Sr Mary Damian Wilson

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Sr Mary Damian Wilson

Sister Mary Damian Wilson, O.P., a Dominican Sister of Mission San Jose for 76 years, passed away peacefully at the Sisters' Motherhouse in Fremont. SisterMary Damian was a special gift to her parents because she was born on Christmas Day. She was 95 years of age at her death.

Oakland, California, was Sister Mary Damian's home, and Saint Elizabeth Elementary, High School, and Parish, were the center of her life as she grew up. One of 5 children born to August Wilson and Alice Eicholzer, Sister was preceded in death by her parents, her two sisters, Alice Smith and Ethel, and her two brothers, John and Vincent. Sister leaves 4 devoted nieces, Jan Bassett, Sylvia Berry, Sandra Carver and Deborah Smith, and many grand and great grand nieces and nephews.

Sister Mary Damian was a dedicated educator who spent her life working with children in the elementary grades, 44 years as classroom teacher,followed by 16 years as school librarian. Sister taught in Dominican schools throughout Northern and Southern California and Portland, Oregon. Noted for her friendly nature, her sense of humor, her love for children and her educational ministry, Sister Mary Damian is fondly remembered by her former students. Since Sister Mary Damian died close to the day that Sister Irmengard Flori passed away, the celebration of their lives will take place Tuesday, March 4, 2008, at the Dominican Sisters' Mother house, 43326 Mission Blvd. Visitation will begin at 2:30 p.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 5 p.m. Burial will take place at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 5, at the cemetary at the Motherhouse.


Published in the Orange County Register on 3/1/2008.



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  • Created by: Row Walker
  • Added: 25 Apr 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 26397339
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sr Mary Damian Wilson (25 Dec 1912–26 Feb 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 26397339, citing Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose Cemetery, Fremont, Alameda County, California, USA ; Maintained by Row Walker (contributor 46489843) .