|May 4, 2015 • VOL. 53, NO. 9 • Oakland, CA|
Sister Mary Elizabeth Doherty, SNJM
"Sister, you were always there for us music geeks."
Sister Lucian Marie Dusseau, OP
Sister Lucian Marie Dusseau, died on March 30 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan, at the age of 92. She was in the 73rd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Born Alvira Marie Dusseau in Adrian, Michigan, she graduated from local Catholic elementary and secondary schools in Adrian. She graduated with a bachelor of philosophy degree in history and a master of education degree in guidance from Siena Heights College (University), also in Adrian.
Sister Dusseau spent 42 years as an educator serving as a teacher, principal and pastoral minister at parish schools in Chicago, Michigan, Delano, and Colusa, California. In the Diocese of Oakland she was a teacher at St. Lawrence O'Toole School in Oakland from 1978 to 1982, and 1984 to 1986. She became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 1998.
She is survived by half brothers: Louis Ayotte of Westland, and Roger Ayotte of Allen Park, both in Michigan; and half sisters: Audrie Meszaros of Mesa, Arizona, Jeanette Vukson of Southgate, Michigan, Claudia Featherstone of Ypsilanti, Michigan and Shirley Ayotte of Michigan.
Her funeral Mass took place April 1 in St. Catherine Chapel of the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. The Rite of Committal was in the Congregation cemetery.
Sister Dorothy Owen, RSCJ
Sister Dorothy Owen, an Oakland-born educator, died April 2 at Oakwood, the Society of the Sacred Heart's elder care center in Atherton, a couple of weeks before her 80th birthday.
Sister Owen was one of 12 children born to Raymond and Dorothy Maguire Owen. An alumna of the Convent of the Sacred Heart, San Francisco, she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from San Francisco College for Women, which was operated by the Society of the Sacred Heart sisters. She joined the Society at the Kenwood Convent in Albany, New York, in 1955. She professed her first vows in 1958 at Kenwood Convent and made her final profession at the Society of the Sacred Heart motherhouse in Rome in 1964.
Sister Owen began her education ministry in 1958 at the Convent of the Sacred Heart boarding school in El Cajon. From 1958 to 1963, she taught at Convent of the Sacred Heart in Menlo Park. Following her final profession, she returned to Menlo Park, then went to Stuart Hall School for Boys in San Francisco, where she taught and served as director of studies until 1972. She returned to Menlo Park, to what was then called St. Joseph's School, where she taught until 1980. Known as an exceptional elementary school teacher, Sister Owen spent many summers as director of day camps for young children in San Francisco and Seattle.
Sister Owen enrolled in the Ministries Development Program of the Washington Theological Union in 1980, and in 1982 she began her ministry as a pastoral associate at a Greenbelt, Maryland, parish. In 1986, she became pastoral associate and director of religious education at a parish in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she ministered in a large immigrant community. She remained in this position until 2011 because of declining health.
"If something needed to be done Dotty would do it," read an obituary supplied by the Society of the Sacred Heart Sisters. At one of the Maryland parishes "she would solicit and receive furniture and clothing, all the while making certain those goods went out to a needy family as soon as they came in."
She is survived by sisters Marie L. Owen of Emeryville; Cathy (Alan) Gaynor of San Francisco; Christine Owen of Redwood City; Theresa Owen and Michael Shadwick of San Rafael; Mary Ann (Gary) Houston of Grants Pass, Oregon; and brothers John (Colleen) Owen of Clayton; Jim (Mary) Owen of Walnut Creek; and Ray (Lorraine) Owen of Lansdowne, Virginia, and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Oakwood on April 11 and burial followed at the cemetery at Oakwood.
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