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Obituaries: May 23, 2002
the Inland Register
(From the May 23, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)
Father Frank Masterson SJ
Father Frank Masterson of the Society of Jesus died April 25 in the Jesuit Infirmary at Gonzaga University, Spokane, at the age of 80.
The vigil service was May 1 at Jesuit House Chapel, Gonzaga. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next morning at St. Aloysius Church. Burial at Mt. St. Michaelís Cemetery was May 3.
Father Masterson was born in Spokane Sept. 21, 1921 He attended St. Aloysius School and Gonzaga Prep before entering the Jesuit novitiate at Sheridan, Ore., in 1940.
He studied at Mount St. Michael, Spokane, and Alma College, Los Gatos, Calif., before ordination to the priesthood June 20, 1953.
His many ministries included assignments as assistant to the rector and as rector at Gonzaga Prep, rector of the novitiate at Sheridan, director of Loyola Renewal Center in Portland, Ore., rector of Jesuit High School in Portland, director of the Jesuit Seminary and Mission Bureau in Portland, and chaplain to faculty and alumni at Jesuit High School.
After a series of heart surgeries he was assigned to the Province Infirmary at Gonzaga.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Senior Jesuit Fund, Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, 2222 N.W. Hoyt, Portland, OR 97210.
Sister Mary Theonilla (Louise Dorothy) Buck SNJM
On April 15, 2002, Holy Names Sister Mary Theonilla Buck died at the age of 89.
The vigil took place April 18. The funeral Mass was celebrated April 19. Both took place at the Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane.
Sister Mary Theonilla was born in Seattle, where she attended St. Mary School. She later earned music degrees from Marylhurst College, Oregon, and the University of Montreal.
She joined the Holy Names community and made her vows in 1933. She taught music in Holy Names schools, mostly in Seattle, from 1933-85. She was proficient on several instruments, both string and keyboard, and in choral music as well.
Later she became skilled in graphoanalysis ó handwriting analysis.
Ill health forced her retirement to the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane, in 1986.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names Retirement Fund, 2911 W. Fort Wright Dr., Spokane, WA 99224.
Brother Donald A. Jellison SJ
Jesuit Brother Donald Jellison died April 22 in Spokane. He was 77 years old.
The vigil was held April 24 in the chapel at Jesuit House, Gonzaga University. The funeral Mass was celebrated there the next day. Burial followed, at Mt. St. Michaelís cemetery.
Brother Donald was born in Wendell, Idaho, in 1924. He entered the Jesuit novitiate at Sheridan, Ore., in 1961 and made first vows in 1963. He completed his Jesuit training at Sheridan and began serving as assistant to the minister.
He was property manager for the athletic department of Seattle Prep, was assistant minister at Seattle University, and pronounced his final vows in 1977.
Brother Donald then was assigned to Loyola Retreat House, Portland, Ore., where he served until ill health forced his move to the infirmary at Jesuit House in 1982. He moved to the Regis Community in Spokane in 1986.
He was an avid crafter of rosaries, eagerly sharing his knowledge and skill with others. It is estimated that he and his rosary students produced and donated some 100,000 rosaries over the course of the years.
Arthritis required that he return to the Jesuit House infirmary in 1994.
Sister Bernadine (Mary) Ginder SP
Providence Sister Bernadine Ginder died May 15 at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane. She was 86 years old; she had been a Sister of Providence for more than 68 years.
The funeral Mass was May 18 at Mount St. Joseph, where the vigil service had been held the evening before.
Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.
She was born in Osage, Iowa. A year later her family moved to Montana. After the death of her mother she went to St. Thomas Home in Great Falls, where she graduated from high school.
In 1932 she entered the Providence Community. Two years later she made her first vows.
She held a bachelorís degree in pharmacy from the University of Montana. She worked at Sacred Heart Hospital (now Medical Center) in Spokane, as well as other Providence health care institutions in the West. She also worked in Provincial administration in Spokane prior to her retirement in 1993.
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