In Memory

Sister M. Angela Clarey, IHM

April 29, 1861 – February 19, 1934

Sister M. Angela Clarey, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Monday, February 19, 1934.

She was born on April 29, 1861 in Trexler, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, and given the name Ellen. She was the daughter of the late Patrick and Margaret Agen Clarey. She entered the IHM Congregation on October 16, 1882, received the religious habit on March 27, 1883, and made profession of her vows on April 6, 1885.

Sister Angela enjoyed her years of teaching children in our IHM mission schools, including at St. Patrick School in Scranton, PA.

She is survived by a sister, Sister M. Philip, IHM.

Interment is at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, 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.

“The fourth offshoot from the mother house in the period of Mother Francis’ ministrations was established in Hyde Park, or West Scranton, as it is now called, where there had been a Catholic school as early as 1870. The school was held in the sacristy of the church and was taught by lay teachers. Misses Winifred Filan and Margaret O’Shaughnessy. The Hyde Park Church was served from the Cathedral, but in 1875 the parish of Saint Patrick’s was created and a new church built. Reverend J. B. Whelan took charge of the parish in 1882. As soon as Father Whelan completed the church he erected a parochial school which was opened January 4, 1887, with an enrollment of over five hundred pupils. Sister M. Alphonsine was appointed Superior. With her were associated: Sister M. Stanislaus, Sister M. Sebastian, Sister M. Angela, Sister M. Ignatius, Sister M. Bernard, Sister M. Ambrose, Sister M. Leo, and Sister M. Gonzaga. Father Whelan then built a new rectory and had the old rectory fitted up as a convent for the Sisters. It was painted white and henceforth known as “The White House.”‘

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. 191,192

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