Sister Agnes Marie Hughes, SSJ, age 90, of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania, died on October 3, 2020. On November 5, 1929, she was born to the late Joseph and Margaret (Powers) Hughes in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from Immaculate Conception Parish in Osceola Mills, PA, on September 1, 1950, and professed her final vows on August 15, 1956. At the time of her death, she was in the 71st year of her religious life.
She graduated from Osceola Mills High School in 1947 and continued her education at Villa Maria College, Erie, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1962. From 1950 to 1971, she taught at St. Ann, Blessed Sacrament, Holy Rosary, St. Andrew, St. Joseph, and St. Patrick schools, all in Erie. She also ministered at the Erie Day Nursery in Erie. Outside of Erie, she taught at Holy Rosary, Johnsonburg, PA; Saint Leo, Ridgway, PA; and Saint Francis, Clearfield, PA. Later, she worked as an Infirmary Assistant at the Villa Maria Convent and served as a religious educator at the Houtzdale Catechetical Center in Houtzdale, PA, and the Immaculate Conception Church in Osceola Mills, PA. For many years, she was a caretaker for her family members, including her father, mother, aunt, and brother. She retired in 2011 and returned to Erie to reside at the Sisters of St. Joseph Community Living Center.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers: Raymond, Norman, Jerome, and Patrick. Survivors include her cousins, Leo Hughes and James Powers, and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania.