Sister M. Lucy McGrath

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Sister M. Lucy McGrath, I.H.M., of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died on Friday at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She was born on Oct. 7, 1912, in Syracuse, N.Y., and given the name Mary Ann. She was the daughter of the late Patrick J. and Johanna McAuliffe McGrath. She entered the IHM Congregation on Feb. 2, 1932, and made her temporary profession of vows on Aug. 2, 1934, and her final profession of vows on Aug. 1, 1937. Sister Lucy served as a teacher at the following schools: St. Matthew Elementary in East Stroudsburg, from 1934 to 1944; Sacred Heart Elementary in Scranton, from 1944 to 1950; Cathedral Elementary in Scranton, from 1950 to 1953; Holy Rosary Elementary in Scranton, from 1953 to 1956; St. Ephrem Elementary in Brooklyn, N.Y., from 1956 to 1959; St. Mary High School in Manhasset, N.Y., from 1959 to 1971; Marywood College in Scranton, from 1971 to 1973; and St. Mark High School in Wilmington, Del., from 1973 to 1978. Sister Lucy was a private music instructor at St. Mary's in Avoca from 1978 to 1984 and a private music/art instructor at St. John's in Binghamton, N.Y., from 1984 to 2006. From 2006 until the time of her death, Sister Lucy served as a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton. She received a Bachelor of Science in education from Marywood College and a Master of Fine Arts from the Catholic University of America.

She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Kathleen and Marie, both of Syracuse; a dear friend, Joyce Bohannon, Dunmore; and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Patrick, Francis J. and John; and two infants.

The funeral will be Tuesday 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, from 3 to 6 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 4. Interment will follow Mass on Tuesday at St. Catherine's Cemetery in Moscow. 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 Jan. 14, 2012