Sister M. Elphege Lowry, IHM

Sister M. Elphege Lowry, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Tuesday, October 21, 1975, at Mercy Hospital in Scranton, PA.

She was born on November 22, 1902 in in the Minooka (Irish) section of Scranton, PA, and given the name Cecilia. She was the daughter of the late Peter and Mary Coyne Lowry. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 7, 1928, received the holy habit on April 1, 1929, and made her profession of vows on April 14, 1931.

Sister  Elphege served as a teacher at the following schools: St. Ann High School in Scranton, PA; St. Alphonsus Commercial High School in New York City, NY; Most Holy Rosary High School in Syracuse, NY; St. John High School in Pittston, PA; St. Mary of the Mount High School in Pittsburgh, PA; St. Rosalia High School in Pittsburgh, PA; St. Paul High School in Scranton, PA; and Bishop Klonowski High School in Scranton, PA.

Sister Elphege then went on to teach at Marywood College in Scranton, and was the chair for the Graduate Education/Guidance department, from 1973 to 1974. 

She is preceded in death by two brothers, Martin and Peter Joseph, and three sisters, Anna Callahan, Ellen (Nellie) Lowry, and Bridget (Bea) Deignan.

She is survived by three sisters, Catherine Lydon, Mary M. Lowry, and Theresa Ruane, all of Scranton, PA, and nieces and nephews.

The funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Mary of the Assumption Church on River Street in Scranton on Thursday, October 23, at 9:30 a.m.   Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 22 at the IHM Convent, 422 River Street, Scranton from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Interment will follow at St. Catherine Cemetery, Moscow.

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.

"Sister M. Elphege Lowry Dies

Sister M. Elphege Lowry, Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Order, died Tuesday in Mercy Hospital.

She was a member of the facuilty at Bishop Klonowski High School  and resided at the IHM Convent, 422 River St.

Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Peter and Mary Coyen Lowry, she entered the congregation on December 7, 1928, received her habit April 1, 1929, and made her vows April 14, 1931.

She taught in the following high schools: St. Ann's, Scranton; St. Alphonsus, New York; Most Holy Rosary, Syracuse, N.Y.; St. Mary of the Mount and St.  Rosalia, Pittsburgh; St. Paul's, Scranton.  She also taught summer extension classes at Marywood College.

Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Cathering Lydon, Mary Lowry, both of Minooka; Mrs. Theresa Ruane, Scranton.

The funeral will be Thursday with mass at 9:30 am in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, South Scranton.  Interment, St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call at the IHM Convent, 422 River St., 2 to 4, 7 to 9 p.m."

from The Tribune, Scranton, Pa., Wed., 22 Oct. 1975, pg. 5.