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.