Sister Agnes Assisi, 91, parochial school teacher

July 14, 2006

Sister Agnes Assisi Shipley, a retired parochial school teacher and member of the Franciscan Sisters of Philadelphia for 77 years, died Sunday of cardiopulmonary disease at her order's motherhouse in Aston, Pa. She was 91.

Born Catherine Elizabeth Shipley in Baltimore, she entered the Roman Catholic religious order in 1929 and earned a degree in history from Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg and a master's degree from Catholic University of America.

Beginning in 1931, she taught at St. Vincent de Paul parochial school in downtown Baltimore and was later assigned to SS. Phillip and James School in Charles Village.

She later taught at St. Paul School in East Baltimore, St. Stephen in Bradshaw, St. Lawrence in Woodlawn, St. Clement in Rosedale and Shrine of the Little Flower in Belair-Edison.

Her final assignment was at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, where she volunteered for a few months in 1998 before moving to Assisi House, the congregation's retirement residence.

A funeral Mass was celebrated yesterday in Aston.

She is survived by nieces and nephews.

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