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Obituary: Sister Anne Marie Dorff, SSND

Sister Anne Marie Dorff, SSND, who taught school for many years and was principal of a single school for three decades, died of cancer on April 30, 2012 at Villa Notre Dame Wellness Center in Wilton, CT. She was 74 years old and had been a professed member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame for 54 years.

Dorothy Anne Dorff was born on March 28, 1938, in Brooklyn, the first of five children of Anna Maria (Seith) and John Joseph Dorff. From her first days in school at St. Anselm in Brooklyn she was educated by SSNDs. She graduated from high school at the Notre Dame Aspiranture in Fort Lee, NJ, in June 1955 and later that summer entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame. She was given the religious name Anne Marie and made her first vows in July 1957.

Her first teaching assignment was at St. Benedict School in Baltimore (1958-68). In 1968, she was assigned to St. Brigid School in Westbury, where she spent another 10 years. In 1978, she was sent to be principal at St. Catherine of Siena School in Trumbull, CT, where she remained for 31 years.

Even in retirement, Sister Anne Marie maintained her connection to the schools, volunteering as a teacher assistant at St. Catherine Academy, a school serving students with special needs, in Bridgeport, CT.

Sister Anne Marie is a 1965 graduate of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and, in 1975, earned her master’s in reading education from Hofstra University.

A Mass of Christian burial was held on May 4 at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Trumbull. Burial followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bethel, CT.

Sister Anne Marie is survived by two sisters, Jeanne Marie Dorff of Brooklyn and Sister John Maureen Dorff, MSBT, of Philadelphia; and a brother, Michael Dorff of Manhattan.

The School Sisters of Notre Dame is an international congregation of women religious with more than 3,000 sisters serving in more than 30 countries. For more information about the School Sisters of Notre Dame and the Atlantic-Midwest Province, visit