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 Jan. 15, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

Mary Tirro Bressler

Mary Bressler Mary Bressler, a secretary for more than 15 years in the offices of the Spokane Dioceseís Catholic Pastoral Center, died Dec. 16 in Spokane.

The funeral is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Church, 304 S. Adams Rd. in Spokane Valley.

Mary was born in Omaha, Neb., on Feb. 25, 1931. She graduated from Benson High School in Omaha in 1948.

After high school she went to work as a secretary for Mutual of Omaha. She was employed there for 10 years before moving to Spokane in 1958.

In 1961 she married Ralph Bressler.

In Spokane she worked for McRae and Connor for 15 years before coming to the Catholic Pastoral Center in 1983. She worked as a secretary for the Inland Register, the Parish Services Office, and the Diocesan Business Affairs Office before retiring on Dec. 31, 1998.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph Bressler, and three stepchildren: Barbara Breslin, Grand Island, Neb., and Patty Schneider and Marylinn Rocket, Great Falls, Mont.; one sister, Jeanette Gurciullo; and two brothers, Alfred (Chris) Tirro of Omaha and Art (Erma) Tirro of Melbourne, Fla.

Sister Virginia (Rose Olive) Cosner SP

Sister Virginia Cosner of the Sisters of Providence died Dec. 20 at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane, at the age of 89. She had been a Providence Sister for 71 years.

The vigil service was the evening of Dec. 22. The funeral Mass was celebrated the following morning. Both took place at Mount St. Joseph.

She was born in Missoula, Mont., where she graduated from SAcred Heart Academy. She entered the novitiate in 1932 and professed final vows in 1936.

She received a bachelorís degree from the College of Great Falls and spent many years as a teacher, principal and reading specialist in Idaho and Montana. She also served as an adminstrator of St. Thomas Childrenís Home in Great Falls.

She retired to Mount St. Joseph in 1986.

Sister Dixie (Anita Marie) Mulvaney SP

Providence Sister Dixie Mulvaney died Dec. 21 at her residence in Spokane. She had been a Providence Sister for 50 of her 68 years.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 27. The vigil was prayed the evening before; both took place at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane.

She was born in Spokane and graduated from Providence Academy in Vancouver, Wash. Later that same year she entered the Providence postulancy.

She professed first vows in 1955 and final vows in 1958.

She held bachelorís degrees in education and drama, and masterís degrees in administration and culture and spirituality. She held teaching and principal credentials in both Washington and Montana.

She taught in schools throughout the West, including St. Patrick and DeSales in Walla Walla. She was a member of her communityís formation team and worked as a staff member at Miryamís House of Transition in Spokane.

She was elected to the Providence Sistersí Provincial Council, where she served from 1992-99.

Sister Sidney (Rebecca Mary) Thomison SNJM

Sister Sidney Thomison of the Sisters of the Holy Names died Dec. 22 at age 87.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 6 at the Provincial House Chapel at Marylhurst, Ore.

She was born in Hood River, Ore., where she attended school through grade 12. She studied two years at Marylhurst College, Ore., before entering the Holy Names novitiate. She made profession in 1938.

In time Sister Sidney earned a bachelorís degree in education from Holy Names College, Spokane, and a masterís degree in psychology from Seattle University.

She taught in Catholic elementary schools in Oregon and Washington for 20, and at Marylhurst College for an additional six years. She directed religious education programs in several Oregon parishes and was Director of Community Services for St. Andrew Parish, Portland.

She retired in 1992; ill health forced her to move to the communityís care center in 1997.

Remembrances may be made to the Holy Names Retirement or Ministry Fund, P.O. Box 411, Marylhurst, OR 97036.

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