Noel Ann Stanton, 72, of San Rafael, CA (formerly of Falls City), died Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 at her home, following a battle with ovarian cancer. Ann Clare Nusbaum was born and grew up in Falls City, the daughter of former Falls City Journal owner/publisher Leo Nusbaum and his wife Evelyn.  

Ann graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1960 and entered the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, KS, completing her bachelor’s degree at Saint Mary’s College in Leavenworth.  

As a Sister of Charity, Ann took the name “Noel,” though she remained “Ann” to her family and friends. Sister Noel taught English Literature at Catholic high schools in Kansas City, MO, Butte, MT, and Leavenworth, KS. While studying for her Masters in Theology in 1974, Sister Noel met her future husband, Clark Stanton, and was later released from her vows. Noel and Clark were married in Berkeley, CA, in December 1979. During their married life, they lived in Berkeley, Lincoln and Pasadena, CA, before moving to San Rafael in 1993. Noel continued to teach English and religious studies in high schools until cancer forced her retirement in 2012 at Salesian High in Richmond, CA.  

She is survived by her husband; sons, Luke Stanton, of Los Angeles, and John Stanton, of Tokyo, Japan; sisters, Ellen Peterson, of Mill Valley, CA, and Sarah Bradley, of Denver.  

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Saint Vincent’s Church in San Rafael by Bishop Tom Daly on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Salesian High School or to a charity of your choice. For more information, goto

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