In Memoriam: Sister Mary Alice Hein (UPDATED 11-7-16)

Posted on November 3, 2016 in

Sister Mary Alice Hein (Sister Emmanuella Mary) a native of Oakland, California, entered into eternal life on October 31, 2016. She was 92 and a professed Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for 62 years.

A significant part of Sister Mary Alice’s life was in music education – first, in elementary education at Saint Monica (San Francisco) and Marylrose (Oakland) and then at Holy Names High School (Oakland) and finally at Holy Names University. In addition to teaching in the music department, she served as Resident Dean for 4 years. She will remembered most significantly for her study of the Kodaly method and the founding and directing of the internationally acclaimed Kodaly program at Holy Names University.

In 1991 she began 7 years of work at Saint Anthony’s Clinic in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District ministering to the homeless and most vulnerable. Following her work at Saint Anthony’s she and Sister Jean Cather began a Justice and Peace Card ministry creating beautiful photographic images with powerful messages.

Sister Mary Alice had a deep love for her family and for nature from Yosemite to the ocean and everything in between. She was a classically trained trumpeter and it is easy to imagine that heaven is now further enriched by Purcell’s Trumpet Voluntary.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Doris Hein, her nieces, Lindsey, Kerry, Corrine and Lisa and several grand-nieces and nephews.

Sister Mary Alice’s Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 2:30 pm at Holy Spirit Chapel, 65 W. Rincon Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008. Her burial will be at 10:15 am on Monday, November 7, 2016 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, California.

Gifts in her memory may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 907, Los Gatos, CA 95031 or on-line at

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