Sr. Sharon
Breden, Sr. Sharon Ann, C.S.J., passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2011, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet since August 6, 1964. Funeral Mass, Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 10AM at St. Victor's Church, 3108 Sierra Road, San Jose, CA. Additional services Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - Vigil service, 430PM and Funeral Mass at 7PM both at Carondelet Center. Crypt side services will be Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 10AM in Holy Cross Mausoleum, Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, CA. Donations in memory of Sister Sharon Ann Breden may be sent to: Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, 11999 Chalon Road, Los Angeles, CA 90049. Breden, Sr. Sharon Ann, CSJ Breden, Sr. Sharon Ann, CSJ passed away on April 21, 2011 after a brief illness. She was born in Alton, Illinois, June 29, 1945. Her loving parents Ralph and Antoinette Breden preceded her in death. Sr. Sharon is survived by her sister Dr. Mary Catherine Breden of Redondo Beach, an uncle, Rev. Hilary Filiatreau, OSB; aunts Willene Kasten (John), Dorothy Mae Filiatreau (Conroy), Joanne Breden (Vern), Mary Alice Breden (Norman) and numerous cousins in Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas and Indiana. The Breden family moved from Illinois to Greenville, South Carolina and then to Redondo Beach, California in 1955. Sharon entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1963. She influenced many lives in her teaching and administrative assignments at Queen of All Saints Elementary School in Concord, CA, Academy of Our Lady of Peace in San Diego, Carondelet High School in Concord, Star of the Sea High School in San Francisco, Notre Dame High School in Belmont, CA and finally St. Victor's Elementary School in San Jose, CA where she served as principal for thirteen years. She loved American history, travel, was an avid reader and most of all knew how to touch people of all ages through music. She worked in music ministries at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Belmont, CA, at Santa Teresa Parish in San Jose, and at the Catholic Center in San Jose's retirement community The Villages. She was an active member and long-time national board member of the American Choral Directors Association and a valuable volunteer at Opera San Jose. Her full life and her courageous spirit enriched and inspired everyone with whom she came in contact. The Northern California celebration of Sr. Sharon Ann's life will be held at St. Victor's Catholic Church, 3108 Sierra Road, San Jose 95132, on Wednesday April 27 at 10:00 am. Following the Mass will be a viewing and reception in the parish hall. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held in Southern California at the Carondelet Center, 11999 Chalon Road, Los Angeles 90049 on Wednesday May 4 at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday May 5 at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City. Donations in memory of Sr. Sharon Ann may be sent to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, 11999 Chalon Road, Los Angeles, California, 90045, or to the Ralph E. Breden Memorial Scholarship Fund, 127 Via Los Altos, Redondo Beach, California 90277.

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  1. Hello, It was an honor and a pleasure to work with Sister Sharon at Opera San Jose. Her graciousness and inner beauty were always humbling and inspiring. I will really miss her. I would be honored to play bagpipes at the services at St. Victor’s if they are needed.

  2. Dearest Mary: Our deepest condolences on your loss. Sister Sharon is & will be in our prayers & memories. We will never forget her, dad & mom. We had some great times together over a very long period of time. May the Peace of our Risen Christ be with you.

  3. Sister Sharon,was an outstanding Principal at St. Victor’s school, I want to thank her for the care of all the children in her care, throughout the years. Sophia Mulder

  4. I am deeply saddened by our loss of Sister Sharon. She shared her endless gifts with joy, optimism and passion with all who shared their lives with her. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to visit with her prior to her trip to Europe with her sister Mary last June. She shared many of her adventures on that trip with me. Thank you, Sharon for a life filled with your friendship and caring. Remember us in your new life. Mary

  5. Mary: I am deeply saddened by the loss of Sharon. I am grateful she got to make the Italy trip with you and the Choruses. We will offer prayers for her and your family and both of my communities. Sharon will be missed.

  6. Dear Mary, my brothers, Jim & Dick, and sister-in-law, Kathy Haboush gave me the news of Sharon’s death. I was sorry to hear about it. Please be assured of my prayers for her and for you (aa you are the only one I know). Please take comfort in knowing that she led a beautiful life and is now with her Spouse she so lovingly served.

  7. I just heard about Sr. Sharon’s passing. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. She was my high school principal when I attended Star of the Sea Academy in San Francisco, 1982 – 1985. She was a big help to me while I was in high school and, after graduation, a Christmas never went by in which we didn’t exchange Christmas cards and pictures of my family. We exchanged periodic emails, too. The last time I saw her was at my class’s 20th reunion in 2005, but I was especially touched when she invited me to share her silver jubilee celebration of being a Sr. of St. Joseph. She was a special woman. I am so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Deeci Gray-Schlink

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