Sister Margaret Karam, formerly known as Sister Raymond Joseph Karam, died March 9, 2018, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 93 years of age and in the 69th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister was born in Nogales, Arizona, to Joseph and Ramona (Carreno) Karam. She graduated from Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, California, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from University of California in Berkeley, a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in Social Studies from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, Michigan, and a Master of Arts degree in History from University of San Francisco, in California. Sister was also certified for “Working with Alcoholics” by Arizona University in Tucson, Arizona, and by St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, and certified for Bereavement/Parent Care by the Archdiocese of New York.
Sister Margaret spent 23 years ministering in elementary and secondary education in Detroit, Michigan; Oakland and Oceanside, California; Henderson, Nevada; and Bisbee and Phoenix, Arizona. Sister was the director of religious education for 7 years in Salinas, California, and served as a parish minister for 5 years in Los Angeles, California, and several months in Las Matas, Dominican Republic, and 4 years in Fishkill, New York. She was social worker for 4 years at the Navajo Alcohol-Drug Center in Winslow, Arizona; and was coordinator of Family Planning for 2 years for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, California. She served in ministry with Focalare for 21 years in Hyde Park, New York. Sister became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian in 2017.
Sister is survived by a sister, Virginia Frankum of Del Mar, California, and loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; an aunt, Sister Mary Marcelline Karam, also an Adrian Dominican Sister; a sister, Eleanor; and brothers, Ray and Joe.
Welcome of Sister Margaret will be on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center Lobby; the Wake will follow from 6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Dominican Life Center. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.
Center: Sister Margaret, left, with her aunt, Sister Marcelline Karam.
Left: Sister Margaret at her father's house, 1976. Center: Sister Margaret in the Dominican Republic.
From left, Sisters Margaret Karam, Margaret Ryan, Isabel Marie Jordan, and Marcelline Fouchey.
Members of the 2008 Diamond Jubilee August Crowd are, back row, from left, Sisters Patricia DeMay, Theresa Sinnamon, Angelica McGuire, Dorothy Worthy, Barbara J. Carroll, and Audrey Hull, and front row, from left, Sisters Ann Marie Meagher, Mary Declan Foss, Margaret Ann Reardon, Margaret Karam, Theresia Scheuer, and Ann Benedict Williams.
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