Elizabeth A. Doyle, 92
July 29, 1918 - May 8, 2011
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 12, 2011, at St. John the Baptist Abbey Church in Collegeville for Elizabeth A. Doyle, 92, of St. Joseph, who died peacefully Sunday, May 8, 2011, at her home. Reverend Jerome Tupa, OSB, will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Family and friends may call between 4 and 8 p.m. Wednesday and after 9 a.m. Thursday at Saint John the Baptist Parish Center. Parish prayers will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the parish center.
Elizabeth was born July 29, 1918, in Rochester, New York, to the late George and Katherine (Hyland) Finegan. She earned a liberal arts degree from Nazareth College, Rochester, NY. Elizabeth's introduction to Dorothy Day and the early Catholic Worker movement sparked her lifetime advocacy for issues of social justice, including supporting the Civil Rights movement, advocating for peace during the Vietnam War, urging abolishment of the death penalty and serving as a volunteer for Birthline for many years. She was active in the DFL party and was a tireless advocate for international peace and justice causes. Elizabeth was a Benedictine oblate.
Elizabeth married Leonard J. Doyle at St. John the Baptist Church on April 7, 1948. They had nine children and lived in the Collegeville area all of their married life. After Leonard died in 1970, Elizabeth moved to St. Joseph in 1975. She earned an associate degree in Mental Health and Human Services from the College of St. Benedict and served as a Senior Companion for Stearns County until 1996.
Elizabeth is survived by her children, Timothy (Clare) of Fairfield, CA, Anne Doyle Smit (Charles Smit) of Wabasha, Justin (Lita Lawler) of St. Joseph township, Brendan (Maxine Gerber) of Oakland, CA, Liz Doyle (Gerry Hasselbrink) of St. Cloud, Kevin of Collegeville, Michael of Collegeville town ship, Kathy of St. Joseph; grandchildren, Liam, Eamon, Matthew, Teresa, Thomas, Luke, Connor, Peter, James, Colin, Shauna, Maura, Emmett, Erin, Maeve and Brendan; and great granddaughter Kaia.
She was preceded in death by her husband; infant son, Jeremy; grandson, William Hasselbrink; infant brother, George; sister, Mary Katherine Cotton; and half-brother, George.
Memorials will be directed to her favorite charities.