Sister Marie St. Anne, I.H.M.

Sister Marie St. Anne McClung, I.H.M., died Feb. 26 in Camilla Hall, Immaculata at age 90 and in the 70th year of her religious life. 

Mary Ellen McClung was the daughter of Fred and Anna M. (Harran), who was born in Londonderry, Ireland. Mary Ellen attended St. Francis Xavier School in Philadelphia and John W. Hallahan High School for Girls, graduating in 1948.

She entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Feb. 2, 1950, received her habit and religious name, Sister Marie St. Anne, on Aug. 16, 1950 and professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1952.

Later, Sister Marie St. Anne completed degree work at Immaculata College earning degrees in elementary education and French.

From 1952 to 1992, Sister Marie St. Anne taught children in first, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades at St. Charles, St. Gabriel, St. Francis Xavier, St. Thomas, Holy Innocents, St. Clement, Immaculate Conception and Incarnation of Our Lord schools. She influenced many children and families for the good.

From 1992 to 2004, Sister Marie St. Anne assisted children and faculty at Holy Name School in Philadelphia. She then assisted in St. Gabriel Convent until 2014.

Sister Marie St. Anne’s service to the children, families, and Sisters never wavered throughout her religious life. In August 2014, her service continued at Camilla Hall where she engaged in the Apostolate of Prayer.

Sister Marie St. Anne is survived by her parents and her brothers Joseph (Helen) and Robert. She is survived by her nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and her Congregation of I.H.M. Sisters.

The funeral Mass was celebrated March 3 at Camilla Hall by Father William E. Dean. Father Douglas M. McKay concelebrated the liturgy and preached the homily.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Camilla Hall Nursing Home, IHM Mission Advancement Office, 230 IHM Drive, Malvern, PA  19355.