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Sister Delphine Croft, OP, (Sister Marie Michael), former teacher and principal in the Diocese of

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Camden, died Jan. 21. She was 90.

The daughter of the late Michael John and Marie Symanski Croft, she was born Jan. 1, 1932, in Jersey City.

Sister Delphine entered the novitiate of the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh, N.Y., in September 1954, made her first profession in June 1956, and final profession in August 1959. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in humanities from Villanova University and a master of divinity in pastoral ministry at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington.

Sister Delphine spent 50 years as an educator, administrator and a director of religious education throughout New Jersey.

In the Diocese of Camden, she taught elementary school students at Saint Rose of Lima School in Haddon Heights (1958-61) and Saint Mary School in Gloucester City (1961-68), followed by three years as principal at Saint Patrick School in Woodbury (1968-71).

She is predeceased in death by her parents and brother Robert. She is survived by her Dominican Sisters of Hope; her sister, Carol Green, and brother-in-law, Samuel; niece Michele Green, and Michele’s husband, Brian, their son Sam; and nephew Geoffrey Green, and his wife, Christine.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Jan. 31 with burial at the Dominican Sisters of Hope Cemetery, on the grounds of Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh.

Donations can be made to the Dominican Sisters of Hope Development Office, 299 North Highland Ave., Ossining, N.Y., 10562.


Published here with permission of The Catholic Star Herald