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placeholder September 21, 2015   •   VOL. 53, NO. 16   •   Oakland, CA

Sister Mary Edwin Byrne, RSM

Sister Mary Edwin Byrne, who spent 51 years of her ministry focused on education, died July 22. She was 92.

Patricia Byrne, a native of Los Angeles, attended Catholic Girls High School in Los Angeles, where she met the Sisters of Mercy. She joined the community in 1943, a month after her high school graduation. Given the religious name, Sister Mary Edwin, she professed her vows in 1943.

Her ministry as an elementary school teacher spanned 51 years at schools in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Burlingame and Santa Fe Springs, and at St. Anthony School in Oakland. Sister Mary Edwin taught primary grades for eight years, then sixth and seventh grades for 43 years.

"She was a consummate educator," said Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher. "Her life was about school — about educating, preparing, welcoming, instructing, always looking out for the student who was falling behind. Her sole ministry was education. What a gift she has given to so many wandering around this world of ours."

She retired in 2005 to Marian Oaks Life Center in Burlingame where, "she was into everything," said her long-time friend Sister Mary Edith Hurley. "She kept up with everyone and everything. She was so involved with people."

Sister Mary Edwin's survivors include her sister, Cecilia Dempsey, nieces, nephews and her extended family — the community of Sisters of Mercy.

The funeral was held July 27 at Mercy Convent Chapel in Burlingame followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma.

Sister Imelda Loch, OP

Sister Imelda Loch, a member of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose for 58 years, died on Aug. 15 at the community's Fremont motherhouse. She was 79.

She was born in Parden, Yugoslavia, and baptized Anna. She spent most of her life at Sts. Peter and Paul Priory in Altenhohenau, Germany, where she served as house mother in the boarding school.

Two years ago, she immigrated to America and lived at the Dominican Sisters Motherhouse in Fremont. Sister loved serving breakfast to the homeless at the Irvington Presbyterian Church and making handcrafted items for the Dominican Sisters Holiday Boutique.

Sister is survived by her brother, Jacob; nephew, Christian Loch; and numerous cousins in Germany and Australia.

The funeral Mass was Aug. 19 in the Motherhouse chapel, followed by interment in God's Acre, the property of the Motherhouse.

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