In Memory

Sister M. Justina O’Malley, IHM

November 12, 1881 – May 10, 1965

Sister M. Justina O’Malley, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Monday, May 10, 1965 at the Marian Convent in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

She was born on November 11, 1881 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and given the name Agnes. She was the daughter of the late Michael and Maria Mangan O’Malley. She entered the IHM Congregation on March 19, 1911, received the religious habit on December 27, 1911, and made profession of her vows on December 30, 1913.

Sister Justina served as a teacher at the following schools: St. Alphonsus Elementary School in New Yor, NY, from 1913 to 1915; St. Rosalia Elementary School in Pittsburgh, PA, from 1915 to 1920; St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Bellefonte, PA, from 1920 to 1923; St. Mary Elementary School in Avoca, PA, from 1923 to 1925; St. Cecilia Academy in Scranton, PA, from 1925 to 1930; St. Charles Borromeo Elementary School in Sugar Notch, PA, from 1930 to 1932; St. Ann Elementary School in Scranton, PA, from 1932 to 1937; St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Scranton, PA, from 1937 to 1943; and Cathedral Elementary School in Scranton, PA, from 1943 to 1957.

From 1957 until the time of her death, Sister Justina served in prayer ministry at the Marian Convent.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Anthony J., James A., and Frank, and a sister, Margaret.

She is survived by three sisters, Mary Wright and Hannah, both of Scranton, PA, and Helen Dietrick of Philadelphia, PA, nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Wednesday, May 12 at 9:30 a.m. at the Marian Convent Chapel with interment to follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, Pennsylvania. Friends may call at the Marian Convent on Tuesday afternoon, after 2:00 p.m.

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:

Sister M. Justina O’Malley had great devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and spent many hours in the chapel, particularly during the last few years of her life when she was not actively engaged in teaching. She was never known to miss morning Mass or meditation and was always the first one in the chapel each morning. She was most careful of her religious exercises and found it difficult to tolerate anything but prompt obedience to the bell on the part of others.She was a strict observer of both rule and customs and extremely careful of her vow of poverty. Her needs were always very few; in fact, she preferred old and mended clothing to that which was new. Sister Justina was a very fine teacher, strict but just; and most considerate of poorer children. She was beloved by both parents and children alike. She never willingly wasted a minute and kept herself alert and abreast of the times in both church and state affairs by constant reading and active interest.

Sister Justina was baptized, made her first communion, and was confirmed in the Cathedral Parish, where she served for twenty-seven years, celebrating her golden jubilee there as well.

“Sister M. Justina Dies After Illness

Sister Mary Justina, a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of May Order over 50 years, died Monday morning at Marian Convent, Marywood, after an illness. She was a sister of the late Anthony J. O’Malley, once managing editor of The Scranton Times.

She was the daughter of the late Michael and Maria Mangan O’Malley of this city and entered the novitiate at Marywood in 1911. She professed her religious vows in December, 1913, and served her community as a teacher at St. Rosalia’s Scholl, Pittsburgh; St. John’s, Bellefonte; Cathedral School, this city; St. Charles, Sugar Notch, and St. John’s, this city.

Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Mary Wright and Hannah, both of Scranton; and Mrs. Helen Dietrick of Philadelphia

The funeral will be Wednesday with mass in the Marian Convent chapel at 9:30 a.m. Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Arrangements, Cusicks.”

from The Tribune newspaper, Scranton, Pennsylvania, Tue. May 11, 1965 page 11

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