Sister M. Lenore McAllister, IHM, 1922-2020

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Sister M. Lenore McAllister, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Sunday, October 25, 2020, at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton. She was born on November 23, 1922, in Syracuse, NY, and given the name Eleanor Cecilia.

She was the daughter of the late Frank Bernard and Anna King McAllister. She entered the IHM Congregation on February 2, 1941, and made her temporary profession of vows on August 2, 1943, and her final profession of vows on August 2, 1946.

Sister Lenore served as a teacher at the following schools: Holy Rosary Elementary School in Scranton, PA, from 1943 to 1953; St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Bellefonte, PA, from 1953 to 1956; Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Elementary School in Forest Hills, NY, from 1956 to 1959; St. Patrick Elementary School in Scranton, PA, from 1959 to 1963; Our Lady of Peace Elementary School in Clarks Green, PA, from 1963 to 1966; St. Joseph Elementary School in Renovo, PA, from 1966 to 1967; St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Binghamton, NY, from 1967 to 1974; and St. Paul Elementary School in Cranston, RI, from 1974 to 1978.

Sister also served as librarian at the following schools: St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Binghamton, NY, from 1967 to 1974, and St. Paul Elementary School in Cranston, RI, from 1974 to 1978.

Sister Lenore also served in parish minister at St. Mary Parish in Alexandria, VA, from 1978 to 1982, and at St. Lucy Parish in Syracuse, NY, from 1982 to 1990. She was a staff member at L’Arche Community in Syracuse, NY, from 1991 to 1997; and support services at the Marian Convent in Scranton, PA, from 1997 to 2006.

From 2006 until the time of her death, Sister Lenore was a prayer minister at the IHM Center and at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French/social science, and a Master of Science degree in English/education, both from Marywood College.

She is preceded in death by four brothers, John W., James J., Thomas Francis (Frank), and Charles E.; and five sisters, Ann Miller, Loretta Hoag, Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Lelio, Bernardine Miller, and Rose M. Brady.

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.