Obituaries: Msgr. Lloyd Bourgeois, Sister Jane Robert Stuckel, Sister Patricia Laverne Erickson


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Msgr. Lloyd Bourgeois
SAN DIEGO — Msgr. Lloyd Bourgeois, a retired priest of the Diocese of San Diego, died March 17. He was 91.

Born in Pembina, N.D., he attended St. Francis Seminary, from 1949 to 1951, and Immaculate Heart Seminary, from 1951 to 1957. The seminaries were located in El Cajon at that time.

Msgr. Bourgeois was ordained for the Diocese of San Diego on March 19, 1957. He served as an assistant pastor at St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Our Lady of Guadalupe (Calexico), and Holy Rosary (in San Bernardino, which was then part of the same diocese as San Diego) parishes and as administrator of St. Thomas Indian Mission in Winterhaven.

He was appointed pastor for the first time at St. Joan of Arc in Blythe, from 1961 to 1967, and followed that up as pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Indio, from 1967 to 1969.

Msgr. Bourgeois served as pastor of Holy Family Parish from 1969 to 1977, St. Brigid from 1977 to 1984, and San Rafael Parish in Rancho Bernardo from 1984 to 2002.

He was made a monsignor on May 8, 1985. He retired from active ministry on Aug. 1, 2002.

The late Msgr. Bourgeois was a master at recalling the ordination and death anniversaries of his brother priests, and is remembered as a great storyteller and a loving pastor.

His funeral Mass was celebrated March 31 at San Rafael Church.

Sister Jane Robert Stuckel, OP
ADRIAN, Mich. — Sister Jane Robert Stuckel, a member of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, died Feb. 21 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Mich.

She was 88 years old and in the 70th year of religious profession.

Born in Joliet, Ill., Sister Stuckel ministered for more than 44 years in elementary education, including in Oceanside, San Diego and El Cajon.

She was the principal for one year at St. Mary Star of the Sea School in Oceanside, from 1981 to 1982, and curriculum director for the Diocese of San Diego’s Office for Schools from 1982 to 1983. She was also an administrator at St. Therese Academy, from 1983 to 1986, followed by eight years at Our Lady of Grace School in El Cajon, where she was first a teacher and then the principal.

From 1997 to 2003, Sister Stuckel served in Congregation leadership as Chapter Prioress of the Pacific West Chapter, residing in Santa Cruz, Calif. She became a resident at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Mich., in 2014.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 1. Prayers of Committal were held in the Congregation Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to: Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, MI 49221.

Sister Patricia Laverne Erickson, OP
ADRIAN, Mich. — Sister Patricia Laverne Erickson, a member of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, died Feb. 14 at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Mich.

She was 79 years old and in her 61st year of religious profession.

Born in Eau Claire, Wis., she earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian, a bachelor’s in Nursing from Barry University in Miami, and a master’s in Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) from the University of San Diego.

Sister Erickson spent more than nine years ministering in education in Chicago, Joliet, and Hometown, Ill., and Toledo, Ohio. She served the Congregation for almost five years on the motherhouse campus in the Maria Health Care Center, in the finance office, and at Weber Center. She ministered for two years in the Bahamas, one year as health education teacher and nurse, and one year as clinic administrator.

Sister Erickson ministered more than nine years as a registered nurse in Guayama, Puerto Rico; Managua, Nicaragua; Opelika, Ala.; Guaymate, Dominican Republic; Adrian, Mich.; and Sierra Blanca, Texas; and more than 17 years as a nurse practitioner, including in San Diego, Escondido and El Centro, as well as in Key West, Fla.

Sister Erickson became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2021.

The Rite of Committal was held on Feb. 16 in the Congregation Cemetery. A Memorial Mass was celebrated Feb. 22.

Memorial gifts may be made to: Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, MI 49221.

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