Sister Edith Fondecchia

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Sister Edith Fondecchia, I.H.M., (formerly known as Sister Editha), of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She was born on Dec. 13, 1926, in Sayre, Pa., and given the name Lydia. She was the daughter of the late John and Edith Georgia Fondecchia. She entered the IHM Congregation on Sept. 8, 1945, and made her temporary profession of vows on May 8, 1948, and her final profession of vows on Aug. 2, 1951.

Sister Edith served as a teacher at the following schools: St. Patrick's Elementary School in Oneida, N.Y., from 1948 to 1953; St. Ephrem Elementary School in Brooklyn, N.Y., from 1953 to 1960 and 1972 to 1981; St. Cecilia Elementary School in Exeter, Pa., from 1960 to 1964; Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Elementary School in Forest Hills, N.Y., from 1964 to 1967; St. Mary Elementary School in Manhasset, N.Y., from 1968 to 1970; St. Rosalia Elementary School in Pittsburgh, Pa., from 1970 to 1972; and Cathedral High School in New York, N.Y., from 1981 to 1983 and 1985 to 2004.

Sister served as principal at Holy Rosary Elementary School in Scranton, Pa., from 1967 to 1968.

From 2004 until 2009, Sister Edith served as a prayer minister at St. Ephrem Convent in Brooklyn, N.Y. From 2009 until the time of her death, Sister was a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Marywood College.

She was also preceded in death by four sisters, Mary F. Stroud, Gloria F. Austin, Virginia and Lucy F. Mondun.

She is survived by a brother, John, of Winter Haven, Fla.; nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Tuesday, July 30, at 11 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Peace Residence, 2300 Adams Ave., in Scranton.

Friends may call at Our Lady of Peace Residence on Monday, July 29, between 3 and 5:30 p.m.

A prayer service will be held at 4 Interment will follow 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 Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.
Published in Scranton Times on July 26, 2013