Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, May 27, 2018

WEST HARTFORD – Sister Patricia (Sister Mary Pauline) Balta, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died on March 23 at age 79.

She was born on March 17, 1931, in St. Mary City, Md., a daughter of the late John and Anna (Kohut) Balta. She entered her order on Sept. 8, 1950, and professed her perpetual vows on Aug. 23, 1956. She had been in religious life for almost 60 years.

Sister Patricia received a bachelor’s degree in education from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, a master’s degree in French from Rivier College in Nashua, N.H., and a master’s degree in theology from St. Michael’s College in Winooski, Vt. She then obtained certification in ministries development at Washington Theological Seminary in Adelphi, Md.

Sister Patricia taught in schools in the Archdioceses of Hartford and Washington, D.C., and the Diocese of Bridgeport, including 14 years at Sacred Heart Academy in Stamford. Later, she was the director of religious education and a pastoral minister at St. Joseph Parish in South Norwalk.

After two years as co-director of the Haitian Center in Trenton, N.J., she helped found a new mission in Plzen, Czech Republic. Until her retirement to St. Joseph Infirmary, she directed the English as a Second Language program at Jubilee House in Hartford.

Survivors include her religious community and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Sister Patricia was predeceased by four sisters, Emma Shook, Mary Lucas, Anna Geci and Katherine Tucker; and four brothers, Michael, Paul, John and Paul (the latter two died as infants).

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 27 in St. Joseph Chapel in West Hartford. Interment followed in the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery in West Hartford.