In Memory

Sister M. Sarah Callan, IHM

January 28, 1913 – June 26, 1966

Sister M. Sarah Callan, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on June 26, 1966 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Carbondale, Pennsylvania.

She was born on January 28, 1913 in Atoona, Pennsylvania, and given the name Mary Agnes. She was the daughter of the late William and Mary Ann Sisk Callan. She entered the IHM Congregation on February 1, 1931, received the religious habit on July 31, 1931, and made profession of her vows on August 2, 1933.

Sister Sarah served as a teacher at the following schools: St. Mary Elementary School in Avoca, PA, from 1933 to 1942; All Saints Elementary School in Masontown, PA, from 1942 to 1944; St. Rosalia Elementary School in Pittsburgh, PA, from 1944 to 1945 and 1950 to 1958; St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Elementary School in Dunmore, PA, from 1945 to 1948; St. Joseph Elementary School in Renovo, PA, form 1948 to 1950; St. Patrick Elementary Schoolin Spangler, PA, from 1958 to 1961; St. Matthew Elementary School in Wilmington, DE, from 1961 to 1962; Holy Name of Jesus Elementary Schoolin Forty Fort, PA, from 1962 to 1963; and St. Joseph Elementary School in Williamsport, PA, from 1964 to 1966.

Sister Sarah also served as principal and superior at St. Patrick Elementary School in Spangler, PA from 1958 to 1961.

She is preceded in death by a brother, Reverend John.

She is survived by two sisters, M. Reparata, IHM and Eunette R., and two brothers, Rual G., and Reverend Thomas, T.O.R.

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.

Archival Reflection:

Sister Sarah served the community as an excellent elementary teacher and as a Superior. Even when a cruel illness might have rendered her helpless, she wanted to go on. She helped young Sisters in the teaching “know-how” and forgot her own pain in her joy of giving of herself. In the convent home she was ever doing for others, preparing little surprises for the Sisters and finding peace in making happiness for them.

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