Sister Joseph Eugene Fogarty, formerly known as Mildred Fogarty, died on Friday, September 8, 2017 in Santa Cruz, California. She was 89 years of age and in the 67th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister was born in San Francisco, California, to Clifton and Mildred (Ward) Fogarty. She graduated from Star of the Sea High School in San Francisco; received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida, and a Master of Public Administration from Pepperdine College in Los Angeles, California. She also was certified as a registered nurse by St. Mary’s College in San Francisco.
Sister Joseph Eugene ministered in nursing care for 25 years at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, California, and for 6½ years at Rose de Lima Hospital in Henderson, Nevada, both of which are sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. She also ministered for 28 years as the Director of Nursing, Director of Outreach, and Outreach Consultant at Star of the Sea Parish and Dominican Oaks Assisted Living Residence in Santa Cruz.
Sister Joseph Eugene was preceded in death by her parents, Clifton and Mildred; her step-mother, Rose, who raised her; and one brother, Eugene. Sister is survived by a niece, Kathleen Fogarty, of Shoreline, Washington.
A Vigil Service for Sister Joseph Eugene will be on Thursday, September 28, 2107 at 3:30 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 10:30 am. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery. The Vigil Service and Funeral Mass will be live streamed.
Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221.
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