Sister Marita Anne McGonigle, I.H.M., formerly Marie M. McGonigle, died in Camilla Hall Oct. 27 in the 80th year of her religious life. She was 97 years old.
Born in Bristol, Sister Marita Anne entered the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1932 from St. Mark Parish in Bristol and professed her first vows in 1935. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Immaculata University.
Sister Marita Anne taught and was an administrator in the elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and in the Dioceses of Richmond, Harrisburg and Camden. In 2008 she retired to Camilla Hall where her ministry was the apostolate of prayer.
The funeral Mass was celebrated at Camilla Hall, Immaculata, on Nov. 5. Father James McKelvey was the celebrant and homilist. Interment followed in the Immaculata Cemetery.
In addition to the members of her religious community, Sister Marita Anne is survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Patrick A. and Mary Dugan McGonigle; siblings, Anna Mulligan, Eileen Ford, Charlotte Lynne and James McGonigle.