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Dana Adele Hennessy

Known as "Sassy D," the extraordinary Dana Hennessy was most importantly called "Mom". Resident in Cotati since 1998, Dana died suddenly at home on March 20 and has gone to join her daughter, Christi, who also left us too soon.

Dana is survived by her devoted sons, Bret and Beau Hennessy Price (and their father Tom Price). Dana is the daughter of William Hennessy and Elaine Pankas; stepdaughter of Jim Bergstrom; sister of Kim Hennessy D'Arcy (Jerry); Bret A. Hennessy (Jody); and Brandie Bergstrom. Dana was the dedicated aunt and Godmother to Jerry D'Arcy III and aunt to Chloe Bergstrom.

Born in San Francisco on May 1, 1959, Dana was a self-reliant kid who maintained top scores. She attended Star of the Sea Grammar School and graduated from Serramonte High School at 16. She graduated from SF State with a degree in nursing and began her career at California Pacific Medical Center. Seeking a faster pace, she joined the Trauma Center at SF General Hospital, where for more than 15 years she excelled in triage. Popular with her ER coworkers, Dana attended to the sick and dying with compassion and empathy. She donated her services to disaster victims in New Orleans in 2005 and Haiti in 2010.

Dana was honest, smart, straightforward-with an irresistibly infectious laugh. She skied, tap danced, rode a Harley and traveled, lately to Ireland and Spain. She was a champion ping-pong player and in training for her second swim to Alcatraz. Dana adored animals, esp. dogs, cats and reptiles. Her first canine love was Thaddeus, a massive Doberman she bought for the family; her last was tiny Tequila, a teacup Chihuahua and her final companion.

Those who loved this gorgeous, resilient woman are invited to say farewell: 10 a.m., Friday, April 5, Star of the Sea Church, 4420 Geary Blvd. at Eighth Ave., SF.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Apr. 3 to Apr. 4, 2013
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