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Sister Mary Claude Power, PBVM

February 23, 2017

new 21 Sister Mary Claude Power THUMBPresentation Sister Mary Claude Power, (baptismal name Virginia) died Jan. 29 at the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco. Born in San Francisco, Sister Claude was 90 years old and a Sister of the Presentation for 72 years.

Sister Claude is a former member of the faculty at schools including San Francisco’s St. Anne, St. Agnes, St. Elizabeth, Epiphany, and St. Teresa. She held an undergraduate degree in English and a graduate degree in theology from the University of San Francisco.

Sister Claude served in the Department of Education with the Archdiocese of San Francisco, now Department of Catholic Schools, for 17 years, and in 1977 was the first woman to be named Associate Superintendent of Schools for the archdiocese.

In 1981, Sister Claude became the first Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of San Jose and served in this position until 1999.

She also served on the leadership team of the Sisters of the Presentation as well as the California Catholic Conference of Superintendents and Elementary Executive Committee of the National Catholic Education Association.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 4, at Presentation High School, San Jose with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma.

Survivors include her sister Joan Power Healy.

Remembrances may be made to the Sisters of the Presentation Development Office, 281 Masonic Ave., San Francisco 94118.

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