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Sister Josepha Rose Thompson , SNJM
Resident of Saratoga
Sister Josepha Rose Thompson, SNJM (Patricia Ann Thompson) was called home by God very early and very quietly on the morning of April 29, 2014. She was 86 years old and celebrated 67 years of religious profession as a Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.
Sister Josepha Rose ministered for 26 years in elementary education at St. Joseph (San Francisco), Sacred Heart (Oakland), St. Monica (Santa Monica), St. Mark (Venice), St. Clement (Ocean Park), St. Stephen (Monterey Park) and St. Cecilia (San Francisco). Three of these years she also served as principal.
While she really enjoyed teaching, in 1973 she was called to study nursing. For over 20 years she served in various capacities in the Holy Names Care Center in Los Gatos. Throughout these years she expressed dedication and real concern for the Sisters and staff.
Sister Josepha Rose is remembered for her love for painting and her desire to learn new artistic skills. Her generosity in sharing her paintings, note cards, magnets and bookmarks for is legend.
Sister Josepha Rose had great love for her large and extended family where she knew the names of everyone even down to the great, grand nieces and nephews. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives.
Sister Josepha Rose's Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm. at Convent of the Holy Names, Los Gatos. Her burial will be at 10:15 am on Monday, May 5, 2014 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, California.
Gifts in Sister's memory may be made to the Ministry Fund, Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95031 or on-line at
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on May 3, 2014
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