Sister Margaret Haring, (Sister M. Blanche) a Pittsburgh Sister of Mercy for 71 years, died at the Convent of Mercy on July 30, 2021. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa. she was 91 years old. Daughter of Rudolph and Theresa (Dergositz) Haring, Sister Margaret entered the Sisters of Mercy from Nativity Parish, Pittsburgh, Pa. in 1950 and made final vows in 1956.
Sister Margaret received a B.A. from Mount Mercy College (now Carlow University) and a M.Ed. from Duquesne University. She taught in area Catholic grade schools including St. Agatha, Bridgeville, St. Francis Xavier, Northside, St. Vincent in Latrobe, and St. Colman in Turtle Creek. Sister Margaret also taught and worked in various positions at St. Peter, Northside and Our Lady of Fatima, Hopewell Township. After teaching, Sister Margaret worked in pastoral care at Country Meadows of South Hills and as a pastoral visitor and volunteer at Most Holy Name Parish in Pittsburgh. Most recently she volunteered at Mercy Hospital and worked with the elderly.
Particularly in her work with the elderly, no task was too small or insignificant, no person was unimportant. She met individuals where they were at the moment – helping someone get dressed, listening, laughing or praying with someone, offering solace and comfort to a dying person. One friend remarked, “She made it easy for them to meet their God.”
Preceded in death by her parents, brother Ralph Haring and sisters Caroline Robinson and Helen Kuzel, Sister Margaret is survived by a nephew. There will be a private funeral service at the Convent of Mercy, 3333 Fifth Avenue, followed by interment in St. Xavier Cemetery, Latrobe.
Arrangements entrusted to the EDWARD P. KANAI FUNERAL HOME, 500 Greenfield Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 3333 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213 or Carlow University Scholarship Fund.
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