Sister Anita Daniel Mc Laughlin, a beloved Sister of Saint Joseph for 65 years died at Chestnut Hill Hospital on Christmas Day, 2019. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on December 31 followed by burial at Saint Joseph Villa, Flourtown, Pennsylvania.
Baptized Elizabeth by her parents Daniel and Concetta, Betty grew up in Saint Edmond Parish in Philadelphia where she attended the parish grade school and later graduated from John W. Hallahan High School. It was at Hallahan that Betty met the Sisters of Saint Joseph. She spent late afternoons playing the trumpet with the school orchestra. It was her music teacher Sister Loretto Aloysia who became her friend and sponsor for the Sisters of Saint Joseph.
Anita spoke lovingly of her family—her parents and her brother Dan, his wife Marie and their children Dan, Kevin and Kaye Anne and their families. She enjoyed regular family vacations in Brigantine each year around the time of her birthday in July.
Anita had happy memories of her various missions—some urban, others suburban—where she served as teacher or administrator. Most of her assignments were in Philadelphia including Cecilian Academy and her longest mission which had a special place in her heart, Our Lady of Victory School, Philadelphia. During Anita’s days of semi-retirement she returned to her beloved Hallahan High School and assisted in the Guidance Office.
Sister Anita Daniel was a person with whom one felt at home. Home was in her heart and the warmth that she brought to others helped them to be at home. Whether teaching or praying, admiring the beauty of creation or listening to sacred or classical music, Anita was a loving, welcoming and peaceful presence. To the Sisters with whom she lived at Saint Michael’s Hall, and to her family and friends she will be remembered as a good, holy, peaceful woman, an interested and loving companion on the journey. We give thanks for the life Anita lived with love and peace among us, and we rejoice in the joy she must now experience in her heavenly home.