Sister Mary Barbara Carroll
Sister Mary Barbara Carroll, (Sister Cecile Collette), an elementary school teacher who taught in Catholic schools across the state of California, died Sept. 18. She was 88 and a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for 67 years.
A native of San Francisco, Sister Carroll devoted 47 years of ministry as a music teacher, classroom teacher and as principal. In the Oakland diocese she ministered at Marylrose, St. Theresa and St. Paschal Baylon schools, all in Oakland, Holy Spirit in Fremont, and St. Bede in Hayward. She also taught at schools in Pasadena, Monterey Park, San Francisco, San Marino and Los Angeles.
Outside of the classroom, Sister Carroll also served at Villa Maria del Mar in Santa Cruz for six years, and as California Province archivist in Los Gatos for nine years.
"We remember Sister Barbara's great pride in being a native San Franciscan, including being a life-long fan of the Giants and 49ers. She cherished her Irish heritage," says an obituary written by her Sister community. "We celebrate her sharp wit, her fidelity in maintaining on-going relationships and correspondence with friends, and her focus and determination with which she approached life and her ministries."
She is survived by her beloved sisters, Sister Collette Carroll, SNJM and Sister Rosemarie Carroll, CSJ.
The funeral Mass was held Sept. 25 at Saint Mary's Church in Los Gatos. Burial followed at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.
Rev. Augustine Koilparampil
Rev. Augustine Koilparampil, a retired priest of the Oakland diocese, died Sept. 21 after a brief illness. He was 77.
Father Koilparampil was born and raised in Alleppey, in the country of India, and was ordained to the priesthood in Bombay, India, by Pope Paul VI in 1964. He served in a variety of ministries including parish priest, writer, manager of a school, editor at a diocesan Catholic magazine and prefect of a Catholic orphanage.
He came to the U.S. in 1974 to study at the University of San Francisco, graduating with a master's degree in world history in 1977. He also took classes in secondary school education, alcohol counseling and hospital ministry. In the Bay Area he served at St. Francis of Assisi in San Francisco and at St. Augustine Parish in Pleasanton. He also served in parishes in India and Boise, Idaho; as a military chaplain in Kansas, South Korea and at Fort Ord in California; and as a prison chaplain in Michigan. While in residence at St. Michael Parish in Livermore, he was chaplain at the Veterans Administration Hospital, also in Livermore. He retired from the VA in June.
Survivors include two sisters, Ritamma Joseph and Leela Xavier, both in India. He is also survived by 12 nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
A funeral Mass was held Sept. 26 at St. Michael Church in Livermore, followed by burial at St. Michael Cemetery. Services were also held on Sept. 26 at St. Andrew's Church in Arthunkal, India. Bishop Stephen Athipozhi, 50 priests and 5,000 people were expected to attend. Additionally, a Mass for Father Augustine will be held the same day at St. Bernard's Church in Blackfoot, Idaho.
Deacon Rudy Brazil
Rudolph Brazil, a permanent deacon of the Oakland diocese, died Sept. 14 in Fremont. He was 90.
Born in Gustine, California, Deacon Brazil served in the Navy and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was honorably discharged with the rank of lieutenant commander.
Deacon Brazil was one of 13 men to be ordained as a permanent deacon for the Oakland diocese in 1987. He was the only unmarried deacon in his class. He served at Holy Spirit Parish in Fremont, where he also held the title of director of religious education.
He wrote about his religious vocation for an article published in The Catholic Voice (Voice, Sept. 28 1987): "I want to be a deacon because I feel sincerely and strongly that I have been called by the Lord to this role to proclaim the Word, be of service in my parish and parish community, and be sacramental."
Deacon Brazil was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a past grand knight. He also served as a chaplain at Washington Hospital and Kaiser Hospital in Fremont. He also served as chaplain of the Fremont fire and police departments.
Survivors include his nephews, Michael Brazil of Manteca; Gregory Brazil of Gilroy; Christopher Brazil of San Mateo; Stephen Brazil of Gilroy; and his niece, Joanne Neidhamer of Fresno.
The funeral Mass was held Sept. 23 at Holy Spirit Church in Fremont. Burial followed at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.
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