Sister Beverly Hmel, IHM, (formerly known as Sister M. Philip) of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Friday, September 13, 2019 at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton, PA.
She was born on March 14, 1934 in Altoona, PA. She was the daughter of the late Bartholomew G. and Thelma McClain Hmel. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 7, 1951 and made her temporary profession of vows on August 2, 1954 and her final profession of vows on August 2, 1957. Sister Beverly served as a teacher at: St. Thomas Elementary School in Coeur d’Alene, ID, from 1954 to 1963; Academy of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Coeur d’Alene, ID, from 1963 to 1967; Bishop Hannon High School in Scranton, PA, from 1969 to 1975; Most Holy Rosary High School in Syracuse, NY, from 1975 to 1978; and Bishop Guilfoyle High School in Altoona, PA, from 1978 to 1985 and 2014 to 2017.
Sister served as a principal at St. Paul High School in Scranton, PA, from 1967 to 1969. She was the assistant principal at Bishop Guilfoyle High School in Altoona, PA, from 1985 to 2014. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in education/mathematics from Marywood College, Scranton, PA and a Master of Science degree in education/English from the University of Scranton, Scranton, PA.
From 2017 until the time of her death, Sister Beverly served as a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton. She is survived by a brother, Bart, of Altoona, PA; a sister, Barbara Knott-Chisko, of Altoona, PA; and nieces and nephews. She is also survived by the members of the IHM Congregation.
The funeral will be Wednesday, September 18, at 11:00 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Peace Residence, 2300 Adams Avenue in Scranton. Friends may call at Our Lady of Peace Residence on Tuesday, September 17, between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Interment will follow Mass on Wednesday 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 Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.