Sister Margaret, 83

Taught music

November 23, 2006

Sister Margaret Joyce, who taught music at parochial schools for many years, died of respiratory disease Nov. 15 at her order's motherhouse in Aston, Pa. She was 83.

Born in Philadelphia, she was a graduate of the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music and earned a bachelor's degree in English from Villanova University and a master's in music from the Catholic University of America.

She entered the Franciscan Sisters of Philadelphia in 1944 and soon after began teaching music and other subjects at Catholic High School, the old St. Paul's parochial school in East Baltimore and at Shrine of the Little Flower School in the Belair-Edison neighborhood.

She also had assignments in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New Jersey before retiring about a decade ago.

Her funeral Mass was offered Monday in Aston.

Sister Margaret is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

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