Aston, PA—Sister Marcia Marie Burger, OSF, 91, died in Assisi House on December 3. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 70 years. Sister Marcia Marie (Catherine Elizabeth Burger) was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she was a member of St. Joseph Parish. After graduating from Lancaster Catholic High School, she entered the congregation in 1937 and professed her first vows in 1939. Sister Marcia Marie earned a B.S. in Business Education from Marywood College, Scranton, Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in Business Education from the College of St. Rose, Albany, New York. She ministered in both elementary and secondary education and in congregational ministry. In her leisure time, she enjoyed listening to music, reading, and decorating.
Sister Marcia Marie ministered in the Diocese of Harrisburg for 42 years. She served at York Catholic High School (1951-1974, 1985-1987, 1990-2000); Lancaster Catholic High School (1974-1977); and St. Joseph School, York (2001-2005).
Sister Marcia Marie’s 11 years of ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia included teaching at St. Mary School in Manayunk (1938); St. Elizabeth School (1939); and Hallahan High School (1941-1947). In 2005 she moved to Queen of Peace Convent in Aston (one of the congregation’s independent living units) and volunteered at Our Lady of Angels Convent.
Sister Marcia Marie ministered for eight years in the Diocese of Trenton. She was provincial secretary for the former St. Anthony Province from 1980-1985 and 1987-1990).
Sister Marcia Marie also ministered for six years in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She taught at St. Clement School in Rosedale (1947-1949) and at The Catholic High School of Baltimore (1977-1980). From 2000-2001 she volunteered at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson.
Additional ministry experiences included teaching at Blessed Sacrament School in Bally, Pennsylvania (1939-1941) and at Holy Trinity High School in Roxbury, Massachusetts (1949-1951).
All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, on Wednesday, December 9. 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 Marcia Marie is survived by her sister, Mary Crnkovich (Lancaster); her brother, John Burger (Lancaster); many nieces, nephews; and by her Franciscan family. Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.