Sister Mary Margaret Fee (S. Maria Magdalena) died on July 23, 2020. Sister was buried in the congregational cemetery. A memorial mass will be celebrated when we are able to do so.
Sister Mary Margaret was born on June 30, 1936 in Philadelphia to John Fee and Rita Fitzgerald Fee. There were four girls in the family: Rita, Catharine, Mary Margaret and Frances. All of them attended Our Mother of Sorrows their beloved parish school and went on to West Catholic Girls’ High School. Of the four, Mary and Catharine became Sisters of Saint Joseph. They were, in a sense, following in the footsteps of her aunt, Sister Agnes Catharine. Sister Mary’ s niece, S. Theresa Hayburn, SSJ, continues the family’s inclusion in the SSJ family.
Sister Mary Margaret served primarily in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Allentown and briefly in the Diocese of Harrisburg. She taught elementary level classes and served, in addition, as superior and principal in St. Vincent Parish, Hanover, PA. She concluded her ministry in education at Hallahan High School for Girls, working in the tuition office. In December 2012, she retired to Saint Joseph Villa.
Sister Mary Margaret was strong, quiet, gentle and kind. Only if you knew her pretty well, did you also know that she had a wonderful and clever sense of humor. Her sister called them her “one liners”.
She loved her family and was dearly loved by them. She was, among other things, the official wrapper of gifts for the family. If a gift needed to be wrapped, the procedure was to leave it at her sister’s house and fairly soon, a beautifully, creatively and perfectly wrapped gift was available. She opened gifts as carefully as she wrapped them. What a gift in itself! The result was certainly in focus when Mary Margaret planned and worked. When decorating her classroom…no push pins, please. Straight pins were the order of the day; after the decorations were removed there were no holes, or less observable ones, by using straight pins – good environmental awareness, indeed.
Although she was not an avid sports fan, she was a Phillies fan and listened often to their games on her transistor radio. She was also an avid fan of dark chocolate and enjoyed it whenever she could.
Sister Mary Margaret was a good, a kind, a constant, steady presence…a good and faithful Sister of Saint Joseph. Her final years were spent in praying at the Villa. We know that she will continue to pray for us as we will pray for her. Rest peacefully with God, Sister Mary.