Sister Margaret George Gruninger, CSJ
Sister Margaret George Gruninger, CSJ, the former Elizabeth Marie Gruninger, 76, died unexpectedly Monday, March 6, 2006, in Crouse Hospital, Syracuse. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 59 years.
Sister Margaret was born May 10, 1929, in Syracuse, daughter of the late George and Marguerite Buehler Gruninger. She graduated from St. John the BaptistAcademy and entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1947. Sister Margaret received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in elementary education, both from The College of Saint Rose, and certification in religious education from the Diocese of Syracuse. For 55 years, Sister Margaret was a teacher and administrator in elementary schools in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses. Forty-three of those years were in Syracuse schools, including St. Anthony’s, St. Ann’s, Our Lady of Solace, Blessed Sacrament and St. John the Baptist where she taught for 23 years. At the time of her death, Sister Margaret was a tutor at St. Daniel’s School, Syracuse, and resided at St. John the Baptist Convent.
During her many years in the field of education, Sister Margaret was named Outstanding Teacher in the Syracuse Diocese, was a nominee for the NCEA’s Distinguished Teacher Award and was included in several editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Sister Margaret was a gifted, dedicated teacher who made a significant and long-lasting impression on thousands of students. She encouraged and motivated students, always with a genuine awareness of their talents, needs and problems.
Sister Margaret leaves her dearly loved sisters, Elaine (John) Krupka of Syracuse, and Melba Nye of Newfield, her nieces and nephews, her Sisters at St. John the Baptist Convent, Sisters Elizabeth Jean Allard, Theresa Brown and Paula Jude Egan, many dear friends, and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
Sister Margaret’s funeral Liturgy was held Friday, March 10 in 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 Margaret’s memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY12110.