Sister Anne was born Mary Agnes Rhilinger in Boston, Mass. She was the daughter of Joseph P. and Ethel G. (Thomas) Rhilinger and graduated from St. Gregory High School in Dorchester, Mass. She entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1947. She graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston with a concentration in French and History. She earned her certificate in school administration from Worcester State College.
Sister began her teaching career at Notre Dame schools in 1950 at St. Augustine's in Boston. She continued to teach for many years in several Boston area schools including Presentation in Brighton, St. Joseph's in Somerville, St. Mary's in Waltham, Annunciation School in Danvers and Our Lady of the Angels in Worcester. She was principal at St. Mary's School in Shrewsbury for several years. She went on to work at the Diocesan School Department and St. Paul's Cathedral in Worcester. She then worked at St. Joseph's Residence for Women and Abby's House for many years before her retirement in 2015.
Sister Anne died Friday, September 24, 2021 at the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center in Worcester.
Sister leaves nieces, nephews, and her sisters in religion, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. She was predeceased by her eight brothers, Richard, Joseph, John, Robert, Charles, James, Edward and Gerard Rhilinger.
Sister Anne's funeral was held on Thursday, September 30 at St. Mary's Church, 640 Main St., Shrewsbury, Mass. She is interred at Notre Dame du Lac Cemetery, Worcester, Mass.
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