"They whom we love and lose

are no longer where they were before,

they are now wherever we are."

~ St. John Chrysostom

Wednesday
Mar092016

Sister Kathleen McDonough (Sister Eileen Catharine)

June 25, 1930-March 5, 2016

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
may God hold you in the
hollow of God’s hand.
           Irish Blessing


Sister Kathleen McDonough, (Sister Eileen Catharine), entered into eternal life in the early evening of March 5, 2016. She was 85 years old and had celebrated her 64th year of her religious profession.

Kathleen Delia McDonough, SNJM, was born in Cleveland, Ohio on June 25, 1930, to Irish Catholic parents Eileen Catherine Ryan, a schoolteacher, and Walter Thomas ("WT") McDonough, a firefighter. She attended Prospect Cleveland Public, Christ the King Elementary, and Notre Dame Academy. Moving to California in 1945, Kathleen completed secondary education at Saint Monica High School in Santa Monica, where she met the Sisters of the Holy Names. After one year at Santa Monica City College, she entered Holy Names Convent in Oakland. At her reception into the Novitiate, Kathleen chose her Mother's name as her religious name: Sister Eileen Catharine. She earned her BA from Holy Names University, an MA in Education Administration from San Francisco State University, and a Certificate in Pastoral Counseling from Mount St. Mary's University in Los Angeles.

With a CA Elementary Teaching Credential, Kathleen taught at Our Lady of Lourdes, Oakland; St. Cecilia, San Francisco; All Souls, Alhambra; St. Mary, Boyle Heights. She served as Principal at St. Elizabeth, Altadena; St. Cecilia, San Francisco and St. Anastasia, Los Angeles. In 1973 Kathleen transitioned to parish ministry, serving at Saint Monica, Santa Monica; St. Elizabeth, Altadena; Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Montebello; and St. Bede, La Cañada. In retirement, Kathleen volunteered at San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity and was a member of Southern California Partners for Global Justice, who educate and advocate for the abolition of human-trafficking. Retiring from active ministry in 2011, she moved to the SNJM retirement community in Los Gatos. Kathleen died peacefully on March 5, 2016, at Our Lady of Fatima Villa, Saratoga, CA.

Pre-deceased by her beloved parents, brothers Walter, James, Richard, and nephews Timothy, Stephen and Ryan. Kathleen is survived by her sister-in-law Sharon McDonough, nieces Susan Bierlich, Kathleen McDonough, Peggy Honoré and Mary Claire McDonough, and by her nephews Joseph and James McDonough, many friends, former students, colleagues and her Sisters and Associates of the Holy Names.

We remember Sister Kathleen’s love of her Irish heritage, her fidelity to friendships, her commitment to peace and justice work both within the community and in parishes, her service as a spiritual director and her love of travel.

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
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, SNJM (Sister Jonathan Mary) entered into life on October 5, 1943 in Wilmington, North Carolina. Sister Margaret entered into eternal life on February 6, 2016 in San Gabriel, California. This spring she was to celebrate her 50th Jubilee as a professed Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.
 
Sister Margaret’s ministry included one year as an elementary educator at Saint Augustine (Oakland). She ministered at Holy Names High School (Oakland) and Saint Monica High School (Santa Monica) as teacher and vice-principal. For a total of 29 years, she served at Ramona Convent Secondary School (Alhambra) as teacher or principal.  She was an outstanding educator able to bring whatever she taught to life.

Within her religious community, she served on countless committees both at the provincial and congregational levels. Sister Margaret was the provincial leader of the Sisters in California before they merged with other provinces in 2006. She will be remembered very affectionately by the Sisters of the Holy Names and their Associates.

Sister Margaret delighted in her large and loving family. She is survived by her sister, Mary Anne Barnheiser (Joe) and brothers, George Spiller (Kathy), Charley Spiller (Chris), John Spiller (Marianne), Henry Spiller (Michael) and many nieces, nephews and other relatives whom she loved deeply.
 
Gifts in Sister Margaret’s memory may be made to the Sister Margaret Spiller Scholarship Fund at Ramona Convent Secondary School. (1701 W. Ramona Road, Alhambra, CA  91803.)

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.