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Sister Gertrude Patch, RSCJ

September 17, 2015

Religious of the Sacred Heart Sister Gertrude Patch died Aug. 24, at Oakwood, the Society of the Sacred Heart’s elder care center in Atherton. Sister Gertrude was 87 years old and a religious for 68 years.

Sister Gertrude held doctorates in English and American literature from Stanford University and is remembered by many for her 12 years as president of Lone Mountain College now part of the University of San Francisco. She moved to Oakwood in 2010.

In a statement the sisters called her “exceptionally intelligent, compassionate, creative and dependable, a woman of integrity and wisdom.”

A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 12, 10 a.m. in the Oakwood chapel with burial in the sisters’ cemetery there.

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

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