Sister Margaret Mary Burns, S.S.J.

Sister Margaret Mary Burns, S.S.J.

Sister of St. Joseph Margaret Mary Burns, formerly Sister St. Leonard, 88, died May 30 at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia. She was in the 70th year of her religious life.

The daughter of John Burns and Mary Eagan, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1946 and professed final vows in 1954. She attended Chestnut Hill College were she earned a bachelor of science degree in education.

Sister Margaret Mary was a teacher in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia ministering in several elementary schools including St. Leo, St. Anne, Ascension of Our Lord, Christ the King, Visitation B.V.M. and St. Francis of Assisi, Norristown. She also was a reading teacher at Our Lady of the Valley School in Lebanon, Pa.


In addition, she worked in the medical records department at St. Joseph Villa. In 1999, Sister Margaret Mary became a resident at the Villa.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated June 6 at St. Joseph Villa.

Sister Margaret Mary is survived by her siblings, Anne Christ, Cel Burwell, Theresa Wye, Kay Wust, Rita Feighan, and the late Joseph Burns, John Burns, Sister Ann Cecilia, S.S.J., and Agnes Balderman. She is also survived by nieces, nephews and members of the Sisters of St. Joseph.