Sister Margaret made her first profession on July 1, 1950 and her final vows on July 1, 1955.
Sister Margaret was born in Spearville, Kansas, to John and Olivia Knoeber. She earned a bachelor’s degree in natural science from Sacred Heart College, now Newman University, in Wichita, in 1961. She received her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana in 1967. In addition, she did post-doctoral research at Boston University and Notre Dame.
Sister Margaret ministered almost 10 years as an elementary and secondary teacher in Kansas. She taught and directed the children’s choir at St. Martin in Caldwell, St. Martin in Piqua and St. Margaret Mary in Wichita. She also taught religion at Sacred Heart Academy. After receiving her degree in chemistry, she taught chemistry and served as chair of the chemistry department at Sacred Heart College/Kansas Newman, now Newman University, in Wichita. She also worked in the Newman University alumni affairs office. For several years, she served as director of the Pastoral Ministry Formation Program for the Newman University faculty at the Dodge City campus.
She served her community by committing a year in ASC spirituality research, then serving on the provincial administration as councilor and secretary. Later, she was the ASC regional archivist for many years.
Sister Margaret is currently Living Mission in Later Life, residing in Caritas Center.