Sister M. Josepha, CSC
Sister M. Josepha, a member of the Congregation Sisters of the Holy Cross for 81 years, died on Sept. 28 at age 98.
Sister Joseph (Mary Rita Cullen) was a teacher for 59 years. After graduating with a master of fine arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, she shared her artistic talents with her students.
She taught in elementary schools in California for some 55 years including the now shuttered St. Bernard Elementary School in Oakland from 1965-1968. For another 20 years she "cajoled and guided the sometimes reluctant high school students to exercise their own creative talents in producing works in a variety of artistic mediums," according to the obituary posted by the Holy Cross Sisters on their website: www.cscsisters.org.
In addition to teaching, Sister Josepha was often appointed as principal and as a superior in her religious community. Even in her retirement years, Sister Josepha was commissioned to design greeting cards for special pages or used her gift in calligraphy.
An avid and popular cook, Sister Josepha produced a cookbook at the behest of her many admirers. Sister Josepha wrote this of herself, "I would like to be remembered as a happy person grateful to God for all his gifts to me."
The funeral Mass was held Oct. 3 in the Church of Our Lady Loretto. Burial was on the campus of St. Mary's College in Indiana.
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