Sister Margaret Mary Kane, IHM, (formerly known as Sister St. Margaret Mary) of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia.
She was born on June 2, 1939, in Wilkes-Barre, and given the name Rose Ann. She was the daughter of the late Thomas Richard and Margaret Gibbons Kane. She entered the IHM Congregation on Sept. 8, 1956, and made her temporary profession of vows on March 12, 1959, and her final profession of vows on March 12, 1964.
Sister Margaret Mary served as a teacher at the following schools: St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Binghamton, N.Y., from 1959 to 1965; St. Patrick's Elementary School in Scranton, from 1965 to 1967 and 1975 to 1978; Holy Trinity Elementary School in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., from 1967 to 1970; Our Lady of Mercy Elementary School in Forest Hills, N.Y., from 1970 to 1975; and at Notre Dame Elementary School in East Stroudsburg, from 2007 to 2013.
Sister served as principal at the following schools: Holy Name of Jesus Elementary School in Forty Fort, from 1978 to 1980; Our Lady of Grace Montessori School in Manhasset, N.Y., from 1980 to 1989; and St. Clare's Elementary School in Scranton, from 1989 to 2007.
Sister Margaret Mary was a certified Montessori teacher in the states of New York and Pennsylvania. She served on various diocesan committees and also as a consultant for the Center for Montessori Teacher Education for the state of New York.
From 2007 until the time of her death, Sister Margaret Mary served as Montessori pre-primary teacher at Notre Dame School in East Stroudsburg.
She received a bachelor of science and a master of science degree in education from Marywood College.
She is preceded in death by four brothers, Thomas, Joseph, Gerard and Dr. Dennis; and five sisters, Alice Gallagher, Helen Simoson, Kathryn Schaal, Sister Gabriel, IHM, and Margaret Mary Williams.
She is survived by a brother, Frank E. Kane (wife Virginia) of Ponte Vedra, Fla.; and two sisters, Rita K. Stuewe (husband Dennis) of Somerset, N.J., and Sister Mary Alice, IHM, of East Stroudsburg; and nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 29, with Mass of Christian Burial at the IHM Center, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. Friends may call at the IHM Center from 3 to 5:30 p.m. today. A prayer service will be held at 4 p.m. Interment will follow Mass on Monday 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 Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.
Published in Times Leader on Apr. 28, 2013