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placeholder August 14, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 14   •   Oakland, CA
Obituaries

Rev. Michael Joyce

Rev. Michael Joyce, a retired priest of the Diocese of Oakland, died July 30. He was 74 and would have celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood in December.

A native of Richmond, he was educated at St. Patrick's College, Menlo Park, and Gregorian University in Rome. Following his ordination in Rome in December 1967, he served as associate pastor at St. Joseph Parish, Alameda; Most Precious Blood (now St. Francis of Assisi), Concord; Church of the Good Shepherd, Pittsburg; and St. Jerome, El Cerrito.

In 1979 he was appointed pastor of the newly established St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon, a position he held until 1994. He also served as pastor at St. Michael Parish in Livermore from 1985 to 1997.

During his priestly ministry he was also a campus minister at Mills College in Oakland, a member of the diocesan priest senate, a member of the diocesan clergy education board and dean of the Central Contra Costa Deanery. He retired from active ministry in 1998.

Both the vigil service, at 7 p.m. on Aug. 17, and the funeral Mass, at 11 a.m. on Aug. 18, will be held at St. Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Road in San Ramon.




Sister Eleanor Eagan, CSJ

A Mass celebrating the life of Sister Eleanor Eagan, a beloved educator at Carondelet High School for more than three decades will take place Aug. 19 on the school's Concord campus at 11 a.m. in the Garaventa Center.

Sister Eagan, who died June 22 in Los Angeles, was 88 and had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for nearly 67 years.

Born in Long Island, New York, she was the youngest of five children. An older sister suggested naming her after Eleanor Roosevelt. According to the obituary distributed by her community, when young Ellie informed her family of her plans to become a woman religious her brother, Jack, responded saying, "I think you're a fool but as long as you're going, please try to be a good nun!"

Sister Eagan spent 20 years as a teacher and administrator of schools in Southern California before she began 30 years of ministry at Carondelet High. She retired in 2016 and returned to Southern California.

She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

The funeral Mass, attended by members of her family, religious congregation and representatives from the Carondelet High School community, was held July 15 at the Carondelet Center in Los Angeles.




Sister Suzanne Bart, SHF

Sister Suzanne Bart, who served in the field of religious education in various parishes in the Bay Area before launching a career in nursing, died July 2 after a long illness at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of the Holy Family in Fremont. She was 75.

Born Susan Rebecca Bart in New Orleans, Louisiana, she received her LVN from St. Mary's School of Nursing in Reno in 1968, and earned her RN in 1982 from Ohlone College in Fremont. She worked in various medical settings but spent the greatest number of years at Holy Cross Hospital, later Providence Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills, California.

Sister Bart also served for a number of years as infirmarian and infirmary nurse in the Holy Family Sisters infirmary and care center in Fremont. She also devoted time for family care.

In her later years at the Motherhouse Sister Bart, an avid gardener, was known for her abundant harvests that provided the Sisters with tomatoes, kale and other healthy produce. She will also be remembered for her skills as a story-teller and candy-maker.

The funeral Mass was held July 20 at the Holy Family Motherhouse in Fremont. Interment followed July 21 at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.




Sister Teresa Baumann, OP

Sister Teresa Baumann, formerly known as Sister Anthony Marie, died July 12 at the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose in Fremont. She was 94 and was celebrating her 75th year as a member of her congregation.

Born in San Francisco, she was baptized at St. Anthony Parish there, attended the parish school and Notre Dame High School, also in San Francisco. She joined the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose in 1940. Two years later she professed her vows as Sister Anthony Marie. She credited her vocation first to her home life — her father had aspired to be a Franciscan and her mother, a Dominican — and second to a Notre Dame Sister who taught her science in high school. That same Sister probably inspired Sister Teresa her love of the sciences.

After graduating with a bachelor's degree at Queen of the Holy Rosary College, Mission San Jose, and a master's degree in biology and chemistry at Loyola University, Los Angeles, Sister Baumann served as an educator for 35 years in the Archdioceses of San Francisco and Los Angeles and the Diocese of Oakland. She served at St. Elizabeth High School in Oakland from 1949 to 1960 and again from 1967 to 1980.

Creation in all of its manifestations were at the heart of her life, noted an obituary written by her community. "It fed her prayer life, was the means by which she lived out her Dominican charism of teaching and preaching, and provided her recreational activity which she shared with her soul-mate and brother, Father Anthony (Severin) Baumann, OFM. For years they spent summers hiking, birding and traveling to wilderness areas together."

When Sister Anthony Marie retired from the classroom in 1980 she returned to her Baptismal name and transitioned to pastoral ministry, serving as chaplain at Providence Hospital, Oakland, for 13 years. She then spent 11 years in part-time pastoral care at the Dominican Sisters' Motherhouse in Fremont. After spending several years of personal study of science and spirituality she spent her final years engaged in a ministry of prayer.

The funeral Mass was held July 18 at the Dominican Sisters' Motherhouse Chapel in Fremont.

 
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