Beloved nurse and teacher, Sister Marguerite Guarneri dies age 102


Sister Marguerite Guarneri

Sister Marguerite Guarneri, 102, of Valley City, died at Maryvale Convent, Valley City, April 22. Her funeral Mass was held April 27 with visitation from 4–7 p.m. on April 26 and a prayer service at 7 p.m., in the Maryvale Chapel. Father Donald Leiphon was the Mass celebrant.

Sister Marguerite Louise Guarneri was born April 6, 1915 in Spring Valley, Ill. to James and Mary (Marino) Guarneri. She attended grade school at Grant School in Spring Valley, Ill., and high school at Valley City and Oakwood. She received her bachelor’s degree in French from the College of Great Falls, Mont. in 1963.

In Broons, France, Sister Marguerite entered the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation in 1933 and made her vows in 1935. During her Religious Life, she served at St. Martin’s College, Rennes, France (1935-37); St. Margaret’s Hospital, Spring Valley, Ill. (1937-54); St. Mary’s School, Kenogami, Quebec, Canada (1954-62); St. Cecilia’s School, Harvey (1963-68); St. Catherine’s School, Valley City (1968-77, 1986-89); St. Patrick’s School, Washington, Ill. (1977-83); and Maryvale Convent, Valley City (1983-2017).

Sister Marguerite Guarneri was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Angelo; sisters Florence Straiski and Dorothy Piano; and her niece Patricia Donaldson. She is survived by her Religious Community, the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation; her nieces Rosemary Yerly, Sharon Johnson, and Kathleen Lyons; and her nephews Frank, James, and Thomas Piano.

Funeral arrangements were in the care of Lerud-Schuldt-Mathias Funeral Home, Valley City.