Sister Claire Marie Kulp, I.H.M., died Friday, Aug. 28 at Sacred Heart Hospice in Dunmore, Pa. at age 71.
She was born Aug. 6, 1949, in Philadelphia, the daughter of the late Leo James and Claire Nichodemus Kulp. She entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Sept. 1, 1978, made her temporary profession of vows on Jan. 17, 1981, and her final profession of vows on August 4, 1984.
Sister Claire Marie served as a teacher in the following schools: St. Dominic High School in Oyster Bay, N.Y. from 1981 to 1984; Seton Catholic High School in Pittston, Pa., from 1984 to 2007; and Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., from 2007 to 2014. She was an instructor in the Educational Enrichment Institute at the IHM Center in Scranton, Pa. from 2014 to 2019.
She also served as receptionist at the Catherine McAuley Center in Scranton from 2015 to 2019.
From 2019 until the time of her death, Sister Claire Marie served as a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.
She received a Bachelor of Science degree in social sciences from Marywood College, a Master of Arts degree in social sciences from State University of New York at Albany and a Master of Arts degree in educational technology from Wilkes University.
Sister Claire Marie was preceded in death by a brother, Leo J. Jr. She is survived by two brothers, Stephen of Florida; and William of Levittown, Pa.; two sisters, Maryanne Greenfield of Lawton, Okla.; and Margaret Kulp of Holland, Pa.; and nieces and nephews. She is also survived by the members of the I.H.M. congregation.
A memorial Mass was celebrated Sept. 28 at Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish in Pittston, Pa. with Father Joseph Pisaneschi presiding.
Interment was at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to support the retired IHM Sisters c/o the IHM Sisters Retirement Fund, IHM Center, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.
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