Obituary

 

Sister M. Naomi McAndrew, IHM

Sister M. Naomi McAndrew, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on December 11, 1918 in Hollidaysburg, PA, of the Spanish influenza.

She was born on November 11, 1886.

Sister Naomi served as a teacher at St. Mary Elementary School in Hollidaysburg, PA.

Interment will be at the Marywood College Cemetery, on the grounds of Marywood College in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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.


"God had mercifully spared Marywood and now that the scourge had seemingly spent its force no more anxiety was felt. It was with a shock that we learned that the influenza had touched the peaceful little Convent of Hollidaysburg. Before the Sisters there were aware of the presence of the dreadful malady, Sister Naomi had fallen a victim. Her death took place on November (sic) 11. The Sisters were grief-stricken, for Sister Naomi had endeared herself to all. Among the children of Hollidaysburg she was greatly beloved. She had a winning manner, and in her quiet but forceful way drew many hearts close to the Heart of her Divine Saviour, to whom she had devoted her beautiful young life. Unconscious of the fact that Sister had died from influenza, Mother Superior had the body removed to Mount Saint Mary's for burial. As soon as the undertaker saw the body he informed Mother of the danger. Immediately plans were made for the closing of school lest any students should contract the disease."

Excerpted from The Sisters of the I.H.M.: The Story of The Founding of The Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Their Work In The Scranton Diocese by Sister M. Immaculata Gillespie, IHM, P.J. Kenedy & Sons, NY, 1921, pgs. 449, 450