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Sister Mary Berchmans, SNJM

May 11, 2017

24 Berchmans MUGHoly Names Sister Mary Berchmans (Rosalie Trentacoste) died April 15. Sister Mary was 86 years old and a sister for 61 years.

“From a young age, Sister was drawn to missionary life and to a love of those who were poor,” the sisters said in a statement. “These two ‘loves’ as she described them, became the cornerstones of her life. She served in Lesotho in Southern Africa for 17 years as a nurse, midwife, educator and started the ‘winter School’ for the education of many religious communities in Lesotho which continues to this day.”

Sister Mary also served at St. Anthony’s Medical Clinic in San Francisco’s Tenderloin for 16 years.

Sister Mary is survived by her sister, Palma Trentacoste and extended family.

A funeral Mass was celebrated April 25 at Holy Spirit Chapel in Campbell.

Remembrances may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names. P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos 95031.

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