Sister Donald, age 84, died peacefully on September 20, 2017 at McAuley Hall Health Care Center in Watchung, New Jersey. Sister Donald, the former Rose Marie Cody, was born in Trenton, New Jersey to Thomas and Mary Ellen Cody in 1933. She was educated by the Sisters of Mercy and entered the community on September 24, 1953. She continued her studies toward a degree in elementary education at Georgian Court College (now University) and taught in schools in the Trenton, Camden and Metuchen dioceses. Many children in primary grades in St. Nicholas School, Atlantic City; St. Elizabeth School, Bernardsville; Our Lady of Victories, Sayreville; St. Mary School, Bordentown; St. Mary School, South Amboy and St. Paul School in Princeton between 1956 and 2013 were taught by Sister Donald. Sister Donald continued to serve at St. Paul School in support staff positions until she moved to McAuley Hall Health Care Center in 2013.
In firm and quiet ways, Sister Donald steadfastly met many challenges in her various assignments, always faithful to the life she had chosen and the people she vowed to serve. She loved teaching and interacting with faculty, parents and the children. Her small frame could be seen hustling from one task to another, always in a hurry. Always a primary grade teacher, she continued to tutor students even after she was no longer in the classroom full time.
Assigned to teach at St. Paul's School in Princeton when she was very young, she learned to love the parish, the people and the culture of the university town and was delighted to return to St. Paul's more than once and to spend her last years in active ministry there.
She is survived by devoted nephews/nieces and Sisters of Mercy in the Mid Atlantic Community.
Visitation: McAuley Hall Health Care Center, Watchung, NJ on Monday, September 25, 2017
Wake: 9:30 to 11:30 AM
Welcome Home: 10:00 AM
Mass of Christian Burial: 11:30 AM
Burial: Holy Redeemer Cemetery, South Plainfield, NJ
Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, Mid Atlantic Community
1645 Highway 22 West, Watchung, NJ 07069