Sister Jeannette Mary Denslinger, RSM, died on January 31, 2014, at the Sisters of Mercy Motherhouse. She was in the 70th year of religious life and for many years she was known as Sister Philip Neri.
She was born December 6, 1912, in Greenville, Pa., a daughter of the late Frank A. and Mary Catherine Doran Denslinger.
On September 24, 1944, she entered the Sisters of Mercy at St. Joseph Convent, Titusville, Pa., from St. Michael's Parish in Greenville, Pa. She professed perpetual vows on June 21, 1950. In 1972, she celebrated her Silver Jubilee; in 1995, her Golden Jubilee; and in 2005, her Diamond Jubilee.
She earned a bachelors degree in music from Mercyhurst College (now University) and a masters of music education degree from Duquesne University.
Throughout her life, Sister Jeannette served as an elementary teacher and taught organ, piano, and school music in many Erie Diocesan Catholic schools: St. Catherine, DuBois; SS Cosmas and Damian, Punxsutawney; St. Thomas, Corry; St. Michael, Greenville; as well as at St. Justin in Pittsburgh. In addition, she taught CCD in Rossiter, Grove City, and Pittsburgh. In 2008, she retired from teaching piano at Mercy Center of the Arts, but continued with private lessons for several years.
Members of her religious community and her brother, Francis J. Denslinger of Erie, Pa. and several nephews and a niece survive her. In addition to her parents, her sister, Teresa Ferrara has preceded her in death.
Friends may call at the Sisters of Mercy Motherhouse, 444 East Grandview Blvd., on Sunday, Feb. 2nd from 2-4 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. A vigil service will be held on Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the community center. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 3rd at 4:45 p.m. in the Sisters of Mercy Chapel. A rite of departure will take place at the Motherhouse on Tuesday, Feb. 4th at 9 a.m. with the rite of committal following at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Mercy Ministry Fund.
The John J. Quinn Funeral Home, 728 West 9th Street, Erie, Pa. is handling the arrangements.
Published in the Erie Times-News on Feb. 2, 2014