In Memory

Sister M. Margrete Kelley, IHM

April 2, 1911 – October 28, 1984

Sister M. Margrete Kelley, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died Sunday, October 28, 1984 at the Marian Convent in Scranton, Pennsylvania, after an illness.

She was born on April 2, 1911 in Exeter, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of the late Patrick and Anna O’Brien Kelley. She was member of St. Cecilia’s Parish in Exeter, and entered the IHM Congregation on September 8, 1935. She received the religious habit on April 30, 1936, and made profession of her vows on May 2, 1938.

Sister Margrete served for a few years as a teacher of junior high school students at St. Ephrem School in Brooklyn, New York, and at St. Patrick School in Scranton, PA.

In 1943, Sister Margrete became registrar at Marywood College in Scranton, PA, and served in that post until 1973, when she became a guidance counselor at the college.

From 1977 until the time of her death, Sister Margrete served as a prayer minister at the Marian Convent.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Marywood College, and a Master of Science degree in guidance from the University of Pennsylvania.

She is preceded in death by four brothers, Reverend Thomas F., Reverend John P., Eugene Michael, and Bernard J., and four sisters, Marguerite Connor, Grace, Regina D. Boyle, and Sister M. Clare, IHM.

She is survived by a sister, Anna Grace Kirby of Swoyersville, PA, and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Wednesday, October 31 with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in the Marian Convent Chapel on the Marywood campus. Interment will follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow, Pennsylvania. Friends may call at the Marian Convent, Tuesday afternoon or evening.

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.

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