SCRANTON, Pa. - Sister Bernadette Marie Zaytoun, IHM, (formerly known as Sister M. Ann Michael) of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Friday, April 18, 2014 at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.
She was born on April 21, 1946 in New Bern, NC. She was the daughter of the late Louis and Evelyn Zaytoun. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 9, 1967 and made her temporary profession of vows on June 20, 1970 and her final profession of vows on August 2, 1976.
Sister Bernadette Marie served as a teacher in the following schools: Wyoming Area Catholic Elementary School in Exeter, PA, from 1973 to 1975; St. Agnes Elementary School in Baltimore, MD, from 1975 to 1976; Our Lady of Grace Montessori School in Manhasset, NY, from 1977 to 1979 and 1989 to 1990; Star of the Sea School in Indian Head, MD, from 1979 to 1984; and St. Mary of the Assumption Elementary School in Upper Marlboro, MD, from 1984 to 1989.
She also served as assistant dietician at IHM Generalate in Scranton, PA, from 1976 to 1977; director of food services at Marian Convent in Scranton, PA, from 1990 to 2006; director of food services at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton, PA, from 2006 to 2007; after school care aide at St. Paul Elementary School in New Bern, NC, from 2007 to 2008; family ministry in New Bern, NC, from 2007 to 2010; and director of the IHM Center in Scranton, PA, from 2011 to 2013.
From 2013 until the time of her death, Sister Bernadette Marie served as a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education/Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Marywood College.
She is preceded in death by a sister, Antoinette Craft.
She is survived by a brother, Louis, Jr. of Dayton, OH; and two sisters, Marie Wise of New Bern, NC; and Louise Cranford of Newport, NC; and nieces and nephews.
The funeral was Tuesday, April 22, at 11 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at the IHM Center, 2300 Adams Avenue in Scranton. The wake was held at Our Lady of Peace Residence on Monday, April 21, between 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. A prayer service was held at 4 p.m. Interment followed Mass on Tuesday 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.
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