"They whom we love and lose

are no longer where they were before,

they are now wherever we are."

~ St. John Chrysostom

Tuesday
Feb092016

Sister Margaret Spiller (Sister Jonathan Mary)

October 5, 1943–February 6, 2016

“And still after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with love like that. It lights up the sky.”
~Hafez

Sister Margaret Spiller (Sister Jonathan Mary) who loved to travel our world and to study and contemplate the cosmos and beyond, began her forever journey on Saturday evening, February 6, 2016. Now she has the opportunity to explore black holes, quarks, red dwarf stars and distant galaxies far beyond our solar system.

Sister Margaret was 72 years old and was celebrating her 50th year of profession as a Sister of the Holy Names this spring.

Sister Margaret’s ministry included one year as an elementary educator at Saint Augustine (Oakland). She ministered at Holy Names High School and Saint Monica High School as teacher and vice-principal. For a total of 29 years, she served at Ramona as teacher, principal and most recently as Director of Innovation and Technology. She was an outstanding teacher and was able to bring whatever she taught to life.

Sister Margaret delighted in her large and loving family. She loved to travel, camp, explore our earth and revel in the stars and planets. She loved computers and any kind of technology. Her sense of adventure, play and delightful spirit was contagious. Her brilliant mind had an insatiable curiosity to learn almost everything.

We will celebrate Sister Margaret with a Mass of Resurrection on Monday, February 15, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Saint Anthony’s Church in San Gabriel, California. A second Mass of Resurrection will be on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at Holy Spirit Chapel in Campbell, California.

Gifts in her memory may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95031 or online.

Wednesday
Nov182015

Sister Mary Louise Guenther (Sister Regina Rose)

March 18, 1914 - November 16, 2015

Sister Mary Louise Guenther (Sister Regina Rose), a California centenarian + one year, entered into the eternal life she had long-awaited the morning of November 16, 2015. She has celebrated her 81st year of her religious profession.

Sister Mary Louise was in elementary education in California for over 30 years in 10 schools including Saint Francis de Sales, Our Lady of Lourdes, Saint Anselm and Saint Monica (San Francisco and Santa Monica). She loved her time teaching children and often prepared them for First Communion. Also, for one year Sister Mary Louise was in charge at Villa Holy Names, Los Gatos.

From 1966 – 1997 and again between 2002 and 2004 Sister Mary Louise lived and ministered in Washington State. She taught at Holy Names Academy (Spokane), Saint Joseph (Seattle) and Holy Names Academy (Seattle). While in Washington she also volunteered at Saint George and Saint James Cathedral visiting the elderly in their homes and tutoring elementary students. From 1997 – 2002 Sister Mary Louise had a sojourn in California living and volunteering at Holy Names High School.

Remembrances of Sister Mary Louise include her kind-hearted ways, gentleness, care and sensitivity to others, as well as her love of nature, gardening, animals and basketball. She had many friends and we remember especially her faithful companionship with Sister Constance (Connie) Jergens. She had a deep devotion to Mary and to the Sacred Heart of Jesus entrusting many a petition to them.

Gifts in her memory may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95031 or online.

Wednesday
Oct142015

Sister Mary Christine Fleitz (Eileen Fleitz)

January 1, 1916 - October 10, 2015

"I have called you by name, you are mine." ~Isaiah 43:1

Sister Mary Christine Fleitz, SNJM (Eileen Fleitz) who entered into life on January 1, 1916 in Oakland, CA was born into a forever New Years Day on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Our Lady of Fatima Villa, Saratoga. This past June she celebrated 75 years of her religious profession as a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

Sister Mary Christine was a secondary educator for 47 years – Holy Names High School, Oakland (25 years), Ramona Convent Secondary School, Alhambra (18 years), Marin Catholic, Kentfield (1 year) and Saint Andrew, Pasadena (3 years). She ministered as social studies teacher, theology teacher or registrar in these schools. In 1987 she became part of the Holy Names University Office of Institutional Advancement. While Sister Mary Christine was diminutive in stature she was large in heart. She was kind, gentle and had a deep sense of prayer. She loved her family and was dedicated to praying for the alums of Holy Names University.

Sister Mary Christine is survived by her nieces and nephew: Sister Carol Fleitz, SNJM, Jan Steinkamp (John), Linda Wetzel (Hank), Donna McRae (Jim), Denise Clark, Maureen Middlebrook, Pam Dempsey (Ron), Peggy Immekus (Dick), Jim Mercer (Christine), Christine Dietrich (Stef) and many other relatives. She will be remembered fondly by the Sisters of the Holy Names and SNJM Associates.

Gifts in her memory may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95031 or online.

Tuesday
Sep292015

Sister Doreen Crossett (Sister Elizabeth Miriam)

March 30, 1928 - September 21, 2015

"Simplicity of living, if deliberately chosen, implies a compassionate approach to life. It means that we are choosing to live our daily lives with some degree of conscious appreciation of the condition of the rest of the world."  ~Duane Elgin

On September 21, 2015, Sister Doreen peacefully went home to the arms of the God whom she faithfully followed as a professed Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for 55 years. Sister Doreen was born in Sacramento, CA in 1928.

Sister Doreen was an elementary educator at Saint Francis de Sales (Oakland), Saint Augustine (Oakland), Saint Theresa (Oakland), Saint Mary (Los Angeles), Good Shepherd (Santa Cruz), Sacred Heart (Oakland), Saint Anastasia (Los Angeles) and All Souls (Alhambra). For eight years, she worked diligently in the Purchasing Office at Holy Names University. For six years, she was on the Saint Monica High School (Santa Monica) staff. Sister Doreen also volunteered at the Senior Health and Peer Counseling Center, at Holy Names High School in Oakland and Saint Augustine (Oakland).

She is remembered for her commitment to quietly serving her God, her gentle, kind spirit and her smile. Sister Doreen loved ice cream, window shopping at Henshey's in Santa Monica and taking walks.

She is survived by her brother, Robert (Carol) Crossett and other relatives. She will be remembered fondly by the Sisters of the Holy Names and SNJM Associates.

Gifts in her memory may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95031 or online.

Monday
Aug032015

Sister Gemma Fisher (Sister Arthur Mary)

January 18, 1921 - July 23, 2015

"Come, come unto me; I will make you a jewel. Precious and rare the glory you'll bear in the crown of God." ~Bob Hurd

The morning of July 23, 2015 Sister Gemma Fisher (Sister Arthur Mary) was called home by the God whom she had so faithfully followed as a professed Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for 72 years. Sister Gemma was born in Oakland, California in 1921. Sister Gemma's presence to and genuine concern for each person was a hallmark of her lifetime of ministries. She was in elementary education as teacher and principal at Saint Monica (Santa Monica), Saint Andrew (Pasadena), Sacred Heart (Oakland), Saint Francis de Sales (Oakland), Saint Mary (Los Gatos), Saint Anselm (San Anselmo), Marylrose (Oakland), All Souls (Alhambra), Saint Bede (Hayward) and Saint Elizabeth (Altadena). She was founding principal of Saint Mary, Los Gatos. She served as Director of Adult Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for 16 years. In this role she often gave classes and retreats, especially on prayer. Following her work in the Archdiocese Sister Gemma was in parish ministry at Saint Andrew for 6 years. After her ministry at Saint Andrew she was the SNJM Director of Associates for 12 years in Southern California and then for the California Province.

She is remembered for her deep faith, spirituality and prayerfulness. With gentleness and graciousness Sister Gemma was present to each person she encountered. Her fidelity to friends, her tireless commitment to the development of lay leadership, and devotedness to her beloved associates were especially important to her.

She is survived by cousins John Babbitt, Diane Flournoy and Ida Ludwig. She will be remembered fondly by the Sisters of the Holy Names and SNJM Associates.

Gifts in her memory may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95031 or online.