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Deacon Federico Ceja

Deacon Federico Ceja, a retired permanent deacon for the Diocese of Oakland, died Nov. 9, at the age of 88.

Born in Clayton, Pennsylvania, he was ordained to the permanent diaconate on March 18, 1978, and was a member of the first class of deacons in the Diocese of Oakland. He served as a deacon at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Union City for many years. According to an obituary posted on legacy.com, he enjoyed soccer and family time. He was predeceased by his wife, Carmen P. Ceja, and sons Jesse Sanchez and Louis De Los Santos.

He is survived by his children Carlos Ceja, Alice Perez, Jim Sanchez, Eva Sanchez, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral Mass took place Nov. 16 at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Union City. Burial was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.

Sister Michele Kopp, OP

Sister Michele Kopp, who formerly served at Hayward's Moreau Catholic High School, died Nov. 11 in Seattle at age 76. She was in the 56th year of her religious profession, 42 years in the Dominican Sisters of Edmonds and in her 14th year in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Kopp was born in Flasher, North Dakota, to Bert and Angela (Gustin) Kopp. A graduate of Holy Angels Academy in Seattle, she was graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in social studies from Seattle University in Issaquah, Washington, and a master's of social work degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

For 10 years she ministered in elementary and secondary schools in Washington and California. She served as the ethics department secretary at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward from 1971 to 1974.

Sister Kopp served in congregation leadership in Edmonds, Washington, for 13 years, including five years as prioress of the congregation from 1998 to 2003, at which time the Dominican Sisters of Edmonds merged with the Adrian Dominican Sisters. She lived at Assumption Convent in Seattle.

She was survived by her mother, Angela Kopp of Lacey; brothers, Marvin Kopp, also of Lacey, and Stephen Kopp of Bellevue, all in Washington, and their families.

The funeral Mass was held Nov. 17 at St. Patrick Parish in Seattle. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery, also in Seattle.

Rev. Paul Devine

Rev. Paul Devine, a retired priest of the Diocese of Oakland and a former pastor at St. Bernard Parish in Oakland, died Nov. 20. He was 81.

A native of New York, Father Devine was a graduate of St. John's University. He studied at Kerrick Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, and was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, in 1964. He served as an associate there for several years. After serving in parishes in the dioceses of Santa Rosa and Fresno he came to the Diocese of Oakland in 1973.

In the Oakland diocese, he was an associate pastor at St. John the Baptist Parish in El Cerrito and Church of the Good Shepherd in Pittsburg before being named pastor at St. Bernard Parish in Oakland in 1979. He returned to the Fresno diocese in 1981, where he remained until returning to the Oakland diocese in 1984 to serve as director of the diocesan Apostleship of the Sea and port chaplain. He briefly served as pastor at St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish in Antioch in the early 1990s.

In a reflection he wrote for the occasion of his 40th anniversary to the priesthood in 2004, Father Devine recalled that he initially "pushed away the idea of the priesthood, imagining life to be too sedate and boring. It has turned out to be more than I could have hoped for," he wrote. "Every assignment has been of happy memory. The closeness to Jesus, the number of wonderful people I met, would not have been possible otherwise."

The funeral Mass was held Nov. 23 at St. Benedict Parish in Bronx, New York. Burial was at St. Raymond Cemetery, also in Bronx.

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