In Memory

Sister Mary Edmund McCarthy, IHM

May 16, 1875 – October 5, 1965

Sister Mary Edmund McCarthy, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Tuesday, October 5, 1965 at the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Carbondale, Pennsylvania.

She was born on May 16, 1875 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and given the name Cecilia Theresa. She was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Kearney McCarthy. She entered the IHM Congregation on February 2, 1896, received the religious habit on July 2, 1896, and made profession of her vows on July 23, 1898.

Sister Mary Edmund served as a teacher at the following schools: St. Rose School in Carbondale, PA, from 1896 to 1899; St. Cecilia Academy in Scranton, PA, from 1899 to 1902; Marywood Seminary in Scranton, PA, from 1902 to 1903; St. Joseph School in Danville, PA, from 1903 to 1906, 1914 to 1915, and 1930 to 1933; St. Leo School in Ashley, PA, from 1906 to 1909; Holy Rosary School in Scranton, PA, from 1909 to 1914; St. Patrick School in Scranton, PA, from 1915 to 1920; St. Rosalia School in Pittsburgh, PA, from 1920 to 1921; St. Bernard Parochial School in Hastings, PA, from 1921 to 1923; St. Paul School in Scranton, PA, from 1923 to 1928; Sacred Heart School in La Plata, MD, from 1928 to 1930; Laurel Hill Academy in Susquehanna, PA, from 1933 to 1936; St. Alphonsus School in New Yor, NY, from 1936 to 1941; and St. Ann School in Scranton, PA, from 1944 to 1948.

Sister also served as a bookkeeper at St. Joseph’s Shelter in Scranton, PA, from 1941 to 1944; and on the support staff at St. Joseph’s Shelter in Scranton, PA, from 1948 to 1951.

From 1951 until the time of her death, she served as a seamstress and prayer minister at St. Agnes Place in Elmhurst, PA, and the Marian Convent in Scranton, PA.

Interment is 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.

Archival Remembrance:

Charity, say those who knew Sister Mary Edmund, was her outstanding characteristic. She was every searching for – and finding – ways of performing acts of kindness for the Sisters with whom she lived. Her happy disposition made it seem that you were conferring a favor upon her by permitting her to help you. She retired in 1951 and resided first at St. Agnes in Elmhurst, and then at the Marian Convent. But even in retirement, she was not idle. Her distinguishing trait again came to the fore and she spent herself mending and sewing for those less able to care for their own needs. During this time, too, she showed great enthusiasm for the Autumn Fair. Who will soon forget her creative zeal in making attractive articles for the Marian Convent Booth at the Fair? May God reward with special love this good Sister who loved Him and all His creatures.

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