Sister Marita Helen Harrington, I.H.M., died Oct. 28 in Camilla Hall, Immaculata, in the 67th year of her religious life. She was 85 years old.
Born in Philadelphia, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Sept. 8, 1951 from Transfiguration Parish in Philadelphia. Sister Marita professed her vows on March 11, 1954.
She taught in elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for 20 years then moved into guidance counseling in the Dioceses of Harrisburg and Arlington. In 1986 Sister Marita came to Camilla Hall to serve the elderly and infirmed sisters, which was her last assignment before entering the Apostolate of Prayer at Camilla Hall in August 2008.
The funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 2 at Camilla Hall. The celebrant and homilist was Father David Grover, with concelebrants Msgr. Joseph Logrip and Father William E. Dean.
In addition to her congregation of IHM Sisters, Sister Marita is survived by loving nieces and nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Marian Grover Harrington, and siblings Joseph, Ann (Charles), and Frances.
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