Obituary: Sister Margaret Williams, C.I.J.

Photo---Sr.-Margaret-Williams-1Sister Margaret Williams, C.I.J., a member of the Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor for 73 years, died on May 11 at Villa St. Joseph, Rockville Centre. She was 92.

Born in Brooklyn, she attended Bishop McDonnell H.S., and then St. Catherine’s Hospital School of Nursing, and St. John’s University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing. She also pursued a career in social work at Fordham University where she earned her with ACSW in 1957.

She ministered to the sick poor from the Motherhouse on Henry St., Brooklyn, and St. Francis de Sales Convent, Bay Ridge, and as a social worker at Maimonides Hospital, Borough Park.

When a family of one of the sisters was bereft of a mother who died too young, Sister Margaret stepped in to care for the three children so that the father could work and provide for the family.

When the children were older, she returned to her ministry and served as director of personnel with the Nursing Sisters Home Visiting Service.

She served on the National Councils of Catholic Charities in Cleveland and St. Louis as well as with the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She was a member of the National Conference on Aging and was a delegate to the first White House Conference on Aging in 1961.

In 1966, she represented the congregation on the first Sisters Senate in the diocese.

Following her retirement, she volunteered with the Good Shepherd Sisters in Boston, the Dominican Sisters in Caldwell, N.J., and the Holy Child Sisters in Rye, sharing her expertise in the care of the aged Religious.