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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Obituaries

the Inland Register

(From the Nov. 15, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

Kitty (Henderson) Sando

Kitty Sando, wife of Deacon Bill Sando, died Oct. 24.

The funeral Mass was Oct. 29 at St. Anthony Parish, Newport. Burial followed at the Newport Cemetery. She was 64 years old.

She was born in Spokane and grew up in Wilbur and Davenport. She graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Colton and from Holy Names College before completing a master’s degree in education from Eastern Washington University.

She taught in Montana and at Holy Names Academy, Spokane, before beginning her career with the Newport School District.

She married Deacon William Sando in 1967.

Survivors include her husband; three daughters: Marty Adams (Mount Vernon, Wash.), Rose Luebke (Belfair, Wash.), and Mimi Davidson (Everett, Wash.); a son, Will Sando (Spokane); two sisters, four brothers, and six grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Pend Oreille County.

Sister Carmel Joseph Linehan OSF

Franciscan Sister Carmel Joseph Linehan, a native of County Cork, Ireland, died Oct. 21 at St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 25 at St. Ann Convent, Tacoma. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery.

She was born in 1922 and entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia at Mallow, Ireland, in 1937.

She spent many years teaching on the elementary and high school levels, and also ministered extensively through spiritual direction and retreat work.

Twenty-seven of her years were spent in the Baltimore Archdiocese. She worked in the Spokane Diocese for a total of 17 years: nine at St. Charles School, Spokane, and eight at St. Joseph Family Center. She moved this past year from Spokane to Tacoma.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Franciscan Ministries Foundation, 609 S. Convent Rd., Aston, Pa. 19014.

Sister Irma Sherman SNJM

Sister Irma Sherman of the Sisters of the Holy Names died Oct. 22 at age 83.

The vigil service was Oct. 25; the funeral Mass was the next day. Both took place at the Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane.

She was born in Winsted, Minn. She entered the Holy Names community in 1925 and professed vows in 1927.

She taught in schools throughout Oregon and Washington and held bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education.

Besides teaching in the upper grade levels, she also served as a school principal. From 1957-70 she was an educational consultant for the Archdiocese of Seattle.

She returned to Spokane as a librarian at the Convent of the Holy Names and retired to the apostolate of prayer in 1993.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names Retirement Fund, 2911 W. Fort Wright Dr., Spokane, WA 99224.

Sister Rosalie Dionne SP

Providence Sister Rosalie Dionne, a member of the Providence community for 74 years, died Oct. 30 at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane.

The vigil was held Nov. 2. The funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 3. Both took place at Mount St. Joseph. The funeral was followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.

She was born in St. Epiphane, Quebec. She entered the Providence novitiate in Montreal in 1927 and made final vows in 1931.

She was given the name Marie Chrysanthe and missioned to Spokane, where she did dietary work at Sacred Heart Hospital (now Medical Center). She also ministered at St. Joseph Care Center, Mount St. Joseph, and with Catholic Charities, Spokane.

She retired to Mount St. Joseph in 1986.

Father Anthony “Skip” King

Father Anthony “Skip” King, a priest of the Diocese of Yakima, died Nov. 4 from complications following hip surgery. He was 68 years old.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, Nov. 19, at St. Paul Cathedral, Yakima. Burial will follow the next day.

Father King was ordained in 1959. He spent several years working in seminary formation, first at St. Peter Seminary in the Diocese of Yakima, then at the Spokane Diocese’s Mater Cleri Seminary, Colbert.

During his years in Colbert he assisted at St. Joseph Parish there, as well as at other parishes of the diocese.

He later served on the faculty of St. Thomas Seminary, Kenmore, outside Seattle.

Father King’s last pastoral assignment was as pastor of St. Henry Parish, Coulee Dam, which served the entire Grand Coulee area, including parts of both the Yakima and Spokane dioceses.

The onset of Alzheimer’s disease forced his retirement from that position.

In a memo to Spokane Diocese leadership, Msgr. John Steiner, vicar general of the diocese, wrote of Father King:

“He lived down at the other end of the dorm wing from me at Mater Cleri and he was very popular with the students. He was always willing to take them someplace or be the driver down to the fast food outlets on Division. He was an easy touch for a good grade. What more could a student wish from a teacher?

“We pray that God will bless this good priest for his faithfulness to the Church and the people of God.”

Sister M. Eileen (Mary Bonaventure) Lillis OSC

Sister M. Eileen Lillis, former abbess of the Poor Clare monastery in Spokane, died Thursday, Nov. 8, after a long illness.

Her vigil was held Nov. 13 at the Poor Clare monastery. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next morning at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Sister Eileen was born in Portland, Ore., in 1921. At the age of 18 she entered the Poor Clare community in Spokane. She spent the next 62 years in various roles within the community — as portress; baker of altar breads; directress of formation; and some 20 years as abbess of the community.

She also was a gifted artist, musician and composer, including the Oregon Catholic Press Advent hymn “Christ the Light Is Coming.”

Her faith, her spirit of leadership and her utterly complete trust and confidence in God were a special blessing and inspiration, not only to her Religious community, but to many people throughout the Spokane area.


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