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| Wednesday, May 11, 2005, 12:00 p.m.

Sister Marguerite E. Kropinak

Age: 57

Residence: Bellevue

Occupation: A clinical social worker, she directs the St. Joseph Spirituality Center in Baden, Beaver County.

Education: Bachelor's degree in history from Carlow College; master's degree in theology from Duquesne University; master's degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh; doctorate of ministry from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Background: Collaborated with volunteers, churches and social-service groups to form the Etna Team for Neighborhood Assistance; evaluated the needs of more than 400 families in Etna -- one of the hardest hit communities during the Sept. 17 floods -- and continues to coordinate donations and volunteer efforts; she has been a Sister of St. Joseph since 1965.

Noteworthy: Recently honored with a "Service Above Self Award" from the Rotary Club of McCandless for her efforts in aiding flood victims.

Quote: "Because of the efforts of all of our volunteers, I really think we made a difference for the people of Etna during what was a very rough time. I know that God directed all of this."

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