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placeholder June 27, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 12   •   Oakland, CA

Sister Catherine Pelletier, SND


Sister Catherine Pelletier, SND

Sister Catherine (Agnes St. Jude) Pelletier, a Sister of Notre Dame for 73 years, died June 6 at the age of 93 at Mercy Retirement and Care Center in Oakland.

One of seven children born in Fresno to Mark and Catherine Pelletier, Sister Pelletier grew up in Oakland, where her family was involved in St. Cyril Parish. She attended Notre Dame High School in Alameda, and entered the Notre Dame Community in 1943.

During her 30 years of elementary school teaching, she taught every grade level, and in several Notre Dame schools, including St. Columbkille in Los Angeles, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Redwood City, and for 10 years, at Holy Family School, in Hawaii. After graduating with a master of library studies degree from the University of Hawaii, she served as librarian for Notre Dame High School, San Jose, and for 11 years at College of Notre Dame, Belmont. Her library experience contributed to her retirement work of assisting in the Sisters' Archives.

"Sister Catherine was happy in her life of service," said her religious community. Always interested in learning, she enjoyed ongoing studies in science, math and history, visiting historical sites and writing interesting articles about the Sisters' early years in Oregon and California. She especially enjoyed participating in an international St. Julie Conference in the summer of 1992, meeting in Namur, Belgium, with Sisters from all parts of the Notre Dame world.

According to her youngest sister and remaining sibling, Mary Ann Moore, Sister Pelletier "had a wonderful life!" Sister Pelletier is also survived by many nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, former students and colleagues and her Sisters of Notre Dame.

The funeral Mass was held June 15 at the Sisters of Notre Dame Province Center in Belmont. She was interred at Mission Cemetery in Santa Clara.

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