Sister Judith Reagan, O.P., a Dominican Sister of Mission San Jose for 56 years, died peacefully on Friday, May 11th. She was 76.
Sister was the eldest of six children born to Eunice and Bernard Reagan. She is survived by her five brothers: Michael, Steve, Phil, Brian and Jim Reagan.
She was born in Pasadena and grew up in Arcadia, California. She attended three Catholic elementary schools in the area and graduated from San Gabriel Mission High School. After joining the Dominican Sisters in 1960, she received her B.A. in History from Holy Names College, Oakland, an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from University of Oregon and a MEd degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University.
Sister ministered in education for 40 years as teacher in several elementary schools and served as Director of Dominican Kindergarten for 11 of these years.
Over the years she was involved with the Primary Teachers committee for the Diocese of Oakland; CKA – California Kindergarten Association for 25 years; the California Kindergarten Conference as Chairperson for 5 years; and CERT – Community Emergency Response Team in Fremont.
Sister loved life, her family, her Dominican heritage and young children. Her primary interest was to be involved in children’s education for safety and survival in the many situations of their lives.
Services will be held at the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters, 43326 Mission Circle, Fremont on Wednesday, May 23rd, rosary at 2 pm, Eucharistic at 4:30 pm followed by dinner. Please confirm your participation by calling Sister Eva at 510-673-0510 or firstname.lastname@example.org. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Dominican Sisters and earmarked for the Congregation or Vision of Hope.