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Father Ron Funke, SJ, entered into God’s peace March 21 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif. He was 83. Teacher, hospital chaplain, parish priest, and sacramental minister, Fr. Funke’s upbeat approach and deep commitment to service made him a treasured presence in many lives.

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Father John A. Brady, SJ, longtime seminary and high school teacher and parish priest, entered into God’s peace March 15 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif. He was 98 years of age, a Jesuit for 80 years, and a priest for 67 years.

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Father Charles “Chuck” E. Schmitz, SJ, entered into God’s peace February 18 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif. He was 78 years old. A devoted priest and religious, “Padre Carlos” opened wide his heart to the needs, hopes, dreams, fears, and faith of the Spanish-speaking peoples of the Northwest.

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Brother Leonard John Sullivan, SJ, entered into God’s peace February 8 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 90 and had been a Jesuit brother for 72 years.

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Father William Francis Cain, SJ, a long-time resident of Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, entered into God’s peace on January 14 at a San Jose hospital. He was 79.

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Father John J. Navone, SJ, entered into God’s peace December 25, 2016, at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. He was 86.

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Brother Patrick Flannigan, SJ, entered into God’s peace January 3 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif. He was 76. A quiet, effective, and warm man and servant of God, Br. Flannigan exuded a deep joy to others in his dedicated work as a helper, guide, counselor, and manager of financial/temporal matters.

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Father Joseph E. Shirey, SJ, entered into God’s peace December 22, 2016, at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif. He was 100. Affectionately known as “Father Red Socks,” this gentle priest spent his ministerial career as a parish priest and hospital chaplain in the northwest and Alaska.

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Father Michael M. Kelliher, SJ, entered into God’s peace on November 24 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 82.

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Father Lorenzo “Larry” J. Palafox, SJ, entered into God’s peace on November 28 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 80 and had been a Jesuit for 62 years.

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Father Fredric W. Schlatter, SJ, a scholar of classical languages and history who influenced the lives of many students at Gonzaga University, entered into God’s peace on October 21 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center Infirmary in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 90.

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Father Ted Kestler, SJ, minister to residents of Chefornak, Alaska, died in a house fire on October 12. He was 72. At the time of his passing, Fr. Kestler was serving in the Yup’ik village of Chefornak with a population of just over 400.

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Father John Leo Flynn, SJ entered into God’s peace October 11, 2016 in the infirmary at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 83.

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Father Carmine J. Sacco, SJ, who was pastor of St. Rita Catholic Church in Tacoma for 32 years, 1979 to 2011, entered into God’s peace on September 21 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 91.

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Compassionate friend of and advocate for the homeless and vulnerable of our society, Father Robert “Bob” Jones, SJ, entered into God’s peace on August 11 in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 77.

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Father Mario Luigi Capitolo, SJ, long-time physics teacher at Bellarmine College Prep, entered into God’s peace June 10, 2016 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 90.

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Father George Morris, SJ, entered into God’s peace June 7 at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center Infirmary in Los Gatos, Calif. He was 78.

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Father Jim Reites, SJ, a beloved member of many, varied communities at Santa Clara University for the past 41 years, unexpectedly entered into God’s peace on the night of April 15. He was 78 and served on the faculty of the Department of Religious Studies where he was associate professor and former department chair, and helped found the Xavier Residential Learning Community, where he served as faculty director.

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Father George Joseph Koch, SJ, entered into God’s peace on January 31, 2016 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, after a brief illness. He was 88.

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Former USF President Fr. John P. Schlegel, SJ, entered into God’s peace Nov. 15, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year. Fr. Schlegel was USF’s 26th president and best known for growing the university’s enrollment, expanding student and faculty diversity, and successfully leading USF’s largest fundraising campaign to that point.

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Father Michael J. Kotlanger, SJ, archivist at the University of San Francisco, entered into God’s peace on October 4 after a long illness. He was 69 and a Jesuit for 47 years.

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Father Paul F. “Cappy” Capitolo, SJ, long-time teacher and student counselor at St. Ignatius College Preparatory, entered into God’s peace September 29 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 80.

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Father James R. “Jim” Hanley, SJ, entered into God’s peace on September 28 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos after a long illness. He was 88.

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Father Gerald L. McKevitt, SJ, professor emeritus of history at Santa Clara University, entered into God’s peace September 18 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 76.

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Father Andrew "Andy" C. Dachauer, former professor of chemistry at the University of San Francisco and longtime pastor of St. Joseph’s Church, Mammoth Lakes, entered into God’s peace on September 12 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos. He was 85.

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