Margaret K Berkey, 85 years, of Philadelphia, passed away on Tuesday September 11, 2018 at Bishop White Lodge. She had been a resident of Cathedral Village for four years, and previously lived for over fifty years on Edmonds Road in Lafayette Hill.
She was born on October 9, 1932 in Waterbury, Connecticut, the daughter of the late Francis and the late Mary (née Duncan) Kenney. She had two brothers, both now deceased: Francis J. Kenney, Jr. and James D. Kenney. She was married for over 50 years to John C. Berkey Sr. who died in April of 2009.
• Daughter Margot Berkey, her husband Robert Frazier, and granddaughter Charlotte Frazier of Washington, DC
• Son John Berkey Jr. and his wife Sarah of Portland, Oregon
• Son David Berkey, his wife Eleanor Lacey, and granddaughters Sophia and Juliana Berkey of Menlo Park, California
Margaret's Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 10:30 AM at Saint Philip Neri Church 437 Ridge Pike, Lafayette Hill
Calling hours will be held before Mass on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at the Church
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Friends of William Jeanes Memorial Library, 4051 Joshua Rd. Lafayette Hill PA 19444. Margaret was a long-time member and served as president of the Friends of the Library for several years.
Margaret will be remembered for her devotion to her faith, having attended Catholic schools through high school, graduating from Trinity University in Washington, DC (class of 1954), and serving as teacher and administrator at Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary School for over 25 years. Education was also tremendously important to her. She obtained a Master’s degree from Yale University and was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to France. She and her husband John, who was a professor of English at Rutgers University, instilled their love of education in their children who all currently work in various aspects of the field of education.
She had a wonderful sense of humor, was an excellent cook, a loving mother, grandmother and wife, and proved her ability to organize and direct any endeavor. She had a great love of music and the arts. Her life was rich with friendships, travel, and engagement in her community.