Sister Anne Marie Markoe, I.H.M. (formerly Sister Marie Georgeanne) died very suddenly Feb. 4 in Paoli Hospital. She was 74 and in the 56th year of her religious life.
The daughter of parents George and Anne (Devenny) raised their children Anne Marie, Joan and John in St. Martin of Tours Parish in Philadelphia. She attended the parish school and was a 1963 graduate of Little Flower High School.
She entered the the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Sept. 8, 1963. She received her religious habit and religious name, Sister Marie Georgeanne, on June 27, 1964 and pronounced her first vows on June 28, 1966. She opted to return to the use of her baptismal name in the late 1980s.
While in the I.H.M. community, she earned degrees at Immaculata University and Villanova University.
Sister Anne Marie began her teaching ministry in September 1966 at St. Jane DeChantal School in Easton for three years, after which she had the opportunity to advance her studies at Immaculata. In September 1970 through December 1972, Sister Anne Marie taught eighth grade at St. David School in Willow Grove.
She went to LaPlanicie, Peru in 1973 where she taught students on the high school level until 1978. When she returned from South America, she taught at Villa Maria Academy for two years.
Sister Anne Marie then taught students at St. Hubert High School from September 1980 through January 1987.
Once again, community leadership asked Sister Anne Marie to return to South America, this time to Santiago, Chile. There she served children as a high school religion instructor, a business English instructor and as activities staff member. She returned the United States in 1992 where she served the elderly and infirm sisters in Camilla Hall for a year.
Sister Anne Marie taught again from 1993 until June 2019, especially teaching biology at Immaculata High School in Somerville, New Jersey for 15 years. Sister’s last teaching assignment was Bishop Denis O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia, where she served for 11 years.
Following that assignment she went to Immaculata University to serve at the Student Life Center.
The funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 8 in the Chapel at Camilla Hall. Jesuit Father William Kelley was the celebrant, and concelebrants included Norbertine Father William A. Trader and Father William E. Dean.
Sister Anne Marie is survived by her brother John (Barbara), her sister Joan, her nephew Peter and many loving cousins, friends, her I.H.M. Community at Gillet Convent, Immaculata University and her Congregation of I.H.M. Sisters.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Camilla Hall Nursing Home, IHM Mission Advancement Office, 230 IHM Drive, Malvern, PA 19355.
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