In Memory

Sister M. Incarnata Leahey, IHM

October 17, 1909 – April 17, 1960

Sister M. Incarnata Leahey, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Sunday, April 17, 1960, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Carbondale, Pennsylvania.

She was born on October 17, 1909 in Lilly, Pennsylvania, and given the name Coletta. She was the daughter of the late James H. and Isabelle Duffy Leahey. She entered the novitiate at Marywood in Scranton in 1927 and made profession of her vows in 1929.

Sister Incarnata served as a teacher at the following schools: St. Leo High School in Ashley, PA; Marywood Seminary High School in Scranton, PA; St. Ann High School in Scranton, PA; St. Paul School in Cranston, RI; and Most Holy Rosary High School in Syracuse, NY.

From 1949 to 1959, Sister Incarnata served at the Director of Nursing Education at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Carbondale, Pennsylvania.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia, and a brother, William.

She is survived by three sisters, Susan (Grover C.) Brunton and Elizabeth Louise (Joseph C.) Glasgow, both of Altoona, PA, and Jean H. (Charles) King of Wichita Falls, Texas; four brothers, James J., Michael C., and Edward C., all of Altoona, PA, and John M. of Downey, California, and a number of nephews and nieces, among them the Reverend Charles B. King of St. Pius Church, Dallas, Texas.

Friends may call at St. Joseph Hospital in Carbondale on Monday, April 18. The funeral will be conducted on Tuesday, April 19 by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. William L. Farrell, pastor of St. Rose Church in Carbondale, and the Solemn Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 am at St. Rose Church. Interment will follow Mass on Tuesday at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow.

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:

It would take pages to relate the superior work of our revered Sister Incarnata as a student, a teacher, a nurse, and a hospital supervisor. In all her assignments, she was excellent. Yet it is as a sufferer that we shall doubtless remember her best. The long year of patient suffering, living resignation, and eager awaiting of the call of her divine Spouse, was indeed the Calvary of her fruitful and holy life. Who can forget her joyous, happy, seemingly care-free spirit so well known in her community life, and so joyously shown in the long days and longer nights of her enervating illness. Patiently and smilingly she waited for the summons which shortly before seemed so distant. May our deep affection for this dear Sister who so eloquently, though silently, taught us how to suffer, follow her to her eternity, as we pray for her and ask her prayers for all our dear Sister who like her are called to the double apostolate of devoted service and of suffering. May Sister Incarnata rest in peace.

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