Sister Margaret R. Timmerman, 92

Teacher, author

May 04, 2007

Sister Margaret R. Timmerman, a member of Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart, died of Alzheimer's disease Monday at her order's Baltimore County retirement home. She was 92.

Born in Baltimore, she attended the old St. James the Less Parochial School and joined the religious order in 1935. She earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and a master's from the Catholic University of America.

Given the religious name Sister Mary Fides of the Passion, she resumed use of her baptismal name in 1969.

During her more than 72 years in the order, she taught religious education at Our Lady of Grace parish in Parkton and at parishes in New York, New Jersey and other states.

Sister Margaret was a monthly contributor to Catechist magazine and wrote two books: The Religion Teacher Learner and How to Be a Very Very Very Very Good Catechist. She co-wrote a third-grade religion text and workbook set ...And These Thy Gifts. In retirement, she contributed to the writing of the history of her community.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at the retirement home, The Villa, at 6806 Bellona Ave.

Survivors include her brother, the Rev. Thomas Francis of Conyers, Ga.; a sister, Sister Marie Timmerman of Baltimore; and nieces and nephews.

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