Aston, PA-Sister Crispin Hanselmann, OSF, 102, died in Assisi House on July 12. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 84 years and was the oldest member of the congregation. Sister Crispin was born in Forschheim, Baden, Germany (Amalia Ann Hanselmann), where she was a member of St. Catherine Parish. She entered the congregation in 1922 and professed her first vows in 1925. She ministered primarily in elementary education.
Sr. Crispin began her years in ministry at St. Nicholas School in Egg Harbor, New Jersey, (1924-1925) in the Diocese of Camden.
Sr. Crispin then served in the Diocese of Allentown for 68 years. She taught at Holy Ghost School, Bethlehem (1925-1930); Sacred Heart School, Allentown (1930-1946); Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, Minesville (1965-1967); St. Mary School, Catasauqua (1967-1968). Forty-four of her years in the Diocese of Allentown were spent at Most Blessed Sacrament School in Bally (now St. Francis Academy) (1946-1965, 1968-1993).
Sister Crispin ministered for 16 years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, serving in prayer ministry at Assisi House in Aston, Pennsylvania since 1993.
All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, on Wednesday, July 15. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 9:30 A.M followed by viewing. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 A.M. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston. Sister Crispin is survived by nephews, nieces, relatives in Germany, 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.