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Sister Mary
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Sister Romona
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Message of Fatima
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A museum for
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Sister Mary Denis Baldwin, OP

Sister Mary Denis Baldwin, a longtime educator, died Oct. 31 at the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose in Fremont. She was 88 and had been a Dominican Sister for 70 years.

Born in Pasadena, Sister Baldwin's ministry was Catholic education. She was a teacher at St. Elizabeth High School in Oakland, and she also served at Immaculate Conception Academy in San Francisco, Marycrest High School in Portland, Oregon and many schools in southern California.

The funeral Mass was held Nov. 6 at the Dominican Sisters Chapel in Fremont. Burial took place the following day in God's Acre, the Dominican Sisters Cemetery, also in Fremont.

Sister Romona Nowak, OP

Sister Romona Nowak, formerly known as Sister Jane Lucian Nowak, died Nov. 8 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 72 years of age and in the 51st year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

A native of Chicago, Sister Nowak was graduated from Aquinas Dominican High School in Chicago and from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, Michigan, with a bachelor of science degree in biology and from the University of Chicago with a master of science in teaching degree. She was also certified as a chaplain by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains and as a retreat and spiritual director by Colombiere Spirituality Center.

Sister Nowak ministered in California for seven years. In the Diocese of Oakland she served as religious education director at All Saints Parish in Hayward from 1976 to 1980. She was also chaplain at Seton Medical Center in Daly City (1987-89) and was associate director, field education, at St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park (1989-90).

Sister Nowak also spent several years as an elementary and high school teacher in Illinois and as a chaplain and pastoral care associate in Indiana and Michigan.

In a grace-filled and uplifting interview posted earlier this year by her Adrian Dominican community on YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn2zEn3Xl4g Sister Nowak discussed her life, ministry and terminal illness and going for what she called her "PHD, Preparing for a Happy Death."

She is survived by her brother, Robert Nowak of Oswego, Illinois.

The Rite of Committal (burial) was held Nov. 9 in the Congregational cemetery in Adrian, Michigan.

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