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placeholder April 30, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 8   •   Oakland, CA

Brother Haig Martin Charshaf, FSC

Brother Haig Martin Charshaf, a longtime educator who also served as business manager for the Oakland diocese, died April 1 at Seton Memorial Hospital in Daly City. He was 82 years of age and a member of the De La Salle Christian Brothers for 65 years.

Brother Charshaf was born in San Francisco, and attended Catholic elementary and high schools in The City. In the middle of his senior year he transferred to the Mont La Salle Juniorate in Napa. He continued to the novitiate and received the religious habit as Brother Timothy Ronald. When the Brothers were no longer required to take a religious name he changed back to his baptismal name.

Brother Charshaf graduated with his bachelor's degree from Saint Mary's College in Moraga in 1951. He was graduated with master's degrees in philosophy/history from Fordham University in 1960 and spirituality from the University of San Francisco in 1982.

He began his long career as an educator at St. Peter's High School in San Francisco, followed by assignments at Garces Memorial High School in Bakersfield (1952-54) and at Saint Mary's High School in Berkeley (1954-56). He has served as vice principal or principal at high schools in Sacramento, Pasadena and Fresno.

From 1963 to 1965 he was director of the Senior Scholasticate for the Brothers at Saint Mary's College in Moraga. He also served in various posts at Saint Mary's College in admissions and as vice president of finance from 1973-1980.

In 1984 Brother Charshaf began a special assignment with the Oakland diocese as business manager. He retired in 2004 and lived in San Francisco until his death.

He is survived by two nieces and two nephews.

The funeral Mass was held April 10 at the Church of the Epiphany in San Francisco. Burial followed at the Christian Brothers Cemetery at Mont La Salle in Napa.

Sister Laureen Boyle, OP

Sister Laureen Boyle, who ministered as an educator in two different religious communities, died April 5 at the Dominican Sisters Motherhouse in Fremont. She was 79.

Sister Boyle was born in San Francisco. She joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange in 1951 and made first profession in 1954 and final profession in 1959. As a member of this community she taught at schools in Lemon Grove, Santa Ana, Los Banos, Lynwood, Maui, Costa Mesa, Tustin and San Francisco.

In 1971 Sister Boyle transferred to the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose in Fremont and renewed perpetual vows in 1972. As a Dominican, she taught at St. Joseph School in Fremont, and at schools in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Gabriel and Anaheim. In addition to her teaching ministry, Sister Boyle served her religious community and spent a number of years as a volunteer at Washington Township Hospital in Fremont.

She is survived by her nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
The funeral Mass was held April 17 at the Dominican Sisters Chapel in Fremont. Burial took place in the Dominican Sisters Cemetery the following day. Memorial donations may be made to the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund or the Mother Pia Backes Education Fund, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont 94539; or the Vision of Hope Fund, 1555 — 34th Ave., Oakland 94612.

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