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Sister Marie Immaculate Fay, teacher

Sister Marie Immaculate Fay, who taught in Baltimore parochial schools, died of cardiopulmonary collapse March 22 at her order's retirement home in Aston, Pa. She was 82.

Born Margaret Mary Fay in Dublin, Ireland, she attended public schools in Harrisburg, Pa. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in 1951 and professed her first vows in 1953. She earned a bachelor of arts in history at Neumann University in Aston.

She began teaching at St. Anthony's School in Gardenville in 1952 and later served at the Shrine of the Little Flower in Belair-Edison, St. Catherine of Siena in East Baltimore and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Essex. From 1990 to 2002, she served to St. Anthony's as a volunteer and assistant.

"She was strict in the classroom but the children loved her," said Sister Michael Kathleen Deane, also a member of the Sisters of St. Francis. "She was a thorough teacher, too. She was excellent with math. She had a lot of fun in school."

She was also recalled as a prankster who enjoyed playing tricks in the convent.

Sister Marie returned to Ireland on many occasions and spent time taking care of a brother before his death.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, Aston.

Survivors include cousins living in Ireland.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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