Sister M. Marcellina Gatschene, OP
Sister M. Marcellina Gatschene, a longtime educator, died May 31 at the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose in Fremont. She was 96 and had been a Dominican Sister for 77 years.
A native of Great Falls, Montana, Sister Marcellina devoted much of her life as an elementary school teacher at schools in California and Oregon. In the Oakland Diocese, she taught at St. Elizabeth School in Oakland and across the Bay at St. Boniface and St. Anthony schools in San Francisco. She also served at schools in Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Gabriel, all in California. She was principal at two schools in Portland, Oregon, and an assistant librarian at a high school in Los Angeles.
Her final assignment was to the motherhouse for community service. In 2003 she began a ministry of prayer.
Sister Marcellina is survived by a niece and a cousin.
The funeral Mass was held June 4 at the Dominican Sisters' chapel and burial was in the Dominican Sisters' Cemetery in Fremont.
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