Sister M. Edith Halligan, IHM

Sister M. Edith Halligan, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on May 19, 2004, at the Marian Convent in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

She was born on July 4, 1919  in West New York, New Jersey; and was the daughter of the late Michael A. and Mary Ellen Carlson Halligan. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 8, 1937, and made her temporary profession of vows on May 7, 1940, and her final profession of vows on August 1, 1943.

Sister Edith served as a music teacher at the following high schools: St. John in Susquehanna, from 1948 to 1950; St. John in Pittston, from 1950 to 1951 and at schools in Pittsburgh; Asbury Park and Delran, New Jersey; and Manhasset and Uniondale, New York.

Sister also served as a faculty member in the music department at Marywood College in Scranton, from 1940 to 1942, and 1951 to 1959. She served as a music teacher at the IHM Novitiate in Scranton, from 1962 to 1966; provided private music lessons to students at the IHM Center from 1990 to 2000; and later at the Marian Convent in Scranton, from 2000 to 2002.

From 2002 until the time of her death, Sister Edith served as a prayer minister at the Marian Convent. 

She received a bachelor of music degree from Marywood College and a master of arts degree in music from New York University.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Michael John; and a sister, Sr. Rita Halligan, IHM.

She is survived by a brother, Dr. William A. Halligan of Pinehurst, NC; nieces and nephews. 

The funeral was Wednesday, May 26 at 9:00 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at the Marian Convent followed by interment at St. Catherine Cemetery, Moscow, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to support the retired IHM Sisters c/o the IHM Sisters Retirement Fund, IHM Center, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.