Mom could whistle down an ice cream truck at 100 yards, would bake a pie for a needy neighbor, pray with a dying family member or friend, and remind us not to be too hasty with life. She would famously say, “Let’s wait and see!”
Anna Mae (Pribulsky) Doyle was the youngest of six siblings of eastern European stock born on October 1, 1923. In her youth she tap-danced and sang to gain admission to the cinema. Mom continued to tap dance into her eighties. She remained a life-long fan of classic movies. Mom could identify every Nelson Eddy and Janette McDonald ballad. She had dreams of being in the movies, but went to work at the H.H. Robertson Company in Ambridge, PA where she met her true love, Arnold. Things got very busy for the next forty years raising eight children and returning to work as a legal secretary when her younger children were becoming teenagers. She was of the last generation that could still take notes in shorthand.
She lost her dear Arnold much too soon in 1990. Anna Mae then focused her life on her family, her church, and her friends. As a life-long member of St. John the Baptist Church in Baden for over 70 years, she served as president of the Christian Mothers Association, sang in their choir, served as a Eucharistic Minister, and could be seen working as a pierogi pincher every week. She was a perennial advocate for Right To Life, and visited the homebound and sick for decades, finishing up her charity work at the Catholic Worker in Las Vegas, NV at the age of 96. Mom corresponded with several Christian missionaries over the span of seven decades and financially supported their work. She even supported a friend’s work on Parkinson’s Disease over a period of 25 years.
Mom was able to attend all her grandkids high school or college graduations. Nothing made mom more content in her later years than to hold and hug her great grandchildren. She had a distinct academic side that we did not appreciate early-on because she completed her formal education in high school (Ambridge High School, Class of 1941) but continued to read and study, especially history. Mom loved to talk about current events. She could converse with you regarding settling the Ohio River Valley or the contributions of founding father, John Adams. Mom also had a fun competitive side. Just ask her card playing family and friends. Nothing would delight her more than to maneuver her way through a game of Shanghai, gleaming as she left you stuck with a handful of cards.
Our dearest Anna Mae left us on August 12, 2021 to go to her beloved Jesus and her final reward. Mom will continue to pray for and await all who knew her. She was like that. She only wanted the best for everyone.
Anna Mae was preceded in death by her five siblings, her husband, Arnold Doyle, grandson, Michael Doyle, and daughter-in-law, Janet Doyle.
She is survived by her eight children, Ed Doyle, Baden, PA, Tom Doyle (Eliva Doyle), El Paso, TX, Pat Doyle, Denver, CO, Mary Laman (David Laman), Las Vegas, NV, Maureen Kurp, (Bob Kurp), Pittsburgh, PA, David Doyle (Kate Doyle), Houston, TX, Barb Doyle (Warren Ryd), Colorado Springs, CO, Arnold Doyle, Lambertville, NJ, 14 grand children and 21 great grandchildren.
Friends will be received on Sunday from 1-5 PM in the John Syka Funeral Funeral Home, Inc. 833 Kennedy Drive, Ambridge where prayers will be offered on Monday at 9:30 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Interment will be in St. James Cemetery, Sewickley Heights.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Judi Brown American Life League, Wounded Warrior Project, Maryknoll Missions, or Catholic Worker, Las Vegas, Nevada.
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