Sister Margaret Russell
Sister Margaret Russell
Mercy Sister Margaret (Peggy) Russell died April 10 in McAuley Hall Health Care Center, Watchung, at age 80.

Because of the COVID-19 restrictions, funeral services will be private, and a memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.

Born in Riverside, to Walter and Josephine Russell, Sister Peggy was educated in St. Paul School, Burlington, and Cathedral High School, Trenton. Inspired by the Sisters of Mercy, she entered the community after graduating from high school. She earned a degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in supervision and curriculum at Georgian Court College (now University), Lakewood.

Sister Peggy’s first assignments were teaching in elementary schools in the Dioceses of Trenton and Metuchen, including St. Catherine, Middletown, and St. Charles Borromeo, Cinnaminson, where she was principal. She served as communications director for the Sisters of Mercy before becoming principal of two schools in the Metuchen Diocese. During those years she was honored several times by the Dioceses of Trenton and Metuchen for excellence in education.  

In 2001, she moved from Catholic school education to pastoral ministry and became director of religious education in St. Luke Parish, Toms River. She moved to McAuley Health Care Center in 2019.    

Sister Peggy is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, many nieces, nephews and Sisters of Mercy.

Memorial donations can be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 1645 Highway 22 Watchung, N.J.