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placeholder January 9, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 1   •   Oakland, CA

Sister Ruth Raftery, SNJM

Sister Ruth Raftery (Sister Rosalia Mary), a longtime high school teacher who also ministered to the elderly and young children in downtown Oakland following her "retirement," died Dec. 23. She was 101 years of age and a professed Sister of the Holy Names for 80 years.

Sister Raftery, born in Rockville Centre, New York, ministered in secondary education — often teaching French — from 1936 to 1979. She began her ministry in education at the Academy of the Holy Names in Pomona. In addition to teaching at Oakland's Holy Names High School she also taught at Marin Catholic and at schools administered by her religious community in southern California. After her retirement from teaching in 1979 she spent a number of years as a coordinator and a volunteer at St. Mary's Center in Oakland.

The funeral Mass was held Jan. 8 at Holy Spirit Chapel in Campbell. Burial was held the following day at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward.

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