Sister James Margaret Lafferty, CSJ
Sister James Margaret Lafferty, CSJ, 88, died Wednesday, February 28, 2007, at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Sister James had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 70 years.
Sister James Margaret was born Margaret Theresa Lafferty on May 8, 1918 in Utica, NY, daughter of the late James and Margaret Martin Lafferty. After graduating from St. Francis de SalesHigh School in Utica, Sister James entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1937. She received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education, both from The College of Saint Rose. For over 50 years, she taught Kindergarten through Grade 4 in schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses as well as elementary education at The College of Saint Rose for eight years. In addition, Sister James pursued post-graduate studies in special education at Catholic University of America and was one of the first Sisters of St. Joseph to participate in the Elderhostel Program.
Sister James Margaret was a dedicated elementary teacher whose love for little children found a wonderful home in the classroom. She considered it an honor to pass on her skill and expertise to young women preparing to be elementary teachers at The College of Saint Rose. Sister James enjoyed many Elderhostel experiences where she satisfied her never-ending quest for learning in such fields as history, drama and literature. As a Sister of St. Joseph, she was able to bring the congregation’s special gifts of prayer, hospitality, unity and reconciliation to those she met for seven decades.
Sister James Margaret is survived by two nieces, Anne Bylancik and Mary Geragi, and one nephew, Bernard Marosek, and their families and the Sisters of St. Joseph. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, William; three sisters, Elizabeth Daily, Helen Skinner and Bernadette Marosek; and many friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Sister James Margaret’s funeral Liturgy was held Saturday, March 3, from the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Interment was in Our Lady Queen of Virgins Cemetery on the Provincial House grounds.
Contributions in Sister James’ memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY12110.