In Memory

Sister M. Imelda Lavery, IHM

September 5, 1871 – June 13, 1936

Sister M. Imelda Lavery, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on June 13, 1936.

She was born on September 5, 1871 in Geneseo, Illinois, and given the name Celia. She was the daughter of the late Daniel and Mary J. O’Neill Lavery. She entered the IHM Congregation on January 31, 1891, received the religious habit on August 2, 1891, and made profession of her vows on April 3, 1893.

Sister Imelda enjoyed her years of teaching in our IHM mission schools.

She was preceded in death by four brothers John, Charles, Francis, and William, and two sisters, Mary Elizabeth and Sister Mary Ortrude, OP.

She is survived by two brothers, James and Daniel, a sister, Margaret A. Lavery Welsh, 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.

“Sister M. Imelda, who has been visiting with her brothers and sisters in Geneseo and at Woodhull, leave this Thursday for Scranton, Penn, where she will attend a summer school for teachers. Sister Imelda is the daughter of the late Daniel Lavery and for a number of years has been engaged as a teacher in the schools of the Catholic faith. She was accompanied in her visit to Geneseo by a cousin, Sister Regina. Another daughter of the late Mr. Lavery, Sister Ortrude, who likewise is engaged in teaching and has been visiting here with her family left Wednesday for Madison, Wisc., to attend a summer school.”

above is from page 8 of The Geneseo Republic, published in Geneseo, Illinois on Friday, July 2nd, 1920

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