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Sister Joanna Browne

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Sister Joanna Browne, O.P. Sister Joanna Browne, a Dominican Sister of San Rafael for 76 years, died peacefully on January 26 at the age of 94. Born in Vallejo, Johanna Browne was one of five children of John and Nora (O'Connor) Browne. She had three brothers, one of them her twin, and a sister, Catherine, who is also a Dominican Sister of San Rafael. Anna, as she was called in her family, enjoyed sixteen years of Dominican education, attending St. Vincent Ferrer Elementary and High School in Vallejo and Dominican College in San Rafael. Entering the convent, she took the name Sister Mary Joanna. She spent thirty-six years of ministry in education, as a teacher and as a principal. She was greatly respected and appreciated in Catholic schools in Lodi, Stockton, Livermore, Los Angeles, Benicia, San Rafael, Pacific Grove, Daly City, and Hollywood. Sister Joanna spent her last three years of teaching at St. Michael School in Livermore, retiring in 1978. Then she served as pastoral associate in St. Michael Parish for twenty-one years, creating the Golden Friends, a lively group of age fifty and older parishioners who enjoyed religious, educational and social activities. After she relocated in 1999 to Dominican Convent San Rafael, Sister Joanna was always among the first to volunteer to assist any of the other sisters and in the congregation's administrative office. She had recently moved to Our Lady of Lourdes Convent, and was volunteering by calling the congregation's benefactors, thanking them personally for their faithful support. Sister Joanna had a gift for relationships, keeping track of a large network of friends and family. She had a distinctly positive and hopeful view of life, and was always ready to learn new things. More than anything, she loved living in community with her sisters. Sister Joanna was pre-deceased by her brothers, Rev. Denis Browne, MM and Dan Browne, and by her niece, Sue Yen. She is survived by her sister, Sister Catherine Browne, O.P. and her twin brother, Jack Browne, her nieces, Connie Orta, Noni Zukin, Kathleen Browne, Mary Burris and Susan Runnells, her nephews, Daniel Browne and Denis Browne, numerous grandnieces, grand-nephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews, and by her Dominican sisters. A vigil will be held on Sunday, February 2 at 2:00 p.m. at the Dominican Sisters Center, 1520 Grand Avenue in San Rafael. The funeral Mass will take place on Monday, February 3 at 10:00 a.m. in the same location. Burial will follow at St. Dominic Cemetery in Benicia. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, Development Office, 1520 Grand Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901. Services entrusted to Monte's Chapel Of The Hills, San Anselmo 415-453-8440
Published in Marin Independent Journal on Jan. 31, 2014
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