In Memory

Sister M. Edna Lambert, IHM

January 31, 1913 – January 29, 1966

Sister M. Edna Lambert, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Saturday, January 29, 1966 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Carbondale, Pennsylvania.

She was born on January 31, 1913 in Altoona, Pennsylvania. and given the name Mary R. She was the daughter of John and Anna Null Lambert. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 8, 1933, received the religious habit on August 2, 1934, and made profession of her vows on August 3, 1936.

Sister Edna served as a teacher at the following schools: St. Mary Elementary School in Goldsboro, NC, from 1936 to 1942; St. Bernard Parochial School in Hastings, PA, from 1949 to 1953; and St. Joseph Elementary School in Renovo, PA from 1953 to 1957. She also served as a catechetical instructor at St. Bernard’s Catechetical Center in Hastings, PA, from 1942 to 1949.

From 1957 until the time of her death, she served as a prayer minister at the Marian Convent in Scranton, PA.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by eleven siblings, Marguerite Kohut, Bill, Clara, Joe, Helen Seymore, John (Jack), Deloris, Bob, Jim, Anne Jacobs and Leo, and nieces and nephews.

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:

Sister M. Edna Lambert, although never very strong, gave twenty-one years of her religious life in our schools. It was during her last year in Renovo that a serious heart condition developed. After many consultations with doctors and specialists, it was deemed prudent to have recourse to heart surgery. Sister herself was willing, even eager, to undergo such an operation, and in 1958 the delicate operation was performed in Philadelphia. Her frail body was not equal to such a grave burden and so, for the past eight years, this little Sister had been a gentle, long-suffering patient at the Marian Convent and St. Joseph’s Hospital, Carbondale. There the nurses, both lay and religious, grew to love her and admire her quiet, friendly manner, her courage and resignation. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden affectionately called her the “Little Flower of Marywood.” She suffered a mild stroke within the last two years and never fully regained the use of her arm. The indomitable spirit in this fragile body did not give up hope. Sister retained her interest in her beloved community and almost to the last, wanted to be informed of the various activities and changes. Sister was at death’s door many times and God called her to her heavenly reward on January 29. Her death was the first break in a large family; her parents and eleven brothers and sisters mourn her passing. May our Lord grant eternal rest to her brave soul.

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