Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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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


the Inland Register

(From the June 12, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

Elmer Freeman

Elmer Freeman, former member of the Diocesan Pastoral Council and the Bishop’s Finance Committee, died May 19 at age 83. The Scripture rosary was recited at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes on May 23; the funeral Mass was celebrated there the next morning.

He was born and raised in New England, N.D. He joined the Navy in 1938 and served for 20 years before retiring as a Chief Petty Officer.

He and his family moved to Spokane in 1958 where he owned and operated a number of businesses.

He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in accounting and later served as Gonzaga University’s budget manager.

He was the author of two books: Kedging Through Airpockets: Twenty Years of Naval Aviation, about his Navy career, and Those Navy Guys and Their PBYs: The Aleutian Solution: About the World War II Aleutian Campaign. Together with friends, he began the Spokane Authors and Self-Publishing group to assist local authors with self-publishing.

Freeman was an active parishioner of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, where he served on a number of committees during the years.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 33 years, Virginia, and their infant son, Danny. He is survived by his wife, Pat; eight daughters: Jeanne Malubay, Mary Freeman, Trish Freeman Grotberg, Beth Freeman, Martha Agnew, Suzie Kennedy, Bridget Freeman Wamsley and Ann Freeman; two sons, Jerome and John Freeman; a brother, Ellis Freeman; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes; St. Mary School Foundation, New England, N.D.; or the PBY Memorial Foundation, Oak Harbor, Wash.

Sister M. Clare (Dora) Mihm SNJM

Holy Names Sister M. Clare Mihm died May 26. She was 105 years old and had been part of the Holy Names Religious community since her entry in 1918.

The vigil was prayed May 30. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next morning. Both took place at the Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane.

She and her twin sister were born in Cairo, Neb., in 1897. She attended school and graduated from Holy Names Normal School and Holy Names College, Spokane, with an education degree.

Sister Clare taught and was boarding school prefect from 1920-54. She later served as a cook and housekeeper at Holy Names/Fort Wright College.

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

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