Sister Anna Mae Harkin, formerly known as Sister Michael Annice, always liked to be called Anne. Sister passed away at Saint Joseph Villa on February 28, 2020. Her funeral took place on March 5. Anne was a patient at the Villa for only a short time, residing there after working for many years at Chestnut Hill College in the office of the School for Continuing and Professional Studies.
The youngest daughter of Michael and Anna Kelly Harkin, Anne often shared stories of the “two families” she grew up in. She had five older siblings, all born in Ireland, and then, after the family moved to America, she and sister, Pat, were born. All spent their formative years at St. Francis de Sales School and West Catholic High School.
Sister Anne entered the congregation in 1952, and taught in elementary schools in Philadelphia and in the Camden diocese. Prepared with a Master’s Degree in English, Anne continued, for many years, teaching in secondary schools in Pennsylvania. She went on to serve as Coordinator of Activities at St. Hubert’s High School and as Vice-Principal at Nativity High School in Pottsville, where previously she had taught. Since 2001, Anne was missioned as secretary in Chestnut Hill College, living at Mount Saint Joseph Academy. She loved living and working back in Chestnut Hill.
A quiet, caring presence, Sister was noted for her ongoing gestures of love and friendship, and for a quiet and quick sense of humor, as testified by her sisters and colleagues. Anne made it a point to interact with all with whom she shared daily life. She and sister, Pat enjoyed many Starr Tours, and family interests were always Anne’s interests. Known to help out even when not on duty at the College, Anne would often stop in to see if she could assist the staff in her office at a particularly busy time. When a graduate started a non-profit to help new mothers with baby clothes, Anne was right there as a regular donor.
May your example live on, Anne, as you go to your reward with full hands!