Sister Margaret McCurdy died Sunday, April 19, 2020 at the Notre Dame Long Term Care Center, Worcester. She was 91.
Sister was born Alice Ruth in Cambridge, daughter of William F. and Margaret L. (Cullinane) McCurdy. She graduated from St. Mary of the Annunciation High School in Cambridge, and Emmanuel College with a combined English and Education major. She earned a master's degree in Pastoral Ministry from St. Joseph College in West Hartford.
Sister Margaret entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1947. She was an educator at several Notre Dame schools. She was a teacher at St. Michael's School in Hudson and St. Gregory's School in Dorchester. She was a principal at Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted School in Waltham, and St. John's School in Wellesley. Leominster. From 1982 through 1992, she was on the staff at St. Mary's Parish in Shrewsbury where she was a pastoral associate and principal of its school. She followed to serve as principal of Julie Country Day School in Leominster until 1999.
Sister Margaret was a testing consultant in the School Department of the Diocese of Worcester from 1999 to 2001. In retirement, she was a receptionist at Notre Dame du Lac and a hospice volunteer.
Sister gave full attention and love to students, co-workers and parishioners. She loved being a principal. She could organize any group and it would be a wonderfully functioning machine in no time.
Margaret was involved with the "Jet Set," a group of people of a certain age at St. Mary Parish in Shrewsbury, MA. They remember her as a "good sport and storyteller." They also remember her roller skating on a day trip and leaving the group in gales of laughter with her stories. She was the ultimate hostess and would offer warm hospitality especially in her home that she shared with Srs. Kay Burns and Mary Joan Welch. Her heart was open to all with whom she came in contact. One of her co-workers said that "she was the embodiment of a Sister of Notre Dame." Margaret was beloved and cherished by many and will be missed.
Sister Margaret leaves her sister, Patricia Pitts of Rochester, N.Y. and her sister-in-law, Norma McCurdy of Malden, nieces, nephews, and her religious family, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.
She was predeceased by her brothers, William F. McCurdy Jr., Robert J. McCurdy and her sister Mary Catherine Cole.
She is interred at Notre Dame du Lac Cemetery.