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Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin, C.S.J. (1943-2014)

September 26, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y.—Sr. Anne Bryan Smollin, C.S.J., 71, died Thursday (Sept. 25, 2014) at St. Peter's Hospital, Albany, NY. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 53 years.

Sr. Anne was the author of three Ave Maria Press books: Live, Laugh and Be Blessed (Sorin Books, 2006); God Knows You're Stressed (Sorin Books, 1999); and Tickle Your Soul (Sorin Books, 1999).

She was born Julia Ann “Judy” Smollin on Jan. 18, 1943, the daughter of Irma (Dolezel) and Bryan J. Smollin in Troy, N.Y. Her mother and sister, Kay, survive.

Raised in Watervliet, Sr. Anne graduated from Vincentian Institute, Albany. Sister Anne entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph on March 20, 1961, and professed final vows on Aug. 6, 1968. She received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from The College of Saint Rose, a master's degree in counseling from the State University of New York at Albany, and a doctorate in counseling psychology from Walden University.

Sr. Anne served as an elementary teacher and counselor, as well as a counseling psychologist at the Counseling Center in Albany. Sr. Anne also served as executive director for Counseling for Laity in Albany, a position she had held for the past 33 years. In addition, she hosted her own radio show for 18 years.

The visitation will be from 2 p.m. to the 7:30 p.m. prayer service Monday (Sept. 29, 2014) at the St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham, N.Y. The funeral liturgy will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 30, 2014) at the Provincial House chapel. Interment will be in Our Lady Queen of Virgins Cemetery.

Contributions in Sister Anne's memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110.

A story about Sr. Anne’s death is available on the Albany Times Union website.

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