Sister Mary Damien O'Connor, PBVM
Sister Mary Damien O'Connor (baptismal name Patricia Marie), a Sister of the Presentation for 78 years, died Dec. 24 at the Presentation motherhouse in San Francisco. She was 89.
Sister Damien, a San Francisco native, graduated with a bachelor's degree in education from Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles; and with a bachelor's and master's degrees in history from the University of San Francisco.
Sister Damien spent 54 years in education. For 20 years she taught second through eighth grade in Catholic schools in San Francisco, Berkeley, San Lorenzo, San Jose, Los Angeles and Montebello. From 1967 to 1991, she taught history at Presentation High Schools in Berkeley and San Francisco.
After her full-time teaching ministry, Sister Damien volunteered as an ESL teacher and in the Congregational offices. In recent years she lived at the Motherhouse Care Center where she had been engaged in the ministry of prayer for the needs of the world.
She is survived by her sister, Betty O'Connor Hughes, niece Marian Castillo, Marian's husband, Louis, and their children.
The funeral Mass was held Jan. 3 at the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco. Interment followed at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.
Sister Mary Leonard Welcer, PBVM
Sister Mary Leonard Welcer (baptismal name Barbara Ann), a Catholic educator for more than 40 years, died Jan. 5 at the Presentation Motherhouse in San Francisco. She was 89.
Sister Leonard, a native of San Francisco, graduated with her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of San Francisco.
Her ministry began in 1945 as a second grade teacher at Saint Anne in San Francisco. She taught in elementary schools for five years and spent the rest of her teaching ministry in Catholic high schools in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
She taught and served as principal at Presentation High School in San Francisco from 1954 to 1974. She was a guidance counselor at Presentation High School in Berkeley in the early 1970s and she was superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Reno-Las Vegas, Nevada, from 1980 to 1990.
In the 1990s Sister Leonard served as an educational consultant in various programs and schools. She was also a presenter and speaker at educational conferences and workshops throughout the U.S. In recent years, she was engaged in the ministry of prayer for Presentation missionaries. Sister Leonard had been a Sister of the Presentation for 70 years.
The funeral Mass was held at the Presentation Motherhouse on Jan. 9, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.
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