In Memoriam: Sister Margaret Dorothy Moriarty, OSB

immargaret_dorothyFuneral Mass for Sister Margaret Dorothy Moriarty was celebrated at 1 p.m. October 25, 1999 at the Monastery of St. Gertrude Chapel.  The Revs. Meinrad Schallberger, monastery chaplain, and Urban Feucht officiated.  Sister Mary Kay Henry gave reflections.

The funeral was a joint service, also for Sister Dolorosa (Margaret) Feucht.  A combined vigil was held at the monastery chapel at 7 p.m. October 24, 1999.

Sr. Margaret Dorothy Moriarty, 89, died of causes related to age on October 21, 1999 at the monastery.

She was born in Cottonwood Jan. 5, 1910, to John and Dorothy Drube Moriarty.

She celebrated the 70th anniversary of her profession as a Benedictine nun in February.  Her career was spent primarily in teaching music and directing church choirs in Nezperce, Genesee, Keuterville, Cottonwood, St. Maries and Boise.  She also taught and led church choirs in Lewiston, Nampa, Pocatello, McCall, Colton and Madison, WI.  She spent three years teaching in Zambia.

She loved to travel, crochet and visit friends and family.  A stroke 10 years ago left her confined to the monastery infirmary, where she continued her handiwork.

Survivors include two sisters, Ann Kroiss of Kelso, WA, and Betty Kirkman of Bow, WA.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Scherer, Nora Ladwig and Lucy Lightfield.