Sister M. Judith Ann Moeller, IHM (Formerly Sister M. Martha Francis)

Sister Judith Ann Moeller died on February 5, 2021 in Camilla Hall in the 55th year of her religious life.  After a valiant struggle, Sister succumbed to cancer.  May her beautiful soul rest in peace.

Judith was born on March 16, 1947; she was one of six children.  Her parents Frank and Martha (Bispels) Moeller raised their family in Our Lady of Grace Parish in Penndel.  Judy went to Our Lady of Grace elementary school and Bishop Egan High School; she graduated from high school in 1965.  Later, while in community, she earned her A.B. degree from Immaculata and a M.Ed. degree from Temple University in Special Education.

Judith entered the community on September 8, 1965; she received her habit and her religious name, Sister Martha Francis, on June 27, 1966.  Sister Martha Francis pronounced her First Vows on June 28, 1968.  In the fall of 1968 through the school year ending in 1980, Sister taught primary grade children at St. Charles school in Cornwells Heights; St. Teresa in Runnemede, NJ; St. Anastasia in Newtown Square; and St. Francis de Sales in Philadelphia.

In the fall of 1980, Sister taught at St. Lucy Day School, a school for children with visual impairments.  Sister taught children in grades 3, 4, and 5 until the school year ending in 1984.  Sister then served as Principal of St. Lucy Day School in the fall of 1984 through August 1994.

For the school year 1994-1995, Sister Judith assisted at Good Shepherd School.  Then, from 1995 through 2001, Sister served as superior of St. Dominic Convent and part-time teacher at St. Dominic School.  In August 2001, Sister worked with children in the Tutoring Center at St. Aloysius Academy until the end of the school term in 2004.

The very special children at Our Lady of Confidence School were blessed to have Sister Judith serve as their Principal from August 2004 through August 2017.  From there, Sister was the Senior Resident Advisor at Holy Redeemer Health Services where she served for three months.

Sister Judith’s health began to decline, even so, Sister served diligently.  When she was able, she rendered service as a support staff member at St. Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments.  When Sister was unable to continue ministering outside of the convent, she rendered loving and prayerful service and example to her Sisters at St. Cecilia Convent in Philadelphia.

Sister Judith Ann Moeller touched countless lives academically and personally with her sound teaching, her goodness, her peacefulness, and her example.  God rest you faithful servant!

In addition to her Congregation of IHM Sisters, her sister, Martha Day (Paul), her sisters-in-law Mary and Ruth and her loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces grandnephews survive Sister Judith Ann.  Her parents Frank and Martha, her sister Catherine Walsh (Richard) and her brothers Joseph (Rose), Francis and Robert predecease Sister.

During this time of the Covid pandemic, the Visitation and Funeral Mass for Sister Judith Ann was private.  We celebrated Sister’s Funeral Mass in Camilla Hall on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.  Reverend Christopher Walsh was the main celebrant and homilist.  Fathers Dennis O’Donnell and Hugh Shields concelebrated this liturgy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to:
Camilla Hall Nursing Home
IHM Mission Advancement Office
230 IHM Drive
Malvern, PA 19355