In Memory

Sister M. Gabriella Brown, IHM

November 5, 1882 – July 27, 1966

Sister M. Gabriella Brown, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Wednesday, July 27, 1966 at the Marian Convent in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

She was born on November 5, 1882 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and given the name Sadie. She was the daughter of the late John and Ann Langan Brown. She entered the IHM Congregation on February 2, 1912, received the religious habit on August 2, 1912, and made profession of her vows on August 3, 1914.

Sister Gabriella served as a domestic and cook at the following: St. Joseph’s Convent in Spokane, WA, from 1914 to 1918; St. Andrew’s Convent in Portland, OR, from 1918 to 1919; St. Patrick’s Convent in White Haven, from 1919 to 1923 and 1935 to 1956; St. Mary’s Convent in Patton, from 1923 to 1928; St. Agnes Convent in Elmhurst, from 1928 to 1934; and St. John’s Convent in Pittston, from 1934 to 1935.

From 1956 until the time of her death, Sister Gabriella served as a prayer minister at the Marian Convent.

She was preceded in death by five brothers, John J., Michael J., James J., Thomas, and Reverend Henry, C.P.; and three sisters, Bridget, Catherine and Mary “Mame”.

She is survived by a brother, William of Bridgeport, CT.; a sister, Anna of Scranton, PA; nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held on Friday, July 29 with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am in the chapel of the Marian Convent. Friends may call on Thursday afternoon or evening. Interment will follow 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.

Below is short archival reflection about our Sister M. Gabriella Brown:

Sister M. Gabriella found fulfillment in serving and caring for the Sisters in household duties. Her love of God manifested itself in her love of neighbor. Despite suffering from Parkinson’s disease, she continued to render loving service in her convent home. A special apostolate of corresponding with a girl, in one of our grade schools, resulted in Sister’s happiness in learning that this girl is to enter our postulate in September. May Sister continue her apostolate that Our Lady may obtain perseverance for all of us.

“Sister Gabriella Taken by Death

Sister M. Gabriella, a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Order, died this morning in the Marian Convent, Marywood.

Duahgter fo the late John and Ann Langan Brown of this city, she entered the novitiate of the order at Marywood in August, 1911, and was admitted to profession in August 1914. She served her community at St. Joseph’s Convent, Spoke, Wash.; St. Andrew’s Portland, Ore.; and St. Mary’s Patton, Pa. Sister Gabriella had been at the Marian Convent the past 10 years.

Survivng are a brother, William Brown, Bridgeport, Conn., and a sister, Miss Anna Brown, this city, and several nieces and nephews. A brother, the Rev. Henry Brown, C.P., died some time ago.

The funeral will be Friday with mass at 9:30 A.M. in the Chapel of the Marian Convent. Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemtery, Moscow.”

obituary in The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa., Wed., 27 July 1966, pg. 38.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *