Aston, PA—Sister Miriam Eidenshink, OSF, (formerly Sister Mary Robert), 77, died in Assisi House on August 18. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 55 years. Sister Miriam Eidenshink was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she was a member of St. Benedict Parish, Aston. She graduated from Little Flower High School. She entered the congregation in 1954 and professed her first vows in 1956. Sister Miriam earned a B.S. in Social Science and a M.A. in Religious Studies and ministered primarily in education. She began her years in ministry in the Diocese of Wilmington where she worked at St. Francis Hospital from 1955-1956.
Sister Miriam Eidenshink ministered for 22 years in the Diocese of Trenton. She worked at Corpus Christi School, Willingboro (1960-1968, 1979-1983); St. Rose of Lima School, Freehold (1968-1971); and Holy Angels School, Trenton (1971-1972). She also ministered at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton (1983-1989).
Sister Miriam ministered in the Diocese of Harrisburg for 17 years, serving at St. Joseph School, York (1956-1960) and St. Gertrude School, Lebanon (1972-1979). She returned to St. Gertrude Parish in Lebanon as a pastoral associate from 1989-1995.
Sister Miriam Eidenshink moved to Assisi House in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1995 and served in prayer ministry until her death.
All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, Aston, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, August 24. 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 Miriam is survived by a sister, Joan Lawlor; a brother, Robert Eidenshink; nieces, 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.