Sister Mary Martina Nolan, G.N.S.H.

Sister Mary Martina Nolan, G.N.S.H., died on Nov. 2, 2008 at St. Joseph’s Manor, Meadowbrook. She entered the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart on Dec. 8, 1932 and professed her final vows on Aug. 24, 1938. She went on to serve at various schools, including as principal at Our Lady of Fatima and St. Mary Parish schools. A few of her assignments took her as far as Ogdensburg, Buffalo and Eden, N.Y., and Atlanta, Ga. She graduated from D’Youville College with a bachelor’s degree in education and earned several graduate credits from the Catholic University of America and Temple University. She held state and diocesan professional certificates in Pennsylvania, New York and Georgia. After 50 years of full-time instruction and administration, she turned to substitute teaching in the Diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y. She later moved to the motherhouse as her health declined. She was predeceased by her parents and three brothers: James, Robert and John. A funeral Mass was held on Nov. 6 at the motherhouse. Burial followed at Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem. She is survived by several cousins, former students, friends and her religious congregation.

Sister Marian Bernard Monahan, I.H.M.
Sister Marian Bernard Monahan, I.H.M., died on Oct. 26, 2008 of a stroke. She was 82. She was the daughter of the late Bernard and Mary Monaghan from Centralia, Pa. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Immaculata College and her master’s degree in biology from Villanova University. She entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1954 and later went on to teach at Villa Maria Academy, St. Alice and St. William Parish schools. In 1972, she began teaching at Immaculata University as an associate professor of biology. She also served as an academic advisor for freshman and seniors in biology, biology-chemistry, biology-psychology, pre-medicine and more recently, all students with undecided majors. Throughout her career at Immaculata she served on numerous committees. Several years ago, she wrote about her philosophy of teaching and said, “I am ever conscious of the need for high standards of ethics and value judgments that will equip the students to make truly Christian contributions to their discipline and to society in general. The need of science and society for persons with Christian values has never been greater.” A funeral Mass was held on Oct. 30 at Camilla Hall. Burial followed. She is survived by a brother, James, two nephews, a niece and a grandnephew.