Aston, PA – Sister Emily Ann Herbes, OSF, (formerly Sister Marie Antoinette), (84) died in Assisi House on October 14. She was born in Portland, Oregon, and later moved to Pendleton where she was a member of St. Mary Parish and a graduate of St. Joseph Academy. She entered the congregation in 1954 and professed her first vows in 1957. She earned a B.S. in Education from Marylhurst College and an M.A. in Education from Seattle University. She ministered in education, social services, and as congregational historian.
Sister Emily Ann ministered for 29 years in the Archdiocese of Seattle. She taught at St. Leo High School and St. Charles School, both in Tacoma. She served as an ESL teacher at St. Francis House in Puyallup. She also served as the congregational historian for the Sisters of St. Francis for a number of years and during a four year period, she alternated between Tacoma, Washington, and Aston, Pennsylvania, serving in that role and working on finalizing the congregational history. She also volunteered at Olympus House in Tacoma and later at St. Ann Convent where she cared for the retired sisters. In 2004 she moved to Assisi House, the congregation’s retirement residence in Aston, Pennsylvania, where she served in prayer and hospitality until her death.
During her 19 years in the Archdiocese of Portland, Sister Emily Ann served as provincial secretary and worked in social services at the Northwest Pilot Project and Volunteers of America. She taught at Gervais Elementary School and Sacred Heart School. She also engaged in parish ministry at Sacred Heart Parish.
Additional ministry in education took Sister Emily Ann to the Diocese of Oakland where she taught at St. Isidore School in Danville and to the Archdiocese of Spokane where she taught at St. Charles School. She also served for a time at the former St. Joseph Family Center in Spokane.
During her six years in the Diocese of Baker, Sister Emily Ann taught at Sacred Heart Academy in Klamath Falls and served as a caregiver for a family member in Pendleton.
Services will be held in Assisi House on Tuesday, October 20 and will be private. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery. Sister Emily Ann is survived by her sister, Colleen Christiansen; her brother, Richard Herbes; her nieces and nephews; and her Franciscan family. Donations in her name can be made to Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Rd., Aston, 19014.
Read Sr. Emily Ann’s memorial write-up.