Sister Marie Lorraine Bruno, I.H.M.

Sister Marie Lorraine Bruno, I.H.M., died Dec. 29 in Paoli Hospital at age 90, in the 69th year of her religious life.

She was the daughter of the late Thomas and Carmella (D’Alessandro) Bruno who raised two children in St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in South Philadelphia.

Lorraine attended Drexel Elementary and Vare Junior High School followed by from which she graduated in 1947.

She graduated from Philadelphia High School for Girls in 1947 then entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1953. She received her religious habit and her religious name, Sister Marie Lorraine, on Aug. 15, 1953, and professed her first vows on Aug. 15, 1955.

Later, while in the community, she earned degrees at Immaculata, an M.A. from Catholic University of America and a Diplome de Langue et de Culture Francaises from the Institut Catholique de Paris.

Beginning in 1955 Sister Marie Lorraine taught French to high school students at St. John the Baptist in Manayunk, high school students at St. Katharine of Siena in Wayne and at Archbishop Prendergast High School in Drexel Hill through 1971. She then moved to Immaculata College where she taught through 1978.

Sister Marie Lorraine served as superior of St. Patrick Convent in York while teaching at York Catholic High School. At the end of the academic year 1981, she returned to teach at Immaculata through 1985.

She then served as dean of the Evening Division through August 1990, then she returned to the faculty until August 2012. Sister Marie Lorraine served as an associate emerita professor of foreign language from that time until her death.

She is survived by nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews and her IHM community, who were grateful to have shared in her goodness, fidelity, and prayerfulness.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, William.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 3 at Camilla Hall Nursing Home by Father Christopher Rogers, who was also the homilist, along with Father Joseph Shenosky, Norbertine Father William Trader, Father Samuel Verruni, Father John Burger and assisted at the altar by Rev. Mr. Thomas O’Brien.

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