Sister Dorothy Epple, 86, teacher

Sr. Dorothy Epple
Sr. Dorothy Epple
Posted: July 03, 2014

Sister Dorothy Epple, 86, a retired teacher, died Tuesday, June 24, of cardiopulmonary collapse at Assisi House in Aston Township, Delaware County.

She had been a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 66 years. Born in Baltimore, she was a graduate of Mount de Sales Academy.

Sister Dorothy earned a bachelor of science degree in secondary education and a master's degree in biology, both from Villanova University. Her teaching posts were in parochial elementary and secondary schools.

Sister Dorothy served in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for 10 years. In the early 1970s, she was formation director for the Sisters of St. Francis, living and working at Our Lady of Angels Convent in Aston. During that period, she taught at Lansdale Catholic High School.

Sister Dorothy also taught in Baltimore, York, and, from 1987 to 1992, at Corpus Christi Convent in Willingboro, where she was a coordinator for retired sisters.

In person, Sister Dorothy was full of fun. She "had a wonderful sense of humor, and a gift for dealing with, and relating to, people," said a colleague, Sister Ann Marie Slavin. "Anyone who spent any time with her came away feeling like a better person."

From 2005 to 2010, Sister Dorothy lived at Queen of Peace Convent, the religious order's independent-living residence, and volunteered in the facility's offices. In 2010, she retired to Assisi House.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Agnes Epple; nieces; and a nephew. Services were Monday, June 30.

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


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