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Sr. Mary Celestine Coyle

COYLE, Sr. Mary Celestine, 86, a member of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters, died on Friday, July 12, 2014, in Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood, NJ. She had been living in Our Lady of the Angels Convent in Tenafly, NJ where she retired in 2011. Born in Athlone, Co. Roscommon, Ireland, Sister came to the United States in 1950 and was a teacher in several Catholic Schools. She primarily taught Latin and was involved with Year Book and other activities with the students. The two high schools where Sister Celestine taught the longest were Mt. Alvernia High School in Newton, MA and St. Clare High School in Roslindale, MA. There will be a Wake Service on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Angels Convent, 253 Knickerbocker Road, Tenafly, NJ. Arrangements by Riewerts Memorial Home, Bergenfield, NJ.

Funeral Home: Riewerts Memorial Home 187 So. Washington Ave. Bergenfield, NJ US 07621

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Sr Celestine was a beautiful person and a dedicated teacher. Her love of Latin was contagious. Remembering her twinkling eyes, easy laugh and lilting brogue. I feel very fortunate to have studied with her at St. Clare's. RIP Stah.

Mary Ann Gilmore SCHS '71 Jul 16 2014 12:00 AM

Sr. Celestine was a one of a kind and a great sports fan. Mount Alvernia HS will truly miss her.

Julie Gosselin Jul 16 2014 12:00 AM

I wrote to Sr. Celestine this past December to tell her that, as a result of our French class project at Mount Alvernia Academy in 1963, my French pen pal, Christian, and I were celebrating our 50th year corresponding. I will always remember that she was responsible for one of the nicest experiences in my life.

Barbara Smoot Bird Jul 15 2014 12:00 AM

I will never forget Sister Celestine and all I learned from her at St. Clare's. She inspired me. She loved teaching and challenging us and I agree: there was always a twinkle in her eye! Thank you, Sister and Rest in Peace.

Mary Beth MacNel Jul 15 2014 12:00 AM

Sr Celestine was one of our favorites at St Clare's - will always remember that twinkle in her eye when she smiled. Rest in peace....

Lisa Umbro Dinola Jul 14 2014 12:00 AM