In Memory

Sister M. Baptista Gallagher, IHM

August 9, 1883 – December 17, 1960

Sister M. Baptista Gallagher, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Saturday, December 17, 1960.

She was born on August 9, 1883 in Inkerman, Pennsylvania, and given the name Mary. She was the daughter of the late William and Mary Granahan Gallagher. She entered the IHM Congregation on July 2, 1906, received the religious habit on December 27, 1906, and made profession of her vows on April 13, 1909.

Sister Baptista served as a domestic and cook at: St. Joseph School in Renovo, PA, from 1909 to 1916; St. John’s Convent in Pittston, PA, from 1916 to 1936; St. Peter’s (Cathedral) Convent in Scranton, PA, from 1936 to 1941; St. Joseph’s Founding Home in Scranton, PA, from 1941 to 1942; St. Joseph’s Shelter in Scranton, PA, from 1942 to 1943; St. Cecilia’s Convent in Exeter, PA, from 1943 to 1944; St. Mary’s Home in Cresson, PA, from 1944 to 1949; and St. Michael’s Industrial School in Hoban Heights, PA, from 1949 to 1957. She also served in child care for resident children at St. Michael’s Industrial School.

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.

Archival Remembrance:

For most of her long life, Sister M. Baptista Gallagher served our Congregation in the intimacy of our convents. In her years of good health, she was a hard worker and gave our community good service. Her keen sense of humor and witty sayings gave much merriment to her companions in Religion. Her last years of service we spent at St. Michael’s School, Hoban Heights, where she generously sewed and mended for the boys of that institution and extended to them many an offering of good advice and motherly concern. God grant Sister Baptista eternal rest, and a rich reward for her years of service to our Congregation.

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