"They whom we love and lose

are no longer where they were before,

they are now wherever we are."

~ St. John Chrysostom


Sister Della Stanton (Sister M. Frances Paula)

August 7, 1936 – March 6, 2015

Della Lucille Stanton, SNJM was born August 7, 1936 in Alhambra, CA to Russell and Frances Hardy Stanton. Pre-deceased by her parents and brother Russell, she is survived by her niece Sandy Stanton (Joe) Bosnich, grand nieces Stacey (Eric) Ripley, their daughter Josephine, Nicole Young, her son Atreyu; Jessica and grand nephews Joseph Bosnich and nephew Arnold (Greta) Stanton, many friends, former students, colleagues and her Sisters of the Holy Names.

Della graduated from Ramona Convent Secondary School and Holy Names University in Oakland. A convert to Catholicism, Della became a Sister of the Holy Names in 1961. She taught at St Anselm, San Anselmo; Marylrose and Sacred Heart in Oakland, Saint Elizabeth, Altadena, Saint Andrew, Pasadena; All Souls and Ramona Convent in Alhambra; Lesotho in Southern Africa. For 23 years Sister taught at Nuestra Se¿ora del Pilar in Arequipa, Peru, the place Della called "home."

Gifts in Sister Della's name may be sent to Sisters of the Holy Names Ministry or Retirement fund: POB 907, Los Gatos CA 95031 or online.


Sister M. Gabriel Kennedy (Jessie Catherine Kennedy)

November 10, 1914 - March 8, 2015

"I have loved every minute of my religious life and have never had a ministry that I could not make enjoyable."
-Sister Gabriel Kennedy

Sister Gabriel celebrated her 100th birthday in grand style in November, 2014. She made her first profession as a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary 77 years ago in Oakland, California. Sister Gabriel was an elementary school educator par excellence with a special love for kindergarteners. "Kindergarten was my idea of heaven," she wrote. Her educational ministries took her to elementary schools up and down the State of California -- Sacred Heart (Oakland), Saint Monica (Santa Monica), Ramona Convent Secondary School (Alhambra), Saint Elizabeth (Altadena), Marylrose (Oakland), Saint Mary (Los Gatos), Saint Anastasia (Los Angeles), Saint Francis de Sales (Oakland), Saint Bede (Hayward), Saint Anne (Ridgecrest) and Saint Monica (San Francisco). Sister Gabriel was a great community woman. Her love of her religious community was deep and her more than 25 years of community service was often understated. Sister Gabriel responded generously whenever help was needed. We remember the playful and mischievous twinkle in her eye, her joy and delight in life, her readiness for an adventure, especially a road trip, her Hawaiian connection and her love of the Dodgers.


Sister Felice Marie Kolda (Florence Irene Kolda) 

 January 5, 1929 - September 27, 2014

Looking up to heaven, Jesus sighed and said, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And immediately the deaf person’s ears were opened, tongue released, and the person spoke plainly.
–Mark 7:34

“It’s been a blessing that I can be of help to others.”
–Sister Felice Marie

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Sister Barbara Carroll (Sister M. Cecile Collette)

July 10, 1926 - September 18, 2014

"In the names of Jesus and Mary, we desire to proclaim by our lives the primacyof the love of God. Moved by an active love, we collaborate in the church's mission of education, with emphasis on education in the faith, and with special concern for the poor and disadvantaged."
-SNJM Constitutions

“You are precious and cherished in my eyes and I love you, ” were words Sister Barbara (Sister M. Cecile Collette) heard in the early evening of September 18th, as our God called her into the fullness of joy and eternal life. Sister Barbara was 88 years old and had celebrated 67 years of religious profession. 


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Sister Sally Thompson (Sister Mary Anselma)

March 24, 1926 - June 2, 2014

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”
- John 15:11


Sister Sally Thompson, SNJM, Sister Sally Thompson (Sister Mary Anselma) was welcomed into the loving arms of God the afternoon of June 2, 2014 surrounded by family members and her sisters in community. Sister Sally was 88 years old and had celebrated 69 years as a vowed member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

In 1990 Sister Sally wrote: 'I came. I loved. I died.' Indeed she came and loved.

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