In Memory

Sister Dolores Marie McNamara, IHM

May 3, 1907 – May 6, 1936

Sister Dolores Marie McNamara, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Wednesday, May 6, 1936.

She was born on May 3, 1907 in New York City, New York, and given the name Norah Mary. She was the daughter of James M. and Bridget Spellacy McNamara. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 7, 1924, received the religious habit on December 29, 1924, and made profession of her vows on August 15, 1926.

Sister Dolores Marie served on the support staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Carbondale, Pennsylvania.

She is survived by three sisters, Sister Maria James, IHM, Mary McNamara Devaney, and Catherine Cullinane O’Dea, a brother, John Cullinane, nieces and nephews.

Interment is at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Cemetery in Carbondale, 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.

Archival Remembering:

Sister Dolores Marie McNamara spent some time in the office at St. Joseph Hospital. She was one of the most loved sisters in the community, described as possessing an Irish wit. Stories are told of meetings with strangers in town who were attracted by her kind face and who would offer gifts. She is remembered as “playing tricks” on the sisters living in the convent with her in spite of suffering ill health for a long time. Sister Maria James’s natural sister, she is remembered most as a king, generous woman, whose IHM spirit of joyful, loving service flowed from a deep love of God.

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