Aston, PA—Sister Anne Marie Kennealy, OSF, 83, died in Assisi House in Aston on August 3. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 62 years. Sister Anne Marie (Margaret Elizabeth Kennealy) was born in Philadelphia where she was a member of Epiphany Parish and a graduate of Hallahan High School. Prior to her entrance into the congregation in 1945, she worked in the office of the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Sister Anne Marie professed her first vows in 1948 and later earned a B.S. in Education from Mt. St. Mary University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. She ministered primarily in education, both as a teacher and librarian. In later years she served in parish ministry and as a volunteer with the retired sisters.
Sister Anne Marie’s 21 years of ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia included teaching at St. John Neumann School (1988-1989) and working as a librarian at Our Lady of Consolation School (1989-1995). From 1984-1985 she served as a caregiver for a family member. From 1996-2007, Sister Anne Marie lived at Our Lady of Angels Convent in Aston and volunteered as a librarian at Assisi House. In 2007 she moved to Assisi House where she served in prayer ministry until her death.
Sister Anne Marie ministered in the Diocese of Wilmington for 39 years. She taught at St. Ann School (1947-1952); Corpus Christi School, Elsmere (1952-1959); Holy Angels School, Newark (1959-1968, 1972-1978); Padua Academy (1969-1972); Immaculate Conception School, Elkton (1978-1984) and St. John the Beloved school (1985-1988).
Additional ministry experiences include teaching at St. Clement School in Rosedale, Maryland (1968-1969) and doing parish ministry at St. John Vianney Parish in Orlando, Florida (1995-1996).
All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, on Tuesday, August 10. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 9:30 A.M followed by viewing. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 A.M. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston. Sister Anne Marie is survived by her sisters, Elizabeth Fellona, Mary Quattrone, Ann Wenrich, and Edna Holland; by her brother, John Kennealy; by her nieces and nephews; and by her Franciscan family. Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.