Sister Evelyn Casper, O.P., died in Fremont, CA, at the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose on April 1, 2023. She was 92 years old and in the 71st year of her religious profession.
Sister Evelyn, baptized Bertha May, was the daughter of William Casper and Anna Roth Casper. Born on July 21, 1930, in San Gabriel, CA, she was educated by the Dominican Sisters at San Gabriel Mission Elementary School and Sacred Heart Academy, Los Angeles. In 1949, Bertha followed in the footsteps of her older sister, Dorothy, and entered the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. On June 23, 1951, she made her first profession of vows.
During the course of 36 years, Sister Evelyn ministered as elementary and secondary teacher in Catholic schools. In Southern California she taught at St. Ignatius School and Santa Teresita School, Los Angeles; St. Michael’s Elementary School and High School, Los Angeles; San Gabriel Mission High School, San Gabriel; Sacred Heart High School, Los Angeles; and Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, La Canada. In San Francisco, she had three assignments to Immaculate Conception Academy. In addition, Sister Evelyn served as prioress of several communities where she was assigned.
God gifted Sister Evelyn with a gentle spirit and a heart-warming smile that she extended to all. Her Dominican Sisters were inspired by the loving affection she had for Sister Dorothy, her older sister, who had mothered her and her brother after the sudden death of their mother when Sister Evelyn was seven years old.
Sister Evelyn is survived by her brother, Donald, nieces, and nephews.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Evelyn will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on April 5 at the Dominican Sisters Motherhouse Chapel, 43326 Mission Circle, Fremont. Burial will follow at the Congregation’s cemetery, God’s Acre, located at the Motherhouse. Those who participate must be fully vaccinated and wear masks.
Sister Evelyn Casper, O.P.