On August 31, Sister Mary Genevieve Moonier, DC, was laid to rest at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos after 79 years as a Daughter of Charity. She died on August 26 at Laboure Residence where she resided for the past seven years.
Sister Mary Genevieve was born on November 13, 1918, in Perryville, MO, one of four children born to Sylvester Moonier and Genevieve Moore. At 17 years of age, she graduated from Saint Vincent High School and was soon on her way to Saint Louis to Saint Philomena’s to begin her postulancy as a Daughter of Charity. With two aunts, Benedicta and Irene, already in the Community and an uncle, Leo, a priest in the Congregation of the Mission, she was eager to become a member of the Vincentian Family and devote her life to the teachings of Saint Vincent de Paul. “I knew I wanted to be a Daughter of Charity in the 4th grade,” she once confessed.
She received the Holy Habit on January 8, 1938, and made vows for the first time on January 6, 1942. She was first missioned to Saint Mary Hospital in Milwaukee where she served as a bookkeeper, but her heart was in the classroom. “I wanted to be a teacher!” she once recalled. Her prayers were soon answered when she was missioned to Saint Joseph School in Natchez, MS.
Following the end of the World War II, she was sent west to Saint Vincent de Paul School in San Francisco, where she served as principal for many years. The next 20 years found Sister Mary Genevieve serving at a number of schools including opening Marian School (now Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal) in Montebello, CA, and a few years later opening Saint Teresa School in Carson City, Nevada. In 1969, she was named to the first Provincial Council as Education Councillor for the Province of Los Altos Hills. She was missioned to the new Seton Provincialate in Los Altos Hills. She served as Education Councillor until 1977, when she was appointed Councillor of Formation and Directress of Initial Formation, also at Seton Provincialate.
In her later years, she was missioned to O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, Maryvale in Rosemead, and eventually Saint Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Former Education Councillor Sister Chris Maggi remembers a dear, trusted friend and teacher. “I will always think of her as a strong woman of the Gospel,” she said. “I will be forever grateful for her guidance, encouragement and support.”