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Sister Eleanor Desaulniers I.H.M.


1926 - 2021
Sister Eleanor Desaulniers I.H.M. Obituary

Sister Eleanor Desaulniers, I.H.M., (formerly known as Sister M. Teresine) of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at Regional Hospital of Scranton.

She was born Jan. 23, 1926, in Williamsport, and given the name Eleanor Therese. She was the daughter of the late Eugene W. and Marie Dolan Desaulniers. She entered the IHM Congregation on Sept. 8, 1944, and made her temporary profession of vows on May 8, 1947, and her final profession of vows on Aug. 2, 1950.

Sister Eleanor served as a teacher at the following schools: St. Paul Elementary School in Cranston, R.I., in 1947; St. Alphonsus Commercial High School in New York City, from 1947 to 1948; St. Mary Elementary School in Manhasset, N.Y., from 1948 to 1951; St. Basil High School in Dushore, from 1951 to 1957; and IHM Academy in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, from 1957 to 1962.

Sister served as principal at the following schools: Immaculate Conception High School in Lock Haven, from 1962 to 1967; and St. Alphonsus Commercial High School in New York City from 1967 to 1970.

Sister Eleanor also served the IHM Congregation in Scranton, as a member of the leadership team from 1972 to 1974; as assistant to the superior general, from 1974 to 1978; as director of temporal affairs, from 1978 to 1986; as congregation archivist, from 1996 to 2008; as assistant archivist and consultant, from 2008 to 2010; and as administrative assistant to the leadership team, from 2010 to 2014.

She also served on the faculty at Marywood College in Scranton, from 1970 to 1972; and as administrative assistant at St. Joseph's Center in Scranton, from 1986 to 1996.

From 2014 until the time of her death, Sister Eleanor was a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration/English from Marywood College and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles L. and Eugene W.; and a sister, Ruth Fischer.

She is survived by two sisters, Sister M. Patricia, M.M., of Maryknoll, N.Y.; Marguerite Smith, of Winston-Salem, N.C.; nieces and nephews; and grandnieces and grandnephews. She is also survived by the members of the IHM Congregation.

Interment will be at St. Catherine's Cemetery in Moscow. Due to restrictions related to the coronavirus, the funeral Mass and graveside service are private.

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.


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