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Obituaries - April 2, 2020

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Celerino Alvarez, Sr.


Celerino Alvarez, Sr. died from complications of diabetes on March 19. He was 83.

He was born in Iloilo City, Philippines on February 5, 1937 to the late Custodio, Sr. and Crispiniana Alvarez. He was the second of six children.

He graduated from Iloilo City University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He was married to Celerina (Diding) Ambay of Antique, Philippines on February 14, 1960 and blessed with five children. They were married for sixty years.

He moved to Guam in 1967 and was later joined by his family. He retired from the Guam Power Authority after thirty years of service. In June 1991 he and his wife moved to Seattle, Washington to be with their children and enjoy retirement life.

He was a spiritual man and an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church in West Seattle, serving as a Eucharistic Minister. His hobbies were fixing anything mechanical and electrical, watching movies and spending time with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Custodio, Sr. and Crispiniana; and four siblings. He is survived by his wife, Celerina; brother Custodio Alvarez, Jr.; son, Celerino, Jr.; daughters, Arabella, Nona, Marilou and Mila; and five grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 27, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 7000 35th Ave. SW, Seattle. A reception will be held at the Walmesley Center immediately after the service. Interment will be at Holyrood Cemetery.


Leroy Bagnell


Leroy Bagnell died on February 16.He was 87.

He was born in Hensler, North Dakota on July21, 1932.

His family moved to the Puget Sound area where he spent the last 75 years of his life. He attended Bellarmine Preparatory School. He married his wife, Carol on November 25, 1950.

He worked as a truck driver for Boeing and was a member of the Teamsters Union. He attended St. Vincent de Paul Church in Federal Way.

He enjoyed tailgating and attending Husky football games in his bus for many years. He also was an avid follower of the Seahawks and Mariners.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol; siblings, Francis, Margarite, Ruth, Mary, Darlene, Dick, Pat, Bud and Gordon; and grandson Joel. He is survived by his sons, Dennis, Dano and Doug; daughter, Debbie; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:00 pm on March 6 at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Federal Way.


Sister Annie Frances Oman, OSF (Sister Margaret Patricia)


Sister Annie Frances Oman, OSF (formerly Sister Margaret Patricia) died in Assisi House on February 29. She was 92.

She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 71 years. She was born in Drumcondra, County Dublin, Ireland, where she was a member of Our Lady of Dolours Parish. She entered the congregation in 1946 and professed her first vows in 1949. Two of her sisters, Sister Patricia Joseph Oman (now deceased) and Sister Margaret Oman, also entered the congregation. She earned a BA in Education/French from Fort Wright College and ministered primarily in elementary education and pastoral care.

Prior to moving to the West Coast she ministered in education in the Archdiocese of Baltimore where she taught at St. Anthony School and St. Vincent School and in the Diocese of Wilmington where she taught at St. Mary School.

She also ministered for 25 years in the Archdiocese of Seattle. She taught at St. Leo School and St. Charles School, both in Tacoma. Her work in pastoral ministry took her to Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup and to St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma. During her last 12 years in the archdiocese, she volunteered at the Institute for Christian Ministries in Tacoma.

She also ministered in various dioceses in California. In the Diocese of Fresno, she served as both teacher and principal at St. John’s School in Wasco. In the Diocese of Oakland, she was a chaplain at Providence Hospital. In the Diocese of San Francisco, she worked in pastoral care at Seton Medical Center in Daly City. Her work in the Diocese of San Diego included teaching at The Madeleine School. In the Diocese of San Bernardino, she taught at St. Thomas School in Riverside.

Her ministry in Oregon included teaching at Sacred Heart Academy in Klamath Falls, located in the Diocese of Baker.

She returned to the East Coast in 2008 where she lived and engaged in local house ministry at Our Lady of Angels Convent, the congregation’s motherhouse. She moved to Assisi House, our retirement residence, in 2016 where she served in prayer and hospitality ministry until her death.

She is survived by her brother, Peter; sister Sr. Agnes Oman; her cousins, Sr. Patricia Kidd and Sr. Maria Assunta Oman; nieces, nephews, and by her Franciscan family.

All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, Aston, Pennsylvania, 19014 on Monday, March 9. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 9:30 am followed by viewing. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston.

Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.





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