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Sister Alana
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Sister Ancila

placeholder May 23, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 10   •   Oakland, CA

Sister Alana Hartman, SHF

Sister Alana Hartman, SHF

Sister M. Alana Hartman, SHF, a Sister of the Holy Family for nearly 60 years, died May 4 at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of the Holy Family in Fremont. She was 86.

Born Lois Ann Hartman in Burbank, she joined the Sisters from a Mariposa parish. She served in parishes in the Diocese of Fresno and the Archdioceses of San Francisco and Los Angeles. In 1979 she moved to the Motherhouse to study music.

Sister Hartman's love of music began before she joined the Holy Family Sisters. But she believed that music was the one thing she had to give up to become a sister, according to her obituary from the Holy Family Sisters. Later she was "surprised and delighted" to learn that she could follow her calling to music. As a music teacher she first served in Christian schools and then she taught numerous private students from her studio in Fremont. She also enjoyed stamp collecting, model railroading and furniture-making.

The funeral Mass was held May 12 in the Holy Family Motherhouse in Fremont. Interment followed at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.

Sister Ancila DeLaO, SHF

Sister Ancila DeLaO, SHF, a friend of the poor, died May 7 at Washington Regional Hospital in Fremont at the age of 88. She joined the Holy Family Sisters in 1957 — from St. Mark Parish in Richmond — when she was 29.

Born in Cuba, Sister DeLaO served in parishes in California, Hawaii, Texas, Utah and Mexico, and has been living at the Motherhouse for 10 years. She was "passionately compassionate with the poor, and sought them out wherever she served," according to the obituary written by her religious community.

She will be remembered at the Care Center for having "a song in her heart, and frequently on her lips as well, often breaking into 'Que Sera, Sera' or 'Everything Is Beautiful' when something reminded her of either song. When she was not in her room, she would frequently be found in the chapel, either upstairs or downstairs, praying from one of her many books," according to her community's obituary.

The funeral Mass was held May 17 at the Holy Family Motherhouse in Fremont. Interment followed the next day at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.

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