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Sister Dorothy Owen, RSCJ – taught at Sacred Heart Schools

April 17, 2015

Religious of the Sacred Heart Sister Dorothy Owen died April 2 at Oakwood, her congregation’s elder care center in Atherton. Sister Dorothy entered the Society of the Sacred Heart on Aug. 13, 1955; professed first vows Feb. 17, 1958, and made final profession Feb. 4, 1964. She would have been 80 years old April 21.

Sister Dorothy, an alumna of Convent of the Sacred Heart School, San Francisco, had a long tenure as teacher including assignments at Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton and San Francisco.

“She was known as an exceptional elementary school teacher,” her congregation said in a statement. Sister Dorothy also spent many summers as director of day camps for young children in San Francisco and Seattle. “When someone was sick, she would visit. When someone asked for prayers, she would follow up faithfully,” the sisters said.

She is survived by siblings Marie Owen, Emeryville; Cathy Gaynor, San Francisco; Christine Owen, Redwood City; Theresa Owen, San Rafael; Mary Ann Houston, Oregon; John Owen, Clayton; Jim Owen, Walnut Creek; and Ray Owen, Virginia.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at Oakwood April 11 with burial in the sisters’ cemetery at Oakwood.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Society of the Sacred Heart, 4120 Forest Park Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108.

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