Funeral services were held April 12 in Assisi House, Aston, Pa., for Franciscan Sister Justina Marie Miller, who died April 6, 2023. She was 92.
A professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 74 years, Sister Justina was born in Lebanon, Pa., in the Diocese of Harrisburg. She entered the congregation in 1947 and professed her first vows in 1949. Sister Justina earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Villanova University, Villanova, Pa., and a Master of Arts degree in elementary education and supervision from The Catholic University of America, Washington.
She ministered primarily in education, including for 33 years in the Trenton Diocese. She taught for one year in Immaculate Conception School, Trenton, then was principal of Corpus Christi School, Willingboro, for 10 years, and 22 years in St. Mary of the Lakes School, Medford.
Her ministry also included 21 years of service in the Diocese of Harrisburg and for 13 years in the Philadelphia Archdiocese as a volunteer/tutor at Neumann University, Aston. Additional ministry service includes one year in the Diocese of Spokane at St. Joseph Family Center where she served as a volunteer.
In 2018, she moved to Assisi House, the congregation’s retirement residence in Aston, where she served in prayer and hospitality ministry until her death.
Burial was in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Aston. Sister Justina is survived by her four sisters; a sister-in-law; nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan family.
Memorial donations can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.