Sister Miriam Michael Volpe, I.H.M., 92, died in Camilla Hall Nursing Home June 23. Born Elizabeth C. Volpe, she was in her 73rd year of religious life. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Jan. 1, 1939 and professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1941.
She ministered for 47 years in various schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. For 17 years (1940-1957), she taught first grade at Transfiguration of Our Lord School in West Philadelphia.
Other school assignments in the Archdiocese included St. Eugene, Primos (1957-1960); St. Francis de Sales (1960-1965); St. Dorothy, Drexel Hill (1980-1987), and St. Joseph, Collingdale (1992-2002).
In addition, she spent nine years (1965-1974) teaching first grade at SS. Peter and Paul, Decatur, Ga., and six years with the third grade (1974-1980) at Incarnation, Trenton, N.J. In 2002, she retired to Camilla Hall and an apostolate of prayer.
In addition to her religious community, Sister Miriam Michael is survived by her two sisters, Sister Teresa Volpe, I.H.M., and Rosemary Ingenito, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Michael and Rose C. Capelli Volpe, and her brother Joseph Volpe.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Camilla Hall June 29. Father James McKelvey was principal celebrant and homilist, with Msgr. Thomas Mullen and Father Michael M. Romano concelebrating. Internment followed in the Immaculata Cemetery.