Archives: In Memoriams

Rasura, Jaime I. (Father)

Father Jaime I. Rasura, SJ, who faithfully ministered to the people of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in San Diego for 52 years, died of natural causes at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California, on January 15, 2021. He was 96 and had been a Jesuit for 77 years. Fr. Rasura was born …

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Gordon, Gerald V. (Father)

Father Gerald V. (Jerry) Gordon, SJ, university theology professor and chaplain at Pacific Northwest hospitals, died at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California, on January 4, 2021. He was 95 years old and had recently tested positive for Covid-19. Fr. Gordon was born in Spokane on October 8, 1925. He graduated from Gonzaga …

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Robinson, Lawrence F. (Father)

Father Lawrence F. Robinson, SJ, longtime teacher at Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon, died peacefully of natural causes on December 30, 2020, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California. He was 88 years old and a Jesuit for 68 years. Fr. Robinson was born in Tacoma on February 24, 1932, one of …

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Peterson, Charles J. (Father)

Father Charles Jon (Chuck) Peterson, SJ, 82, pastoral minister to Native peoples in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, died December 24, 2020, in San Jose, California, of complications of Covid-19. Fr. Peterson was born November 26, 1938, in Missoula, Montana, the son of Gustave Peterson and Margaret Leppert Peterson. He attended St. Francis Xavier grade …

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McGowan, Joseph O. (Father)

Father Joseph Oneal McGowan, SJ (also known as Oneal J. McGowan), former campus minister and director of minority relations at Seattle University, died December 23, 2020, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California, from cancer and complications of Covid-19. He was 80 years of age. Fr. McGowan was born September 9, 1940, in …

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Cook, Michael L. (Father)

Father Michael Lavelle Cook, SJ, professor emeritus of theology at Gonzaga University, died December 17, 2020, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California, after testing positive for Covid-19. He was 84 years old. Fr. Cook was born February 26, 1936, in Wolf Point, Montana, the son of James F. Cook and Mary Richards …

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Votto, Silvano P. (Father)

Father Silvano P. Votto, SJ, died in a hospital in San Jose, California, on December 16, 2020, after testing positive for Covid-19. He was 78 years old. Fr. Votto was born in Gozzano, Italy, on January 8, 1942, the only child of Roberto Votto, a retired army officer, and U.S. born Rose Zavalloni Votto. In …

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Fice, Joseph J. (Father)

Father Joseph James Fice, SJ, religion teacher at Jesuit high schools in Sacramento, Los Angeles and Phoenix and retreat director, died December 13, 2020, in a local hospital in San Jose, California, at the age of 82. He had been recently diagnosed with Covid-19. He was a Jesuit for 59 years and a priest for …

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Bernadicou, Paul J. (Father)

Father Paul Joseph Bernadicou, SJ, university theology professor and spiritual director, died in his sleep of natural cause on December 10, 2020, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California. He was 87 years of age and had been a Jesuit for 68 years. Fr. Bernadicou was born in Stockton, California, on February 18, …

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Mahan, Terrance L. (Father)

Father Terrance Leon Mahan, SJ, university teacher, administrator and former provincial of the California Province, died of natural causes December 8, 2020, at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California. He was 96 years of age and had been a Jesuit for 79 years, the most senior member of the Jesuits West Province in …

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