In Memoriam



Please remember these alumni, faculty and benefactors in your prayers May Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them. May They Rest In Peace.




Danny Vierra, '71 August 2, 1953 - December 31, 1953


Frank Vito Spingolo '76  1958 - January 7, 2018


Kathleen "Kate" Nunes '65  Jun. 12,1947- January 28, 2018


Angelo Stagnaro '48 January 9, 1932 - February 2, 2018


Robert V. Palacioz '70 Mar. 13,1952 - Mar. 10, 2018


Dianna L. Thomas (Janet L. Rishwain) '66 Feb. 18, 1948 - Mar. 19, 2018


Anthony Perry Costa  '60 June 11, 1942 - April 1, 2018


Dirk Covello '72 June 18,1954 - April 18, 2018


Marlene Adele (Obertello) Morse '52 Sept. 22, 1934- April 24,2018


Barbara Jean (Jacobs) Gregory '53 Aug. 12, 1935 - April 30, 2018


Lenore C. (Liotard) Dougherty '51 November 22, 1933 - April 30, 2018


Antoinette Marie Kosta '54  November 17, 1936 - June 17, 2018


Gilbert George Mata Jr. '77  November 15, 1958 - June 20, 2018


Andrea Linda Rodriguez  '80 Jul.y 31, 1962 - June 20, 2018


William "Bill" Halvorson  '50 Jan. 1,1932-Jul. 16, 2018


Sally A. Jones '50 Oct. 26, 1931 - Aug. 4, 2018


Franco B. Angelini '54 Feb. 26, 1937-Sept. 3, 2018


Patrick Lee Troute '71 Feb. 18, 1953-Oct. 27, 2018


Bradford John Dozier '81 September 24, 1963 - October 27, 2018


Josephine (Mancini) Bertolucchi '48 April 13, 1930 - November 25, 2018


Faculty, Staff and Friends of St. Mary's

Douglass Mackenzie Eberhardt Jan. 14, 1938 - Nov. 8, 2018

Douglas M. Eberhardt was born and raised in Stockton. He was most recently the CEO and  Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Stockton. Mr. Eberhardt brought modern technology to the Bank of Stockton and was known for his loyalty, generosity and love of the outdoors. He and his family have and are generous donors to St. Mary's High School. Mr. Eberhardt,\ is survived by Margaret Mell, his wife of 57 years, along with children Douglass M. Eberhardt II and Joan Mell Eberhardt Snider, and a large extended family.

Michele Lorene Sprague Dec. 19, 1946-Sept. 22, 2018


Michele was born December 19, 1946 in Oakland, CA to Vivian and Douglas Ayres, who preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Edward Sprague Sr.; Son, Edward Sprague Jr., his wife Kristen, four grandchildren, Payton, Jed, Paris and Johnny. Michele was a very kind, loving, benevolent lady supporting many charitable causes including  the Sprague Family Field House at St. Mary’s High School, among other charities and causes. May eternal light shine upon her and my she rest in peace.


Fr. John Fallon,O.S.F.S



St. Mary's beloved President Emeritus, Fr. John Fallon O.S.F.S. died on April 21, 2108 after a long illness. Fr. Fallon served St. Mary's for over 45 years as a priest,  teacher, principal, president, a mentor and a friend to all. Under his guidance the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales was introduced to the school and became it's guiding force. May the angels greet him, may the Blessed Virgin Mary, our patroness, accompany him to meet the Father and May God shine His Perpetual Light upon Fr. Fallon. May he rest in peace.




Rev. John P. Fallon, OSFS, passed away on April 21, 2018 at Meadowood Skilled  Nursing and Rehabilitation at O’Connor Woods in Stockton, CA at the age of 85. Fr. Fallon was born to John and Ann (Purcell) Fallon on November 26,1932 in Camden, NJ. He made his first profession as an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales in 1951 and earned a Bachelor Degree in English and Philosophy from Niagara University in 1957. After completing graduate studies at DeSales School of Theology, Hyattsville, MD, Fr. Fallon was ordained to the priesthood on May 31, 1960. He later returned to college to earn a Master’s Degree in Guidance from Niagara University in 1970 and a Master’s Degree in Administration from the University of Notre Dame in 1980

After ordination Fr. Fallon began a long career in Catholic education. He taught a year at Northeast Catholic High School, Philadelphia, PA before becoming Assistant Principal  of Judge Memorial High School, Salt Lake City, UT in 1962. Four years later he moved to Bishop Duffy High School, Niagara Falls, NY and then to St. Mary’s High School, Stockton, CA, as a guidance counselor and teacher. In 1974 he became an administrator at Aquinas High School, Southgate, MI. He was appointed principal of St. Mary’s High School, Stockton, CA in 1977 and school president in 1988. After stepping down a few years ago, he remained active in the school.

Fr. Fallon will be remembered as a leader, priest, teacher, mentor and friend. St. Mary’s High School experienced substantial growth in enrollment, curriculum, facilities, extracurricular activities and spirituality during his tenure. He served on many committees in the diocese and was respected for his practical, sound advice.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fr. John Fallon Endowment Fund at St. Mary’s High School or the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Retirement Fund.



The Record Article



Esther Hobbs April 19, 1923 - March 7, 2018

Esther Margarette Hobbs, aka Margie Schell, Margie Barry, Margie Sanders, Margie Hobbs served as the registrar at St. Mary's High School for 30 years. Mrs Hobbs was well loved by her many student aides during the time she served the St. Mary's community.


Marion Lorraine Paulsen Jan. 22,1923-Feb. 26, 2018


Marion Lorraine Paulsen was born in 1923 in Lake Andes, South Dakota. She attended Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, South Dakota and she spent three years teaching in a one room school house. Marion married Max James Paulsen in 1943 while he was in the service, and they were married for 72 years, before his death in 2015. Marion, Max, Jim and Rick moved to Stockton from Davenport, Iowa in 1962. The Paulsen's children and grandchildren all attended St. Mary's.


She was a tireless supporter of St. Mary’s High School and her kindness will be long remembered.


Military Alumnus as a Result of Current Conflicts


Kyle Coumas, Class of 2005

October 21, 2009

(Stockton Record & Other Sources)


Kyle Coumas appeared to be in good spirits during his first deployment. Angela Dunne, an old high school friend from Stockton, last talked to the 22-year-old Army specialist over Facebook. During the brief online exchange, Coumas boasted of his accomplishments in Afghanistan.


“It seemed like he was having the time of his

life over there,” said Dunne, 22, who graduated with Coumas from St. Mary’s


 High School in 2005. “He was really proud of what he was doing.”


His service was cut short. The Lockeford soldier died Wednesday in Afghanistan from injuries inflicted when a bomb exploded near his vehicle, the military said.


News trickled slowly through the small town east of Lodi. “It’s upsetting. I just can’t imagine,” said Anna Sheehe, an employee at the post office where Coumas’ mother had just sent her son a care package last week. “You read about this a lot. But when you know somebody — I’ve got kids. I just couldn’t deal with that.”


Coumas was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division in Fort Lewis, Wash. His unit was patrolling in the Arghandab Valley near Kandahar City, military officials said.


Coumas enlisted about two years out of high school and was deployed to Afghanistan in July. During his short tenure, he earned several honors, including the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.


Kyle died Oct. 21 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team,  2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.


Victor H. Cervantes, Class of 1995


At his request, Victor Cervantes had the phrase "Freedom Is Not Free" inscribed on his tombstone.



Ryan Mallory, Class of 2004


As a Petty Officer 2nd Class, Ryan was a Hospital Corpsman (HM2) who served a tour in Iraq, embedded with the Marines’ Bravo Company as a field medic on over 25 missions. Ryan also was deployed on the USN Comfort, aiding victims after the earthquake in Haiti. He endured carnage, improvised explosives and the death of comrades in the field. He never thought of himself before others.


He would go on to study medicine with the same intent but, his battles never ended after debriefing. Unfortunately, he carried that weight with him and he fought it with both fists for the better part of 10 years. He passed away on August 25, 2016



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