Sister M. Alexius Fitzgerald, IHM 1926-2021


Sister M. Alexius Fitzgerald, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She was born on December 15, 1926, in Brooklyn, NY, and given the name Margaret Mary. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Margaret Cuddeback Fitzgerald.

She entered the IHM Congregation on September 8, 1944, and made her temporary profession of vows on May 8, 1947, and her final profession of vows on August 2, 1950.

Sister Alexius served as a teacher at the following schools: St. Patrick Elementary School in Spangler, PA, in 1947; Holy Angels Elementary School in Hayes, PA, from 1947 to 1950; St. Monica Elementary School in Raleigh, NC, from 1950 to 1951; Our Lady of Good Counsel Elementary School in Inwood, NY, from 1951 to 1952; St. Thomas Elementary School in Providence, RI, from 1952 to 1959; St. Mary of the Assumption Elementary School in Upper Marlboro, MD, from 1959 to 1972; St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Silver Spring, MD, from 1972 to 1982; and St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Clinton, MD, from 1985 to 2000.

Sister served as a librarian at St. Angela Hall Elementary School in Brooklyn, NY, from 1982 to 1985. Sister Alexius also served as a seamstress at the IHM Center in Scranton, PA, from 2000 to 2010. From 2010 until the time of her death, Sister Alexius was a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in education/English, and Master of Science degree in education from Marywood College.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Thomas; and four sisters, Eileen, Frances F. Kane, Sister Gonzales, CSJ, and Agnes Geary. She is survived by two brothers, Joseph of Hempstead, NY; and Stephen of Brevard, NC; a sister, Bernadette Burroughs of Blacksburg, VA; nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews. She is also survived by the members of the IHM Congregation.

Interment will be at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, PA. 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 Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.