Sister Anne Phalen, 94, of Glenwood Park, Princeton, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2013, at the Glenwood Park Retirement Village in Princeton.
Sister Anne Phalen was born Anne Catherine Phalen on January 4, 1919, to Charles and Julia Riley Phalen. She graduated from Matoaka High School, class of 1936. She attended St. Joseph Hospital in Charleston, where she graduated from nursing school in 1940; then in April of 1945 she joined the United States Army as an army nurse during World War II. She joined the Carmelite order of Sisters of Jesus in Peewaulkee, Wisconsin, where she was cloistered until 1969 and known as Sister Marie of Jesus. She returned to her family home in Glenwood Park to tend to her mother and father. Sister Anne worked as a registered nurse for Bluefield Hospital, Glenwood Park Home and Hospice. In 1979 she received her Bachelor of Arts from St. Joseph’s College.
Graveside services were conducted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Monte Vista Park Cemetery in Bluefield. A memorial Mass followed at Sacred Heart Parish in Princeton with Father Paul Wharton officiating.