Sister Barbara Ann Teresa Boyle, S.S.J. (formerly Sister Anita Consilii), died April 12 at Chestnut Hill Hospital, Philadelphia, at age 79. She was in the 61st year of her religious life.
The daughter of Thomas Boyle and Ann Hughes, Sister Barbara was born in Jersey City, N.J., on Aug. 16, 1937. She attended Our Lady of Victory Grade School, Jersey City and Holy Family Academy, Bayonne. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Sept. 12, 1955 and professed final vows Aug. 11, 1963.
She earned an A.B. in English from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia and an M.A. in English from Seton Hall University, New Jersey.
As a teacher Sister Barbara taught at the following schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia: St. Athanasius and St. Ambrose Schools and Cardinal Dougherty and John W. Hallahan High Schools.
She also taught in the Diocese of Trenton and Archdiocese of Newark, where she also served as grant writer for New Community Corporation, a social service agency.
In the Diocese of Metuchen she served as a volunteer at Haven of Hope for Kids located in Hope, N.J.
She also was a grant writer for the SSJ Development Office in Philadelphia. In 2013, Sister Barbara moved to St. Joseph Villa in Flourtown as a resident.
Her funeral Mass was celebrated April 20 at St. Joseph Villa.
She is survived by members of her congregation, the Sisters of St. Joseph.