In Memory

Sister Rose Marie McCormick, IHM

July 3, 1894 – January 20, 1964

Sister Rose Marie McCormick, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Monday, January 20, 1964 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Carbondale, Pennsylvania.

She was was born on July 3, 1894 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and given the name Eleanor. She was the daughter of the late Junius A. and Agatha Sentle McCormick. She entered the IHM Congregation on July 2, 1917, received the religious habit on January 3, 1918, and made profession of her vows on December 27, 1919.

Sister Rose Marie served as a teacher at the following schools: St. Bernard Elementary School in Hastings, PA, from 1920 to 1923; St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Bellefonte, PA, from 1923 to 1927; St. Leo Elementary School in Ashley, PA, from 1927 to 1930; St. Ephrem Elementary School in Brooklyn, NY, from 1930 to 1933; All Saints Elementary School in Masontown, PA, from 1933 to 1934; St. Joseph Elementary School in Williamsport, PA, from 1934 to 1944; St. Rosalia Elementary School in Pittsburgh, PA, from 1944 to 1956; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Elementary School in Altoona, PA, from 1956 to 1959; St. Agnes Elementary School in Baltimore, MD, from 1959 to 1962; St. Bernardine Elementary School in Baltimore, MD, in 1963; and Holy Name of Mary Elementary School in Jermyn, PA, from 1963 until the time of her death.

She was one of nine children: Pollard (stepbrother), Grace (stepsister), Ruth (died 1978), Esther, Bernadette, Phyllis, George John and Agatha.

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:

Sister Rose Marie came to our Congregation from a fine Catholic family in Saint Mary of the Mount parish in Pittsburgh. After her profession her assignments too her to the dioceses of Altoona, Brooklyn, Pittsburgh, Scranton, and the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She taught in the primary grades, where she spent herself in teaching and training little children and preparing them for the reception of the Sacraments. She was an orderly, meticulous teacher, and by her quiet gentle manner, endeared herself to the children and their parents. Often ill health was her companion and a bad fall kept her hospitalized for a long period. Following a serious heart attached at Saint Agnes’ Convent, Baltimore, last spring, she was brought to the Marian Convent. At Thanksgiving time, she felt that she could again teach and a small class in Jermyn was assigned to her. Here she gave her best to the children, prepared the First Communicants, and at the same time endeared herself to all. Another heart attack brought her to Saint Joseph’s Hospital, where the angel of death summoned her. Surely, the angels of hundreds of children must have welcomed Sister Rose Marie to her eternal rest.

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