Sister Ann Coyle, I.H.M.

Sister Ann Coyle, I.H.M. (formerly Sister Philip Marie) died in Lankenau Hospital June 30. She was 90 and in the 70th year of her religious life.

Born May 20, 1932 to Philip H. and Anna (Sheehan) Coyle, Ann was raised in St. Edmond Parish in Philadelphia. She attended that parish’s elementary school and went on to Hallahan High School, from which she graduated in 1950.

Ann entered the I.H.M. community in 1952, receiving her habit and her religious name, Sister Marie Philip, later that same year (she returned to the use of her baptismal name in the late 1980s). She professed her first vows in 1954. While in the I.H.M. community, she earned an A.B. Degree in economics from Immaculata College, followed by an M.A. in that subject from Temple University.

From 1954 to 1978, Sister Ann served students from many different parishes and on many different levels. She taught children at St. Agnes, West Chester; St. Augustine, Bridgeport; St. Barnabas, Philadelphia; St. Francis de Sales, Philadelphia; St. Maria Goretti High School, Philadelphia; St. Laurence, Upper Darby; Immaculata High School, Somerville, N.J.; St. Monica Business School, Philadelphia; Notre Dame High School, Miami; and Our Lady of Lourdes High School, Shamokin. 

Sister Ann spent the next 41 years of her educational ministry, until September 2019, at Immaculata University, touching countless souls throughout all of her educational ministry.

She is survived by many nieces, nephews and the members of her community, particularly her I.H.M. sisters at Gillet Hall.

Her parents, as well as her brothers Philip H. Coyle, Jr., James Coyle, Francis Coyle and her sister Betty Schoppe, predeceased Sister Ann.

Vincentian Father Michael Callaghan celebrated Sister Ann’s funeral Mass on July 6.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Camilla Hall Nursing Home, I.H.M. Mission Advancement Office, 230 I.H.M. Drive, Malvern, PA 19355.