A funeral Mass was offered Feb. 1 at the chapel of the North American headquarters of the Medical Mission Sisters for Sister Joan Barina, who died Jan. 26. She was 88 and had been a Medical Mission sister for 56 years.

A native of Racine, Wis., she was a medical technologist at St. Luke's Hospital in Milwaukee and at the University of California before entering religious life. She was then chief technologist at Holy Family Hospital in Atlanta, then at Holy Family Hospital in India, where she started a school for laboratory technicians. Returning to the United States in 1973, she was a medical technologist with the Public Health Service of California, then worked at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. She was also a religious educator for the Archdiocese of Anchorage. For the past 10 years, she lived in Albany and served as a volunteer pastoral worker at St. Peter's Hospital.

Interment was in the Medical Mission Sisters' Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pa.