Longtime teacher & tour guide, Sister Margaret Schreck, dies at age 85

November 12, 2016 by

Sister Margaret Schreck

Sister Margaret Schreck

Sister Margaret Schreck, who this year celebrbated her 60th anniversary as a Sister of St. Jospeh, died this morning (Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016) at Mount Joseph Senior Village in Concordia.

A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Sacred Heart Chapel of the Nazareth Motherhouse, with Sister Janet Lander as the eulogist. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, also at the Motherhouse, with Father James Hoover officiating. Burial will follow in the Nazareth Convent Cemetery.

Margaret was born Oct. 18, 1931, in Marienthal, Kan., to Henry and Ada Fonke Schreck. She was the youngest of eight children and was baptized Margaret Mary.

She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia on Sept. 9, 1955. On March 19, 1956, Margaret received the habit of the Sisters of St. Joseph and was given the name Sister Marguerite Cecile; she later returned to her baptismal name. She pronounced first vows on March 19, 1957, and final vows on March 19, 1960.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in home economics from Marymount College in Salina and then a master’s degree in clothing and textiles from Kansas State University, Manhattan.

For her first 20 years as a Sister of St. Joseph, she taught in Catholic schools in Grand Island, Neb., and in the Kansas cities of Salina, Junction City and Manhattan. And although she left the classroom in 1977, she continued as a teacher — in Lawton, Okla., San Antonio, Texas, Tunica, Miss., Yarnell, Ariz., and Searcy, Ark.

“With the spiritual, emotional and financial support of the congregation,” she wrote late last year, “I have taught English-as-a-second language to the foreign wives of servicemen. I also taught refugees who had come directly from the refugee camps to settle in Oklahoma, and I taught English to Mexican, Haitian and Honduran orphans in an enrichment program in Arizona.”

When she retired from active ministry in 1993, Sister Margaret returned to Concordia and the Motherhouse to serve as a tour guide for the next 20 years. Visitors appreciated both her deep knowledge of the building and its history, and the dry wit she brought to her presentations.

She moved to Mount Joseph Senior Village in 2013, but returned to the Motherhouse this summer to celebrate her 60th jubilee. She said then, “Being a Sister of St. Joseph has meant to me freedom — to do God’s will and God’s work wherever the Spirit led me.”

Sister Margaret was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings.

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Memorials for Sister Margaret Schreck may be given to the Sisters of St. Joseph Health Care/Retirement Fund or the Apostolic Works of the Sisters; P.O Box 279, Concordia KS 66901. To make an online donation in Sister Margaret’s memory, click on the button below:



One Response to “Longtime teacher & tour guide, Sister Margaret Schreck, dies at age 85”

  1. Marguerite Thompson on November 13th, 2016 1:58 pm

    Dear Sisters – what a grace to have Margaret Schreck for some many years. In thanksgiving for her life and service. Love to you all!

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