Sr. Vivian Snow (1937-2014)

SR-Snow_Vivian_headshot2Sister Vivian Snow, a Sister of Notre Dame for 59 years, died peacefully in San Jose, CA on January 24, 2014.

The words gentle, compassionate and responsible best describe Sr. Vivian. Whether she was teaching, caring for elderly and infirm Sisters, giving TLC and band aids to children in school offices, or doing secretarial work in schools and provincial offices, she made everyone feel special and deserving of her time and energy.

Sr. Vivian especially treasured her twenty years nursing the elderly and sick Sisters at Notre Dame Villa Infirmary in Saratoga, her seventeen years as a school nurse and secretary at St. Lucy School in Campbell, and her recent eight years at St. Joseph Cupertino School in Sunnyvale.

Sr. Vivian came to know Sisters of Notre Dame by attending religious education classes in Los Angeles, where she was born. Predeceased by her parents, Patrick and Elva Snow, and her sister, Vibianna, Sr. Vivian had no other family, but she was loved by the extended family of her Notre Dame community, Sr. Cecilia Wallace’s loving family, and in all the schools and parishes where she served.

Keeping up on local and world news, cheering for the Giants, caring for cats and dogs who adopted her, and making occasional trips to Tahoe were things she enjoyed.

Mary Lyons, principal at St. Joseph Cupertino School, said of Sr. Vivian that her “genuine goodness shone through to all of us. She saw God in each of us and we, in turn, saw God in her. We loved her.”

A Mass celebrating Sr. Vivian’s life will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Cupertino Church, Sunnyvale. Viewing from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Interment at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.


  1. I didn't have the privilege of knowing Sr. Vivian Snow. I attribute my education and the person I am today to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in San Francisco. Sr. Vivian was a hero to many and will be missed by all who knew her. May the Good Lord bless us all.

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