In Memory

Sister Maureen Dailey, IHM

January 24, 1937 – January 8, 2022

Maureen Dailey, IHM

Sister Maureen Dailey, IHM, (formerly known as Sister Marie dePorres) of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton, PA.

She was born on January 24, 1937, in Scranton, PA. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Jean Katoski Dailey. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 8, 1954, made her temporary profession of vows on August 3, 1957, and her final profession of vows on August 3, 1960.

Sister Maureen served as a teacher at the following schools: Immaculate Conception Elementary School in West Pittston, PA, from 1957 to 1958; St. Matthew Elementary School in East Stroudsburg, PA, from 1958 to 1959; Holy Angels Elementary School in Pittsburgh, PA, from 1959 to 1960; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Elementary School in Asbury Park, NJ, from 1960 to 1962; St. Clare Elementary School in Scranton, PA, from 1962 to 1965; Sacred Heart Elementary School in Mt. Holly, NJ, from 1965 to 1966; St. Mary Elementary School in Manhasset, NY, from 1966 to 1971; St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Bellefonte, PA, from 1971 to 1973; St. Peter of Alcantara Elementary School, Port Washington in NY, from 1973 to 1982; St. Dominic Elementary School in Oyster Bay, NY, from 1982 to 1984; St. Stephen Elementary School in New York, NY, from 1984 to 1990; and Blessed Sacrament Elementary School in Staten Island, NY, from 1990 to 1997.

Sister also served as a medical assistant at the Arthritis Foundation in Hicksville, NY, from 1997 to 1998; and job trainer at the National Center for Disability Services in Albertson in NY, from 1998 to 2005.

From 2005 until the time of her death, Sister Maureen was a prayer minister at Saint Dominic Convent in East Norwich, NY, and later at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in education/English, and a Master of Science degree in education/mathematics from Marywood College.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Edward, Thomas, and Joseph, and two sisters, Kay Galdieri, and Jean Martin.

She is survived by two brothers, John of Dickson City, PA, and Robert of La Jolla, CA, nieces and nephews; and grandnieces and grandnephews. She is also survived by the members of the IHM Congregation.

Interment will be at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, PA. Due to restrictions related to the coronavirus, the funeral mass and graveside service are private.

Prayer of Remembrance and Funeral Mass


Reflection given by SisterTerri Jordan, IHM Leadership Team Member

Sister Maureen Dailey, funeral Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Nancy Rogers, Fred Rogers’ mother, once gave him this advice: “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping,” Mister Rogers then in turn use this as part of his advice to parents when helping children overcome tragedy. Maureen spent her 65 years as a religious and a helper, maybe not in the true sense of what Mister Rogers had intended for this quote but in the spirit of the quote. Maureen spent 48 years in the ministry of education where she was known for being a wonderful, dedicated teacher who readily shared her sense of humor with the students and with those she lived. Maureen was always looking to help the needful in whatever way she could.

Maureen arrived at Our Lady of Peace Residence in 2007 where she continued her spirit of generosity and to help with anything that was needed.


May you now know the shape of your soul was unique,

that you had a special destiny here,

that behind the façade of your life

there was something beautiful and eternal happening.

May you now see yourself with the same, delight, pride and expectation with which God saw you in every moment. (Adapted from John O’Donohue)

I now invite Maureen’s brother John, to place the bible on the Maureen’s casket. For Maureen heard the Word of God, she staked her life upon it received life to the full. The Word now beckons her home.

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