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Obituaries

  • Sister Marjorie Wakelin, SHF

    Holy Family Sister Marjorie Wakelin died Sept. 17 at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of the Holy Family in Fremont. She was 86 years old and entered the Sisters of the Holy Family from St. Mary’s Cathedral July 2, 1949.
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  • Sister M. Catherine Browne, OP

    Sister Catherine Browne, a Dominican Sister of San Rafael for 76 years, died at Our Lady of Lourdes Convent Sept. 9. She would have celebrated her 96th birthday in November.
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  • Star of the Sea remembers longtime principal Terry Hanley

    Friends, family and associates filled Star of the Sea Church in San Francisco on Sept. 8 to remember longtime parish school principal Terrence Hanley, who died Sept. 5 at age 63.
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  • Sister Mary Paschal Elvin, PBVM

    Presentation Sister Mary Paschal Elvin died July 25 at the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco. Sister Paschal was 104 years old and a Sister of the Presentation for 88 years.
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  • Sister Patricia Ann Perko, BVM

    Sister Patricia Ann Perko, (Vincent de Paul), 82, died July 12, at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa. Sister Pat would have celebrated 63 years as a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Sept. 8.
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  • Sister Elizabeth Parham, DC

    Daughter of Charity Sister Elizabeth Parham died June 13 at her community’s Seton Residence in Evansville, Indiana. Sister Elizabeth was a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul for 64 years and was 87 years old.
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  • Sister Mary Brennan, OP

    Sister Mary Brennan, OP, who entered religious life as Sister Mary David, died at the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose motherhouse in Fremont on June 21.
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  • Archbishop John R. Quinn: A ‘clear, powerful voice’

    Throughout his nearly 19 years as sixth archbishop of San Francisco, John Raphael Quinn was a fierce social justice advocate who oversaw and at times was buffeted by tumultuous change in the global and local church.
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  • Sister Mary Martha Kiening, RSM

    Mercy Sister Mary Martha Kiening died in Oakland on May 18. She was 105 years old and entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1935.
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  • Sister Catherine Davis, SNDdeN

    Notre Dame Sister Catherine Davis died May 12. Sister Catherine, 78, had been diagnosed in 2014 with ALS, the neurodegenerative disease that was also the cause of death for her grandfather, father, Kenneth Davis, and her brother, Timothy.
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  • Father Salvador Jocson

    Father Salvador “Sal” Jocson died June 13. He was 88 and would have celebrated 60 years of ordination to the priesthood in July.
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  • John J. Murphy

    John Joseph Murphy died on May 4 in San Mateo. He was 97. Born Feb. 18, 1920, to Irish immigrants, he attended St. James High School, San Francisco, fought in the Battle of the Bulge in Bütgenbach, Belgium, and worked 36 years for Pacific Telephone.
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  • Sister Helen Walsh, OP

    Dominican Sister Helen Walsh, a former director of Religious Education at St. Anselm Parish, Ross, died May 10. She was 96 and in the 72 year of her religious profession.
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  • Sister Frances Dolan, BVM (Franciscus)

    Sister Frances Dolan, BVM, 100, and a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary for 81 years, died May 18, at Caritas Center in Dubuque, Iowa. A funeral Mass was celebrated May 23 with interment in Mount Carmel cemetery.
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  • Sister Regina Marie Novacek

    Dominican Sister Regina Marie Novacek died May 16 at her congregation’s Fremont motherhouse. She was 97 years old.
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  • Archbishop George H. Niederauer dead at 80

    Retired San Francisco Archbishop George Hugh Niederauer, a longtime English professor and 11-year bishop of Salt Lake City, died today at 80.
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  • Archbishop George H. Niederauer, 1936-2017: Eighth archbishop of San Francisco

    Friends, faithful, priests and brother bishops remembered retired San Francisco Archbishop George H. Niederauer as a gentle shepherd who led the archdiocese with wit, intelligence and a thoroughly pastoral but at times unapologetically countercultural proclamation of the Gospel.
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  • Sister Corinne Avila, PBVM

    Presentation Sister Corinne Avila (Sister Mary Sacred Heart) died April 19 at the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco. Sister Corinne was born in 1923, and entered the Sisters of the Presentation July 8, 1944. Among her family members is the late Jesuit Brother Joe Avila.
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  • Father John K. Ring

    Father John K. Ring, retired pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, San Francisco, died May 5. He was 86 years old and a priest for 55 years. Survivors include his brother Father Vincent Ring, retired pastor of St. Denis Parish, Menlo Park.
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  • Sister Mary Berchmans, SNJM

    Holy Names Sister Mary Berchmans (Rosalie Trentacoste) died April 15. Sister Mary was 86 years old and a sister for 61 years.
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  • Sister Evangela Balde, OP

    Dominican Sister Evangela Balde died March 21. Born July 4, 1924, in San Francisco, baptized at Mission Dolores Basilica and attending St. James School and Immaculate Conception Academy, she entered the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Aug. 30, 1942.
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  • Sister Margaret Haas, BVM

    Sister Margaret Haas (St. Leonard), 84, died March 1 at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago. She was a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary for 63 years.
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  • Father Efrem Trettel, OFM

    Franciscan Father Efrem Trettel, best remembered for his television Masses on Apostolato Radio Christiana which he personally created and produced for 43 years, died Jan. 20 at the Mercy Care and Retirement Center in Oakland. He was 96 years old and served 77 years professed and 73 years ordained.
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  • Sister Margaret Mollan, BVM

    Sister Margaret Mollan, BVM (Laurice), 94, and a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary for 77 years, died Feb. 26, at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa. Funeral rites and burial took place at the sisters’ chapel and cemetery there.
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  • Sister Joanne Fitzpatrick

    Religious of the Sacred Heart Sister Joanne Fitzpatrick died Feb. 16 at the sisters Oakwood residence in Atherton. She was 84 years old and a religious for 64 years.
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