Father William F. Lester, S.J., died Sunday, October 17, at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, California. He was 89 years old. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on February 4, 1921, Bill entered the Society of Jesus at Sacred Heart Novitiate in Los Gatos on August 14, 1941. He pronounced final vows on August 15, 1960, at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California. May he rest in peace!
All members of the California Province and those applied to it are to offer or celebrate one first intention Mass and members of the Jesuit Community at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center and those attached to it but living elsewhere (cf. 2010 Catalogus USA, pgs. 36-39) are to offer or celebrate one additional first intention Mass for the repose of Bill’s soul.
Mass of Christian Burial:
Friday,October 26, 10 a.m.
Sacred Heart Jesuit Center Chapel
300 College Ave.
Los Gatos, CA 95030
following Mass of Christian Burial
Santa Clara Mission Cemetery
490 Lincoln Street
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Notes of condolence may be sent to:
Mary Lester (sister)
7411 Rainbow Drive, Apt. 17
Cupertino, CA 95014
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