"They whom we love and lose

are no longer where they were before,

they are now wherever we are."

~ St. John Chrysostom

Thursday
Aug022018

Sister Dorothy Clare Klingler, SNJM

 

September 9, 1933 - July 26, 2018

After a courageous struggle with cancer, Sister Dorothy Clare (Mary Ann Hedwig Klingler) went to God the afternoon of July 26, 2018. She was 84 and celebrated 65 years of profession as a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

Sister Dorothy Clare was an elementary school educator, teaching at Saint Cecilia (San Francisco), Saint Mary (Oakland), Saint Augustine (Oakland), Saint Gregory (Los Angeles), Saint Ignatius (Sacramento), Saint Theresa (Oakland), Saint Joseph (San Francisco), Holy Spirit (Fremont), Saint Bede (Hayward), Saint Anthony (San Gabriel) and Saint Andrew (Pasadena). She was always well-prepared. She had high expectations for herself as a teacher and for her students. It was clearly evident that she loved her students and always wanted the best for them. She said she loved teaching first graders the best because it gave her an opportunity to give them a strong foundation.

After her more than 45 years teaching she became manager of Villa Holy Names and local treasurer at Convent of the Holy Names, Los Gatos. All who stayed at the Villa received Sister Dorothy Clare’s hospitality, characteristic care and thoughtfulness.

Sister Dorothy Clare is remembered for her love of flowers and beauty, her prayerfulness and her deep care and loving concern for her family and their well-being.

She was predeceased by her father Gottieb, mother Hedwig, step-mother Louise, brother Walter and sisters, Helen and Doris. She is survived by her sister, Beatrice Fanuka-Michaels, numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives. She is remembered by her beloved Sisters and Associates of the Holy Names and by former students and colleagues.

Gifts in her memory may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95031 or on-line at www.snjmca.org.

Thursday
Aug022018

Sister Deborah Church, SNJM


July 13, 1938 - July 26, 2018

Sister Deborah Church, SNJM (Sister Thomas Miriam) entered into eternal life the afternoon of July 26, 2018 after a very debilitating 12 year illness. Each day she lived the Suscipe of Saint Ignatius: “Take, Lord, and receive   all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all I have and call my own. You have given all to me. To you, God, I return it.” Indeed she returned all to her God after 80 years of life and 59 years of profession as a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

Sister Deborah started her teaching ministry at the elementary level at Saint Theresa (Oakland) and All Souls (Alhambra) for 4 years. She then taught at Holy Names High School (Oakland) and Saint Andrew (Pasadena) for 4 more years. Graduate study for her Masters and Doctorate in Japanese and American Diplomatic History took her to the University of Hawaii and the East-West Center there. Her time in Hawaii and her field research in Japan and South Korea gave her a depth of understanding of intercultural learning. Upon completing her doctorate, she worked at Holy Names University (HNU) for 28 years. Deborah’s commitment to the University was deep and was evidenced in the many responsibilities she held over the years: history professor, chair of the History Department, Division of Humanities chairperson, helping develop the multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural CORE program and advising and mentoring international students out of the depths of her own experience. Sister Deborah had a profound impact on so many as an educator and researcher.

She was predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Claire and survived by her sisters, Mary Alvitre and Ardath Jepsen, their families, cousins and other relatives. She is remembered by her beloved Sisters and Associates of the Holy Names and by former students and colleagues.

Gifts in her memory may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95031 or on-line at www.snjmca.org.

 

Friday
Jun152018

Sister Christine Patrinos, SNJM

December 29, 1955 - May 14, 2018

He Mele Mahalo

A Song of Thanksgiving

He mahalo nui ko‘u

I have a deep appreciation

Konikoni i loko nei

Pulsing here in my heart

I ka nani kamaha‘o

For the amazing beauty

I pōmaikal ai

Of the blessings I receive

        Puakea Nogelmeier

Very peacefully on the morning of May 14, 2018 Sister Christine Patrinos (Nahuanani) was welcomed forever into the embrace of her Dancing God on whom she had staked and given her life and love.  While her 3 year battle with cancer presented her with many challenges she never let it define her. She was 62 years old and celebrated 37 years of profession as a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.


Sister Chris was born in Oakland; attended Saint Felicitas Elementary School, Moreau High School and then Cal State University, East Bay. In 1978 she entered the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

She started her ministry in education teaching 7th graders at Saint Gerard Majella (Los Angeles) and Saint Bede (Hayward).  After graduate study at the University of Hawaii she found her home teaching adults at Holy Names University. For 28 years, Sister Chris loved, inspired, and educated students. Summers and other university holidays found Sister Chris in Hawaii doing research and renewing her spirit.

We remember and celebrate Sister Chris‘ great love of her family, her deep and abiding friendships, the gracefulness and beauty of her dancing, her humor, her Hawaiian and Greek heritage, her intellect, her love of travel, good food, sci-fi and most importantly, her embracing of life to the full.

She was predeceased by her father, George Patrinos. She is survived by her mother, Helen, her brother, Stephen Patrinos (Kathy), her sister, Gina White (Randy) nieces, Athena (Ryan), Kaleo, and  Nami and nephew, Alika, great-niece, Serenity and great-nephew, Dustin,  as well as many other relatives.  Her family, countless friends, the Sisters of the Holy Names and Associates, colleagues and current and former students will miss her greatly.

Her Mass of Resurrection will be on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Felicitas Church, 1662 Manor Boulevard, San Leandro, CA, 94579. Those coming are invited to wear Hawaiian attire. A reception will follow in the parish hall. Her burial will be at 2:15 pm on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, California. Gifts in her memory may be made to the Sister Chris Patrinos Scholarship at Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland, California, 94619.

Friday
Jan192018

Sister Helen Clare Howatt, SNJM

April 5, 1927 - January 10, 2018

Sister Helen Clare Howatt, SNJM (Barbara Helen Howatt) entered into eternal life on January 11, 2018.  She was 90 years old and a professed Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for 70 years.

She touched the lives of children and teachers as an educator for 30 years, serving at Saint Augustine (Berkeley), Saint Andrew (Pasadena), Saint Anne (Santa Monica), Saint Mary (Oakland), Saint Anastasia (Los Angeles), Saint Monica (San Francisco) and Saint Cecilia (San Francisco). Additionally, she was principal at Saint Monica (Santa Monica) and Saint Mary (Los Angeles).  She served as the Library Director at Holy Names University for 17 years, where she enhanced the students’ educational experience by making significant additions to the library’s collections.  Later, she shared her gifts with senior citizens at the Collins Center at St. Cecilia’s, before serving at St. Monica’s Elementary School in San Francisco and Holy Names High School in Oakland.

Sister Helen Clare is remembered for her characteristic reserve, her love and commitment to the care and preservation of historical documents and photos, her interest in her family’s genealogy and the coffee plant she lovingly tended with its history tied deeply to her family. In her final years, as a resident of Mercy Center in Oakland, Sister Helen Clare was known for her beautiful smile and her delight in welcoming visitors to her room. 

She is survived by cousins Nancy Wright and WillIam (Charlotte) Howatt and colleague and friend, Florence Fong. She is remembered by the Sisters and Associates of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

Gifts in her memory may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95031 or on-line at www.snjmca.org.

Friday
Jan192018

Sister Helen O'Sullivan, SNJM

November 11, 1927 - January 4, 2018

Sister Helen O’Sullivan, SNJM (Sister Mary Margaret of the Sacred Heart) entered into eternal life on January 4, 2018.  She was 90 years old and a professed Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for 70 years.

Sister Helen was in elementary schools for all 46 years of her ministry in education. In schools she served as music teacher, girls coach, classroom teacher and principal. She taught at Marylrose (Oakland), Saint Gregory (Los Angeles), Saint Mary (Los Angeles), All Souls (Alhambra), Saint Augustine (Oakland), Saint Cecilia (San Frnacisco), Saint Monica (Santa Monica), Ramona Convent (Alhambra), Saint Anastasia (Los Angeles), Saint Andrew (Pasadena), Saint Anthony (San Gabriel) and Saint Gerard Majella (Los Angeles). For over 23 years Helen ministered at Villa Maria del Mar in Santa Cruz with her gracious hospitality.

Sister Helen loved her family and was a faithful friend. She is survived my nephews, nieces, grand-nieces, grand-nephews. 

She was a woman of the arts; she sought and created beauty through music, flower arranging and in the gardens created and lovingly tended at Villa Maria del Mar. We remember the twinkle in her eye, her quick quip, her love of travel and love of British dramas on PBS, perhaps from her background in theater and drama.

Gifts in her memory may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95031 or on-line at www.snjmca.org.