Aston, PA—Sister Margaret Jones, OSF (formerly Sister Jozeta Marie), 77, died in Assisi House on September 6. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 55 years. Sister Margaret was born in Detroit, Michigan. She later moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania where she was a member of St. Catherine Parish and a graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School. She entered the congregation in 1956 and professed her first vows in 1959. Sister Margaret earned a B.A. in English from Neumann University in 1967 and an M.A. in Religious Education from LaSalle University in 1982. She ministered primarily in education, parish ministry, social services, and healthcare.
Sister Margaret ministered for 25 years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She taught at St. Piux X High School in Pottstown from 1983-1987. She was one of the founding sisters of St. Mary’s Franciscan Shelter in Phoenixville and ministered there from 1987-1991. Since 1997, Sister Margaret worked as a chaplain at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne. In 2014 she moved to Assisi House in Aston where she served in prayer ministry until her death.
Sister Margaret also ministered as a chaplain for six years in the Diocese of Allentown. She served at St. Joseph Hospital in Reading from 1991-1997.
Sister Margaret ministered for nine years in the Diocese of Wilmington. She taught at St. John the Beloved School from 1968-1969. From 1969-1971 she taught at St. Paul School and returned there to teach from 1974-1980. Additional teaching assignments took Sister Margaret to St. Bernadette School, in Silver Spring, Maryland (1959-1963); St. John Vianney School, Orlando, Florida (1963-1968); and St. Paul the Apostle School in Spartanburg, South Carolina (1971-1974).
From 1980-1981 Sister Margaret ministered in the Diocese of Caguas in Puerto Rico where she served in parish ministry in Comerio. From 1981-1983 she worked in religious formation at Santa Maria de los Angeles Convent in Barranquitas.
All services will be held in Assisi House, 610 Red Hill Road, Aston, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, September 9. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 9:30 A.M. followed by a viewing. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 A.M. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston. Sister Margaret is survived by her brother, John Jones; by her nieces and 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.