Sister M. Charlene Templeton, IHM


Sister M. Charlene Templeton, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She was born on November 22, 1922, in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and given the name Ruth Agnes. She was the daughter of the late Arthur David and Agnes Regina McGeehan Templeton.

She entered the IHM Congregation on February 2, 1944, and made her temporary profession of vows on August 2, 1946, and her final profession of vows on August 2, 1949.

Sister Charlene received a Bachelor of Science degree in education, and a Master of Science degree in elementary education, both from Marywood College.

Sister Charlene served as a teacher in the following schools: Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Elementary School in Forest Hills, NY, from 1946 to 1950; St. Ephrem Elementary School in Brooklyn, NY, from 1950 to 1958; Immaculate Conception Elementary School in Scranton, PA, from 1958 to 1959; St. Michael’s School for Boys in Hoban Heights, PA, from 1959 to 1964; St. Thomas Elementary School in Providence, RI, from 1964 to 1965; St. John Elementary School in Pittston, PA, from 1965 to 1966; St. Leo Elementary School in Ashley, PA, from 1966 to 1975; St. Ann Elementary School in Devon, CT, from 1975 to 1976; St. Mary Elementary School in Hollidaysburg, PA, from 1976 to 1977; and St. Mary of the Mount Elementary School in Pittsburgh, PA, from 1977 to 1981.

Sister also served as receptionist at the Marian Convent in Scranton, PA, from 1981 to 1983; library assistant at St. Mary High School in Manhasset, NY, from 1983 to 1985; small group instructor at St. Mary Elementary School in Manhasset, NY, from 1985 to 1993; and receptionist at the IHM Center in Scranton, PA, from 1993 to 2007.

From 2007 until the time of her death, Sister Charlene was a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She is preceded in death by four brothers, Charles, Robert, Edward, and Arthur. She is survived by nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews; and 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.