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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Three Franciscan jubilarians have strong Spokane roots

the Inland Register

(From the May 23, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

Three Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration who ministered in the Spokane area celebrated Diamond Jubilees Ė 60 years Ė of Religious life at St. Rose Convent, La Crosse, Wis., on Saturday, April 20.

Sisters Marda Tsai, Karen Schettler and Laveta Jacobs celebrated the 60th anniversary, of their profession of first vows.

The celebration began with Mass, which was followed by a dinner with family and friends.

Sister Laveta entered the community from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Spokane. She spent three years in preparation for Religious life before professing her first vows in 1942.

She received her education at Viterbo College, where she earned a bachelorís degree in education in 1968, and at the University of North Texas in Denton, where she earned a degree in nursing home administration.

She taught primary grades in several elementary schools in Wisconsin. She also taught classes in Nursing Home Administration at Superior State College and served as administrator of Desert Crest Nursing Home in Phoenix, Ariz. She also served as Secretary-Treasurer and as Personnel Director at St. Joseph Home, La Crosse.

Sister Karen spent three years in preparation for Religious life before professing her first vows in 1942.

She received a bachelorís degree in Music from Viterbo College in 1946. Sister Karen taught music at St. Anthony School, Spokane, for 17 years, and later in Tulsa, Okla. She acted at hospital chaplain in Aberdeen, South Dakota, for two years before retiring because of health.

After entering the FSPA community from Beijing, China, Sister Marda spent three years in preparation for Religious life before professing her first vows in 1942.

She received a bachelorís degree in education and art from Viterbo College in 1950, and a masterís degree in fine arts from the University of Guam.

Sister Marda was principal in Hwang Shih Kang, China, and taught at St. Angela Academy in Carroll, Iowa. She taught in Bishop Baumgartner Junior High in Guam for 30 years and conducted workshops in Oriental painting and calligraphy for adults and children after school hours. In 1987 she began giving private art lessons and visiting the elderly in Spokane. She retired in 1998.

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