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Nativity donated in Sr. Margaret's memory

St. Joseph's Area Health Services Auxiliary unveiled a lighted nativity scene to St. Joseph's and dedicated it to the memory of the late Sr. Margaret Smith. Among those on hand for the prayer dedication were, from left, Mike Swanson, crèche builder; Northland Lumber's Mark Delaney; Ben Koppelman, St. Joseph's president/CEO; Carol Machovsky, St. Joseph's Auxiliary past president and Heath Care Auxiliary of Minnesota District A Chair; Northland Lumber's Tiny Blanchard and Joyce Cowman, St. Joseph's Auxil...

St. Joseph's Area Health Services received a "gift from the heart" recently.

Monday, St. Joseph's Auxiliary formally presented a lighted outdoor nativity to St. Joseph's, dedicated to the memory of the late Sr. Margaret Smith. On hand were also friends of the auxiliary who donated time, labor and materials to construct the scene that greets patients and their loved ones upon entrance to the gardens at St. Joseph's south lobby.

The auxiliary donated the biblical figures and coordinated efforts to bring the holiday scene to the public for years to come.

Mike Swanson constructed the crèche with materials donated by Northland Lumber's Tiny Blanchard and Mark Delaney. Plexiglass was donated by Tim Parker Family Glass.

"We are most grateful to St. Joseph's Auxiliary and those who gave their talents and support to the creation of the new nativity scene," says Judy Miller, St. Joseph's communication/development manager. "We appreciate their generous spirit and continued support of our healing ministry."

Sr. Margaret dedicated 62 years of her life to St. Joseph's from the moment St. Joseph's opened its doors to treat the sick in 1946. Her memory exemplifies St. Joseph's values of reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence. She is fondly remembered by employees and the communities served by St. Joseph's since her death in 2009.