Sister Felice Sauers
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Sister Felice (Helene Marie) Sauers RSM

Sister Felice (Helene Marie) Sauers RSM- in Burlingame on April 15, 2016 at the age of 86. Born in San Francisco, the daughter of Wayman Sauers and Helene Nelson Sauers, Helene Felice attended St. Cecilia's Grammar School and St. Rose Academy. She received an R.N. from St. Mary's School of Nursing in San Francisco and a B.A. in nursing from the University of San Francisco in 1954, and entered the Sisters of Mercy the same year. Receiving the religious name Sister Helene Marie, she professed her vows in 1956 and entered into a ministry of nursing, nursing education, and administration for the next forty years. Her early years were spent at St. Joseph's Hospital, Phoenix, St. Mary's Hospital, San Francisco, and Mercy Hospital, San Diego. She earned an M.A. in Nursing Education in 1965 and an EdD in Organizational Management in 1981. In 1968 Sister was asked by Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, CA, to establish and implement an Associate Degree in Nursing program. After a successful three years, in 1971 she was appointed by the Sisters of Mercy to coordinate the education of sisters in health services. In 1985 Sister Felice joined the faculty of St. Mary's College, Moraga, teaching health services administration for three years, followed by another three years with Mercy Health Services in Farmington Hills, MI. Sister was elected to leadership for the Regional Community of the Sisters of Mercy in Burlingame in 1993, serving for four years, followed by another three years as Mission Services/Human Resources Coordinator for Catholic Healthcare West in Phoenix, AZ. In 2000 Sister retired from health care services and became Co-director of the Bay Area Mercy Associates for the next ten years. Because of ill health she moved to Marian Oaks Life Center in 2012 for her remaining years. Sister will be remembered for her proficiency in and dedication to health ministry, especially education, her gifts for mentoring and encouraging the growth of others, her community spirit, and warm personality. She is survived by her nieces Terry Aherne Jackson and DeDee Aherne Sammut, her nephews Paul, Greg, and George Aherne, other loving family members, and her community of the Sisters of Mercy. A vigil service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 24 at the Sisters of Mercy Chapel, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday April 25, followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010.

Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Apr. 18 to Apr. 20, 2016.
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Sister Felice was a guiding light for me in Mercy Association. Her no nonsense approach, direct but firm coaxed me into joining the Leadership Team at the Burlingame ASSOCIATION.
We celebrated her 50th Jubilee in 2006 with much love and admiration. I continue to recall her presence and am thankful to Our Lord, as are others, for having had her cheer me on and for supporting me along my learning curve, especially for her generous allowance in gently making “corrective” remarks along the way in her one and only unique manner!
I am happy today to be joining the chorus of the many whose paths she crossed in singing her praises.
Continue to rest in the arms of Our Resurrected Lord, dear Felice!
Mary Louise Castillo
Mary Louise Castillo
April 16, 2021
Sister FElice, I remember you well, and recall some of the humorous stories you told. Your zeal for the mission of Mercy is inspiring. Sr. Maura
Maura Power
April 23, 2016
Sister Felice was fierce in her love of Mercy! Meeting her for an interview for Associate leadership, she made me tremble just a bit at her bigger than life presence.her intense look, her organizational approach, her no-nonsense questioning. Then all too soon her gentle self made me feel that all would be forgiven if I goofed...but try to get it right the first time. And so I loved my newly acquired position mostly because of her caring leadership and mentoring. How I shall miss this unique sister; a forever lover of Mercy and all that it stands for.
Rest in Peace!
April 22, 2016
Pest in the peace of the Lord, R Felice. I cherish the brief time we worked together at CHW. Barb Breitwieser
April 21, 2016
I will especially remember, in addition to Sr. Felice, the "greater Aherne family" to whom she was so important.

I will be in Los Angeles next week, and so cannot attend the funeral, but I shall remember her at Mass.


Fr. Bob Christian, O.P.
Robert Christian
April 21, 2016
Judy Morasci RSM
April 21, 2016

Felice and I had many memorial trips together. She was a great traveling partner. Always ready to do something new and fun. But most of all Felice was a dear friend and mentor. She had a listening ear who accepted you wherever you were in your life. She is a memory that will never be forgotten.
Judy Morasci, RSM
April 21, 2016
Felice and I were nursing students at St Mary's in San Francisco. She was a. Exceptional human being and I knew she was destined for great things in this life. RIP Felice my friend
Marge Capifoni
April 20, 2016
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