Sister Margaret Dougherty

Sister Margaret Dougherty, a member of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, passed away at St. Louise's Residence, Albany, N.Y., on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012.

Sister Margaret, the daughter of the late Robert L. Dougherty and Mary McGeehan Dougherty of Wyoming, was born in Hazleton on Nov. 24, 1938. She resided in Wyoming until she entered the Daughters of Charity in 1961.

A graduate of St. Ann's Academy, Wilkes-Barre, and St. Joseph's College, Emmitsburg, Md., Sister Margaret received advanced degrees in religious education and pastoral counseling from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

During the 1960s and 1970s, she taught at Catholic schools in Baltimore, Md., Wilmington, Del., and upstate New York. Later, her pastoral care missions took her to Minersville, Pottsville, Buffalo, N.Y., Hungary, Haiti and Ethiopia. Throughout her life, Sister Margaret was devoted to caring for the poor and the needy.

In addition to her parents, Sister Margaret was preceded in death by a sister, Mollie Regan, Westchester; and a brother, Robert L. Dougherty Jr., Kingston.

Along with the members of the Daughters of Charity community, she is survived by four sisters, Ellen Ebbe, Oakton, Va.; Jacqueline McCarthy, Matthews, N.C.; Ann Dougherty, Rockville, Md.; and Elizabeth Brennan, Rockville, Md. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and great-nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered for Sister Margaret by her nephew, Fr. Thomas J. Brennan, SJ, at St. Louise's Residence on Dec. 22, 2012.

Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 3, 2013