In Memory

Sister M. Stella Dwyer, IHM

July 17, 1887 – November 8, 1933

Sister M. Stella Dwyer, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Wednesday, November 8, 1933.

She was born on July 17, 1887 in New York City, New York, and given the name Cecilia. She was the daughter of James J. and Mary Driscoll Dwyer. In 1919, Sister Stella received her teaching degree and the college teachers certificate along with 18 other women (four of them being women religious), as part of the first graduating class at Marywood College in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Sister Stella enjoyed her years of teaching at IHM mission schools.

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.

“The Conferring of Degrees on the First Graduates of Marywood College

The next greatest event in the history of the college was the conferring of degrees on its first class. The exercises of commencement week began June 15, 1919, with Solemn High Mass celebrated in the college chapel.

Degrees were conferred on the Misses Kathleen Howley, Madeleine Larkin, Marie Joyce, Geraldine Burke, Marie Fleming, Marie Orr, Mary Groeszinger, Frances Canfield, Mary Lynott, Katharine Gavin, Regina Sullivan, Mary Sheridan, Mildred Walker, Sister M. Louis Mills, Sister M. Harriet Hillis, Sister M. Justitia Downes, and Sister M. Stella Dwyer.

The graduates also received the College Teachers Certificate, for which they had qualified.”

Excerpted from The Sisters of the I.H.M.: The Story of The Founding of The Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Their Work In The Scranton Diocese by Sister M. Immaculata Gillespie, IHM, P.J. Kenedy & Sons, NY, 1921, pgs. 421, 422

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