Father William Caffrey, a priest of the Divine Word Missionaries order with a long history of ministry in the Diocese of San Bernardino, passed away on September 13.
Sister Mary Esther Steckler, 93, of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand was called to her eternal rest on July 9 at the Hildegard Health Center in Ferdinand, Indiana.
Sr. Steckler was born on January 23, 1921 to Henry and Josephine (Angermeier) Steckler.
She entered the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand in 1936 and made her profession of monastic vows in 1938.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA—Noted for his compassion, joy and eagerness to serve God and the Church, Deacon Roberto Cardenas was remembered by close to 400 people gathered at Sacred Heart Church in Rancho Cucamonga at a rosary following the news of his passing.
Deacon Cardenas, 72, was returning home from visiting his son in Hesperia when he was involved in a fatal car accident on Nov. 29. Cardena’s wife and daughter were taken to the hospital and four other passengers suffered minor injuries
Father Gene Speno, 84, was called to his eternal rest on July 15 in Palm Desert after a lengthy illness.
Fr. Speno was born on December 7, 1929 in Bell Gardens to Louis and Anna (Giambrone) Speno. He was Baptized and raised in St. Malachy Parish in Los Angeles. He entered the junior seminary for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in September 1945, He was ordained to the priesthood on March 19, 1960 by Most Reverend Charles Francis Buddy for the Diocese of San Diego.
Father Robert Guerrero, Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Chino was called to his eternal rest on May 5, 2014.
He was born on May 20, 1955 to Manuel Guerrero and Dora DeLuna Ozuna (Guerrero) in San Jose and was baptized that same month at Sacred Heart Parish, Saratoga.
He attended Sacred Heart School from 1961-1969 and Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose from 1969 to 1973.
Fr. George Michael Matanic, OP, a priest of the Western Dominican Province was called to his eternal rest on July 16 in Oakland. He was 69 years old.
Fr. Matanic was born on September 22, 1943 and was ordained a priest of the Western Dominican Province of the Order of Preachers on June 12, 1970, at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Oakland by the Most Rev. Floyd L. Begin.