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WEST HARTFORD – Sister Marguerite (Hazel Louise) Tarleton), 94, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, West Hartford, died on Nov. 10, 2011, at her order’s provincial house.

She was born on July 31, 1917, in Valley Lee, Md., a daughter of the late Robert Henry and Cecilia Louise (Watts) Tarleton. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on June 22, 1936, and celebrated her perpetual profession of vows on Dec. 29, 1941.

Sister Marguerite received a Bachelor of Arts degree in education and history from Diocesan Sisters College in West Hartford and a master’s degree in English from Villanova (Pa.) University.

After her initial years teaching at St. Joseph School in Bristol, she spent eight years teaching and caring for the boys at St. John’s School in Deep River.

She taught English for 25 years at St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol.

Sister Marguerite then continued teaching and tutoring individual students at the Intensive Education Academy in West Hartford until declining health required her to retire.

She was predeceased by her sisters, Chloe Marie Tarleton, Mildred A. Tarleton Morden, Genevieve E. Dailey McFarlin and Geraldine Kendrick; and her brothers, Benjamin Tarleton, Wilton Tarleton, Robert Lloyd Tarleton, James Herold Tarleton and Vernon Clarence Daily; and her stepfather, Clarence Adelbert Daily. She is survived by a sister, Lillian F. Springer; her religious community; and nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Nov. 14 at the Convent of Mary Immaculate. Interment on Nov. 15 was in the Sisters of St. Joseph Cemetery.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 27 Park Road, West Hartford, CT 06119.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.