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Fisher, Sister Gemma

Fisher.Gemma-041508Sister Gemma Fisher, SNJM

Sister Arthur Mary

January 18, 1921July 23, 2015 (Saratoga, CA)

Departed this life on July 23, 2015 at Our Lady Fatima Villa, Saratoga, California. Sister Gemma celebrated 94 years of life and 72 years of her religious profession. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at Holy Spirit Chapel, Campbell, California. Her burial will take place at 10:15 a.m. Monday, August 3, 2015 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, California.

McKenna, Sister Joan

McKenna.Joan-082809Sister Joan McKenna, SNJM

Sister Marian Joan

November 16, 1929July 15, 2015 (Spokane, WA)

Joan McKenna was born November 16, 1929, in Fresno, California, the only child of Joseph and Agnes Finnegan McKenna. She began her education in Fresno, but graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Portland, Oregon. Her educational accomplishments included an B.A. in Math from Marylhurst University, an M.A in Math from University of Detroit and a PhD in Math from St. Louis University.

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Sexton, Sister Shirley

Sexton.Shirley-041608Sister Shirley Sexton, SNJM

Sister Maureen Theresa

February 21, 1931–May 16, 2015 (Saratoga, CA)

Departed this life on May 16, 2015 at Our Lady Fatima Villa, Saratoga, California. Sister Shirley celebrated 84 years of life and 60 years of her religious profession. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 7:15 p.m. at Saint Mary Church, Los Gatos, California. Her burial will take place at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, California.

Grover, Sister Mary Anselm

Grover.MaryAnselm-060114Sister Mary Anselm Grover, SNJM

Edwina Josephine Grover

November 11, 1921May 15, 2015 (Saratoga, CA)

Departed this life on May 15, 2015 at Our Lady Fatima Villa, Saratoga, California. Sister Anselm celebrated 93 years of life and 71 years of her religious profession. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. at Marie Rose Center, Campbell, California. Her burial will take place at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015
at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, California.

Mackessy, Sister Mary

Mackessy.Mary-041608Sister Mary Mackessy, SNJM

Sister Margaret Therese

February 5, 1938May 4, 2015 (Campbell, CA)

Departed this life on May 4, 2015 at Merrill Gardens, Campbell, California. Sister Mary celebrated 77 years of life and 56 years of her religious profession. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. at Marie Rose Center, Campbell, California. Her burial will take place at 10:15 a.m. Monday, May 18, 2015
at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, California.

Duffy, Sister M. Ellen Joan

Duffy.EllenJoan-042408Sister M. Ellen Joan Duffy, SNJM

Josephine C. Duffy

March 28, 1928–May 1, 2015 (Spokane, WA)

James Michael and Mary Elizabeth Bradley Duffy gave birth to their third child, Josephine, on March 28, 1928.  She joined her sister Mary, always her best friend, and her brother Frank.  They later welcomed brother Paul and twin sisters, Lee and Lou.  All were born and educated in Spokane, members of St. Aloysius Parish.  By 1938, both parents had died, and Josephine became a boarding student at Holy Names Academy from fifth grade until her junior year of high school when the three eldest rented an apartment together.  After graduating from Holy Names, Josephine attended Business College and worked at American Automobile Association before joining the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1947, making her vows in 1949 as Sister M. Ellen Joan.

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