Sister Marie Benigna Kane, 67, a native of Washington who taught in area Catholic high schools for about 10 years, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 27 in a hospital in Gettysburg, Pa.

She was a member of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.

Sister Marie was a 1931 graduate of Immaculate Conception Academy in Washington. She entered the Daughters of Charity a year later. She earned a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in English literature at Boston College.

She taught English in Catholic high schools in New York state, South Carolina, Deleware, and in Norfolk, Petersburg, and Lynchburg, Va. about 1965, she became a member of the faculty at Seton High School in Bladensburg. Five years later, she transferred to Immaculate Conception High School in Washington. She taught English and coached the debating team there until retiring in 1975.

Since then, Sister Marie had lived in semiretirement at Villa St. Michael in Emmitsburg, Md., where she did volunteer work for older members of the order.

Survivors include three brothers, retired Army Col. Andrew D. Kane of Mobile, Ala., and retired Air Force Col. William T. Kane of Silver Spring, and two sisters, Margaret T. Smith of Cherry Hill, N.J., and Florence K. Smith of Suitland.

The family suggest that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the retirement fund of the Daughters of Charity at the Villa St. Michael, Emmitsburg, Md., 21727.