Sister Regina Clare Donahue, I.H.M., formerly Mary C. Donahue, died in Camilla Hall Sept. 16 less than a month after celebrating her 103rd birthday. She was the oldest living member of the congregation and in the 76th year of her religious life.
Born in Bethlehem, Sister Regina Clare entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1934 from Sacred Heart Parish in Reading, and professed her first vows in 1937. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree fromImmaculataUniversityand a Master of Arts fromVillanovaUniversity.
She taught in elementary schools in the Archdioceses of Philadelphia and Miami and in the Diocese of Arlington, Va. In 2005 after serving for 20 years at Bishop McDevitt High School in Wyncote, she retired to Camilla Hall where her ministry was the apostolate of prayer.
The funeral Mass was celebrated at Camilla Hall, Immaculata, Sept. 21. Father James McKelvey was the celebrant and homilist. Fathers James C. Sherlock and William E. Dean were concelebrants.
In addition to the members of her religious community, Sister Regina Clare is survived by her sister, Clare P. Flannery; her sister-in-law, Katherine Donahue; many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Hugh and Nora Dundon Donahue; brothers, James and Richard Donahue; sisters, Grace Gavin, Anne Duddy and brothers-in-law, Daniel Flannery, Martin Gavin and Charles Duddy.
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