Sister Margaret Anne, known formerly as Sister Paul Therese, died at Saint Joseph Villa on October 29, 2019. Her funeral followed on November 4. Sister had been a resident at the Villa since 1997.
Born on Christmas Day to parents Vincent and Margaret, Peg was the oldest of six children. She was never overlooked on her birthday because in the evening of Christmas, the focus of the family was on Peg’s birthday celebration.
Peg was educated at St. Francis of Assisi School for her first years, and finished at Holy Angels School, the family having moved to a larger house. She completed high school at Cardinal Dougherty High School. Shortly after graduation, influenced by the example of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, especially her cousin, Sister Joan Catherine, Peg entered the Congregation.
Due to the serious illness of Peg’s father, the young novice recalled how supportive the sisters had been to see her through these days that ended happily at that time, her father almost completely healed. She attributed this “miracle” to the prayers and support of the community.
Sister Peg taught first graders most of her ministry days, trying other grades from time to time. By her own admission, Peg loved her stay at St. Joan of Arc in Marlton, New Jersey. After the left that mission, she kept in contact with the parish as long as she was able. At St. Ann in Wildwood, Peg felt everything was “wonderful.”
Declining health made it necessary for her to leave active ministry in 1997. Always wanting to be of service, Sister Peg continued to seek ways to live out her mission as a Sister of Saint Joseph. Helpful hands, warm smile, and a positive attitude defined her final years.
Peg went home to God with her hands full and was certainly welcomed by her loving parents and brother, Joe. Rest in peace, Peg!