Sister Margaret Benfield, I.H.M., (formerly known as Sister Margaret William) of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at the VNA Inpatient Hospice Unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton.
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She was born Nov. 17, 1939, in Danville, Pa. She was the daughter of the late William and Margaret Tighe Benfield. She entered the IHM Congregation in Immaculata, Pa., on July 16, 1957, and made her temporary profession of vows on Jan. 16, 1960, and her final profession of vows on Aug. 15, 1965. She joined the Scranton IHM Congregation in 1978.
Sister Margaret served as a teacher at the following schools: St. Clement Elementary School in Philadelphia, Pa., from 1960 to 1966; St. Bernard Elementary School in Easton, Pa., from 1966 to 1967; St. Gabriel Elementary School in Philadelphia, Pa., from 1967 to 1969; St. Edward Elementary School in Shamokin, Pa., from 1969 to 1971; Our Lady of Grace Elementary School in Penndel, Pa., from 1971 to 1973; St. Matthew Elementary School in Philadelphia, Pa., from 1973 to 1976; St. Dominic Elementary School in Philadelphia, Pa., from 1976 to 1978; Holy Name of Jesus Elementary School in Forty Fort, Pa., in 1979; Epiphany Elementary School in Sayre, Pa., from 1979 to 1981; and St. Paul Elementary School in Scranton, from 1981 to 1983.
Sister also served as a counselor at Lourdesmont in Clarks Green, Pa., from 1983 to 2007 and as an administrative assistant there from 2007 to 2009. She served as a volunteer at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton, from 2009 to 2010.
From 2010 until the time of her death, Sister Margaret was a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.
She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Immaculata College and a Master of Arts degree in counselor education from Marywood College.
She is survived by a brother, Wayne, of Mount Carmel, Pa.; and nieces and nephews.
She also was preceded in death by a sister, Jane Benfield.
The funeral will be Monday, March 18, at 11 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Peace Residence, 2300 Adams Avenue in Scranton. Friends may call at Our Lady of Peace Residence on Sunday, March 17, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 4. Interment will follow Mass on Monday at St. Catherine's Cemetery in Moscow, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to support the retired IHM Sisters, c/o the IHM Sisters Retirement Fund, IHM Center, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.
Published in Scranton Times on Mar. 15, 2013