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Sister Alice Marie Quinn


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Sister Alice Marie Quinn Obituary
June 15, 1935 - June 23, 2017
Sister Alice Marie Quinn, the Daughter of Charity who founded the St. Vincent Meals on Wheels program, died on Friday, June 23, at St. Vincent Medical Center after a brief illness, surrounded by her family and Daughters of Charity at her bedside. Sister Alice Marie (Joyce Clariene) was born on June 15, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she entered the Daughters of Charity on September 24, 1954 in St. Louis, Missouri. After completing her religious formation, Sister Alice Marie began her professional training as a hospital dietician. From that time on, Sister Alice Marie's passion was providing healthy nutrition to those she served. After her service as a hospital dietician at Hotel Dieu, New Orleans, and Mary's Help Hospital (now Seton Medical Center) in Daly City, Sister served as Administrator at the newly built Seton Provincialate of the Daughters of Charity in Los Altos Hills before being sent to St. Vincent Medical Center, Los Angeles. In 1977 she began the ministry which would occupy her heart for the next 40 years: St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, the nation's largest privately funded organization of its kind, serving over 1,800 homebound, mostly elderly residents of Los Angeles each day. Sister Alice Marie considered the sick and elderly as her "lords and masters." The dedicated employees and volunteers, who served with her at Meals on Wheels, considered themselves as her family.
Sister Alice Marie was predeceased by her parents, Jim and Alice Quinn, her sister, Alice "Toots" Sanchez, and her brothers James Quinn Jr. and Gerald Quinn. She is survived by her sister Bridget Johnson and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Viewing will be held on Tuesday evening, June 27, beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by the recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 p.m. and a Mass of Resurrection at 7:30 p.m., at St. Vincent Church, 621 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles. On Wednesday, June 28, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent Church, followed by interment at Resurrection Cemetery, 966 Potrero Grande Drive, Montebello, CA. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Vincent Meals on Wheels.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 25 to June 27, 2017
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