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Patricia Haid

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icon October 23, 1924 - September 22, 2015 Pat Haid, IHM (Sister Patricia Marie) died on Sept. 22, at the IHM Residence at age 90; she had been a member of the Immaculate Heart Community for 66 years. The daughter of Margaret and Murrell James Haid, Pat was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Glendale, CA. In her youth she studied ballet, which she returned to in 1976, when she needed therapy following an automobile accident. Pat's missions took her to many IHM schools, from Palm Springs to Los Angeles, to Menlo Park. She earned a Master's degree in Deaf Education from San Francisco State University, and a Master's in Learning Disabilities from Santa Clara University. Pat taught deaf children in the San Jose Unified School District, and she prepared deaf children for the Sacraments. For 10 years she signed for the deaf at Sunday Mass at Mission Santa Clara. In 2005, after 35 years in Northern California, Pat moved to the IHM Residence, where she shared her gentle spirit, her faith in God, her love for community, and her quiet healing presence. Pat was a lover of dance; she wrote, "to dance is to take a risk, to live in the freedom of God's Spirit." Her life was a dance of service to others through her teaching, counseling cancer patients, bringing communion to the sick and to an elder-care home, and as Eucharistic minister at Good Samaritan Hospital. She believed that her "deep faith in God and love of life and others has been symbolized and expressed in my love of dance." We celebrate Pat's new life with gratitude for her gift of dancing to the rhythm of life, for demonstrating that signing is a gift, and for bringing joy and peace to IHMs who were blessed to share her life and gifts. Pat is survived by her two nephews from Oregon, Tim and Tom Jensen. The celebration of Pat Haid's life will be on Thursday, October 8, at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Calvary Cemetery, 4201 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023. Donations to honor Pat's life may be sent to Immaculate Heart Community, 5515 Franklin Ave, L.A. Ca 90028.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 3 to Oct. 4, 2015
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