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Fran Fasolka, IHM (#47097187)
 member for 7 years, 8 months, 16 days
The Navigator
Sr. M. Ursulina Shaughnessy, IHM

Thank you for considering my request. I know Sister Ursulina will be in safe keeping with you. I will check through my records for additional information.

God Bless You,

Added by The Navigator on Oct 06, 2014 8:45 AM

The Navigator
Sr. M. Ursulina Shaughnessy, IHM

Would it be possible for you to transfer the memorial of Sr. M. Ursulina Shaughnessy, IHM to me. She is buried in St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania.

Sister Ursulina is my 1st cousin, twice removed. I would love to add her to the memorials I have for the rest of our family. Thank you for your consideration.

Thank You,

Added by The Navigator on Oct 03, 2014 7:58 PM

Jack O
RE: Missing names
Thank you very much for your help.


Added by Jack O on Aug 11, 2014 10:40 AM

Jack O
Missing names
Hi Sister Fran:
First thank you for the great memorials youíve placed at St. Catherineís Cemetery.
I have two 3rd cousins who were members of IHM., Sr. M. Franceline (Bernadine) Krug and Sr. M. Hermine Krug. I have two female members of the Krug family that Iím trying to connect in my tree and Iím hoping you can solve one of my problems by letting me know the given name for Sr. Hermine. I think Iíve narrowed it down to either Rose or Verna Krug.
Thanks for your help.
Jack OíConnor

Added by Jack O on Aug 09, 2014 7:26 AM

Row Walker
Sr Bernadette Marie Zaytoun
Deleted mine. Glad there were two who thought to enter her.

God bless.


Added by Row Walker on Apr 28, 2014 8:35 PM

Row Walker
Sister Bernadette Marie Zaytoun
Hi, Sister Fran.

I recently added Sr. Bernadette. No cemetery was stipulated though I "speculated" on possible locations. Might you know?

Thank you.


Added by Row Walker on Apr 27, 2014 2:53 PM

Karen Pollock
RE: Sister M. Benedictus Philpot
I would be happy to send a picture. Are you needing a hard copy or electronic? There is currently a jpg on her memorial site, but I can send you anything you need.


Added by Karen Pollock on Jul 31, 2013 4:31 PM

Ron Watkins
RE: Sister Elizabeth Buschman, IHM
Hi Sister Fran,

I amended Sister Betty's information as requested. Thanks for the suggestion.

Ron Watkins

Added by Ron Watkins on May 28, 2013 1:45 PM

Patricia Gallagher Campbell
Sister Stella's sisters
Many thanks for adding my information to Sister M. Stella O'Malley's memorial. Sister Stella was the sister of Sister M. Raphael(# 49584002) and Sister M. Mercedes who is also buried at Marywood. Sister Raphael is buried at the IHM section of Saint Catherine's. They were my gg aunts and the children of Thomas O'Malley. They had several other siblings. Sister Mercedes and Sister Raphael were twins. I used to have a picture of them, but it has been many years since I had it in my possession. It was sent to me by my grandmother when my twin daughters were born 40 years ago.
Again, my sincere thanks.
Patricia Gallagher Campbell

Added by Patricia Gallagher Campbe... on Mar 19, 2013 3:51 PM

Patricia Gallagher Campbell
Sister Stella O'Malley
Sister M. Stella was appointed to take charge of the
school. When Father Pavco was transferred to Saint
John the Baptist Church in Pittston, he soon found
ways and means to open a school for the children of his
new parish, though again no better place offered itself
than the basement of the church. Sister M. Stella was
sent to Pittston and took charge of the new school,
which is directly opposite Saint John's Convent. Here
Sister Stella remained one year and then was sent to
open a new Slovak school in Olyphant. Sister Stella
was succeeded in the Pittston school by Sister M.
Josephine, who directed this school for eight years.
The parish was a widely scattered one, but so eager
were the good people to obtain the benefits of Chris-
tian education for their children, that distance was no
obstacle. Many of the children walked three or four
miles to school, and it was no unusual thing for Sister
M. Josephine on cold winter mornings, to be obliged
to remove the soaked shoes and stockings of these little
ones, half frozen during their long tramp through the
snow. They were eager to learn and they, as well as
their parents, were grateful for every kindness shown
them. Later a Lithuanian school was opened in con-
nection with Saint Casimir's Church, of which Rever-
end Anthony Kaupas was rector. Sister M. Josephine
then divided her time between the two schools,
teaching a half day in each.

Sister M. Stella in the Slovak school of the parish
of the Holy Ghost, Olyphant, labored most success-
fully for eight years, and had the pleasure of seeing
the school increase in numbers. It soon outgrew the
basement of the church, and before her death she had
the satisfaction of seeing three hundred Slovak children


occupying a thoroughly modem building. Her holy
death occurred at Saint Patrick's Convent, Olyphant,
on January 30, 1912, after thirty-one years of faithful
service in the religious life. Sister M. Stella O'Malley
entered the novitiate at Saint Rose's, Carbondale, in
July, 1881. Six years of her religious life were spent
in the orphanage at Saint Patrick's. In 1889, she was
transferred to Saint Cecilia's, where her mission among
the Slovaks began. Sister M. Stella may be called the
"Pioneer of the Slovak Mission." It was for her a
work of predilection. She had a true mother's heart,
and watched over her little ones with motherly solici-
tude. During the winter she was in the habit of gather-
ing all the newspapers she could lay her hands on. The
Sisters often wondered what became of the accumula-
tion. The secret was out when one of them saw her on
a cold winter's evening lining with these same news-
papers the thin coats and jackets of her little Slovak
pupils. The grief of these children and their parents
on the day of her funeral was an eloquent testimony to
the love and veneration in which they held this devoted
teacher and friend.

Added by Patricia Gallagher Campbe... on Mar 19, 2013 12:48 PM

Julie Cole
Sr. Kathryn Rolley
Thank you for adding Sr. Kathryn's memorial. She was my father's aunt.

Added by Julie Cole on Jan 24, 2013 9:35 AM

Patricia Rohn
Sr Bertrand Walton
I believe Sister Bertrand is related to my great-grandmother, Margaret Carney. She was mentioned in letters between my great-grandmother (Margaret Carney) Cone and her sister, Mary Ann (Carney) O'Mara.I am trying to learn more about my great grandmother's family since she, along with sister Mary Ann and younger brother, James Patrick, were all placed in a home at a very young age when the "parents were unable to take care of them." I have never been able to find out anything about their parents, Patrick and Bridget (McDonald) Carney.

Do you have any information about Sister Bertrand and her family?

Thank you,
Patricia Rohn

Added by Patricia Rohn on Dec 20, 2012 10:29 PM

Kathleen Boyd
Sr. Josefa
I just found my cousin's memorial. Thank you! My grandmother, Catherine Connolly McQueen, was Josefa's aunt. Josefa and I communicated some - mainly letters at Christmastime. If you have any more info to share, I would be delighted! I have tried tracking Betty down, but have not succeeded. If you have any idea of how I could reach her, I would be most appreciative.

You may use my direct e-mail for privacy...

Kathleen McQueen Boyd

Added by Kathleen Boyd on Aug 27, 2012 11:10 AM

RE: Sr. Marguerite Murray 1876-1965
Dear Sr. Fran -

You have astounded me with the wealth of information that you sent this morning. I am grateful beyond words for the time you took on my behalf. It was never expected, but so appreciated.

And yes, this has helped immensely with my family research.

Thank you for your kind help.


Added by shs on Aug 13, 2012 10:02 AM

Sr. Marguerite Murray 1876-1965
Hello Sr. Fran,

Because you and Ms.Punt have documented and photographed the Sister's headstones, I believe I've found a family member, who previously had been a question-mark in the family tree.

May I ask if there are there records in the Order's Archives that would be help verify this person is indeed whom I hope she is? And would there be any information about her life of service -- I believe she taught at St-Rosalia's in Pittsburgh in the 1920's.

Thank you for your advice.

Added by shs on Aug 03, 2012 6:16 PM

Bill Kapaun
RE: Plot locations
If you do a "begin new search", then enter the memorial #
I thought that would be easier-
49853519 Sr Clement Kearns, IHM Grave 1
49853545 Sr Espiritu Kennedy, IHM Grave 2
49853501 Sr Camillus Hatton, IHM Grave 3
49853479 Sr Lasarian Flannelly, IHM Grave 4

Added by Bill Kapaun on Jul 16, 2012 2:35 PM

Bill Kapaun
Plot locations
Hi Sister Fran-
I have some plot locations for you-
All are adjacent to each other-
Old Sect 26 Grave 1,2,3,&4

Added by Bill Kapaun on Jul 16, 2012 1:57 PM

Bill Kapaun
RE: information
So glad to help!
I've kind of taken on the project of "tying together" St. Thomas cemetery in Coeur d' Alene and my best resource is-

My friend (since 1st grade) Mike Ransom runs the site and is amazing with the genealogy of the parish families & former students.

I hadn't realized how many nuns that taught at "our" IHM were actually from CDA.

ALL (but 1918?) graduating class pictures are available, so IF you desire to use MS Paint (or??) and "cut out" individual pics and use them, feel free.

To see what the poor nuns had to put up with, go to the 1966 page, 7th grade picture. Poor Sister Phillip!
She, Sister Barbara DuMont & Sister Alphonsa C?(Italian I believe) were my favorite teachers

Added by Bill Kapaun on Jun 19, 2012 11:48 AM

Sr. Leo Hawely IHM
Found some info you might like to add to Findagrave:


DIED - at the Academy of the Immaculate Heart, in this place on Tuesday morning the 21st of March, 1876, Sister Leo, aged 21 years.
The family name of the deceased was Hanah Hawley. She entered the order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary three years ago, and had resided in Pittston about a year, teaching mathematics in the Academy. Previous to assuming the vows of a religieuse she resided in Silver Lake, Susquehanna County, where her family still lives. About six weeks ago she was taken sick with erysipelas, and being of frail constitution, continued to decline until death loosed the silver cord. The funeral yesterday morning was largely attended. A high mass was celebrated in Saint John's church and the body was interred in the parish cemetery.

Added by Hunter on Feb 24, 2012 6:29 PM

Happy Thanksgiving
Dear Sister Fran,
I wanted to wish you and all the Sister's a Happy Thanksgiving.

Added by A M P on Nov 23, 2011 4:32 AM

St Catherine's Cemetery
Dear Sister Fran,
Here are a few more discrepencies

!) Sister Mechtilde Adams
Born 12/25/1873 stone reads 12/25/1875
2) Sister Martina Williams
Born 8/11/1913 stone reads 4/11/1913
3) Sister Celsus Gavin
Died 4/26/1994 stone reads 4/26/1944
4) Sister Callistus Wills
Born 9/27/1856 stone reads 9/27/1858
5) Sister Katrina Kondzer
Born 9/20/1911 stone reads 9/20/1910
6) Sister Benedict Hore
Born 12/13/1913 stone reads 12/31/1914
7) Sister Joanna Carden
Born 8/17/1887 stone reads 2/09/1894
8) Sister Baptista Gallagher
Born 8/09/1833 stone reads 8/09/1883
9) Sister Delphine O'Dea
Born 11/01/1881 stone reads 11/01/1880
10)Sister Wenceslaus McHugh
Born 5/08/1893 stone reads 5/08/1894
11)Sister DeRicci Daley
Born 10/16/1883 stone reads 10/15/1883
12)Sister Ida Campbell
Born 6/24/1890 stone reads 6/23/1890

Added by A M P on Nov 23, 2011 4:28 AM

St Catherine's Sister's Headstone
Dear Sister Fran,
Below are a few more problems that I have come across.
1) Sister Marita Campbell Born 11/12/1865 stone reads 11/14/1866
2) Sister Jose Lynch Born 3/1/1891 stone reads 3/1/1896
3) Sister Constantia Madden Born 11/14/1893 stone reads 11/20/1894
4) Sister Davidica Kildea Born 5/17/1904 stone reads 5/17/1901
5) Sister Fridolin McLaughlin Born 11/3/1895 stone reads 11/2/1896
6) Sister Maria Charles Daly Born 7/29/1898 stone reads 7/27/1899
7) Sister Cecil Nooney Born 4/30/1897 stone reads 4/30/1898
8) Sister Trinita Kelly Born 6/23/1915 stone reads 6/23/1914
9) Sister Paul Marie Viedeffer stone reads Veideffer

Added by A M P on Aug 15, 2011 5:10 AM

St Catherine's (Sister'S Headstone)
Dear Sister Fran,
Below are the problems, that I have notice on the Sister's Memorial.
!) Sister Nazaretta Early, on stone Birth Year reads 1883, not 1881
2)Sister Boniface Leonard, on stone Birth reads 10/7/1886, not 10/12/1884
3)Sister Eucharista Cook, on stone reads Sister Eucharista Cooke
4)Sister Evangelist Schaefer, on stone reads Sister Evangelist Schafer
5)Sister Demetria Bodie, Birth June 4 & Death June 7, stone reads Sister Demetria Bode, Birth June 5 and Death June 8
6)Sister Gerard Ford, stone reads Birth 1899 not 1898
7)Sister Mary Hubert O'Boyle, stone reads Birth May 19, not May 18
I don't know, which information is correct.

Added by A M P on Aug 02, 2011 1:54 AM

St Catherine's Cemetery ( Sister's Headstone Photo's
Dear Sister Fran
I have come across a few problems, between what the memorial say and what's on the stone. Listed below are their Memorial numbers.
48753154, 49214904, 48753085, 49584088, 49215229,49583989, & 49215021 (both name & dates)
I also have a photo for the following Sister, but can not find a memorial
Sister Mary Ernest Hartmann
Born December 16, 1902
Died December 23, 1989


Added by A M P on Aug 01, 2011 4:57 AM

St Catherin's Cemetery (Sister's Photo's)
Dear Sister Fran,
Sorry for the delay. It would be an honor, to photo all the Sister's headstone, in fact I have already started. I have come a cross a few Sister's headstone that, the infor has faded out. I will make a note & bring this to your attention, as I start to add the photo's


Added by A M P on Jul 16, 2011 4:38 AM


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