Sister Margaret  Mary
Sister Margaret Mary, SS.C.M. (Frances Fest), 76, of Danville, died on Sunday, March 22, 2020, at Emmanuel Center, Danville.
She was born Aug. 17, 1943, a daughter of the late Paul and Arlene (Johnson) Fest of Bloomsburg.
She attended Benjamin Franklin School, Bloomsburg, the Villa Sacred Heart Elementary School, Danville and St. Columba Elementary School, Bloomsburg. She was a 1961 graduate of Bloomsburg High School.
She entered the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Danville on Sept. 8, 1961, was received as a novice on Aug. 13, 1962, and was professed on Aug. 13, 1964.

Sister Margaret Mary attended Sacred Heart Institute, Danville and went on to receive a B.S. in Elementary Education from Cabrini College, Radnor, PA and an M.A. in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University.

She taught grades 1, 2, 3 and 4 in parish schools in Connecticut, Indiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania. She served on the Sisters' Council in the Diocese of Greensburg, and was Religion Coordinator for St. Joseph School in Hazleton and St. Michael School in Jessup, both in the Diocese of Scranton.

After taking up residence at Maria Hall in Danville she engaged in a variety of duties, among them, Local Coordinator and Administrator as well as the Ministry of Prayer and Hospitality.

She is survived by her brother, Paul Fest and his wife, Mary Beth; her sister-in-law, Latisha Fest; and two stepbrothers, Peter and Ralph Palmiero and their wives.

In addition to her parents, Sister Margaret Mary was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph and Robert Fest.

There will be a small group graveside Committal Service held for the family this week. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brady Funeral Home Inc., Danville.
Published on March 24, 2020

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