Sr. Anne Amrhein, teacher in 4 states

Sister Anne Amrhein
Sister Anne Amrhein
Posted: November 01, 2013

Sister Anne Amrhein, 87, a teacher in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for 20 years, died Thursday, Oct. 24, of end-stage cardiopulmonary collapse at Assisi House in Aston.

She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 66 years.

Sister Anne was born in Baltimore, where she graduated from the Catholic High School of Baltimore. She entered the convent in 1944 and professed her first vows in 1947.

She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Villanova University in 1962 and a master's degree in mathematics from Trenton State College in 1977, as preparation for teaching at the elementary and secondary levels.

Her early career was spent in Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey. She taught at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Bethesda, Md., St. Anthony School in Wilmington, and Holy Angels School in Trenton.

Sister Anne's local assignments included St. Bonaventure School in Philadelphia, St. Francis de Sales School in Lenni, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Morton, all elementary schools.

She also taught at St. Maria Goretti High School in Philadelphia and Bishop Conwell High School, in Levittown.

From 1975 to 2010, Sister Anne taught and did volunteer work in Harrisburg and then Lancaster County before retiring to Assisi House, where she lived until her death.

"Sister Anne enjoyed teaching, and her enjoyment was evident in the love of learning she inspired in her students," said colleague Sister Ann Marie Slavin. "She was a naturally gracious woman who continued to reach out to others even in her retirement."

She is survived by a brother, a sister, and nieces and nephews.

A Christian Wake service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, followed by a viewing, at Our Lady of Angels Convent Chapel, 609 S. Convent Rd., Aston.

A Funeral Mass is at noon. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston.

Donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Rd., Aston, Pa. 19014.


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