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• Sister M. Agnes Gough, SHF
• Father Marvin Steffes, CPPS
• Sister Mary Hyacinthe Ruggiero, OP

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Sister M. Agnes Gough, SHF

Sister M. Agnes Gough, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family for 67 years and a resident at the Motherhouse in Fremont, died in Fremont on July 22 at age 85.

She served for several years in the San Francisco Archdiocese and 44 years in the San Jose Diocese as a religious education teacher and a medical assistant. She moved to Fremont in 2008 and had served in volunteer ministry at the Motherhouse.

Survivors include her brother, Walter Gough of Stockton, several nieces and nephews and dear friends.

The funeral Mass took place on July 27 at the Motherhouse Chapel of the Sisters of the Holy Family in Fremont. Burial followed at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.

Donations in her memory may be sent to the St. Elizabeth’s Day Home, 950 Elizabeth Drive, Colma, CA 95126.

Father Marvin Steffes, CPPS

Father Marvin Steffes, a former pastor of St. Edward Parish in Newark, died in Carthagena, Ohio, after suffering a stroke. He was 80.

The Detroit native joined the Missionaries of the Precious Blood (CPPS) in 1949 and was ordained in 1958. In the years following his ordination he served at parishes in Detroit and Cincinnati, before turning his attention to education and administration. He was a teacher at Carroll High School in Dayton, Ohio, and principal at Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa.

In 1970 Father Steffes, a member of the Province of the Pacific, was elected a provincial councilor and named treasurer of the province. Later, he was elected provincial director by his fellow community members. After an assignment as a chaplain at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa, he returned to pastoral ministry. He was pastor at St. Edward Parish in Newark, from 1979 to 1991, and, he served at several parishes in California, including St. Barnabas Parish in Alameda.

Father Steffes retired to the provincial center in San Leandro in 2003 and lived for a time in the community’s Sonnino House in Berkeley. In 2008 he moved to St. Charles Hospital in Carthagena, Ohio, and remained there until his death.

He is survived by three sisters, two brothers and numerous family members.
Precious Blood Father Jeffrey Keyes, the current pastor at St. Edward Parish in Newark, said parishioners still remember Father Steffes as a “wonderful priest who had a way with words.”

The funeral Mass was held Sept. 2 at St. Charles Center in Carthagena, Ohio. Burial followed in the Community Cemetery. Father Keyes presided at a memorial Mass for the late pastor on Sept. 6 at Newark’s St. Edward Church.

Sister Mary Hyacinthe Ruggiero, OP

Sister Mary Hyacinthe Ruggiero died Aug. 28 at the Dominican Sisters Motherhouse in Fremont at the age of 101. She had been a Dominican Sister for 73 years.

Serving as a school secretary had been her primary ministry. Her assignments took her to St. Mary of the Palms in Fremont as well as schools in Portland, Oregon, San Francisco and Anaheim. Her final ministerial assignment was the apostolate of prayer.

The funeral Mass was Sept. 3 at the Dominican Sisters Chapel in Fremont. Burial followed in the Dominican Sisters Cemetery.

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