Monday, September 1, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Holy Spirit mourns loss of beloved sister, school principal

29 sister liz 1

By
From page A4 | January 29, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Ana Bagley choked back tears as she talked about Sister Elizabeth Curtis, recalling a woman who had a huge influence on her life. She also focused on the call to finish Curtis’ work.

Curtis, who served as principal of Holy Spirit Catholic School for 14 years, died Friday. She was 67. The school is marking its annual commemoration of Catholic Schools Week, which ends Saturday, on a much quieter note.

Holy Spirit students on Tuesday walked in groups from their classroom to pray for their beloved principal. Like Bagley, they remembered a woman who was there when you needed her, one who offered words of encouragement in an Irish brogue.

“She made me feel like, no matter how hard my day was, it was going to get better,” Bagley said. “She would tell me, ‘pray love, have faith love.’ ”

Curtis will be greatly missed, Bagley said. She also said Curtis left all those who knew her with a little seed to continue the sister’s work of being kind and generous.

“She had a good way with people,” said the Rev. Michael Downey, pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. “She had such a  warm personality. She reached the hearts of people.”

A native of Ireland, Curtis served as principal of St. Dominic’s School in Benicia before arriving at Holy Spirit.

Curtis left her mark on every ministry at Holy Spirit.

Susie Hernandez, who oversees the faith formation program at the church, said Curtis was kind and understanding. The faith formation program uses school classrooms. Curtis always made sure the volunteer faith formation teachers had what they needed for the program.

“She will be greatly missed,” Hernandez said. “There’s a big cloud over us. We have to go on. It’s going to be very difficult. The void will be felt for a long time.”

George Bagley had just finished writing an article on Curtis for the local Knights of Columbus publication. He praised her for the new ministries she introduced to the church and the existing ones she improved.

“She was a mentor, and confidant, to many women (in the church),” he said.

A www.gofundme page was set up to help pay expenses for Downey and Curtis’s fellow members of the Sisters of the Holy Faith to travel to Ireland, where Curtis will be buried. The goal was to raise $5,000. Almost $11,000 was raised in two days.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or amaginnis@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 10 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Kerry GodwinJanuary 29, 2014 - 7:10 am

    I'm sad for the people who never had the chance to meet this wonderful person. It was an honor to know her. God bless her beautiful soul. Much love, The Godwin family

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Monica RavanelloJanuary 29, 2014 - 7:38 am

    Sister was an angel on earth. She inspired us and helped us grow our faith. She will be forever in our hearts.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Rosalinda MclaughlinJanuary 29, 2014 - 9:12 am

    Sister Liz was truly on awesome lady. I was able to talk to her about anything. She made me a much better and different person. Thank you sister Liz. You will for ever be in my heart!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Jessica LockeJanuary 29, 2014 - 9:23 am

    I am a better person because of Sr Liz. I miss her so much and will hold on to all the wisdom and love she gave me over the years.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Alba SantosJanuary 29, 2014 - 9:53 am

    Sister Liz was a sister of wisdom and hope of the church. She gave wise advice to help us in life. She also had hope fir the world to be all good.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Yanira G FigueroaJanuary 29, 2014 - 10:59 am

    Sister Liz is already missed, I will always treasured her beautiful smile and kindness. RIP Sister Liz Curtis.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Kami LinanJanuary 29, 2014 - 11:24 am

    I am a better person because of Sr. Liz. She was such a positive light in my world. I miss her so much.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Randy BoggsJanuary 29, 2014 - 6:25 pm

    I'll always remember Sister Liz as a charming and lovable woman with a quick wit and great sense of humor. Like everyone else, we will miss her company at Holy Spirit.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Bill & Donna HollkampJanuary 29, 2014 - 12:41 pm

    Rest in peace Sr. Liz. We are all better off for having you touch our lives. Your gentle smile and loving demeanor will be sorely missed.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • JuneJanuary 29, 2014 - 9:49 pm

    I will always remember the times when Sister Liz would come to each classroom and ask, "Is this the best class in the school?" And we all scream, "Yea!!" She touched each and everyone of our hearts. I will really miss her. She loved each and everyone of us. She was like a mother to us. Someone we can always talk to. We were a family and we will always be. Forever and always. -Joelle Class of 2015

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

 
Highway 12 project nears completion

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A1 | Gallery

‘Snail mail’ still kinda cool

By Tony Wade | From Page: A2

 
Democrats plan candidates meet, greet

By Glen Faison | From Page: A3

 
Stand Up 2 Cancer Viewing party set in Vacaville

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

Senior center schedules discussion on senior travel

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
Local government schedule meetings

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
 
Car club raises funds, supplies for SPCA

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A3

Goodwill opens Outlet Store in Fairfield

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A7 | Gallery

 
Fairfield economic team announces addition

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A7

Premier post details of new lease

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A7

 
Il Fiorello to host jazz event

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A7

 
New doctors join NorthBay

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A7

Small earthquakes shake Solano

By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

 
.

Opinion

Dollars and sense: The politics of division

By Earl Heal | From Page: A8

 
Whopper of a tax dodge for Burger King

By Mike Kirchubel | From Page: A8

 
Is social media enlarging or stifling democracy?

By Cynthia M. Allen | From Page: A8

Compromise on Cordelia Road rail crossing costs

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 1 Comment

 
Justice for all

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 2 Comments

Good job, Susan Winlow

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
Editorial Cartoon: Sept. 1, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

.

Living

Community Calendar: Sept. 1, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Today in History: Sept. 1, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Is my husband right when he says men aren’t made for monogamy?

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B5

 
Horoscopes: Sept. 1, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B5

 
Horoscopes: Sept. 2, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B7

.

Entertainment

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A5

 
5 takeaways from a punch-less summer box office

By Jake Coyle | From Page: A11

Joan Rivers’ daughter: I’m keeping fingers crossed

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11

.

Sports

Source: 49ers OL Boone agrees to new 2-yr deal

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
49er Ray McDonald accused of domestic violence

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Kahne holds off Kenseth to win Atlanta shootout

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Wozniacki outlasts Sharapova, in US Open quarters

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Falcons looking to be defensive

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Down at half, US beats Turkey in basketball worlds

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Source: Chiefs’ Smith agrees to 4-yr extension

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Tony Stewart’s return to race track ends early

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Sam clears waivers, meets with Fisher

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

FC Kansas City wins NWSL title over Seattle, 2-1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Raiders claim DE Mayowa off waivers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Jensen waived after Jaguars awarded TE Shuler

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Otto wins Italian Open; Gallacher comes up short

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Weather for Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

 
Henley takes a 1-shot lead at Deutsche Bank

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Dunn dealt to A’s, could be his last shot playoffs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Fred Couples wins Champions Tour event

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

A’s frustrated after 8-1 loss caps sweep by Angels

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Ernst wins LPGA’s Portland Classic in playoff

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Giants power past Brewers 15-5 for 3-game sweep

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
This date in sports history for Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

Laurie Danielson Bailey

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
Hazel Gertrude Wamsley

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Jerry Lee Trammell

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 6 Comments

 
.

Comics

Rose is Rose Sept 1

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Baldo Sept 1

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Beetle Bailey Sept 1

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
B.C. Sept 1

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Get Fuzzy Sept 1

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Frank and Ernest Sept 1

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Dilbert Sept 1

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Zits Sept 1

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Pickles Sept 1

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Wizard of Id Sept 1

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Garfield Sept 1

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Sally Forth Sept 1

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

For Better or Worse Sept 1

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Baby Blues Sept 1

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Peanuts Sept 1

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Blondie Sept 1

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Sudoku Sept 1

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Crossword Sept 1

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Cryptoquote Sept 1

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Word Sleuth Sept 1

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Baldo Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Garfield Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Frank and Ernest Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Zits Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Dilbert Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Wizard of Id Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

For Better or Worse Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Sally Forth Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Peanuts Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Blondie Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Rose is Rose Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Get Fuzzy Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

B.C. Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Word Sleuth Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Crossword Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Cryptoquote Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

Sudoku Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Bridge Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7