Sister Marguerite Cahill — Rochester
Sister Marguerite Cahill (Sister Moninna), 92, a Franciscan Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rochester, died at Assisi Heights Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013.
Marguerite Elaine Cahill was born Nov. 13, 1921, in Ossian, Iowa, to James M. and Ann (Gleishner) Cahill. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1951 from Saint Cecilia Parish, Wisconsin Dells, Wis., where she was a teacher. Sister Marguerite made first vows in 1953 and perpetual vows in 1956. She received a bachelor's degree in business/social studies from the College of Saint Teresa in Winona (1944) and an MBA in business/education from Denver University (1963).
After first vows, Sister Marguerite was a secondary business education teacher at Sacred Heart High School in Waseca (1953-57); Pacelli High School, Austin (1957-63) and Notre Dame High School in Portsmouth, Ohio (1963-68). She returned to Waseca in 1968 where she served one year as guidance counselor and two years as principal before moving to the State of Washington. In Port Angeles, Wash., she served at Queen of Angels Parish as religious educator and liturgist while also teaching accounting at Peninsula College. She then served as religious educator at St. Pius X Parish in Bothell, Wash. In 1975, Sister Marguerite returned to Minnesota and worked in religious education at parishes in Shakopee, Red Wing and St. Bonifacius. In 1990, she moved to Assisi Heights where she served as sacristan until her retirement in 1995.
Sister Marguerite has no surviving family members. The Franciscan Sisters are grateful for the 62 years of life she shared with the community.
A memorial liturgy will be held Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes, Assisi Heights, Rochester. A prayer service, followed by visitation, will be at 9 a.m. Jan. 9.
Memorials are suggested to the Sisters of St. Francis, Office of Development, Assisi Heights, 1001 14th St. N.W., Rochester, MN 55901.