In Memory

Sister Rosemary Casey, IHM

January 29, 1924 – October 30, 2005

Sister Rosemary Casey, IHM, (formerly Sister M. Norma) of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Sunday, October 30, 2005 at the IHM Center in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

She was born on January 29, 1924 in Carbondale, PA, and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Malia Casey. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 8, 1941, made temporary profession of her vows on May 8, 1944, and final profession of her vows on August 2, 1947.

Sister Rosemary served as a teacher at the following schools: All Saints School in Masontown, PA, from 1944 to 1949; St. Mary School in Patton, PA, from 1949 to 1955; Holy Rosary School in Scranton, PA, from 1955 to 1957; and St. Leo School in Ashley, PA, from 1957 to 1964.

Sister served as principal at the following schools: Christ the King School in Dunmore, PA, from 1964 to 1968; St. John the Evangelist School in Silver Spring, MD, from 1968 to 1969; St. Thomas Aquinas School in Archbald, PA, from 1969 to 1972; St. Mary of Mount Carmel School in Dunmore, PA, from 1972 to 1983; and Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Asbury Park, NJ, from 1983 to 1986.

Sister Rosemary also served as postmistress at Marywood College in Scranton, PA, from 1986 to 2005.

From 2005 until the time of her death, Sister Rosemary served as a prayer minister at the IHM Center.

She received both a Bachelor of Arts Degree, and a Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, both from Marywood College.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, 2LT Joseph J. (USA), and Dr. Paul R.

She is survived by four sisters, Julie McGuiness of Roseland, NJ, Catherine Price of Carbondale, PA, Anne Roe of Clarks Green, PA, and Jean Smith of Tafton, PA, a brother, Lt. General Aloysius Casey, USAF, of Redlands, CA, and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be on Friday, November 4 at 9:30 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at the IHM Center followed by interment at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call at the IHM Center on Thursday afternoon.

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.

Reprinted from “In Memoriam” section of Journey, Winter 2006 issue

The sudden death of Sister Rosemary left her family and friends stunned. Even though they knew she was terminally ill, they were not prepared to lose her.

She was such a delightful person to know. She thoroughly enjoyed life and exhibited that enjoyment in her daily living. Conversations with her were stimulating and interesting.

Very important to Rosemary was her work in community. She was most successful as teacher and principal. But she really showed her resourcefulness in her years in the Post Office at Marywood University. Her reputation of graciousness and kindness became well known. Her last few months were spent in Nazareth Community at the IHM Center where she was a gentle and welcoming influence. In a very short time she became an important part of our community.

Rosemary is greatly missed. Only time will help her family and friends to cope with her loss. Everyone who was involved in her life knows that now she is enjoying the life for which she had spent many years in preparation.

by Sr. Mary Joan Kelleher, IHM

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