Sister M. Electa Schmidt, IHM

Sister M. Electa Schmidt, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.
She was born December 31, 1926 in Linden, PA, and given the name Anna Catherine. She was the daughter of the late John and Catherine Schrant Schmidt. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 8, 1946 and made her temporary profession of vows on May 8, 1949 and her final profession of vows on August 3, 1952.
Sister Electa served as a teacher in the following schools: St. Ann High School in Scranton, PA, from 1949 to 1951; St. Joseph Elementary School in Renovo, PA, from 1951 to 1954; St. Monica Elementary School in Raleigh, NC, from 1954 to 1958; South Scranton Catholic High School in Scranton, PA, from 1958 to 1961; Immaculata High School in New York, NY, from 1961 to 1966; St. Mary of the Mount High School in Pittsburgh, PA, from 1966 to 1970 and 1979 to 1982; Bishop Neumann High School in Williamsport, PA, from 1970 to 1972; Bishop O’Hara High School in Dunmore, PA, from 1976 to 1977; Bishop Guilfoyle High School in Altoona, PA, from 1977 to 1978; and Cathedral High School in New York, NY, from 1982 to 1986.
Sister served as both principal and teacher at Notre Dame High School in East Stroudsburg, PA, from 1972 to 1976.
Sister Electa also served as office manager of the Communications Office at the IHM Center in Scranton, PA, from 1978 to 1979 and 1986 to 1991; administrative assistant at the following: Our Lady of Grace Center in Manhasset, NY, from 1991 to 1994; St. Ann Elementary School in New York, NY, from 1994 to 1997; and Holy Family Elementary School in St. Petersburg, FL, from 1997 to 1999.
She also served as a pastoral minister at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Parsons, WV, from 1999 to 2006; and on the support staff in the Vocations Office at the IHM Center in Scranton, PA, from 2006 to 2013, and in the Human Resources Office at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton, PA, from 2008 to 2016. From 2016 until the time of her death, Sister Electa was a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in business education from Marywood College and a Master of Science degree in education from Duquesne University.
She is preceded in death by four brothers, Edward, Richard, Robert, and John; and three sisters, Marie S. Harrow, Mildred S. Burditt, and Mary Schmidt. She is survived by a sister-in-law, Jane Schmidt of Barberton, OH; nieces and nephews. She is also survived by the members of the IHM Congregation. Interment will be at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, PA. Due to restrictions related to the coronavirus, the funeral mass and graveside service are private. 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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