Aston, PA—Sister John Marie Stack, OSF, 81, died in Assisi House on February 24. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 61 years. Sister John Marie (Marguerite Mary Stack) was born in Brighton, Massachusetts, but later moved to Revere where she was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School. She entered the congregation in 1947 and professed her first vows in 1950. Sister John Marie graduated from St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Baltimore and later earned both a BSN and an MSN from the Catholic University of America in Washington. She ministered primarily in healthcare as a nurse, nursing supervisor, nursing instructor, director of nursing services, and chaplain.
Sister John Marie began her 13 years of ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia serving at St. Mary Hospital from 1967-1971. When she retired she returned to the Aston area where she lived at Portiuncula Convent, serving as a driver for the sisters and volunteering as liturgist at Assisi House. She moved to Assisi House in early 2011 and served in prayer ministry until her death.
Sister John Marie ministered at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Maryland, for 31 years (1953-1964, 1982-2002). She also served for seven years at St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Trenton, New Jersey (1971-1977, 1980-1981).
All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, on Wednesday, March 2. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 9:30 A.M followed by viewing. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 A.M. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston. Sister John Marie is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, John and Eleanor Stack, her nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan family. Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.