Sister Dennis Michael Taltys, 90, a teacher in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for almost two decades, died at Assisi House in Aston on Friday, Dec. 7, of cardiopulmonary collapse.
Sister Dennis Michael was named for a Parisian saint and an archangel. She chose not to revert to her baptismal name, Anna Bernadine, in the late 1960s when Catholic nuns were given that option.
She was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 63 years.
Born in Baltimore, Sister Dennis Michael professed her first vows there in 1949. She tended orphans, taught elementary education, and served as a learning-center coordinator.
She spent 26 years in the Diocese of Allentown caring for children at St. Francis Home in Orwigsburg; she also served at SS. Peter and Paul School, Lehighton.
Sister Dennis Michael served for 19 years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She taught elementary education at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Morton; Our Lady of Consolation School, Philadelphia; Resurrection School, Chester; and Holy Savior/St. John Fisher School, Linwood. She also worked at the congregation's retirement home, Assisi House.
Sister Dennis Michael's 18 years of later service in Baltimore were spent working at St. Joseph Medical Center, Towson. In June she moved north to Assisi House.
Surviving are three sisters, and nieces and nephews.
A viewing and funeral were held Friday at Assisi House, Aston, followed by burial at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Aston.
Donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Rd., Aston, Pa. 19014.