Longtime educator dies at age 72
Sister James Marien Dyer, CSJ
As diocesan school administrators gathered Aug. 7 in Danville to open the 2017-18 school year, the assembly remembered and celebrated the legacy of the longtime educator Sister James Marien Dyer, CSJ, who died two days earlier.
"We offered a special remembrance and prayer service for Sister James Marien," Kathleen Radecke, diocesan superintendent of schools, said. "Sister James was a dear colleague and friend. She was a joyful witness of Christ in her ministry and leadership as a Catholic school principal. She will be greatly missed and remembered always!"
A funeral Mass for Sister Dyer, who had been principal at St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School in Concord, will be at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 17 at the parish church. A member of the Sisters of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet since 1963, she died Aug. 5 in Concord at age 72.
Sister Dyer was born Doreen Dyer to a close-knit family in San Francisco. She had been a lifelong fan of the San Francisco Giants even when she was living in the heart of Dodger country, according to the obituary posted on the website of her religious community.
Her years in ministry were dedicated to all levels of education, from grade school to college. She served at Mount St. Mary's University, Los Angeles, from 1982-2001. She previously served as principal at Carondelet High School in Concord.
"Sister was noted for her gifts of conversation, her ability to laugh easily and heartily and generous sharing of her many talents," read the obituary on her community's website. "Her sense of humor could relieve tense moments and help keep a meeting on track. Her presence will be missed among us as we remember a beautifully gifted CSJ."
A visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a vigil service at 7 p.m., Aug. 16 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord. Burial will take place Aug. 18 at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.
— Carrie McClish
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