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placeholder November 24, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA

Sister Frances Sherman, PBVM

Sister Frances Sherman, PBVM, (formerly Sister Mary Hilary), a Sister of the Presentation for 66 years, died Nov. 2 at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. She was 90.

Sister Frances was born on Jan. 21, 1924 in Springfield, Illinois. She attended Illinois State University and worked for private companies. She met the Sisters of the Presentation after moving to Los Angeles. As a Sister, she graduated with a bachelor of science degree in education from the University of San Francisco and a master of arts degree in counseling from the California State University, Hayward.

Sister Frances began teaching elementary school in 1948 at Saint Anne School in San Francisco. She taught for 37 years in elementary schools staffed by Presentation Sisters in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Pedro, Seattle, Washington, Berkeley, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Menlo Park and Montebello.

In Berkeley, Sister Frances taught at St. Joseph School from 1965 to 1966 and from 1967 to 1972.

In 1986, she left teaching and became the secretary at St. Anne School, San Francisco, until her retirement from full-time ministry in 1996. Most recently, Sister Frances has been engaged in the ministry of prayer for the homeless.

Sister Frances leaves extended family, as well as her loving Presentation Sisters. Sister Frances was the daughter of Eva Vandersloot and Frank Sherman. She was predeceased by her brother, Robert Lee Sherman.

A Memorial Mass was celebrated Nov. 13 at the Presentation Motherhouse, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma.

Memorial contributions to the Sisters of the Presentation may be sent to Sisters of the Presentation, Development Office, 281 Masonic Ave., San Francisco 94118.

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