Written on: April 3, 2020
Sister Marie Therese Staiger, GNSH, 87, died April 3, 2020 in the 68th year of her religious life. Sister served in the field of education for 27 years, mostly at the high school and junior college levels. Sister taught in Archdiocesan high schools for 17 years: Cardinal Dougherty (1957-64), Little Flower (1964-67, 72-78) and Bishop McDevitt (1967-68). In Yardley, she taught at Sacred Heart Junior College (1962-66). In 1979 Sister moved to parish service, first as Director of Religious Education at St. Joseph the Worker, Fallsington, PA, where she remained until 1990. The remainder of her ministry was served in New Jersey: St. Ann (1990-96) and Corpus Christi (1996-99); Pastoral Minister at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, West Trenton (2001-2010). Sister retired to the Motherhouse in Yardley in 2010, where she lived until 2016 when she moved to Magnificat in Huntingdon Valley.
Born in New York city, Sister was the daughter of the late George and Ruth Schoerlin Staiger, and was one of five children. Sister is predeceased by her parents and siblings, Sister Mary Cordula, OP, Rev Charles and Rev. George Staiger and sister, Lillian Staiger.
A graduate of the Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica, NY, Sister received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY and an MA in Sacred Theology from Villanova University.
Sister is survived by her religious congregation and friends from her various apostolates. Due to recent events, Sister’s burial will be held privately, and a memorial service will be held for Sister Marie Therese at a later date.
Donations in memory of Sister Marie Therese’s life of prayer and service will be gratefully received. Donations may be made on line here, or by mail to: Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, 14500 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19116-1188. We are grateful for your prayers and support.
Arrangements by Beck-Givnish Funeral Homes, Inc.