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Sister Margaret Eugene Beall, educator

She was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis for more than six decades

By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

5:14 PM EDT, September 11, 2013

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Sister Margaret Eugene Beall, a retired educator who was a member for more than six decades of the Sisters of St. Francis, died Monday of heart failure at Assisi House, her order's retirement home in Aston, Pa. She was 90.

Mildred Beall was born and raised in Baltimore, where she graduated in 1941 from Eastern High School. Before entering the Sisters of St. Francis in 1945, she worked at International Printing Ink in Baltimore.

She professed her vows in 1948 and earned a bachelor's degree in 1955 from Marywood College in Scranton, Pa. She earned a master's degree in educational administration in 1961 from St. Bonaventure University in Bonaventure, N.Y.

From 1947 to 1950, she was on the faculty of St. Benedict School in Philadelphia. From 1950 to 1953, she was a teacher at John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls' High School, also in Philadelphia, and from 1954 to 1970, she was prefect of discipline.

Sister Margaret Eugene served in congregational ministry for the Sisters of St. Francis, first as personnel director and later secretary general of the congregation, from 1970 to 1987.

She came to Baltimore in 1987 and for the next two years was a member of the provincial staff for the former St. Joseph Province.

In 1989, she joined the faculty of the Catholic High School of Baltimore, where she was an educator and later office assistant in the technology department until her retirement in 2011, when she moved to Assisi House.

Sister Margaret Eugene enjoyed crocheting and reading.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Angels Convent Chapel, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston.

Sister Margaret Eugene is survived by two sisters, Edna Rehak and Norma Flynn, both of Parkville; and several nieces and nephews.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com