In Memory

Sister Elizabeth Sciulli, IHM

February 20, 1929 – October 7, 2011

Elizabeth Sciulli, IHM

Sister Elizabeth Sciulli, IHM, (formerly known as M. Demetria) of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Friday, October 7, 2011, at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She was born on February 20, 1929, in Pittsburgh, PA. She was the daughter of the late Louis and Bertha Lanzalatti Sciulli. She entered the IHM Congregation on February 1, 1948, made her temporary profession of vows on August 2, 1950, and her final profession of vows on August 2, 1953.

Sister Elizabeth served as a teacher at the following schools: All Saints Elementary School in Masontown, PA, from 1950 to 1956; Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Elementary School in Forest Hills, NY, from 1956 to 1957; St. Joseph Elementary School in Williamsport, PA, from 1957 to 1959; St. Bernardine Elementary School in Baltimore, MD, from 1959 to 1960; Most Holy Rosary Elementary School in Syracuse, NY, from 1960 to 1963; St. Agnes Elementary School in Baltimore, MD, from 1963 to 1966; St. Lawrence Elementary School in Williamsport, PA, from 1966 to 1968; Epiphany Elementary School in Sayre, PA, from 1968 to1968; St. Paul Elementary School in Scranton, PA, from 1969 to1971; St. Rosalia Elementary School in Pittsburgh, PA, from 1971 to 1974; St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Clinton, MD, from 1980 to 1981; and St. Mary Elementary School in Goldsboro, NC, from 1998 to 2000.

She was also the director of the Bright Futures Program at the Education Enrichment Institute in Wilmington, DE, from 1995 to 1998.

Sister served as a pastoral minister at the following parishes: St. John the Baptist Parish in Pittsburgh, PA, from 1974 to 1978; St. Bede Parish in Pittsburgh, PA, from 1978 to 1980; and St. Mary Parish in Alexandria, VA, from 1981 to 1982.

Sister Elizabeth also served as a receptionist/support staff member at the folllowing: Ursuline Center in Pittsburgh, PA, from 1982 to 1985; the Blind Association in Pittsburgh, PA, from 1985 to 1989; the Marian Convent in Scranton, PA, from 1992 to 1993 and 2000 to 2002; and at the St. Paul Education Center in New Bern, NC, from 1993 to 1995.

From 2003 until the time of her death, Sister Elizabeth served as a prayer minister at the Marian Convent and Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She received a Bachelor of Science in degree in education from Marywood College.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas.

She is survived by a sister, Mary F. Sciulli of Pittsburgh, PA.

The funeral will be Thursday, October 13, at 11:00 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Peace Residence, 2300 Adams Avenue in Scranton. Friends may call at Our Lady of Peace Residence on Wednesday, October 12, between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Interment will follow Mass on Thursday at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in 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.

Reprinted from “In Memoriam” section of Journey, Fall 2011 issue

One of the things that people have often said about Sister Elizabeth Scuilli is that she enjoyed life. As a young person attending St. Rosalia School, she could always be found in the midst of whatever was happening, especially if it involved sports or extracurricular activities. Coming from a family involved in the Church and School, it was always a part of her nature to be a vibrant asset to the parish.

Betty entered the IHM Community shortly after High School. She and Sister Mary Ruth Bailey came to visit Marywood and soon after the visit they both entered the community. After her profession, Betty began teaching in various schools and was instrumental in developing the minds of many young people. She was also involved in Catechetical work bringing the knowledge and love of God to many young minds. She returned to Pittsburgh for part of her ministry. Her family has many fond memories of those years in her home town.

Toward the end of her life Betty spent a long time waiting for God to take her home. At this time of the year, as we all await the coming of
the Savior on Christmas, let us pray, that we may all be mindful of God’s presence in our lives. May Betty who has experienced God’s presence pray for us.

by Janice Barry, IHM

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