April 9, 1936 - October 4, 2015


Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 8, 2015 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in St. Cloud for Margaret A. McCarthy, age 79, of St. Cloud who passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Reverend Thomas Knoblach will officiate. Burial will take place at the Assumption Cemetery, St. Cloud.

Family and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud and after 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at the church. Parish prayers will be 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home in St. Cloud.

Margaret was born April 9, 1936 in Red Wing, Minnesota to Michael and Helen (Hanley) O’Rourke. She attended rural schools in Goodhue County, Hastings High School and the College of St. Teresa in Winona. Margaret taught English and French at St. Cloud Technical High School from 1957 to 1963. On November 23, 1963 she married Charles D. “Charlie” McCarthy at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. After their marriage the couple lived for 3 ½ years in Conakry, Guinea, for a brief time in Red Wing and in Hastings before returning to St. Cloud in December of 1969. Margaret was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Legion of Mary, the parish council, the building committee for the new Holy Spirit Church and St. Teresa Alumni Association.
Margaret was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, honorary grandmother and friend to all. Her warmth, kindness and joyful Irish Spirit were generously shared.

Margaret is survived by her husband, Charlie; three sons, Michael (Joanne) of Minneapolis, Patrick of St. Louis Park, and Brian of Eden Valley; and two grandsons, Evan and Nicholas.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.