Rev. Austin Conterno, SDB
Rev. Austin Conterno, lovingly called "the Count" by most who knew him, died July 11, two weeks shy of his 100th birthday.
A biography from his Salesian order detailed some of his life:
Father Conterno was born July 29, 1915 near Turin, Italy, and entered the Salesian novitiate in 1937 in Newton, New Jersey. He was graduated from Don Bosco College in Newton in 1941, and received his secondary credential from the University of San Francisco. After three years of teaching in California, he returned to New Jersey for his studies in theology and was ordained a priest June 29, 1948. After ordination, Father Conterno taught in Salesian schools and did parish work in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He was principal at St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, and served as economer (treasurer) of Salesian communities throughout California, including Berkeley and Richmond. He served at Sts. Peter and Paul in San Francisco from 1981 until he retired in 2000. He remained in retirement at Sts. Peter and Paul, celebrating Mass in English, Italian and Latin, always aware of the cultural background of the worshipers, saying funerals and delivering the Eucharist. He enjoyed attending professional sporting events and served as chaplain to the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club.
His deceased brother, Vittorio, also, was a professed Salesian.
A Mass of Christian burial was on July 20 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, and burial was at the Salesian cemetery in Richmond.
Sister Marian Arroyo, SHF
Sister Marian Arroyo, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family, died July 5, three days after her 60th anniversary of religious life at the Sisters' Motherhouse in Fremont. She was 82.
Sister Arroyo was born in Victor, Montana, and joined the Sisters of the Holy Family in October 1955. She taught religious education and served in day homes in California and Nevada, including Oakland, San Jose, Benicia, Reno and San Francisco.
Most recently she had been a volunteer in the archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family.
The funeral Mass was held July 14 in the Holy Family Motherhouse chapel in Fremont. Interment was held the next day at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.
back to top