In Memory

Sister M. Frederica Fricker, IHM

September 3, 1898 – July 11, 1996

Sister M. Frederica Fricker, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Thursday, July 11, 1996 at the Marian Convent in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

She was born on September 3, 1898 in Arcadia, Wisconsin, and given the name Agnes A. She was the daugther of the late William and Ann Bentele Fricker. By 1910 the family moved to Pennsylvania, and settled in Dunmore. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 7, 1933, made temporary profession of her vows on April 30, 1936, and final profession of her vows on August 1, 1939.

Sister Frederica served as a medical technologist at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Carbondale, PA, from 1938 to 1989.

From 1989 until the time of her death, she served as a prayer minister at the Marian Convent.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in science from Marywood College, and completed further study at Mercy Hospital School of Medical Technology in Baltimore, MD. She was a member of the Medical Technologists American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Marie Smith, and two brothers, Reverend Linus and Benedict William.

She is survived locally by a niece, Marie Smith Myers of Honesdale, PA, a nephew, Edwin Smith of Scranton, PA, and several cousins, grandnieces and grandnephews both in the United States and Germany.

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 51 years Sister Frederica Fricker offered a strong, loving presence at St. Joseph Hospital, Carbondale, PA. Serving as a Medical Technologist, she was a source of support, consolation and inspiration to the countless numbers of people whose lives she touched in her ministry of health care service. On-call day and night in the hospital laboratory for many of her early years of ministry, her sacrificing spirit enabled her to serve doctors and patients well, particularly in times of crisis and urgent need.

Sr. Frederica’s keen interest in the world and its contemporary issues made her lifelong learner, even while she served in prayer ministry at the Marian Convent from 1989 to the time of her death on July 11, 1996. With her sense of humor and her ability to always see beyond herself, she brought much life to her congregation, co­workers, friends and family.

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