|February 8, 2016 • VOL. 54, NO. 3 • Oakland, CA|
Sister M. Joanna Connolly, SHF
Sister M. Joanna Connolly, SHF, a former teacher, hospice minister and story teller, died peacefully at the Holy Family Sisters' Motherhouse in Fremont on Jan. 18. She was 101 years old.
Deacon Jorge Lara
After a courageous seven-year batter with cancer, Deacon Jorge Lara, a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Oakland, died Jan. 28 at his home in Union City surrounded by his loving family. He was 62.
Born in Mexico City, Mexico, he married the love of his life and partner of 40 years, Gloria Gonzalez, at Maria Reparadora Church in Mexico City in 1975. He studied bookkeeping and worked as manager of administration and finances for a federally run community college system in Mexico until 1988, when he moved to Fremont.
In the United States, Deacon Lara worked as a construction laborer, but his true vocation was serving Jesus as a deacon for His Church. Ordained in 2000, Deacon Lara faithfully served the community of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish (formerly St. Leonard-Santa Paula) in Fremont.
He leaves his wife Gloria; daughter Leslie and her husband Mario of Fremont; his daughter Alexandra and her children Eliana and Joaquin of Lawndale; his son Jorge of Fremont; and, his daughter Gloria of Union City. He is also survived by his mother Esther; his brothers Alfredo, Carlos, Miguel and Ignacio; and his sisters Rosa, Maria and Lucy; as well as several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
The funeral was held Feb. 2 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.
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