Sister Ann Marguerite, 85, Catholic school educator


Sister Ann Marguerite Gildea, former principal of a Charles Village parochial school, died of a stroke Monday at Riddle Memorial Hospital in Media, Pa. She was 85.

Born Brigid Ann Gildea in Mohill, County Leitrim, Ireland, she entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in 1935. She earned a bachelor's degree in English at Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg and a master's degree from Catholic University of America.

Sister Marguerite taught for more than a decade at St. Elizabeth School in Patterson Park in the 1930s and 1940s. She later taught at St. Stephen School in Bradshaw and was principal at SS. Philip and James School in Baltimore's Charles Village from 1973 to 1976.

She also worked in a Spokane, Wash., orphanage and held posts in South Carolina and Delaware. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Delaware Women in 2002 for her work with the poor of Wilmington.

A funeral Mass was offered yesterday at Assisi House, her order's retirement home in Aston, Pa.

Survivors include a sister, Margaret Duffy of New York City.

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