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Sr. Marietta Therese, SSCJ

June 11, 1962 ~ August 3, 2018 (age 56)
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Sr. Marietta Therese, SSCJ, a perpetually professed Sister of the Congregation of Sister Servant of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, entered into eternal life on August 3, 2018 at St. Joseph Convent, Munster Twp, Portage, PA after a lengthy illness. Born Emmelia Marthamay Hanley on June 11, 1962 in Philadelphia, Sr. Marietta Therese was the daughter of Julia Teresa (Hack) Hanley and the late John Francis Hanley. She leaves behind her fellow religious Sisters who loved her dearly, as well as her beloved siblings, Teresa, Tom (Sandy), Raphael (Patty), Basil, Macrina (Denny) Hennessy, Miryam (Emil) Ghaly, Sr. Jacinta Miryam, SSCJ, Gregory (Maria), Junstin (Jen) Lazarus, Albertus, Marthamary (Tom) Rinkavage. Sister Marietta Therese entered the Congregation of Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on December 28, 1980, professed her first vows on June 21, 1983 and her perpetual vows on June 21, 1988 in Cresson, Pennsylvania. She observed the Silver Jubilee of her religious profession on June 21, 2008 at Sacred Heart Province in Cresson, Pennsylvania. Sister Marietta Therese obtained a B.S. (summa cum laude) in Education from St. Francis University and an M.A. (magna cum laude) in Theology and Catechetics from Notre Dame Catechetical Institute (Christendom College) Throughout her religious life, Sister Marietta Therese served the glory of the Most Sacred Heart with love and zeal  in the areas of education, administration, pastoral care, youth, retreat, summer camp and music ministries in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and in the Dioceses of Altoona-Johnstown, Metuchen, Scranton and Wheeling-Charlestown. Sister will forever be remembered for her joy and enthusiasm. She loved with her whole heart and soul and was a true spiritual mother to all those who were privileged to know her. In her last illness, Sister Marietta Therese distinguished herself with the same beautiful spirit of trustful surrender and love that characterized her entire life. A vigil for the deceased will be held at Saint Francis Xavier Church, Cresson, PA on Tuesday August 7, beginning with a rite of reception led by Fr. Angelo Patti at 2:00pm, with visitation until 8 p.m. Funeral Mass with celebrant the Very Reverend John Byrnes, will be held at St. Aloysius Church Cresson, PA on Wednesday August 8 at 11:00 a.m. preceded by viewing from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Committal St. Francis Xavier Church Cemetery. The Sisters are truly grateful for every kindness extended to Sister Marietta Therese, particularly to her doctors and health care providers, to the Franciscan Friars TOR, Very Rev. Fr. John Byrnes, Fr. Leo Arnone and Fr. Matthew Reese. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in Sr. Marietta Therese’s name to the Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, 866 Cambria St, Cresson, PA 16630. In your charity, please pray for the repose of the soul of our beloved Sr. Marietta Therese Hanley and all our beloved faithful departed. May they rest in peace. Arrangements handled by Kennedy-Anderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 233 Keystone Ave., Cresson. Condolences may be made at

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