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 April 29, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Fabia (Esperance) Commerford OP

Sister Fabia Commerford OP Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Fabia Commerford, died at Manor CareHealth Services, Spokane, on March 25. She was 78 years old.

A Memorial Mass was held for Sister Fabia at Dominican Center in Spokane before her body was returned to Sinsinawa. The funeral Mass was celebrated there in Queen of the Rosary Chapel on April 2, followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery.

Esperance Commerford was born on July 15, 1925 in Murdock, Minn. She entered Saint Clara Novitiate in November 1942, made her first Religious profession as Sister Fabia, on Aug. 5, 1946, and final profession on Aug. 5, 1949.

For 48 years, Sister Fabia served as a housekeeper for the Sisters in many parts of the country, including Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa. She ministered in pastoral work in Florida before retiring to Dominican Center, Spokane, in 2000.

Memorials may be made to Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, 53824-9701.

Father Michael E. Walsh SJ

Jesuit Father Michael E. Walsh, a native of Spokane, died April 15 in Tacoma. He was 72 years old.

The funeral Mass was celebrated April 20 at St. Patrick Parish, Tacoma. He was buried in the Jesuit cemetery at Mount St. Michael, Spokane.

Father Walsh was born in Spokane in 1931 and entered the Society of Jesus in 1949. After philosophy studies he studied theology at Regis College, Denver. He was ordained at St. Aloysius Church, Spokane, in 1962.

He taught at Jesuit High School, Portland, and Bellarmine Prep and Seattle Prep. He also served as a chaplain at Tacoma hospitals, and was pastor for six years of Our Lady of Mount Virgin Parish in the Seattle Archdiocese.

Remembrances may be made to the Aged and Infirm Fund of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR 97286-0010.

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