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Fitzgerald, Sr. Veronica Jean, C.S.J. , passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2008, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet since March 19, 1940. She is survived by sister in law, Lea Fitzgerald and her nephews. Vigil service Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 4:30PM and Funeral Mass at 7PM both at Carondelet Center. Graveside Services Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 10AM in Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, CA. Donations in memory of Sister Veronica Jean Fitzgerald may be sent to: Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, 11999 Chalon Road, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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  1. I am wondering if this is the Sister Veronica that taught at St Jane Frances during the time that I was in elementary school, 1965-66 or so. I am so sorry for your loss. I always remember her as being so sweet, and I wanted to be a nun because of her, during those early years in school. She is a teacher who I will never forget (she taught me when I was 7yrs old or so. I will keep her and the family in my prayers. I remember her very fondly, and those elementary years that were made so special by all of the nuns and lay teachers. Thank you for this opportunity to share my thoughts with you.

  2. Sister Veronica Jean was my adopted aunt. I met Sister in Bakersfield when I was 14 years of age. She became a good friend and mentor. On Saturdays I would meet Sister at the convent and then we would go for long walks together. One week we would walk to St. Francis Church so she could go to confession and the following Saturday we would walk to a store so she could do some shopping. We talked a great deal on these walks and I learned a lot from her. One day I asked Sister if she would be my adopted aunt and she agreed. From then on, whenever I received a card or letter from her, she always signed it, “Your adopted aunt, Sr. Veronica Jean.” I stayed in contact as best I could with Sister after becoming an adult and moving away from California. For years, she would save catholic newspapers and magazines for me, knowing that one day I would show up to collect them. Anyone that knew Sister Veronica Jean knows that she wore the traditional habit right up to a few years ago (black in the winter and all white in the summer). However, she had her own variation of it. She would throw her outer veil back so that it would be out of the way and wore neon colored sneakers or the like (she got the nickname of “Sister Sneakers” from this). Rather than wearing a starched material band around her head, she wore a plastic one. One day I asked her what it was made from and she responded that it had been cut from a bleach bottle, which she had stapled together at the back to hold it together. I will miss Sister Veronica Jean. Someday I hope to meet up with her again in heaven. I would not be surprised to find her wearing a bleach bottle on her head and bright green neon sneakers. We can go for long walks and talk about Jesus.

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