Born Grace Marie White in Oneida, N.Y., she entered the congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Feb. 2, 1944. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in education/mathematics from Marywood College, and a Master of Arts degree in mathematics from Villanova University.
In the Diocese of Harrisburg, Sister Cecilian served as a teacher at St. Joseph School in Danville from 1946 to 1947, and in Pittston, Pittsburgh, Carbondale and Altoona, Pa.
Sister also served as a business office clerk, assistant in the development office, and volunteer at the IHM Center in Scranton; and as a social service assistant and financial secretary in New York. From 2013 until the time of her death, Sister Cecilian served as a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence.
She is preceded in death by two sisters, Catherine Bowe and Mary Donahue; and a brother, William. She is survived by nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews. 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.