In Memory

Sister M. Thomas Charles Maine, IHM

April 19, 1906 – December 27, 1964

Sister M. Thomas Charles Maine, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Sunday, December 27, 1964.

She was born on April 19, 1906 in Beaver Dams, New York, and given the name Helen Frances. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Delphine Beebe Maine. She entered the IHM Congregation on March 25, 1928, received the religious habit on August 15, 1928, and made profession of her vows on August 2, 1930.

Sister Thomas Charles served as a teacher at the following schools: St. Alphonsus Elementary School in New York, NY, from 1930 to 1931 and 1943 to 1948; St. Paul Elementary School in Scranton, PA, from 1931 to 1932; St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Pittston, PA, from 1932 to 1940; St. Agnes Elementary School in Baltimore, MD, from 1940 to 1942 and 1948 to 1959; St. Peter of Alcantara Elementary School in Port Washington, NY, from 1942 to 1943; St. Rita Elementary School in Dundalk, MD, from 1958 to 1960; Sacred Heart Elementary School in LaPlata, MD, from 1960 to 1964; and Most Holy Rosary Elementary School in Syracuse, NY, in 1964.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Eva Mae Sampson, Lula Johnson, and Theresa Fleming.

She is survived by a brother, Frank of New York, nieces and nephews.

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 Remembrance:

All who shared the community life of Sister M. Thomas Charles will testify to the generosity and kindness with which she served our Congregation. She could do many things well, and she did them most willingly. Though always a devoted teacher, she also did much to further the well-being of the convents in which she lived, ordering food, guiding the lay cook, and looking after the needs of the individual Sisters. Each convent was blessed by her kind and thoughtful ministrations. In school, she was a patient teacher, seeking to know and to develop the best in each child. Her classroom always evidenced the mind of a careful teacher. Many children will call her blessed, because of her great interest in their school progress. May God abundantly reward this dear Sister who labored so well for the welfare of the community and for the progress of the pupils se so zealously taught.

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