In Memory

Sister Margaret Loftus, IHM

March 23, 1925 – May 18, 2024

Sister Margaret Loftus, IHM

Sister Margaret Loftus, IHM, (formerly known as Sister M. Florent) of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton, PA.

Born on March 23, 1925, in Galeton, PA, Sister Margaret was the daughter of the late John and Florence Lewis Loftus. She entered the IHM Congregation on February 2, 1944, made temporary profession of her vows on August 2, 1946, and final profession of her vows on August 2, 1949.  Sister Margaret received a Bachelor of Arts degree in education/English from Marywood College, and a Master of Arts degree in French from Assumption College.

Sister Margaret served as a teacher at the following schools: St. Mary of Mount Carmel Elementary School in Dunmore, PA, from 1946 to 1947; St. Ignatius Pre-School in Kingston, PA, from 1947 to 1950; St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Bellefonte, PA, from 1950 to 1951; St. Mary Elementary School in Avoca, PA, from 1951 to 1957; Immaculate Conception High School in Lock Haven, PA, from 1957 to 1961; Kingston Central Catholic High School in Kingston, PA, from 1961 to 1967; Maria Regina High School in Uniondale, NY, from 1967 to 1970 and 1973 to 1976; St. Dominic High School in Oyster Bay, NY, from 1971 to 1973; Sacred Heart High School in Carbondale, PA, from 1976 to 1984; and St. Mark’s High School in Wilmington, DE, from 1984 to 1997.

Sister served as principal at St. Rosalia High School in Pittsburgh, PA, from 1970 to 1971.

Sister Margaret also served as a film librarian in the Radiology Department at the Marian Community Hospital in Carbondale, PA, from 1997 to 2007.

From 2007 until the time of her death, Sister Margaret was a prayer minister at St. Joseph’s Convent in Carbondale and later at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, John J., Jr., and James, and four sisters, Mary Louise Young, Lois Ann Hughes, Genevieve Pompeo, and Irene Schrimp. Sister Margaret is survived by nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.  She is also survived by the members of the IHM Congregation.

The funeral will be Thursday, May 23 at 11:00 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Peace Residence, 1510 University Avenue in Dunmore, PA. Friends may call at Our Lady of Peace Residence on Thursday, May 23, between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. A prayer service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow Mass on Thursday at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, PA.

Prayer of Rememberance and Funeral Mass

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