Sadness at passing of Tipp town native who devoted her life to education

Kathleen Nagle (Sister Petronilla) late of 5 Emmett Street, Tipperary Town, died on December 4, 2010 and was interred in St. Pauls, Selly Park, Birmingham.

Kathleen Nagle (Sister Petronilla) late of 5 Emmett Street, Tipperary Town, died on December 4, 2010 and was interred in St. Pauls, Selly Park, Birmingham.

Born in December 1922, Kathleen was educated by the Sisters of Mercy in Tipperary, who on seeing her musical talent encouraged her to acquire a high grade as a violinist and to become a member of the local orchestra. She entered the 'Sisters of St. Paul' in Kilmallock and after her profession continued her studies and graduated as a teacher in 1946. Then with the greatest dedication she worked as an assistant, headmistress and voluntarily for fifty years in schools in England. Her versatility and keen interest in the welfare of her pupils won the admiration of students, teachers and the education authorities. Sr. Petrolnilla's understanding of children with special needs and immigrants with language difficulties propelled her even more to give as much help as she could to them.

Although she lived away from Tipperary Town for so many years, she had a deep-felt love for her hometown and very much enjoyed her visits home where she stayed with her sister, Rita Daly and her family on Main Street. While at home she loved visiting relations and catching up with old friends to reminicse about growing up in Tipperary.

For the final couple of months of her life it was evident that the end was coming and to those who sat and prayed with her, she often spoke of death and her longing for heaven. During Sr. Petronilla's last days she was calm and unruffled as if she already heard the voice of the Beloved in the "Song of Songs" saying: 'The season of glad songs has come; see winter is past, come then my beloved,' and without any struggle, St Petronilla breathed her last.

A Remembrance Mass will be held in the Convent of Mercy chapel on Thursday, January 20, 2010 at 7pm.