|Birth: ||Nov. 28, 1927|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 2, 2011|
Sister M. Benedicta Berendes, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Sunday, October 2, 2011, at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.
She was born on November 28, 1927, in Woodside, NY and given the name Eileen Ann. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Fraser Berendes. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 8, 1945, and made her temporary profession of vows on May 8, 1948, and her final profession of vows on August 2, 1951.
Sister Benedicta served as a teacher and music instructor at the following schools: St. Bernardine Elementary School, Baltimore, MD, from 1948-1950; St. Patrick's Elementary/High School, Scranton, PA, from 1950-1952; Sacred Heart Elementary School, Mt. Holly, NJ, from 1952-1957; St. Leo Elementary/High School, Ashley, PA, from 1957-1958; Holy Rosary Elementary/High School, Scranton, PA, from 1958-1965; Little Flower Elementary School, Bethesda, MD, from 1965-1967; St. Rosalia Elementary/High School, Pittsburgh, PA, from 1967-1970; Marywood College/University, Scranton, PA, from 1973-2002 and 2004 to present; and St. Rosalia Convent, Pittsburgh, PA, from 2002-2004. Since 2004, Sister Benedicta was a faculty member in the Religious Studies Department of Marywood University.
A presidential scholarship was named in her honor for her many years of service at Marywood.
She received a bachelor of music degree and a master of science degree in religious education from Marywood College, a master of music degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a doctoral degree in musicology from the University of Pittsburgh. In further education, she received a choir master certificate in the American Guild of Organists.
She was preceded in death by a brother, John Berendes and a foster brother, Thomas J. Cassidy.
She is survived by a sister, Sr. Ann, IHM, Center Moriches, NY, and cousins, nieces and a nephew.
The funeral will be Thursday, October 6, at 11:00 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at the IHM Center, 2300 Adams Avenue in Scranton. Friends may call at Our Lady of Peace Residence on Wednesday, October 5, between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Interment will follow Mass on Thursday 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.
Saint Catherine's Cemetery
Plot: IHM Sisters Section; Block 3; Lot 16-2R
Created by: Fran Fasolka, IHM
Record added: Oct 05, 2011
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