Sister Marita Catherine Leinmiller, I.H.M., died Aug. 3 in Camilla Hall, Immaculata, in the 67th year of her religious life. She was 86 years old.
Born in Philadelphia, Sister Marita Catherine entered the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1948 from St. Veronica Parish in Philadelphia and professed her vows in 1951.
She taught in the elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Harrisburg. For more than 20 years she served in the Diocese of Metuchen as pastoral minister at St. Bartholomew Parish, East Brunswick, N.J. She was assigned to Camilla Hall in 2010.
The funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 7 in Camilla Hall. Father Thomas J. Walsh was the celebrant and homilist, and concelebrants were Msgr. Joseph Logrip and Father Kevin Nadolski. Assisting at the altar were Deacons Anthony Gostkowki and John Kenny.
Sister Marita Catherine is survived by members of her I.H.M. community and by her sister-in-law Mary (Harry) Leinmiller and many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by her parents Harry Charles and Mary McCormick Leinmiller, her sister Rita (Nicholas) Kovacs, and her brother Harry Charles Leinmiller.