Born March 28, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pa., Anne V. Byrne died peacefully on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 in Venice, Fla. after a 52-day battle with pancreatic cancer. Her husband, Jack, and her friend Betsy Perez were at her side.
She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph Senser and Virginia King Senser. She was a graduate of Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, Pa. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Pa. after graduation. In the community, she was known as Sister St. Augustine, S.S.J. She earned a Masters Degree in Classical Languages (Latin and Greek) and a Masters Degree in English.
She was also state certified to teach French and was proficient in sign language in order to teach catechism at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. She taught in Catholic schools in Pennsylvania and South Jersey. After 20 years, she left the convent and met her husband, John Byrne (Jack). They were married in August of 1969 and spent 45 loving years together. She then began teaching in the public schools in New Jersey in 1969 until 1996.
She taught at Glassboro College, Gloucester Community College, Glassboro High School and for the North Wildwood Board of Education. She lived in Cape May, N.J. during this time. She retired to Venice, Fla. in 1996. She joined the Epiphany parish. For 10 years, she was a member of the church choir. She also did respite care for the Life Issues office of the church. She was a tutor for 10 years for the Literacy Volunteers of America.
Her most rewarding volunteer work for 12 years was as a Teacher’s Aide for “Miss Ruth” at Epiphany Cathedral School After Care Program. She felt that the best teaching of her life was with these 3- and 4-year-olds. She is survived by her husband Jack and her “adopted daughter,” Betsy Perez.
She is survived by two brothers, Peter Senser of Simsonville, S.C. and Michael Senser of Orlando, Fla. She also is survived by many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews. There will be no viewing. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, Fla. with burial to follow in the Epiphany Memorial Garden. Donations in Anne’s name can be made to the Epiphany Cathedral School After Care Program.
Ewing Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.