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10/05/14 07:09 PM #1    

Sister Linda Webb (Dmj)

Hi, Everyone!

This is Linda Webb, DMJ, writing to share the news that Sister Therese Martin, DMJ, passed away on September 26, 2014.  Her funeral Mass will take place at Mortuary Chaper, Holy Cross Cemetery, 5835 Slauson Ave., Culver City on Friday, October 10th at 11:00 am, followed by interment and reception.  Colences may be registered at   Memorials may be made in Sister's name to Daughters of Mary and Joseph Retirement Fund, 5300 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275-5004

I know a lot of us were membersof the various choral groups which Sister Therese Martin directed at Pius:  the Sarton Chorus, the Madrigal Singers, and other groups.   I was privileged to be with Sister over the years, and especially during these last weeks of her life, and we often talked about the various students who were in the music groups, the programs, the theatrical productions, etc.  Sister Therese always prayed for all of her students--may we pray for her that she may now rest in peace.

Thank, Linda 

10/06/14 11:03 AM #2    

Judee Mosman (Luke)

Thank you, Linda, for sharing the sad news about Sr. Therese Martin.  She was a lovely, dedicated teacher with a huge amount of patience. All of us in the chorus' enjoyed her instruction, and  I am sure the celestial choirs are welcoming her to their ranks.  Rest in peace.

10/06/14 11:33 AM #3    


Robert Rex

Thank you Sister Webb. I have found memories of Sister Therese Martin. She was an inspirational teacher, always had a smile on her face and always asked us to do better than we thought we could. I was in the Madrigal Group and the production of the Lowland Sea. Thanks to her I did quit a bit of theater after high school including college and after, here in Sonoma. May she rest in peace.

Robert Rex

10/06/14 05:23 PM #4    


Maria Lupo (Jordan)

Dear Linda... I couldn't sing back then and no better now... but will pray for Sister Therese. Thank you for keeping us posted. I hope you are well.

Frank and I do "sing along" at the guitar Mass on Sunday. My best to you from your old classmate... Maria

10/07/14 01:15 PM #5    


Jeannie Wilhelm (Awad-Morgan)

Dear Sister Linda Webb,

Thank you for sharing the information about Sister Theresa's return home.  My prayers will be iridescent with remembered songs and joyful memmories of chorus, Madrigal and the theater productions.


I'm so grateful for Sister Theresa's brilliant musical training but, more importantly the lessons she imparted in self acceptance and confidence, while helping us to overcome the debilitating messages of the ego as she always expected the best from us.  She gently guided us to respect our gifts and to use them to the full.  Her assuring smile and enthusiasm have stayed with me. I'm sure many of you remember the journeys to performance, especially the Ambassador Auditorium where we performed with other highschools under the direction of Mariam Makeba and (if I'm not dreaming) Stevie Wonder?


My dear Sister, I reached for and attained high C because you guided me to keep practicing knowing that it would happen.  I look forward to enjoying your company, blessings and Love go with you.

Jeannie Wilhelm, Savage

10/07/14 03:46 PM #6    

Patricia Arnett (Bauer)

Linda, thank you so much for keeping classmates posted.  I never could sing so did not have the pleasure of knowing her very well.  Most important is she is with God now and all her beloved who have gone before her. Hope all is well with you and thanks again for keeping us informed.

10/07/14 04:50 PM #7    


Shari Letson (Concialdi)

Thank you for the information on Sr Therese Martin.  She did and accomplished so much for the Pius Music And Drama Dept.  I was never fortunate enough to have that talent so I never experienced her guiding ways, but my brother Gary was definitely influenced by her.  She remained friends with Gary and my parents for many years after Pius.  I'm sure her glowing smile shines daily as she is surrounded by and participating in the heavenly choirs.


i hope uo're doing well Sr Linda and still that happy soul.

10/09/14 08:13 AM #8    


Sister Louise Ann Micek

Sr. Therese Martin was in love with life and helped us to sing and dance our song!

I was so happy to see her in her later years - still in love with life.  Now she is with True Life and we will continue to follow her.

10/30/14 11:10 AM #9    


Jerry Cluck

I had the oppertunity to work with Sr. Threse Martin, she was an inspiration and a fantastic human being, spiritually as well as musically blessed, I was Robert Rex's understudy in the Lowland Sea as well as my own part. She always made me feel good when I sang, she could make you believe in yourself. I will never forget her and will keep her in my prayers.

12/11/14 10:30 AM #10    


Susan Erhart (Devane-Pace)

So sorry I missed Sister's funeral as I was in Europe at the time.  But I have fond and fun memories of all the good times I had in music class. I am still singing my way through life. I have always loved singing. I attribute this ability and love of music to Sister Thresa Martin. I sang for 10 years in Sweet Adelolines, and love to sing at church, home, and even weekly now in a crazy Karaoke group. Music heals the heart and I always remember where I learned to sing. On the risers of Pius X high School under Sister's very good and fun direction. Rest in Peace.

12/13/14 07:43 PM #11    

Robert Trivison

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02/21/15 04:15 PM #12    

Sister Linda Webb (Dmj)

Hello to Everyone!

I am writing again to share news of the death of another one of our DMJ teachers at Pius:  Sister Gertrude Mary, also known more recently as Sr. Mary Jensch.   Mary joined the staff at Pius at the beginning of our senior year.   She taught senior English to some of us and was a great supporter of all that we did.  Sr. Mary had come to Pius from Our Lady of the Rosary in Paramount, where she taught the upper grades for three years.  Perhaps those of you who attended OLR may have younger brothers or sisters who were her students. 

Sr. Mary's funeral Mass will be on Saturday, February 28 (which would have been her 87th birthday!) at 11:00 am at St. John Fisher Church, 5448 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, followed by a reception at Mary & Joseph Retreat Center (which is adjacent to the parish).  Interment will be at Holy Cross Cross Cemetery, Culver City at 3:00 pm.

Thank you for the many messages shared about Sr. Therese Martin's death this past September.  We certainly have been blessed with many outstanding teachers--and classmates, too!!

With peace,

Linda Webb, DMJ

02/22/15 08:42 AM #13    


Jerry Cluck

GOD BLESS her eternal soul  !

02/22/15 01:29 PM #14    


Jean Scott, (Crilley)

May you find solace in your beliefs

02/22/15 08:19 PM #15    


Mike Carnall

Sister Gertrude Mary was our 8th grade teacher at Our Lady of the Rosary.  She was also the principal of the school and a very competent, kind, but no nonsence person. May she rest in peace.   

02/24/15 11:40 AM #16    


Barbara Valencia (Creason-Campos)

I remember Sister Gertrude Mary as the 'young nun'.  Doing the math now I realize she was 29 when she was my teacher in 8th grade (Thanks for helping me remember, Mike).  Sister liked to laugh and she loved the girly sports of softball and volleyball and encouraged me to play.  I sensed that she was proud to be an American amongst her Sisters most of whom were from Ireland.  She was very kind (and I think that under her habit she was a redhead!  She allowed me to tease her about it).  May she rest in peace. 

09/08/15 11:30 AM #17    


Dick Heroux

Today I heard from Mickey Finnerty, Bernadine's brother and he wanted to add his comments to Bernadine's "In Memory" page.  Unfortunately the site is not set up to do that so I told him I could post his thoughts on the "Message Forum".


My sister passed away on January 5, 2005 from ovarian cancer.  She had battled the cancer for two and one half years having surgery and experimental chemotherapy, but by the time it was diagnosed, the cancer was at stage four.  Through this entire ordeal, she never complained and always remained positive and upbeat.

She had so much tragedy in her life, I don't know how she managed to survive it all and still find joy and happiness in life.  She had several miscarriages and finally carried a baby full term only to have a still birth baby boy.  She had two sons, Kevin and Scott and in 1998 Scott committed suicide according to the police report.  To this day we still can't believe the report.  During this horofic time her husband, David, had Alzheimer's disease and was already in a hospital and couldn't recognize Bernadine or didn't know he had a son.  Since David was not working he had no health insurance (not old enough for medicare) so his care wiped out their entire financial resources.

My sister was the most wonderful, caring and compassionate person who ever lived!  Her "signature" throughout life was to write notes or send cards.  Thank You notes, get well cards or just a how are you doing note was something she continued throughout her life.  If one word could describe the life she led it would be "kindness!"

Throughout life's sorrows Bernadine remained her positive "happy go lucky" self who loved life at 100 mph!

Her working career was mostly spent in the carpet industry workingin management for Queen Carpet and Shaw Industries.  She thoroughly enjoyed her job and the people she worked with.  If you knew Bernadine, you knew she was a people person.  She was a perfect for the companies she worked for and they were so lucky to have her as an employee.

The legacy Bernadine left us was that of kindness.  Just before she passed away, she looked up at us and said "be kind to one another."

09/09/15 09:48 AM #18    


Maria Lupo (Jordan)

Thank you Mickey (and Dick) for posting this information. It makes my woes pale by comparison to Bernadine's sorrows. How wonderful to learn of her many acts of kindness. I will remember this and try to emulate her. 

09/09/15 12:00 PM #19    


Shari Letson (Concialdi)

I remember Bernadine very well and always enjoyed her sense of humor and positive attitude. Even back then, she was so positive In her approach to life. Thank you Mickey and Dick for sharing this beautiful tribute about Bernadine. She left her family and friends a wonderful legacy.

09/09/15 01:27 PM #20    

Judee Mosman (Luke)

Although my memory of  Bernardine has faded somewhat through the years, I remember her essence so well  - smiles, sweetness and kindness. I am sorry to hear that she had so many challenges in her life, but her brother's message shows that she maintained her goodness and kindness throughout her life. Surely she is at last enjoying eternal peace and happiness.  I am glad to have known her.

Judee Mosman Luke

09/09/15 05:48 PM #21    

Patricia Arnett (Bauer)

Nice tribute to a strong kind woman.  In spite of the challenges she faced, her kindness remained.  She will now Rest in Peace and her kindnesses will be her legacy.  Thanks for sharing her story.

09/14/15 11:19 AM #22    


Margaret Tramma/Cluck (Cluck)

I too, fondly remember Bernadine, had so much fun with her, her personality was always happy and fun hard to hear about the trials she suffered throughout her life, but, so enlightning to know that she endured and lifted herself above all the pain....she is happy with God now and know that she was loved by many who were lucky enough to know her in High School.

02/25/16 12:31 PM #23    


Jerry Cluck

Bernardine was a delight to know, she was always happy and kind.May the Perpetual light shine upon her !

jerry Cluck

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