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(From the Nov. 13, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)
Benedictine Sister Radegunda (Frieda) Bischofberger, 101, died Oct. 19 at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho.
A vigil service for Sister Radegunda was held in the monastery chapel the evening of Oct. 21. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next day, also in the chapel.
She was born to Johann Baptist and Theresia Klauer Bischofberger on March 28, 1902, in Appenzell, I. Rh., Switzerland. In 1923 she came to the United States; in 1925 she made profession as a Bene-dictine Sister at St. Gertrude.
She ministered as a domestic worker at various institutions in Idaho, and served as well in the Diocese of Spokane at Holy Rosary School in Pomeroy and St. Mary School in Chewelah, Wash. At age 88 she officially retired from 15 years of part-time service in the monastery kitchen, but continued to do light housekeeping at the museum for another eight years.
Memorials may be made to the Monastery of St. Gertrude, HC3 Box 121, Cottonwood, ID 83522-9408.
Jesuit Father John D. McCluskey, 89, died Nov. 3 at Jesuit House on the Gonzaga University campus. The funeral services were the evening of Nov. 6 in the Jesuit House chapel; burial was the next day at Mt. St. Michael Cemetery.
Father McCluskey was born in Seattle. He attended schools in that area before joining the Society of Jesus in 1932 at Sheridan, Ore.
He studied pilosophy at Mt. St. Michael Institute in Spokane and theology at Alma College, Los Gatos, Calif. He was ordained a priest June 16, 1945, in San Francisco.
Father McCluskey taught history at Gonzaga University and worked in campus ministry and was treasurer at Mt. St. Michael. For many years he ministered as assistant pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Bellevue, Wash.
He also worked with the Marriage Encounter movement for over 20 years.