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Sister Francis Kearney, O.S.U. Entered peacefully in her sleep into eternal life on April 8, 2014 at the family home in Sonoma.  The daughter of Jim and Wanda (McCoy) Kearney, Patricia (Pat) Ann Kearney was born November 13, 1931 in Sonoma. She graduated from Ursuline High School, Santa Rosa in 1949. She entered the Ursuline Novitiate in Festus, Missouri, January 15, 1950. She graduated from the College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, New York after which she returned to Santa Rosa in 1955 to begin her teaching career which took her from Santa Rosa to Moscow, Idaho; Saint John's, San Francisco; and Great Falls, Montana, then back to Santa Rosa where she taught at both St. Rose and Ursuline High Schools. She also held numerous leadership roles within her religious community as well as attending various universities in Idaho and California. She returned to Sonoma to care for her aging mother while also serving part time at Ursuline High School, where she continued until the school's closing in 2011.  Following her mother's death in 1997, she continued the Friday Night Group, a group of friends, begun by her parents which still gathers weekly for good cheer,  good times and conversation.  The Kearney home also serves as the location of the Wednesday Night Centering Prayer Group, and the Saturday Night Renew Group.  Sr. Francis (Pat) is known for her deep faith, gracious Irish hospitality, love of life and generous concern for others.  She was predeceased by her parents, her sister and brother- in- law Wynn and Ed Mc Cambridge, and her sister-in-law Sydnee Mc Cambridge. She is survived by her two sisters June Kearney, SNJM, Campbell, CA, and Fran Kearney, SNJM, San Francisco. Her nieces  and nephews, Anne (Mc Cambridge) Hellsund, Dan and Ann-Louise, Natalie and Cassandra Mc Cambridge, Steve and Nina, Jessie and Dakota Mc Cambridge and numerous McCoy and Kearney cousins. A Vigil Service will be held at Duggan's Mission Chapel, 525 W Napa, Sonoma, Thursday, April 10, at 7:00p.m. The celebration of her life will be held Friday, April 11, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Leo's Church, 601 West Agua Caliente Road, Sonoma.  The interment will be held at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Santa Rosa at 2 p.m. on Friday. Duggan's Mission Chapel Sonoma Read Obituary
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Joyce Kornfield 1922-2014 She was the most nonjudgmental person I ever knew . Jane (niece) Though she could judge when it was needed . Kenneth (son) Joyce Frances Minerva Blatt Kornfield, died on April 8, surrounded by her family and embraced in the love she had showered on everyone for so many years. We sang her favorite songs from musicals and her childhood. Her last days at AgeSong in Hayes Valley were peaceful, resting in the center of her treasured San Francisco ("The best place I've ever lived … and I've lived in a lot of places"). She talked of how her world had transformed, remembering horses and gaslights on the streets of her childhood in Philadelphia and amazed by Pandora playing the Golden Era music of her grandmother on her son ' s smart phone: " I've lived through a lot of changes." Unfailingly good-natured, Joyce's approach to new adventures in life was "Why not?" She started early...she skipped school with her sister Anita to see Ella Fitzgerald and danced to the big bands on the piers of Atlantic City. She was an engaging conversationalist and a sympathetic listener.   Her children ' s school friends and her nieces would confide in Joyce the things they wouldn't share with their own parents. For most of her 20+ years in San Francisco, Joyce lived on 5th Avenue near Golden Gate Park. Outside her apartment at her son Laurence's family home was a bench where she sat daily, exchanging stories with all who came by. Joyce's twins, Jack and Irv, were born on a Marine base in the last year of WW II and baby Laurence came the next year; sometimes she dressed them as triplets. Kenneth, her fourth boy, was born 7 years later in Columbus, Ohio, as her husband Ted, finished his PhD in Physiology. "You boys were a little trouble sometimes, but you turned out good." She smiled at her children ' s many adventures and enjoyed their successes. Joyce was an anti-war activist, a dedicated liberal, and an active citizen who was a leader in the League of Women Voters. She studied Chinese language and cooking, traveled to Europe and to Japan (to visit her sister Anita), did meditation retreats with her son Jack, made music for years at Kenneth's home, and gave flowers at SF City Hall to newlywed couples in the first days of legal gay marriage. She worked tirelessly for many years at the American Postal Workers Union Health Plan in Maryland, retiring in 1991 and moving immediately to San Francisco. She was naturally social and had a large circle of friends who enjoyed her cheerful company. She was always happy to share meals, theatre, conversation, stories, and reflections on life. Joyce delighted in being a devoted and caring grandmother to Tess, Rachel, Leo, Caroline, Madeleine, Samuel, and Phineas in the Bay Area and to Molly and Emily in Maine. As Aunt Joyce, she was a mainstay of love for her sister's four daughters as well. Thank you to the staffs of AgeSong and Hospice by the Bay who made Joyce ' s life comfortable through the end. Joyce wanted people to be happy, and to love each other. She showered love and optimism on everyone she met. In her memory, donations can be made to Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center , her swimming pool and one of her communities here in San Francisco. A memorial celebration in her honor is planned for late May.  Read Obituary
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