Sister St. Francis Coco, domestic worker, teacher

Sr. St. Fran-cis Coco
Sr. St. Fran-cis Coco
Posted: January 31, 2014

Sister St. Francis Coco, 93, a domestic worker and teacher, died Sunday, Jan. 26, of a stroke at Assisi House in Aston, Delaware County.

The former Marie Theresa Coco was born in Boston, where she worked at the original Filene's Basement before deciding to enter the convent. She was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 62 years.

Sister St. Francis was responsible for domestic work in the various convents where she lived. She was a quiet, spiritual woman who spent much time in prayer.

"She liked to be with her God," said colleague Sister Ann Marie Slavin.

From 1978 to 2010, Sister St. Francis worked in both the dining room and mail room at Our Lady of Angels Convent, the religious order's motherhouse in Aston.

Previously, she spent 12 years in the Diocese of Trenton. She taught kindergarten at St. Rose of Lima School in Freehold and helped out at McCorristin Faculty House in Trenton.

She also cared for children in the St. Mary Home in New Bedford, Mass., in the early 1950s, and worked in the 1970s at Blessed Sacrament Convent in Walpole, Mass. She spent time working in convents in Puerto Rico in the 1950s and in Lancaster in the early 1960s.

In 2010, after Sister St. Francis moved to Assisi House, a retirement facility for members of the religious order, she assisted in the domestic area, even while using a walker.

"Sister St. Francis was a quiet woman with a warm and welcoming smile, someone who always looked to the needs of others," said Sister Ann Marie Slavin.

She often interrupted her lunch to set the table for those who had not eaten yet, Sister Anne Marie said.

A 9:30 a.m. Christian wake service and viewing Friday, Jan. 31, will be followed by an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass at Assisi House, 610 Red Hill Rd., Aston. Interment is in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston.

She is survived by nephews and nieces.

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


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