In Memory

Sister M. Joseph Maher, IHM

June 3, 1905 – March 29, 1993

Sister M. Joseph Maher, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immacu­late Heart of Mary died on Monday, March 29, 1993 at Mercy Hospital in Scranton, Pennsylvania, after an illness.

She was born on June 3, 1905 in Hop Bottom, Pennsylvania, and was the daughter of the late John and Mary Catherine O’Connor Maher. She entered the IHM Con­gregation on September 8, 1930, received the religious habit on April 14, 1931, and made profession of her vows on April 24, 1933.

Sister Joseph served as a teacher at the following schools: Nativity High School in Scranton, PA; St. Paul High School in Scranton, PA; Marywood Seminary in Scranton, PA; Bishop O’Hara High School in Dunmore, PA; and St. Agnes High School in Baltimore, MD. She also served as an instructor at the Educational Enrichment Institute at the IHM Center in Scranton, PA.

She is preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret and Dorothy, and a cousin, Sister Maria Lawrence Maher, IHM.

She is survived by a sister, Sister Maria Augustine, IHM, Marian Convent in Scranton, PA, a brother, Michael J. of Hop Bottom, PA, nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Wednesday, March 31 with Mass of Christian Burial at 7:30 p.m. in the Marian Convent chapel. Interment will follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow, Pennsylvania. Friends may call at the Marian Convent Wednesday afternoon.

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:

Whenever culture, refinement of dignity was a topic of conversation, and whenever this was applied to a religious, the image of Sister Joseph came to mind. The logic that made her a fine science teacher also characterized her relationship with others. Sister Joseph was prudent, discreet, and she made good judgment — all gifts that define a kind person. No doubt today heaven is a richer place because of her presence.

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