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Obituaries

Sister Margaret Haas, BVM
Mar. 20, 2017
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.   

Father Efrem Trettel, OFM
Mar. 6, 2017
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 ...

Sister Margaret Mollan, BVM
Mar. 6, 2017
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.  

Sister Joanne Fitzpatrick
Mar. 6, 2017
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.   

Sister LaSalette Trevillyan, RSM
Mar. 6, 2017
Mercy Sister Mary LaSalette Trevillyan died Feb 2. She was 92. Born in San Gabriel, Sister LaSalette entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1942 and professed vows in 1945.   

Father John Cloherty
Feb. 20, 2017
Father John Cloherty, retired pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Mill Valley, died Feb. 8 at St. Anne’s Home, San Francisco where he had lived for the last six years.  

Sister Mary Claude Power, PBVM
Feb. 20, 2017
Presentation 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 Diane Erbacher, OP
Feb. 20, 2017
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.  

Sister Sylvia Hamilton, PBVM
Feb. 20, 2017
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.   

Sister Miriam Jeanne Murphy, SNJM
Jan. 23, 2017
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.   

Sister Bernice Clifford, PBVM
Jan. 23, 2017
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.   

Kevin Starr
Jan. 23, 2017
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.   

Sister Mary Peter McCusker, RSM
Jan. 9, 2017
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. Sister Mary Peter served as a pediatric nurse at St. Mary’s ...

Father Tom Moran
Nov. 28, 2016
Father Tom Moran died Nov. 11 at Nazareth House in San Rafael where he had lived since 2015. Ordained April 9, 1988, he was 78 years old. Father Moran is a former pastor of St. Charles Parish, San Carlos, as well as former director of vocations for the Archdiocese of San ...

Father Bertram Mulligan, OFM Cap.
Nov. 1, 2016
Capuchin Father Bertram Mulligan died Oct. 29, at Mercy Care and Retirement Center in Oakland where he has lived since retiring in 2007. Father Bertram, who was 94 years old, entered the Capuchin Franciscan Order in Ireland Oct. 3, 1941, made solemn vows Oct. 4, 1945 and was ...

Sister Cleta Herold, PBVM
Oct. 17, 2016
Presentation Sister Cleta Herold died Sept. 26, at the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco. Born in San Francisco, Sister Cleta was a Presentation Sister of the Blessed Virgin Mary for 75 years and 94 years old.

Father Frank Murray
Sep. 26, 2016
Father Frank Murray, longtime chaplain to the Italian Catholic Federation of San Francisco, died Sept. 18 at Nazareth House in San Rafael. He was 88 years old and a priest for 63 years. His spiritual guidance to the ICF goes as far back as far as 1958.  

Deacon John McGhee
Sep. 19, 2016
Deacon John McGhee died Sept. 4 at age 90. He was ordained to the diaconate by Archbishop John R. Quinn Feb. 25, 1995.   

Father Albert D. Moser, CSP
Sep. 19, 2016
Paulist Father Albert Dominic Moser died Sept. 11 at Mercy Retirement and Care Center in Oakland. A longtime Catholic campus minster at the University of California, Berkeley, he was 92.  

Sister Ann Marie Conroy, RSCJ
Sep. 12, 2016
Religious of the Sacred Heart Ann Marie Conroy died Aug. 5, at the sisters’ Oakwood in Atherton. She was 91 years old and a religious for 57 years.  

Sister Mary Genevieve Moonier, DC
Sep. 12, 2016
Daughter of Charity Sister Mary Genevieve Moonier died Aug. 26 at her community’s Laboure Residence in Los Altos. Sister Mary Genevieve was a Daughter of Charity for 79 years and 97 years old.   

Father Gregory Coiro, OFM Cap.
Sep. 12, 2016
Capuchin Father Gregory Coiro died Sept. 9.He was 63 years old and entered religious life in 1972 making perpetual vows Sept. 22, 1979. He was ordained a priest at St. Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco May 15, 1982.   

Notre Dame Sister Dolores Fowler
Sep. 12, 2016
Notre Dame Sister Dolores (Gregory Marie) Fowler, a Sister of Notre Dame for 66 years, died Aug. 16 at home in Longview, Washington. “To think of her is to smile, remembering her trademark sense of humor, her creativity, great energy and joyful outlook on life,” the ...

Sister Patricia McGlinn, SND
Aug. 22, 2016
Sister Patricia McGlinn, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur for 62 years, died Aug. 8 at Mercy Retirement and Care Center in Oakland. Sister Patricia was 81 years old.   

Father George Thomas
Aug. 22, 2016
Father George Thomas died Aug. 18 at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson. He was a priest for 67 years and 91 years old.   

Sister Paula Guhs, PBVM
Aug. 8, 2016
Presentation Sister Paula Guhs died July 14 at the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco. Sister Paula was born in 1922 and was a Sister of the Presentation for 76 years.  

Sister Eileen Marie Ahern, OP
Jul. 12, 2016
Sister Eileen Marie Ahern, a Dominican Sister of Mission San Jose for 69 years, died June 22.   

Sister Julie Carmel Mingoia, SND
Jul. 12, 2016
Notre Dame Sister Julie Carmel Mingoia died June 21 at age 98. She was a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur for 76 years.  

Sister Catherine Pelletier, SND
Jun. 21, 2016
Sister Catherine (Agnes St. Jude) Pelletier, a Sister of Notre Dame for 73 years, died June 6 at age 93 at Mercy Retirement and Care Center in Oakland.   

Msgr. Eugene James Boyle recalled as priest with passion for social justice
Jun. 7, 2016, By Diocese of San Jose
Msgr. Eugene Boyle died in Palo Alto on May 24, less than a month before his 70th anniversary of ordination as a priest.  

Sister Mary Henry Williges, OP
Jun. 7, 2016
Sister Mary Henry Williges died May 18 at the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose motherhouse in Fremont. She was 90 years old and entered religious life in 1943.  

Sister Margaret Mary Hoffman, RSCJ
Jun. 7, 2016
Religious of the Sacred Heart Sister Margaret Mary Hoffman died May 14 at her community’s retirement facility Oakwood in Atherton. She was 80 years old and a religious for 44 years.  

Sister Incarnata Gephart, BVM
May. 10, 2016
Sister Incarnata Gephart, BVM, 95, died April 21 at the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa. Funeral rites were held there with interment in the sisters’ Mount Carmel cemetery.  

Sister Alberta Marie Karp, SND
May. 10, 2016
Notre Dame Sister Alberta Marie Karp died March 27 at age 96. She was a Sister of Notre Dame for 78 years.  

Sister Catherine Seiker, RSCJ
Apr. 19, 2016
Sacred Heart Sister Catherine Seiker died April 2 at her congregation’s Oakwood Retirement Center in Atherton. She was a Religious of the Sacred Heart for 75 years and 95 years old.  

Sister Ramona Bascom, OP
Apr. 19, 2016
Sister Ramona Bascom, a Dominican Sister of Mission San Jose for 60 years, died April 6. She was 80.  

Sister Veronica Donlon, SH
Apr. 5, 2016
Sister Veronica Donlon of the Society of Helpers died March 2 at Resurrection Center in Chicago, four days before her 90th birthday. She had been a religious for 52 years.  

Sister Mary John Agnes Smith, BVM
Apr. 5, 2016
Sister Mary John Agnes Smith died March 25 at the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Marian Hall in Dubuque, Iowa. Burial was in Mount Carmel cemetery there. Sister John Agnes was 89 years old and a religious for 70 years.   

Sacred Heart Sister Felisa Garcia Gonzalez
Apr. 5, 2016
Religious of the Sacred Heart Sister Felisa Garcia Gonzalez died March 27 at her congregation’s retirement facility, Oakwood, in Atherton. She was a religious for 63 years and would have been 90 years old April 8.  

Sister Mary Helena SanFilippo, RSM
Mar. 21, 2016
Mercy Sister Mary Helena Sanfilippo died March 3 just 10 days before her 87th birthday. Sister Helena grew up in Los Angeles entering the Sisters in Mercy after high school. She professed vows in 1950. Sister Helena, who earned a doctorate in American history from the University ...

Father Nady Corrales
Mar. 14, 2016
Father Nady Corrales died Feb. 27 in the Philippines where he was visiting family. Father Corrales was remembered there in a funeral Mass March 8. He was 56 years old and a priest for 30 years. A memorial Mass was celebrated at St. Andrew Church, Daly City March 15.  

Brother Paul Fennelly
Mar. 14, 2016
A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 20 at St. Joseph of Cupertino Parish for Marianist Brother Paul Fennelly who died Feb. 14 in Cupertino. He was 74 and had been a member of the Society of Mary (Marianists) for 55 years.  

Longtime Marin educator mourned: ‘Brought school back to life’
Mar. 14, 2016
Sue Maino, the former principal of two Catholic schools in Marin County and a parish leader of St. Anselm in San Anselmo, died Feb. 3 at her home in San Anselmo. She was 75.  

Brother David Brennan, FSC
Feb. 29, 2016
Christian Brother David Edward Brennan died Feb. 15 at his community’s residential facility in Napa. He was 72 years old.  

Sister Imelda Marie Dibble, OP
Feb. 29, 2016
Sister Imelda Marie Dibble died Feb. 16 at the motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose in Fremont. She had been a religious for 66 years and was 83 years old.  

Msgr. Fred Bitanga: Beloved pioneer of Filipino apostolate in archdiocese
Feb. 15, 2016, By Catholic San Francisco
The unexpected death Feb. 3 of Msgr. Fred Bitanga, retired pastor of St. Patrick Parish and the first priest entrusted with the Filipino apostolate in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, brought an outpouring of prayers from around the world, many expressed in hundreds of comments ...

Deacon Nicolas L. Rodriguez
Feb. 15, 2016
Deacon Nicolas L. Rodriguez, known for his service at St. Timothy, St. Matthew and Our Lady of Mount Carmel parishes, died Feb. 1. He was 80 years old.

Vigil service Jan. 22 for Father Kevin Gaffey
Jan. 19, 2016
Father Kevin Gaffey, retired pastor of St. Anthony Parish, Novato, died Jan. 13 at Nazareth House in San Rafael. Father Gaffey was 84 years old and a priest for 58 years.   

Msgr. James Keane
Jan. 11, 2016
Msgr. James Keane, retired pastor of Our Lady of Loretto Parish in Novato, died Jan. 3. He was 95 years old and a priest for 70 years.   

Father Tom Seagrave
Jan. 11, 2016
Father Tom Seagrave, retired pastor of St. John of God Parish, San Francisco, died Dec. 18. Ordained May 17, 1968, by Archbishop Joseph McGucken, he was 73 years old.  

Sister Margaret Erhart, RSCJ
Jan. 11, 2016
Sacred Heart Sister Margaret Erhart died Dec. 17 at the sisters’ Oakwood retirement facility in Atherton. She was 96 years old.   

Deacon Gary West
Jan. 11, 2016
Deacon Gary West died Dec. 31 with family at his side. He was 80 years old and a deacon for 36 years. Deacon West’s wife, Julie, died in 2013.

Sister Charlotte Ann Esch, BVM
Dec. 8, 2015
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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