University and she was director of apostolic ministry and coordinator of apostolic works for the Pittsburgh Diocese from 1983-2007.
Having spent most of her teaching career at Canevin High School as teacher and vice principal, Sister Judy is famous for having taken 20 trips with those students to New York City to see plays and have dinner. As moderator of the high school band’s Flag Girls, she also attended Band Camps every summer. Sister Judy had a keen sense of humor throughout her life.
Preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Leo Joseph Worden and a sister, Mary Kathryn Wight. Sister Judith is survived by her brothers John David (Joan) and Thomas Bernard Worden. A private funeral liturgy will be followed by interment in St. Xavier’s Cemetery, Latrobe, Pa. Arrangements entrusted to the EDWARD P. KANAI FUNERAL HOME, 500 Greenfield Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 3333 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213 or the Carlow University Scholarship Fund.
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