Margaret J. Danner

HARRISBURG Margaret J. (Kann) Danner, 83, passed away at 10:36 a.m., Thursday, October 4, 2012 at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill. Margaret was born February 26, 1929 in Mount Wolf, the daughter of the late Stuart and Margaret (Everhart) Kann, however, she was raised by her grandparents, the late Harry and Annie Kann. Ms. Danner was a 1947 graduate of Manchester High School, a 1972 graduate of Johns Hopkins University and a 1976 graduate from St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, with a Masters degree in Theology. Margaret was a member of The Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick and worked in various Parishes and agencies throughout the diocese of Harrisburg for 44 years. She began her career as a teacher at St. Joseph Church in York and then became the Director of Religious Education there. In 1980, she accepted a position with the Diocese in Catholic Charities, first as a coordinator of Family Life Programs and then in the Justice and rights Division. She coordinated the Campaign For Human Development programs and helped organize community projects throughout the diocese, which included among other projects the Centralia Homeowners Against the Mine Fire, Friends of Farmworkers, Hispanic Center Projects in York, Lancaster and Harrisburg. She also staffed the Bishop's Justice and Rights commission advisory group to the Bishop on justice and rights issues affecting the diocese. In 1989, she became a pastoral assistant at St. Patrick Cathedral and held several positions there until her retirement in 2007. She spearheaded the development of the St. Lawrence Project which houses the State Street Academy of Music. Ms. Danner was also involved in many community projects. She was a founding member and President of the Midtown Market District, a member of the Housing Code Board of Appeal, Christian Churches United, and Aids Interfaith Network of Harrisburg among others. Ms. Danner is survived by her three children, Alicia Danner of York, Nannette Whitsel and her husband Jack of Craley, Frederick Danner and wife Patricia of Dover; four grandchildren, Ashley Knipel and husband Joshua, Daniel Hite of York, and Jason and Amanda Danner of Dover; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a sister, Bernetta Nauman. Her memorial Mass will be held on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m., at St. Patrick Cathedral, 212 State St., Harrisburg. Burial will be in Manchester Union Cemetery in Manchester. Arrangements have been entrusted to The Diehl Funeral Home & Cremation Center of Mount Wolf. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the State Street Academy of Music, 110 State St., or a charity of your choosing. To share memories of Margaret, please visit

Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Oct. 9, 2012