Mother of Sorrows Elementary School, Los Angeles

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Here’s the fifth-grade class that Sr. Patricia Hoffman taught in 1979.

The Sisters of Notre Dame opened Mother of Sorrows School in the burgeoning city of Los Angeles in 1948 and worked there till 1981.

Their annals reveal a few school facts:

November 8, 1961: Mother of Sorrows football team has done very well this year. Today, however, they met with a defeat from St. Albert’s which eliminates them from the tournament. They have shown excellent sportsmanship throughout this season.”

November 10, 1961: This was a a happy day for some pupils and a sad one for others. Father MacCarthy came to distribute the bane of a pupil’s life…report cards. Thanks to the change in a Diocesan regulations they will be given only four times a year instead of the usual six.  This system affords more time for the teacher to concentrate of teaching rather than testing so often.”

Sisters who taught or administered at the school include:

  • Julie Bellefeuille (Julie St. Francis), 1957-1961
  • Aileen Bermingham (Aileen Marie), 1954-1956
  • Gertrude Boracca (Mary Joachim), 1958-1964
  • Annette Burkart (Marie Annette), 1963-1964
  • Georgia Coonis, 1977-1978
  • Phyllis D’Anna (Philip Marie), 1972-1976
  • Liane Delsuc, 1978-1984
  • Patrice Donohoe (Marie Patrice), 1951-1954
  • Dolores Fowler (Gregory Marie), 1967-1968, 1971-1974
  • Avelina Garcia (Guadalupe Julie), 1967
  • Barbara Geib (James Marie), 1955-1957
  • Ruth Marie Grigg, 1954-1959, 1962-1963
  • Denis Marie Harney, 1948-1951
  • Geraldine Harris (Geraldine Marie), 1963-1965
  • Pat Hoffman (Raymond Francis), 1976-1981
  • Lucy Holguin (Lucy Julie), 1951-1953
  • Margaret Lederer (Joseph Louise), 1968-1971
  • Marie Elise McCormick, 1950-1952
  • Carol Miller 9John Gregory), 1966-1967
  • Kathleen Murphy, 1948-1950
  • Peggy Offley (Robert), 1960
  • Mary Florence O’Rourke, 1961-1964
  • Celeste Pagliarula (Marie Celeste), 1953-1954
  • Mary Ann Pelkman, 1950-1956, 1964-1966
  • Caroline Sanchez (Francis Xavier), 1968-1971, 1972, 1975
  • Michela Sheehan, 1965-1968, 1977-1984
  • Sharon Skain (Mary Fidelis), 1968-1969
  • Jeanne Marie Sosic, 1953-1954
  • Claire Spellman (Claire Stephen), 1951-1953
  • Winifred Wall, 1950-1951
  • Frances Weinberger (Francis), 1952-1954
  • Bernadette Williams, 1952-1957

You may contact Principal Dorothy Hamilton by calling 323-758-6204.

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