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Sister Sharon Collver, SNJM

February 27, 1939 ~ October 20, 2019 (age 80)


Sister Sharon Collver, SNJM, age 80, died in Lake Oswego, October 20, 2019. A Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary for 60 years, her funeral will be held at 11 a.m., Oct. 30, 2019, in the Chapel of the Holy Names, Marylhurst.

The third daughter of Ralph and Elfrieda Fallert Collver, Sharon grew up in Portland. After graduating from St. Mary's Academy, she entered the Sisters' novitiate and received the name Sister M. Raphaelann.

Sister Sharon taught first grade in SNJM schools in Salem, Medford and Astoria.
She served on the Oregon Provincial Council, led workshops in PRH (Personality and Human Relationships) and was a parish director of religious education in Portland. Overtime she obtained a master's degree in theology. Later she completed Clinical Pastoral Education training and was Catholic chaplain at Oregon State Hospital, Salem. After retiring, she conducted Bible study classes at Madeleine Parish, Portland. She was also involved in vocation ministry for the Sisters.

Sister Sharon is survived by her sisters, Roberta Suppes (Beaverton), Jan Holland (Portland), and Marita McDonough (Berthoud, Colorado); her nieces and nephews; and members of her religious community.

Remembrances may be made to Sisters of the Holy Names, P.O. Box 398, Marylhurst, OR 97036 or online at

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