Aston, PA—Sister Marie Evelyn Sinnett, OSF, (93), (formerly Sister Mary Leonard) died in Assisi House on October 10. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 72 years. Sister Marie Evelyn was born in Seattle, Washington, where she was a member of St. Benedict Parish and a graduate of Holy Angels High School. She entered the congregation in 1941 and professed her first vows in 1943. She earned a B.E. in Education from Marylhurst College and ministered primarily in education.
Sister Marie Evelyn ministered in the Archdiocese of Portland for 20 years. She taught at St. Patrick School, Blessed Sacrament School, and St. James School, all in Portland. From 1984-1996 she lived at Our Lady of Angels Convent (Palatine Hill), where she was part of the provincial staff. In later years she returned to Portland to serve as a caregiver for a family member.
During her 10 years in the Diocese of Baker, Sister Marie Evelyn taught at St. Joseph Academy in Pendleton and St. Francis Academy in Baker. She also served in parish ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Prineville.
Sister Marie Evelyn also ministered for 20 years in the Archdiocese of Seattle. She taught at St. Leo School and St. Charles School, both in Tacoma. She served at St. Ann’s Children Home in Tacoma. During her years living at Our Lady of Lourdes Convent in Seattle, she cooked for the sisters with whom she lived. From 1997-1999 she lived at St. Ann Convent in Tacoma, serving in prayer ministry. In 1999 she moved to Aston, Pennsylvania, where she lived at Assisi House and served in prayer ministry until her death.
Additional ministry experience included teaching at St. Charles School in Spokane.
All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, Aston, Pennsylvania, 19014 on Friday, October 16. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 9:30 A.M. followed by viewing. Mass of Christian Burial at will be at 11 A.M. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston. Sister Marie Evelyn is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Betty & Bernie White, 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.