Sister Diana's Services
Private burial at Calvary Cemetery, Wednesday, July 22. A memorial mass will be held at Sacred Heart Convent at a later date.
In lieu of flowers or visits, donations may be made to the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL, 62704.The Dominican Sisters and family of Sister M. Diana are served by Butler Funeral Homes.
Springfield Dominican Sister M. Diana Doyle, OP, died July 19, 2020, at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield, Ill. She was born in Jacksonville, Ill., in 1930, to J. William and Elizabeth Mary Gillen Doyle and baptized Mary at Our Saviour Church. In 1951 she made profession of vows at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield.
Few would remember Sister M. Diana as a primary school teacher, yet that is how she began her teaching ministry. 1951-1955 she taught primary grades at schools in Mendota, Hardin, and Chicago, Ill.
After completing a degree and certificate in education, she taught math and English for one year at Sacred Heart Academy, then transferred to St. Augustine in Richmond, Mich., to teach junior high and high school math. In 1958 she returned to Springfield to begin a 25-year stay at SHA, where she taught religion and math and was prefect at Siena Hall, a residence for SHA borders. For a period of time she also served as athletic director at SHA.
An 8-year interruption in her long years of service at SHA/Sacred Heart-Griffin took her first to Routt High School, Jacksonville (1983-1986), and Marian Catholic, Chicago Heights, Ill., (1986-1991) where she taught math and served as guidance counselor (Routt) and girls’ athletic director (Marian Catholic).
In 1991 she returned to SHG, completing her long years of educational ministry in 2013 as alumni coordinator at the school to which she lovingly gave 48 of 69 years of religious profession.
Sister M. Diana was preceded in death by parents and her brothers James and John Doyle. She is survived by her sister-in-law Helen Doyle, Glenview, Ill., four nephews, five nieces, many dear friends and former students, and her Dominican Sisters.
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