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Sr. Maria Goretti Sargent, SSJ

October 31, 2102

Sr. Maria Goretti Sargent, SSJ, 80, passed away Wednesday evening, October 31, 2012, at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Calling hours will be at the Motherhouse, 1425 Washington St., Watertown on Friday, November 2, in the afternoon and evening. The funeral mass will be in the Motherhouse Chapel on Saturday, November 3, at 2PM with burial following in Glenwood Cemetery. Arrangements are with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

She was born Nancy P. Sargent on August 19, 1932 in Ogdensburg, daughter of Alfred and Jennie Lesperance Sargent. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy and had attended Mater Dei College, both in Ogdensburg.

Sr. Maria entered the Motherhouse in Watertown in 1956. She received her habit on August 18, 1957 and made her Final Profession on August 28, 1962 with Bishop Navagh presiding at both.

She had been an elementary teacher at Sacred Heart, Watertown, Augustinian Academy, Carthage, St. Patrick's, Port Henry, St. Patrick's, Watertown, and Holy Name, Ausable Forks. She then did parish work at St. Mary's in Ticonderoga. After that, she cared for her mother for four years. She taught from 1957 until her retirement in June of 1982.

Sr. Maria is survived by her two brothers, Leonard and Richard Sargent, both in Ogdensburg; her sister, Winnie England, Troy, MO; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, including her niece, Sue Rupert, Ogdensburg. Her two brothers, Allen and Kenneth Sargent, and her two sisters, Shirley Beldock and Norma Barr, all died before her.

Condolences to her family may be made to http://www.cummingsfuneral.com/.

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