Sister Margaret Crucifixa McDonald

Age 93, teacher

April 06, 2007

Sister Margaret Crucifixa McDonald, a retired parochial school teacher, died of cardiovascular disease March 29 at her order's motherhouse in Aston, Pa. She was 93.

Born in Philadelphia, she received the name Sister Margaret Crucifixa after joining the Sisters of St. Francis in 1933. She earned a bachelor's degree from what is now Marywood University in Scranton, Pa., and a master's degree in business education from Catholic University of America.

After teaching in Wilmington, Del., she moved to Towson in 1943 and joined the faculty of the Immaculate Conception parochial school. She then taught at the old St. Elizabeth of Hungary Commercial School near Patterson Park and at Towson Catholic High School. She then became her order's provincial secretary and resided at the St. Anthony Convent in Gardenville.

She was an adviser for the school newspapers and was the co-founder of the Delaware Scholastic Press Association. She also worked in the pressroom for the International Eucharistic Congress and in 1977 served on the Philadelphia Archdiocesan Communications Committee for the canonization of St. John Neumann.

A Mass was offered Tuesday in Aston.

She is survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.

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