Sister M. Magdalene Fanucci

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Feb. 16, 2013

Sister M. Magdalene Fanucci, a member of the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy, Villa Rossello, Newfield, N.J., went to her eternal rest on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Misericordia Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, York, where she had been a resident for nine months.

Sister Magdalene, born in Germania, Galloway Township, N.J. on Oct. 12, 1928, was a daughter of the late Santino and Marion (Comerota) Fanucci of Scranton. She entered the Congregation of the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy in York on Feb. 2, 1944 and professed her vows on Aug. 16, 1945.

Dedicated to her religious vocation and to her ministry as an educator, Sister Magdalene spent most of her life teaching at both the elementary and secondary levels. She was also a principal for many years. After obtaining her bachelor's degree in elementary education from College Misericordia, Dallas, Sister Magdalene went on to earn a master's degree in secondary education from the University of Scranton and a master's degree in library science from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

She taught in schools staffed by her religious order at Sacred Heart School, Milford, Mass.; St. Mary's, Old Forge; Most Precious Blood, Hazleton; St. Mary Magdalen School, Millville, N.J., and St. Rose of Lima School, Newfield. She served as principal at Mt. Carmel School, Springfield, Mass.; Msgr. Molino Elementary School, Hazleton; St. Francis School, Vineland, N.J.; St. Joan of Arc School, Hershey, and St. Joseph School, Berwick. In recent years and until the time of her retirement, she held the position of librarian/media coordinator at Bishop O'Reilly High School in Kingston. Sister Magdalene was a member of the Harrisburg Diocesan School Board for two years and held membership in several other educational associations. She also served on the Sisters Advisory Council in both the Scranton and Harrisburg dioceses for a number of years.

In addition to her parents, Sister Magdalene was preceded in death by her brothers Angelo and Francis Fanucci.

Surviving are her brother the Rev. Santino Fanucci, Villa St. Joseph, Dunmore; sister-in-law, Gloria Fanucci, Enterprise, Ala.; nieces, Christine LaMonica, Hazleton, and Joan Parrish, Chandler, Ariz.; nephew, Francis X. Fanucci, Mobile, Ala.; great-niece, Angela (LaMonica) Moore, Hazleton; great-nephews, Zackary and Luke Parrish, Chandler, Ariz., and Samuel Fanucci, Georgia; and by her religious community, the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 1101 Willow St., Peckville, on Monday at 11 a.m. Burial will be at the Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton. Relatives and friends may call at James M. Margotta Funeral Home, 1019 Main St., Peckville, on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

For those who wish, contributions in Sister Magdalene's memory may be made to the Daughters of Mercy, Villa Rossello, 1009 Main Road, Newfield, NJ 08344. Arrangements are under the direction of Keffer Funeral Home, York, and James M. Margotta Funeral Home, Peckville.

Published in Times Leader on Feb. 21, 2013