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Obituaries

  • Sister Diane Erbacher, OP

    Dominican Sister Diane Erbacher, formerly known as Sister Carlanne, died Jan. 31 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 87 years old and an Adrian Dominican Sister for 66 years.
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  • Sister Sylvia Hamilton, PBVM

    Presentation Sister Sylvia Hamilton, (baptismal name Antoinette La Verne Hamilton) died Jan. 28 at the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco. Born in San Francisco, Sister Sylvia was 95 years old and a Sister of the Presentation for 77 years.
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  • Sister Miriam Jeanne Murphy, SNJM

    Holy Names Sister Miriam Jeanne Murphy (Helene Patricia Murphy), died Nov. 29. Born in San Francisco, she was a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for 70 years and 91 years of age.
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  • Sister Bernice Clifford, PBVM

    Presentation Sister Bernice Clifford (Sister Mary Edward Joseph) died Jan. 5, at the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco. Born in San Francisco, Sister Bernice was a Sister of the Presentation for 72 years and 91 years old.
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  • Kevin Starr

    Historian Kevin Starr died Jan. 14 in San Francisco. Starr served as California state librarian for a decade and was a member of the history faculty at the University of Southern California for more than 20 years, published information about the late teacher said.
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  • Sister Mary Peter McCusker, RSM

    Mercy Sister Mary Peter McCusker died in Oakland Dec. 6 at the age of 79. She entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1959 after graduating the nursing program at San Francisco’s St. Mary’s College of Nursing.
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  • Sister Charlotte Ann Esch, BVM

    Sister Charlotte Ann Esch, a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, died Nov. 30 at Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa with burial in the Mount Carmel cemetery there. Sister Charlotte was 98 years old and a BVM sister for 80 years.
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  • Sister Claire Spellman, SND

    Sister Claire Spellman, 87 years old and a Sister of Notre Dame for 69 years, died peacefully Nov. 25 at Mercy Retirement and Care Center in Oakland.
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  • Father John Conley, 71

    Retired Father John Conley died Nov. 4. He was 71 years old. Born in Detroit, Michigan and ordained later in life, he had been a priest for 22 years.
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  • Deacon Thomas Reardon, 74

    Deacon Thomas Reardon, ordained in 2006 for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, died Sept. 26.
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  • Father Terence Horan, 73

    Father Terence Horan died Oct. 16 in San Mateo. Father Horan was ordained May 18, 1968, at Holy Name of Jesus Church by Archbishop Joseph T. McGucken. He was 73 years old.
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  • Father John Ward, 86

    Father John Ward, retired pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish, San Rafael, died Sept. 26 at Serra Clergy House in San Mateo. He was 86 years old.
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  • Remy Everett, St. Philip School principal

    Remy Everett, principal of St. Philip School, San Francisco, died Sept. 13. She was 65 years old and part of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of San Francisco for more than four decades.
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  • Deacon John Sequeira – served at St. Bartholomew

    Deacon John Sequeira who served at St. Bartholomew Parish, San Mateo, died Sept. 4. Ordained for the Archdiocese of San Francisco in 1990, he was 75 years old. A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 9 at St. Bartholomew’s. He and his wife Barbara were married 51 years. Their children are daughters Margaret and Carol.
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  • Sister Helene McBride, PBVM

    Presentation Sister Helene McBride, died Aug. 31 at the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco.
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  • Sister Gertrude Patch, RSCJ

    Religious of the Sacred Heart Sister Gertrude Patch died Aug. 24, at Oakwood, the Society of the Sacred Heart’s elder care center in Atherton. Sister Gertrude was 87 years old and a religious for 68 years.
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  • Religious of the Sacred Heart Sister Catherine McMahon

    Religious of the Sacred Heart Sister Catherine McMahon died July 31 at Oakwood, the congregation’s retirement facility in Atherton. A funeral Mass was celebrated there with interment in the sisters’ cemetery Aug. 8.
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  • Mercy Sister Mary Edwin Byrne

    Mercy Sister Mary Edwin Byrne died July 22.
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  • Sister Maureen O’Brien, BVM

    Sister Maureen O’Brien, a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary for 60 years, died Aug. 16. Sister Maureen entered religious life from St. Anne of the Sunset Parish and served as a teacher and principal at San Francisco’s St. Paul High School, where she herself was a student, for 22 years.
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  • Sister Mary Munch, RSCJ

    Religious of the Sacred Heart Sister Mary Munch died Aug. 12 at Oakwood, the sisters’ elder care center in Atherton. She was 89 years old and a Sacred Heart Sister for 70 years.
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  • Father Virgilio M. Bartolome, SVD

    Father Virgilio M. Bartolome, a Society of the Divine Word priest living in residence in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, died Aug. 5.
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  • Sister Marie Barbara Buckley, SND

    Notre Dame Sister Marie Barbara Buckley, 100 years old and a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur for 76 years, died June 25.
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  • Sister Elizabeth Mary Hagmaier, SND

    Notre Dame Sister Elizabeth Mary Hagmaier, a Sister of Notre Dame for 68 years, died July 9.
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  • Father Francis Filice, 92

    Father Francis Filice died July 17 at Nazareth House in San Rafael. He was 92 years old and a priest for 36 years.
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  • Father Austin Conterno, SDB, 99

    Salesian Father Austin Conterno died July 11. He was 99 years old, a religious for 77 years and a priest for 67 years. He would have marked his 100th year July 29.
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