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Longtime Marin educator mourned: ‘Brought school back to life’
March 14th, 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.

Her sudden death shook former colleagues and friends in Marin, where she was hired as the first principal of San Domenico’s Lower School in 1985, according to an online obituary posted by her brother Tom Maino.

A San Francisco native and alumna of Notre Dame High School in Belmont, Sue Maino served as principal of Our Lady of Loretto School in Novato from 2001 to her retirement in 2010. She returned every Tuesday to serve as one of the parish’s volunteer religion educators, Our Lady of Loretto School principal Kathleen Kraft said.

“She was a big part of our school for a very long time and right up until her death,” she said. “She brought this school back to life.”

At St. Anselm, Sue Maino served as a certified catechist, parish council president and children’s catechist, participated in adult faith formation and organized the annual parish picnic, pastor Father Jose Shaji, said.

“There’s a big hole here now at St. Anselm,” parishioner Rose Shadduck said.

Sue Maino is survived by her brother and two nephews. Her funeral Mass was held at St. Anselm Feb. 8 with burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Los Altos.

From March 17, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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