In Memory

Sister Regina Marie Crane, IHM

September 15, 1891 – January 18, 1936

Sister Regina Marie Crane, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Saturday, January 18, 1936 at St. Mary’s Convent in Avoca, Pennsylvania, after a brief illness.

She was born on September 15, 1891 in Pittston, Pennsylvania, and given the name Mary. She was the daughter of Bridget Howley Crane and the late Henry (Harry) Crane. She entered the IHM Congregation on February 2, 1922 at St. John Novitiate in Pittston, PA, received the religious habit on August 15, 1922, and made profession of her vows on August 15, 1924.

Sister Regina Marie served as a teacher at St. Mary School in Avoca, PA.

She received a degree in education from Marywood College.

She is preceded in death by a brother, John.

In addition to her mother Mrs. Bridget Crane of Pittston, PA, she is also survived by two sisters, Stella Crane and Catherine Connors, both of Pittston, PA, two brothers, Edward and Joseph, both of Pittston, PA, nieces and nephews, a grandniece, an aunt, Sister Mary Carmel Howley, IHM, of Philadelphia, PA, and cousins.

The funeral will be held Tuesday, January 21 at 9:00 a.m., with a mass of requiem at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Avoca. Interment will follow at St. John the Evangelist Cemetery in Pittston, Pennsylvania. Friends may call on Monday afternoon at St. Mary’s Convent.

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.

“Sister Regina Dies At Avoca
Pittston Township Native Served in Immaculate Heart Order

Sister M. Regina Marie, Pittston native and a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Order stationed at St. Mary’s Convent, Avoca, died Saturday morning [January 18, 1936] after a brief illness. Sister Regina Marie was stricken with a heart attack while preparing for classes at St. Mary’s Parochial School last Wednesday morning and her condition had been serious since.

The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 9 with a mass of requiem at 9:30 at St. Mary’s Church, Avoca. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery, Pittston.

Sister Regina Marie, before entering the order 13 years ago, was Miss Mary Crane, daughter of Mrs. Bridget Crane and the late Henry Crane, pioneer residents of Pittston Township. She was born in Pittston Township and spent her entire life in that section. After graduation from St. John’s High School and Marywood College, she entered the Immaculate Heart Order and for the past nine years had been stationed at Avoca.

Surviving are her mother, two sisters, Stella Crane, Mrs. Michael Connors, Pittston, and two brothers, Joseph and Edward Crane, also of that city. Also an aunt, Sister M. Carmen (sic) [Carmel], stationed at Transfiguration Convent, Philadelphia, and a cousin, Sister M. Magdalen, a member of the Immaculate Heart Order, New York.”

Published in the Wilkes-Barre Record, Wilkes-Barre, PA, Monday, January 20, 1936, Page 9.

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