Sister M. Jane Frances Dunnigan, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Nov. 21, 2019, at Allied Services Skilled Nursing Center in Scranton, Pa.

She was born on January 26, 1943, in Weehawken, N.J., and given the name Barbara Frances. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Frances Walsh Dunnigan. She entered the IHM Congregation on Sept. 8, 1960, and made her temporary profession of vows on June 26, 1963, and her final profession of vows on June 26, 1968.

Sister Jane Frances served as a teacher at Most Holy Rosary High School in Syracuse  from 1969 to 1970. She also taught at schools in Carbondale, Pa.; New Bern, N.C.; Scranton; Williamsport, Pa.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Oyster Bay, N.Y.; and Red Bank, N.J. She later worked in the IHM Center and the IHM Development office in Scranton.

She received a bachelor of arts degree in French/Latin and a master of science degree in theology, both from Marywood College, and a master of arts degree in French from Assumption College.

She was preceded in death by three brothers: a twin brother, Robert; Joseph; and Frank.

She is survived by two brothers, Thomas of New Windsor, N.Y., and John (Jack) of Wilkes Barre, Pa.; a sister, Patsy Mullins of Virginia Beach, Va.; nieces and nephews; and grandnieces and grandnephews.   

The Mass of Christian Burial was held Nov. 26 at the IHM Center in Scranton. Interment followed at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow, Pa.

Memorial contributions may be made to support the retired IHM Sisters c/o the IHM Sisters Retirement Fund, IHM Center, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton, Pa. 18509.


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