Sister Margaret Camper, CSJ 1922-2015

June 23, 1922 - December 21, 2015

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Margaret Camper, CSJ who passed away on Dec. 21 at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis. She was 93 years of age.

Sister Margaret was born on June 23, 1922,  in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to parents Myron Peter and Jennie (Toney) Camper. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on September 15 , 1940, was received as Sister Sarita Clare and made her final profession on August 15, 1946.

She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Fontbonne College in St. Louis in 1951 and a master's in English from Marquette University in 1960.

Sister Margaret served in education nearly 60 years of her 74 years of ministry as a CSJ.  She was a primary teacher in St. Louis at Nativity of Our Lord Grade School (1943-48), St. Roch Grade School (1948-51) and at St. Anthony of Padua Grade School (1951-54). 

She was a high school English teacher at Sacred Heart Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana (1954-55), St. Francis de Sales High School in Denver, Colorado (1955-62), and at St. Pius X High School in Atlanta, Georgia, where she also served as the head of the English department. From 1965-1989, Sister Margaret taught English at Fontbonne College.

In 1989, Sister Margaret was the circulation department head at the Kirkwood Public Library. For the next 16 years, she served as a volunteer.  In 1995 she was a volunteer tutor at Even Start, and in 2003 served her CSJ community as a volunteer for community life at Nazareth Living Center.

Since 2011, Sister Margaret Camper served in the ministry of prayer and presence at Nazareth Living Center.

Sister Margaret donated her body to science and a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at Nazareth Living Center Chapel, 2 Nazareth Lane, St. Louis, MO 63129.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province, 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111-2899. Donate online.

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