"They whom we love and lose

are no longer where they were before,

they are now wherever we are."

~ St. John Chrysostom

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.

 

Thursday
May212015

Sister Shirley Sexton (Sister Maureen Theresa)

February 21, 1931 - May 16, 2015

"I have competed well: I have finished the race: I have kept the faith." ~2 Timothy 4:7

It is fitting that on May 16th, the day before the Bay to Breakers, Sister Shirley finished her earthly race and was welcomed joyously by our God to the finish line. Sister Shirley was 84 years old and was celebrating her 60th year of profession as a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

Sister Shirley was an elementary school educator at Saint Cecilia (San Francisco), Saint Monica (Santa Monica), Saint Mark (Venice), Saint Stephen (Monterey Park), Saint Elizabeth (Altadena) and All Souls (Alhambra). She also served as principal at Saint Augustine (Oakland) for one year and Saint Mary (Los Gatos) for 7 years. Sister Shirley was a beloved Director of Residents at Holy Names University for 4 years.

In 1982–1983 she attended the "Religious Leaders Program at Notre Dame to prepare her to become SNJM Vocation Director. A significant result of her time at Notre Dame was that she became a loyal and faithful member of the "Fighting Irish".

While Sister Shirley's vibrancy and kindness drew others to her – from elementary school students, to residents at HNU, these gifts of hers were a perfect fit for ministry with the elderly for over 20 years. She loved working with seniors and she did so at Sacred Heart Parish, Saint Mary Center, Strawberry Creek Lodge, North Oakland Senior Center and Oakland Adult School. Her ministry to seniors always included the annual retreat at either Villa Maria Del Mar (Santa Cruz) or Villa Los Gatos. In all her ministries In all her ministries Sister Shirley created in her heart a place of welcome and hospitality for whomever she met.

She is survived by her sister, Mary Hutton, nieces, nephews and their children.

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

Thursday
May212015

Sister Mary Anselm Grover (Edwina Josephine Grover)

November 1, 1921 - May 15, 2015

"She wanted to live, and live fully, and to give life, she who loved life!" ~Emile Zola

Sister Mary Anselm Grover (Edwina Josephine Grover) entered into the fullness of life on May 15, 2015 at Our Lady of Fatima Villa, Saratoga. Sister Anselm was 93 years old and celebrated 71 years of her religious profession as a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

Her ministry as educator spanned elementary to university education. She taught at Marylrose (Oakland) and Sacred Heart (Oakland). She moved onto secondary education at Holy Names High School (Oakland), Saint Andrew (Pasadena), Marin Catholic (Kentfield), Saint Bernard (Los Angeles) and Ramona(Alhambra) where she could be found teaching-French, Spanish, Latin or History. She also served as principal at Holy Names High School and Saint Bernard's. For over 25 years she ministered at Holy Names University as faculty member, financial aid director or working in the academic dean's office. In between these ministries she taught briefly abroad in Paris and served for two years as translator for the Holy Names Sisters' General Administration in Quebec. Once "retired" from Holy Names University she ministered to the elderly and as music minister at Assumption (San Leandro), Saint Cornelius (Richmond) and Saint Rose Hospital (Hayward).

The fullness and richness of Sister Anselm's life and ministry far exceed any description. In fact she wrote, "I think I will need another life to do all the things I would like to do." Her joie de vivre was evidenced in so many ways - in her characteristic cheerfulness, her flair for the dramatic and her unqualified generosity to respond to needs within and outside the community. She was a trained and gifted musician. So talented that she could play almost any tune on the piano.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews on the East Coast.

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