Marguerite Dankulich was born in Pittston, PA, on July 1, 1932, the daughter of George and Mary (Staso) Dankulich.
Marguerite Dankulich was born in Pittston, PA, on July 1, 1932, the daughter of George and Mary (Staso) Dankulich. Marguerite was the second youngest of eight children. She attended public school in West Pittston then transferred to St. John the Baptist School in Pittston. After graduating from St.John the Baptist School, she attended West Pittston High School. After high school graduation, Marguerite spent a year of study at St. John Business School in Pittston, PA.
Responding to the call of a religious vocation, Marguerite entered as a postulant in the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Danville, PA, on September 8, 1952. When she was received as a novice on August 13, 1953, she received the name, Sister Vernice. On August 3, 1955, she made her first profession of vows and celebrated 65 years of profession in 2020.
Sister Marguerite Dankulich received a B. S. in Education from Marywood University, Scranton, and began her teaching career in parish elementary schools in Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina teaching in Grades 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8. Then, with an M.A. in Spanish from Millersville University, Hermana Marguerite taught Spanish at Andrean High School, Merrillville, IN, and at Bishop O’Hara High School, Olyphant, PA. Sister Marguerite ended her teaching career teaching 4th graders in Mechanicsburg, PA, and Endicott, NY, and substitute teaching in Harrisburg and Wilkes-Barre, PA.
In 2013, Sister Marguerite retired from active ministry to Maria Hall in Danville where she engaged in the Ministry of Prayer and Hospitality. Looking back on her religious life for the celebration of her Jubilee, Sister Marguerite wrote: “I can see how many times over the years the Lord was always there with the graces I needed to do his holy will. Awareness of his loving presence with me at all times has given me the strength to do his holy will.”
Sister Marguerite Dankulich is survived by her sister, Ann Dankulich in Honolulu, HI, and several nieces and nephews in Hawaii, New York, and New Jersey.
A private Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Maria Hall in Danville on Thursday, September 9, 2021. Interment was at the Sisters’ cemetery immediately following the Mass.