In Memory

Sister M. Mercedes Flanagan, IHM

August 1, 1904 – March 27, 1972

Sister M. Mercedes Flanagan, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Monday, March 27, 1972 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Carbondale, Pennsylvania.

She was born on August 1, 1904 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and given the name Florence. She was the daughter of the late Patrick and Mary Elizabeth Furey Flanagan. She entered the IHM Congregation on February 2, 1923, received the religious habit on August 15, 1923, and made profession of her vows on August 15, 1925.

Sister Mercedes served as a teacher in the following schools: St. Leo Elementary School in Ashley, PA, from 1925 to 1926; Holy Rosary Elementary School in Scranton, PA, from 1926 to 1927 and 1942 to 1945; Most Holy Rosary Elementary School in Syracuse, NY, from 1927 to 1932; St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School in Archbald, PA, from 1932 to 1938; St. Mary Elementary School in Avoca, PA, from 1938 to 1942; St. Mary Elementary School in Manhasset, NY from 1945 to 1953; St. Peter of Alcantara Elementary School in Port Washington, NY, from 1953 to 1962; and St. Ephrem Elementary School in Brooklyn, NY, from 1962 to 1968.

From 1968 until the time of her death, Sister Mercedes served as a prayer minister at St. Ephrem Convent in Brooklyn, NY, and later the Marian Convent in Scranton.

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.

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