NERINX, Ky. – Sister Margaret Fitzgerald, formerly Sister Gerald Ann, of Nerinx, passed away Monday, June 30, 2014.
Sister Margaret was born in 1913 in Sterling, the daughter of Earle and Virginia (Schiltz) Fitzgerald. She began her canonical year in the Sisters of Loretto in 1932 and made her religious profession in 1933. She earned her bachelor’s degree in French, with a minor in English and education, in 1947 at Webster University, and a bachelor’s degree in music in 1963 at Loretto Heights College in Denver.
Sister Margaret taught in Illinois, California, Colorado, and Kentucky. After completing her teaching career, she returned to the St. Louis area, where her ministry was community service at Loretto Center in Webster Groves, Missouri.
Sister Margaret was musically talented. She played the piano by ear and taught herself to read music. A prayerful, reflective person, she enjoyed lectures, reading, and learning, and was not above a bit of mischief. She often had a good joke to enliven conversation.
She will be greatly missed by her many nieces and nephews, as well as the Loretto community.
She was preceded in death by her parents and 14 siblings.
A memorial Funeral Mass will be Thursday at the Sisters of Loretto Mother House in Nerinx.