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Sister Ann Maureen Murphy, SHF

Sister Ann Maureen Murphy, a familiar face at St. Vincent's Day Home in Oakland for many years, died Nov. 16 in Fremont. She was a native of San Francisco, and had been a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family for 58 years. She was 79. She entered the order from St. James Parish in San Francisco.

Although assigned to various parishes in California, Sister Ann Maureen had a special closeness to St. Vincent's Day Home, the oldest and largest child development center in Alameda County. She ministered in numerous positions for some 38 years. Between the 1970s through 2011, she served as executive director, development consultant and development director.

Sister Ann Maureen's ministry also included several years at the Holy Family Day Home in San Francisco, where she served as executive director and as development director.

During the 1980s Sister Ann Maureen served a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Sisters of the Holy Family as vicar general.

She began a ministry of presence and prayer in March 2013 at the Fremont Motherhouse, where she died after a 40-year battle with cancer.

The funeral Mass took place Nov. 24 at the Motherhouse Chapel in Fremont. She was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.

Sister Mary Roberta Connolly, PBVM

Sister Mary Roberta Connolly, a longtime educator, died Nov. 9 at the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco. The Rodeo native was 94 and had been a Sister of the Presentation for 76 years.

Sister Roberta, whose baptismal name was Barbara Rita Connolly, graduated from St. Joseph Presentation High School in Berkeley (Class of 1937); she graduated with both her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of San Francisco.

She taught for 44 years in schools staffed by members of her religious community, beginning in 1939. In the Oakland Diocese she taught at St. John the Baptist in San Lorenzo from 1964 to 1967 and from 1968 to 1970.

After serving as the mission awareness coordinator for the Holy Childhood Association for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Sister Roberta began an active retirement at the Presentation Center in Los Gatos. During her time there, she volunteered as a hostess and as a gardener.

She returned to the San Francisco Motherhouse in 2004 and continued her volunteer work at SafeHouse in San Francisco and with other organizations. Recently, Sister Roberta began a ministry of prayer for social justice issues.

Survivors include her nieces and nephews and their families.

The funeral Mass was held at the San Francisco Motherhouse on Nov. 15, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.

Rev. Thomas Edwards

Rev. Thomas Edwards died Nov. 15 following a lengthy illness. He was 72 and a retired priest of the Oakland Diocese.

Father Edwards graduated with a master of divinity degree from the San Francisco School of Theology in 1987, not long after he left the Franciscan formation program. Before being approved for ordination in the Oakland Diocese, he worked at St. Cyril and St. Anthony parishes in Oakland and at Queen of All Saints in Concord.

At the age of 49 Father Edwards was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John Cummins on Nov. 4, 1990, in ceremonies at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Oakland. His pastoral assignments included service as parochial vicar at All Saints Parish in Hayward and at Oakland's St. Andrew-St.Joseph Parish and Sacred Heart Parish, while residing at Sacred Heart. He briefly served as administrator at St. Columba Church in Oakland in the mid-1990s.

The funeral Mass was held Nov. 20 at St. Jarlath Parish in Oakland; interment was at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, also in Oakland.

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