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IHMSEN, Amelia (Mother M. deSales)

    Cambria Freeman, 26 May 1911, Contributed by Lisa Baker

Mother Superior Dead.

Surrounded by the Sisters of the convent, and receiving from them such ministrations as were possible, Mother M. deSales, one of the oldest and most widely known members of the Order of Mercy, passed away peacefully Friday night at Mt. Aloysius near Cresson. She was in her seventy-third year, and had suffered for some time with a complication of diseases, being bedfast during the past few months. Heart trouble hastened her demise.

Amelia Ihmsen, as the venerable Sister was known in the world, was a daughter of the late Christian and Eleanor Ihmsen of Pittsburg, and was the last of their children to pass away, a brother, Christian, having died a few years ago.

Mother deSales became a novitiate in the Order of Mercy in 1857, taking the vows three years later. In 1879 she went to Loretto from Pittsburg, where she had been teaching in parochial schools, and established the Loretto Academy. She was Mother Superior for many years, resigning two years ago because of ill health. When the school was moved to Cresson in 1897, the name was changed to Mt. Aloysius Academy.

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