Sister M. Priscilla Koblarchik, IHM 1923-2021


Sister M. Priscilla Koblarchik, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She was born on February 3, 1923, in Clarence, PA, and given the name Marian Julia. She was the daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Korkus Koblarchik. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 8, 1940, and made her temporary profession of vows on August 2, 1943, and her final profession of vows on August 1, 1946.

Sister Priscilla served as a teacher at the following schools: St. John Elementary School in Cresson, PA, from 1945 to 1953; St. Peter of Alcantara Elementary School, in Port Washington, NY, from 1953 to 1956; Archbishop Neale Elementary School in La Plata, MD, from 1956 to 1960; St. Patrick Elementary School in Oneida, NY, from 1960 to 1961; St. Bernard Elementary School in Hastings, PA, from 1961 to 1969; St. Leo Elementary School in Ashley, PA, from 1969 to 1974; Holy Name of Jesus Elementary School in Forty Fort, PA, from 1974 to 1978; Sacred Heart Elementary School in Mount Holly, NJ, from 1978 to 1982; St. Rita Elementary School in Dundalk, MD, in 1982; St. Mary Elementary School in Avoca, PA, from 1983 to 1984; and Holy Trinity Elementary School in Poughkeepsie, NY, from 1984 to 2001.

Sister Priscilla served on the support staff at the IHM Motherhouse in Scranton, PA, from 1943 to 1944; and as an instructor at St. Ann Catechetical Center in Devon, CT, from 1944 to 1945. She also lovingly cared for her aged sister, Martha Ann, in King of Prussia, PA, from 2001 to 2005. From 2006 until the time of her death, Sister Priscilla was a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in English/history from Marywood College.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Martha Ann Capinski, Ann M. Heverly and Margaret Rogus. She is survived by nieces and nephews and cousins. 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.