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Sister Mary Ann Stark (Sister Clara Mary)

Nov. 17, 1930 - Dec. 20, 2016

May we live this day...
Compassionate of heart
Gentle in word
Gracious in awareness
Courageous in thought
Generous in love
    ~John O'Donohue

Sister Mary Ann Stark, SNJM (Sister Clara Mary) entered into eternal life on December 20, 2016. She was 86 years old and a professed Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for 65 years.

The first years of Sister Mary Ann's educational ministry were at the elementary school level at Marylrose (Oakland), Saint Mark (Venice), Saint Mary (Oakland), Sacred Heart (Oakland), Saint Ignatius (Sacramento) and Saint Gregory (Los Angeles). It was in secondary education where Sister Mary Ann's gifts and talents found a home. She taught at Holy Names High School (Oakland) and Saint Bernard (Playa del Rey) for a total of 7 years and then ministered at Ramona Convent Secondary School (Alhambra) for 35 years. At Ramona, she was a teacher, Dean of the Resident Students and Alumnae Director.

Sister Mary Ann is remembered for her great love, devotion and fidelity to her family, her graciousness and hospitality in welcoming and remembering generations of Ramona alumnae, the twinkle in her eye and her playfulness, and her love of furry feline friends.

She is survived by her sisters, Margaret Stark and Nancy Stark Balogh, her brother, Bill Stark, as well as numerous other relatives.

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.