In Memory

Sister M. Michaeline Macedonio, IHM

May 5, 1922 – April 8, 2014

Michaeline Macedonio, IHM

Sister M. Michaeline Macedonio, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

She was born on May 5, 1922, in Oyster Bay, NY, and given the name Michaeline. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Veronica Guidecessa Macedonio. She entered the IHM Congregation on February 2, 1947, and made her temporary profession of vows on August 2, 1949 and her final profession of vows on August 2, 1952.

Sister Michaeline served as a teacher at the following schools: St. Patrick Elementary School in Scranton, PA, from 1949 to 1957 and 1961 to 1964; Cathedral High School in Scranton, PA, from 1964 to 1965; Mt. Pocono Catholic High School in Mt. Pocono, PA, from 1965 to 1970; St. Mary High School in Manhasset, NY, from 1970 to 1971; and St. Mark’s High School in Wilmington, DE, from 1971 to 1974.

Sister served as assistant dietician at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Carbondale, PA, from 1957 to 1961. She served on the faculty at Marywood College in Scranton, PA, as assistant professor in the Human Ecology Department from 1974 to 1997. She was an academic advisor and residence hall mentor at Marywood University from 1997 to 2006.

Sister also volunteered her services with Friends of the Poor at Valley View Terrace in South Scranton.

From 2006 until the time of her death, Sister Michaeline served as a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She received a bachelor of science degree in home economics/nutrition from Marywood College, and a master of science degree in human development/nutrition from Drexel University.

She is preceded in death by two brothers, Carmine and Joseph, and a sister, Josephine Davies.

She is survived by a sister, Frances J. Malinowski of Cape Coral, FL, sister-in-law, Vera Macedonio of Oyster Bay, NY, nieces and nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews.

The funeral will be Monday, April 14, at 10:00 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Peace Residence, 2300 Adams Avenue in Scranton. Friends may call at Our Lady of Peace Residence on Sunday, April 13, between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Interment will follow Mass on Monday at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, PA.

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.

Reprinted from “In Memoriam” section of Journey, Fall 2014 issue

Sister Michaeline began her teaching ministry with very little children. At St. Pat’s, she was famous for lovingly pinching the cheeks of her first graders.

Subsequently, she became a professional dietitian and taught human ecology at both secondary and university levels.

For many years, Michaeline was related to the sisters in Shalom Community; she was officially affiliated with Shalom House from the time she lived in Immaculata Hall as the last IHM to reside in a student dorm to her somewhat reluctant move to Our Lady of Peace Residence.

Michaeline loved many people—her family and friends and the many others who came into her life, especially the members of her household and the nurses and aides who cared for her.

She loved her life and lived it joyfully in spite of the challenges of physical suffering.

She loved playing Canasta (sometimes attempting to cheat a little) and Scrabble.

She loved to travel and visit her brothers and sisters at distant places.

She loved lighthouses and kept statues and pictures of them in her room, probably because she was born and raised in Oyster Bay.

She loved her work with Friends of the Poor; this was her opportunity to meet and help children and families who were disadvantaged.

She loved to cook and she loved to eat, especially Italian food.

On the morning of May 8, 2014, it was a privilege for several of us from Shalom Community to be present when, although she had not run for some time, she went running into the arms of God.

by Sister Dorothy Haney, IHM

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