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Father Austin Conterno, SDB, 99

July 24, 2015

Salesian Father Austin Conterno died July 11. He was 99 years old, a religious for 77 years and a priest for 67 years. He would have marked his 100th year July 29.

Born in Italy, he studied at a Salesian seminary there as well as congregation schools in the United States.

As a young priest he taught in Salesian schools in the United States and later served as parochial vicar at San Francisco’s Corpus Christi Parish and Sts. Peter and Paul Parish. Sts. Peter and Paul was also his home for almost the entirety of the last 35 years. He retired in 2000 at age 85.

Even in retirement Father Conterno could be found at weekday Mass and school Masses as well as the parish Mass in Italian each Sunday.

He continued as a fan of the Warriors, Giants, A’s and 49ers and serving as chaplain to the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club.

A funeral Mass was celebrated July 20 at Sts. Peter and Paul with interment in the Salesian Cemetery in Richmond.

Remembrances may be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Tower of Strength Capital Campaign, 666 Filbert St., San Francisco, 94133.

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