Sister M. Ancilla Trippe, OP
Sister Ancilla Trippe, a Dominican Sister of Mission San Jose for 61 years, died May 14 at the community's Motherhouse in Fremont. She was 94.
Born in Hanover, Germany, Sister Ancilla's principal active ministry was community service. She was also interested in gardening. After arriving in the Bay Area, she was stationed at Immaculate Conception Academy in San Francisco for a year before moving to her assignment at the Motherhouse in Fremont.
Sister Ancilla is survived by relatives in Germany.
The funeral Mass was held May 16 at the Dominican Sisters Chapel in Fremont. Burial followed at the Dominican Sisters Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Dominican Sisters' Retirement Fund or the Mother Pia Backes Education Fund, 43326 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539 or the Vision of Hope Fund, 1555 – 34th Ave., Oakland, CA 94612.
Sister Roseanne Curtiss, SSS
Sister Roseanne Curtiss, one of the first Sisters to serve at Oakland's St. Mary's Center, died April 4 at the Sisters of Social Service Villa in Encino, California. Her death occurred just one hour before her 91st birthday.
Born in Petaluma where she received her early education, Sister Roseanne graduated from Mission High School in San Francisco in 1940. She became a widow on the last day of World War II, in August 1945, when her husband, Bob Curtiss, was accidently electrocuted.
After her devastating loss, she joined the Sisters of Social Service in 1948 and professed first vows on Pentecost, 1951. Sister Roseanne began her ministry by serving in various parishes of the Bay Area. In the early 1950s Social Service Sister Patricia Feeley, regarded by many as a founder of St. Mary's Center, invited Sister Roseanne to Oakland, where the Social Service Sisters served.
While in the parish, the Social Service Sisters taught religious education, operated a daily soup kitchen and oversaw clubs for Filipino and Latino youth, and signed up campers for Sunshine Camp every summer, according to a book, "The Radical Peasant," by Gerald Cox.
Sister Roseanne returned to school as a part-time student in the late 1960s, and she subsequently graduated with a master's degree from Sacramento State University (1974) and a license in clinical social work. The newly minted clinical social worker began ministering at an agency in Vallejo in the 1980s. She eventually became the executive secretary and director of clinical services at the same agency. She retired from that position in fall 1998.
She is survived by her sister, Mary Park of Vallejo, six nieces and one nephew.
The funeral Mass took place April 10 at the Sisters of Social Service Villa in Encino. Remembrances can be mailed to the Sisters of Social Service, 4316 Lanal Road, Encino, California 91436-3617 in the care of Sister Rochelle Mitchell or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sister Kathryn Morrow, SHF
Sister Kathryn Morrow, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family, died at the age of 96 on May 21 at the Sisters' Motherhouse in Fremont.
Sister Kathryn was born in Madras, Oregon. For 69 years she ministered throughout the state of California and in Las Vegas. She was a religious education teacher/coordinator and an instructor for several years at Holy Family College. Sister Kathryn retired in 1990 but remained active in volunteer ministry in the Fremont area for many years.
The funeral Mass was held June 2 at the Motherhouse Chapel. Burial took place at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.
Memorial remembrances may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Family, P.O. Box 3248, Fremont, CA 94539.
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