Sister Margaret McNamara
McNamara, Margaret, CSJ
(formerly Sister Regina Marie)
died peacefully on April 13, 2013
in the 63rd year of her religious life.
She is predeceased by her parents, John Leo McNamara and Mary Elizabeth Moynihan and by her brother Thomas.
She will be missed by her nephews Patrick and Paul of Richmond, B.C. and by many cousins, friends, and colleagues.
After receiving a Diploma in Business and becoming a Registered Nurse in Ontario and Alberta and nursing for six years, Sister Margaret entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1950.
For the first twenty-one years after profession, Sister Margaret ministered in various capacities both at St. Michael’s Hospital, including as Assistant Executive Director, and at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox.
She then served in the ministry of leadership as a councillor on the leadership team of the congregation for eight years.
In 1984 Sister Margaret returned to St. Michael’s Hospital and served as Assistant Executive Director followed by Director of Patient Affairs while at the same time ministering as Local Leader for the sisters.
After two years in Ottawa, Sister Margaret returned for five years to St. Michael’s Hospital where she assisted as a volunteer.
In 1994, Sister moved to Morrow Park, the congregational motherhouse, where she was an Assistant Local Leader for eight years.
Sister served on many boards of directors. Among them and dear to her heart was the Board of Directors of St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation.
Since 2001, Sister Margaret has been in the Infirmary and her ministry has been one of suffering and prayer.
Her wake was held at the Sisters of St. Joseph’s residence at 2 O’Connor Drive, Toronto on Monday, April 15, 2013, from 3:30 p.m. with a prayer vigil at 7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial took place at 2 O’Connor Drive
on Tuesday, April 16, at 10:30 a.m.
Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.