Sister Nancy Bradbury (Formerly Sister Albert Marie) died in Paoli Hospital on December 7, 2022, the 65th year of her religious life.
Nancy was born on February 14, 1938. Sister’s parents Albert and Anna (Krupsky) Bradbury raised their family of three daughters in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in South Philadelphia.
Nancy attended Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Elementary School (1952) and Hallahan High School (1956). Later, while in community, Sister earned an A.B. degree in Math from Immaculata and an M.A. in Math from the University of New Hampshire.
Nancy entered the Congregation on July 16, 1957; she received her habit and her religious name, Sister Albert Marie, on January 16, 1958; and she professed First Vows on January 16, 1960. The Sisters had the option of returning to our baptismal name in the mid-eighties, Sister chose to return to Sister M. Anna L. Bradbury – known by most as “Nancy.”
Sister began her teaching ministry January 1960. Sister ministered to children, families, and parish communities wholeheartedly. Sister Nancy was a teacher par excellence. For the most part, Sister taught math to upper grade children. Sister taught many varied levels of math to students, but she always managed to work with children for whom math was a struggle. When the ‘strugglers’ left her tutelage, they felt very accomplished and very good about themselves. What a tribute to Sister Nancy!
Sister’s ministerial reach was far and wide. Sister taught students for fifty-eight and half years. Sister served wholeheartedly in the following parishes: St. Francis Xavier, Philadelphia; St. Peter, Reading; Holy Family, Manayunk; Good Shepherd, Camp Hill; St. Cecilia, Coatesville; Sacred Heart, Lancaster; Blessed Virgin Mary, Darby; St. Anastasia, Newtown Square; Notre Dame, Easton; St. John of the Cross, Roslyn; St. John the Baptist, Philadelphia; Most Blessed Sacrament, Philadelphia; Sacred Heart, South Philadelphia; St. Agnes, West Chester (Honors Math and Learning Support); Cristo Rey High School, Philadelphia, and the Literacy Program at St. Francis De Sales in Philadelphia.
Wherever Sister served, she served with a joie de vivre that was compelling. Whether Sister worked with Sisters, Colleagues, Parents, Children, Loving Friends, she did it with every fiber of her being.
In August 2018, Sister volunteered to serve our Sisters in Camilla Hall. Unbeknownst at the time, crippling diminishment was slowly but surely taking its toll. However, her goodness and her prayerfulness did not skip a beat. Sister Nancy, in the company of Sister Christina and Sister Ann went to the Lord early in the morning of December 7. We will miss you, Sister Nancy, please intercede for us!
In addition to her IHM Community, her loving sisters Joanne Hinchliffe (Bill) and Katheen Golas (Ed), her nieces, nephew, and grandnieces and grandnephews survive Sister Nancy. Sister Nancy’s parents Albert and Anna (Krupsky) Bradbury predecease Sister.
Reverend John Burger SSC celebrated Sister Nancy’s Funeral Mass on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to:
Camilla Hall Nursing Home
IHM Mission Advancement Office
230 IHM Drive
Malvern, PA 19355