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Sister Virginia Marie Joseph RSHM

1926 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Sister Virginia Marie Joseph RSHM Obituary
October 25, 1926 - November 15, 2017
A Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary for 72 years, Sister Virginia Marie (Paul) Joseph died on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at the age of 91, at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. Born in Los Angeles, one of 13 children, she graduated from Sacred Heart of Mary High School in Montebello and then entered the Novitiate of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary in Tarrytown, New York. She received a BA in English from Marymount College in 1948 and later an MA from California State University, Northridge in Administration in Higher Education. Most of Sister Virginia's life was spent in the ministry of education: beginning at St. Catherine of Alexandria in Brooklyn for 4 years; 11 years at Marymount Bogota and Marymount Barranquilla, Colombia; her first assignment in Los Angeles was a year at St. Alphonsus School followed by 17 years at SHM High School in Montebello as teacher and Principal; 2 years at Marymount Palos Verdes College as Dean of Students. She served in the RSHM Novitiate in Santa Barbara and on the Provincial Council of the RSHM Western American Province. She also served as the RSHM Secondary School Supervisor for 3 years. Perhaps her most cherished ministry and gratifying years were the last 30 in which Sister Virginia taught over a thousand Spanish speaking immigrants at Our Lady of Talpa (Boyle Heights) and Sacred Heart Parish (Lincoln Heights) in preparation for citizenship. She accompanied them through the entire process of obtaining U.S. citizenship. How thrilled she and they were when the process was successfully completed! In 2012 Sister Virginia was honored by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and received CHIRLA's Women Leading Change Award. She was predeceased by her parents, Paul and Julia, her brothers, John, Tom, Paul, James, her sisters, Susan, Mary, Jeri, June, Anna, Alice, and is survived by her brother Raymond and her sister Maxine Shalhoub, and numerous nieces, nephews, and several grandnieces and grandnephews. She will be greatly missed by her family, her RSHM Sisters, past students and the many friends she touched throughout her life. Her Funeral Mass will be held at St. Alphonsus Church, 532 S. Atlantic Blvd., Los Angeles, 90022 at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017. A reception will follow at the RSHM Conference Center, 441 N. Garfield Ave., Montebello, 90640. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, 4201 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles, 90023 at 1:00 p.m. May she rest in peace.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 22 to Nov. 29, 2017
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