Gloistein, Sister Joan, C.S.J., passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 in Los Angeles. Born November 24, 1931 in San Francisco, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet since March 19, 1950. Sr. Joan began her work teaching the deaf and serving their needs after 10 years teaching primary grades in Los Angeles and Oakland. She directed pastoral offices for handicapped people in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland dioceses for 23 years. She then ministered at Mercy High School in San Francisco for 13 years while she continued to serve the deaf community. She is survived by her brother, Robert Gloistein; nephews, Geoffrey , Matt and Philip Gloistein and Mark Levy; nieces Jenny Walsh, Paula Gloistein and Stacey Levy. Preceded in death by her sister Anne Levy and brothers Dave and Don Gloistein. The Service of Remembrance will be Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 4:30PM and Funeral Mass following at 7:00PM both at Carondelet Center. Nicheside service will take place Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 10AM in Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, CA. Donations in memory of Sister Joan Gloistein may be sent to: Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, 11999 Chalon Road, Los Angeles, CA 90049.

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  1. I taught with Sr. Joan at Mercy High School in San Francisco for many years. She was a wonderful friend and devoted in her service to the deaf community. Her sign language classes were very popular because Sr. Joan knew how to motivate teenagers and to care for others. I will always remember the wonderful masses where the girls from her class would sign parts of the service and the songs. It was beautiful just like the person that Joan was. I will miss her deeply.

  2. I also worked with Sr. Joan at Mercy. I helped her a lot with her digital grade book, and I really enjoyed spending time with her. She was was funny and caring, and she will be missed.

  3. I, too, was a colleague of Sr. Joan. In fact, I believe I owe my career at Mercy to her – I had subbed for her and she “talked me up” in the faculty lounge as someone who could follow a lesson plan. I got more sub opportunities because of this, and then an actual teaching position. Plain spoken and kind, Joan did not put up with hypocrisy or meanness. I miss her fabulous throaty laugh, her jokes, and the emailed greeting cards. Vaya con Dios, Joan.

  4. I had the privilege of meeting Sr. Joan through our mutual friend, the Rev. Eugenia Kinney (my pastor). Later, I was fortunate to work with Sr. Joan at Mercy High School San Francisco. Her warmth, wit, and no-nonsense take on the trials and tribulations of life will be sorely missed. As the old hymn goes, “God be with you till we meet again,” Sr. Joan.

  5. I too worked with Sr. Joan, although not in the classroom. We enjoyed many conversations about life and she could always make me smile with her humor and wit. RIP Sr. Joan.

  6. Hazel Beck
    It was mine and my husbands pleasure to work with Sr. Joan at Mercy. We had many good times talking about the SF Giants and the 49ers. Our children met Joan when she gave the prayer at our 50th wedding party. When my oldest heard about her passing, she said, “now she might have more control over her favorite teams”. She will be remembered very fondly by our family.

  7. It would be easier for me to write this if I could stop crying. Joan Gloistein was truly one of the Lord’s “good and faithful servants.” She had a tremendous dedication to the deaf community, and served them faithfully and well throughout the years. She was humble about herself, but fierce in her commitment to those who were marginalized and oppressed. She and I shared the same birthday,and when I would get to the west coast, we were always able to share dinner, a lot of laughter, and an evening of wonderful conversation. She would have laughed at the description, but she really was a “saint.” I will be praying with all of her family and many friends in these days ahead. Fr. Joe Mulcrone

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