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Obituaries


Sister Margaret Campbell, SNJM

Sister Margaret Campbell, SNJM, a longtime educator who died Oct. 2 at age 84 after a lengthy illness, will be remembered as a "consummate theologian and thinker" and "story-teller and student."

A native of Oakland, Sister Campbell, also known as Sister Lawrence Mary, spent 18 years teaching history, Spanish and theology at secondary schools in California. In the Diocese of Oakland, she taught at Holy Names High School in Oakland. She also taught at Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield in the San Francisco Archdiocese and at schools in Pasadena, Santa Monica and Playa del Rey.

For 24 years she served on the faculty of Holy Names University in Oakland, where she helped found the master's program in Pastoral Ministry.

Sister Campbell "loved to teach, to learn and to invite others to ponder matters of theology, of the world and of the heart," according to the obituary written by her religious community. "She enjoyed the beauty of the outdoors, especially as she hiked and backpacked in the Sierra. She played the dulcimer and for years drove a light blue VW bug. She had great pride in her Scottish heritage."

She is survived by her sister, Angela Backman, nephew Mark Backman and his wife Adriana, great-nephew James and cousins and other relatives.

The funeral Mass took place Oct. 8 at the Holy Spirit Chapel in Campbell. Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.





Sister Joan Mary Dwyer, OP

Sister Joan Mary Dwyer, a former teacher in the Diocese of Oakland, died Sept. 18 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 78 and in the 62nd year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Born in Detroit, Sister Dwyer was a graduate of Catholic schools in Adrian, Michigan. She also graduated with a master's degree in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California.

Out of a total of 13½ years as an elementary school teacher, she spent six years at schools in the Oakland diocese: at St. Paschal Baylon in Oakland from 1956 to 1959, and at All Saints School in Hayward from 1962 to 1965. She also served in elementary schools in Illinois, Nevada, New Mexico and California.

In the field of occupational therapy, Sister Dwyer served in a variety of positions in Illinois, California, Michigan and Florida. She also ministered in Nairobi, Kenya, with the Sisters of Eldoret in their formation program. She moved to the Dominican Life Center in 2010.

Sister Dwyer is survived by three brothers: Michael Dean of Clarkson, Missouri; Bill Adkins of Lees Summit, Michigan; and Timothy Dwyer of Auckland, New Zealand, and also by three sisters: Janice Blackwell of Cardiff by the Sea; Maureen Michaels of Howell, Michigan; and Sue Sheffler of Milford, Michigan.

The funeral Mass was held Sept. 26 in St. Catherine Chapel in Adrian, Michigan. The Rite of Committal was held in the Congregation cemetery.

 
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