Sister Marianne Knight, IHM 1938-2024


Sister Marianne Knight, IHM, (formerly known as Sister M. Naomi) of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Friday, February 2, 2024, at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton, PA.

Born on December 31, 1938, in Cleveland, OH, Sister Marianne was the daughter of the late Harry Glenn and Eleanor Hocevar Knight. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 8, 1960, made her temporary profession of vows on June 26, 1963, and her final profession of vows on June 26, 1968.

Sister Marianne received a Bachelor of Science degree in education and a Master of Science degree in counselor education, both from Marywood College. Sister was also a certified health care administrator.

Sister Marianne served as a teacher at the following schools: St. Rosalia Elementary School in Pittsburgh, PA, from 1965 to 1968; St. Bernard Elementary School in Hastings, PA, from 1968 to 1972; and St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Silver Spring, MD, from 1979 to 1980. Sister served as principal at the following schools: Epiphany Elementary School in Sayre, PA, from 1972 to 1977; St. Stephen Elementary School in New York, NY, from 1977 to 1979; St. Rosalia Elementary School in Pittsburgh, PA, from 1980 to 1986; and Our Lady of Peace Elementary School in Clarks Green, PA, from 1986 to 1991.

Sister Marianne served as director of social services and pastoral care at Lackawanna Health and Rehab Center in Olyphant, PA, from 1991 to 2011. She was a social service caseworker at Cedarbrook-Fountain Hill Lehigh County Nursing Home in Bethlehem, PA, from 2011 to 2017.

At Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton, PA, Sister Marianne was a volunteer in the Heartworks Gift Boutique and a support staff member from 2017 to 2020. She also served on the support staff at the IHM Center in Scranton, PA, from 2017 to 2022. From 2022 until the time of her death, Sister Marianne was a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

Sister Marianne was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Terry Turnbow. She is survived by a sister, Donagene Turnbow of Post Falls, ID and nephews. She is also survived by the members of the IHM Congregation.

The funeral will be Monday, February 12, at 11:00 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Peace Residence, 1510 University Avenue in Dunmore, PA. Friends may call at Our Lady of Peace Residence on Monday, February 12, between 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Interment will follow Mass on Monday at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to support the retired Sisters of IHM c/o the Sisters of IHM Retirement Fund, IHM Center, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.