Sister Philip Maria Coffey, CSJ
Sister Philip Maria Coffey, CSJ, 91, died Friday, December 23, 2011, at St. Joseph's Provincial House, Latham, NY. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph for the past 73 years.
Sister Philip Maria, the former Mary Elizabeth Coffey, was born on July 6, 1920, in Albany, NY, daughter of the late Philip and Mary Devine Coffey. After graduating from Cathedral Academy in Albany, she entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Troy, NY, on March 19, 1938 and professed final vows on August 15, 1943. Sister Philip received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and science from The College of Saint Rose and a master's degree in mathematics from St. Bonaventure University. She taught for over 40 years in schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses and served for over 20 years in the Mulberry Hill Arts at St. Joseph's Provincial House, crafting exquisite ceramic pieces.
Sister Philip Maria was a woman of humility, generosity and fidelity whose care and dedication showed in every task. A gifted teacher of math and science, she brought to the classroom an energetic presence, fueled by her ardent belief that all students, when properly prepared and motivated, can succeed. An excellent seamstress and baker, she enjoyed sharing the fruits of her talents with a twinkle in her eye and a beautiful smile. Sister Philip’s family was precious to her, and their intentions were uppermost in her heart and in her prayer. Sister Philip’s life was marked by faith and trust in the God she served so well and confidence in the intercession of St. Joseph. Her gracious presence will be deeply missed.
Sister Philip Maria is survived by her beloved brother, Eugene Coffey, of East Syracuse, NY; her sister-in-law, Susan Coffey of Slingerlands; many nieces and nephews and their families; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In addition to her parents, Sister Philip was predeceased by her brothers, John and Philip; and by many dear friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Sister Philip Maria’s funeral Liturgy was celebrated on Wednesday, December 28, in the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Interment was in Our Lady Queen of Virgins Cemetery on the Provincial House grounds. Contributions in Sister Philip’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.
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