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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


Obituaries

the Inland Register

(From the February 24, 2005 edition of the Inland Register)

Father James Goodwin SJ

Father James Goodwin, a member of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, died in the province infirmary Jan. 30. He was in his 92nd year of life and his 74th year as a member of the Society of Jesus.

Father James Goodwin SJ Father Goodwin was born in Butte, Mont. He graduated from Butte Central High School and in the fall of 1931 he entered the Jesuit novitiate at Sheridan, Ore. He studied philosophy at Mount St. Michael in Spokane, and then taught for three years at Gonzaga University.

He then studied theology at Woodstock College in Maryland from 1940 to 1944. He was ordained a priest on June 24, 1943.

Following his ordination, Father Goodwin pursued graduate work in sociology at St. Louis University and then at Harvard University. In 1951 he was appointed to the faculty of Seattle University as a professor of sociology, where he taught for 35 years. From 1986 to 1992 he continued to work as a chaplain at Seattle University.

In 1992, for reasons of health, he moved to Spokane and joined the Jesuit Regis Community, where he continued his ministry as a priest.

The vigil service was held Feb. 3 at Jesuit House Chapel. The funeral Mass was celebrated there the next day. Burial at the Jesuit cemetery at Mount St. Michael followed the funeral Mass.

Donations in memory of Father Goodwin may be sent to the Jesuit Senior Fund, P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR 97286.

Ruth M. Borchardt

Ruth M. (Hanrahan) Bor-chardt, mother of Father Edgar Borchardt, died Feb. 8 in Oconomowoc, Wis. She was 85 years old.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 10 at St. Charles Church, Hartland, Wis. Entombment followed at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Milwaukee.

Mrs. Borchardt was an accomplished musician. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Parkside, where she majored in music.

She was married to Warren Borchardt, who preceded her in death.

She worked for the Wisconsin State Patrol as the Captainís Secretary for many years.

She is survived by her children: Father Edgar Borchardt, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Pullman; Judy Johnson of Kenosha, Wis.; and Russell (Mary) Borchardt, Madison, Wis. She was preceded in death her son, Robert.

Sister M. Catherine Ann (Alice Ann) Struntz SNJM

Sister M. Catherine Ann Struntz of the Sisters of the Holy Names died Jan. 27. She was 94 years old.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 4 in the chapel of the Convent of the Holy Names, Marylhurst, Ore.

She was born in Monterey, Calif., and educated in Portland, Ore. She received her bachelorís degree from Holy Names College, Spokane.

She taught for 67 years in primary schools in Oregon and Washington. In 1974 she began working under Oregonís Chapter 1 program, tutoring in reading and language. Her last 10 years as a teacher were spent tutoring at the Madeleine grade school in Portland. Upon her retirement the school named her classroom after her.

She retired to the convent at Marylhurst in 1997.

Remembrances may be made to the Holy Names Sisters Foundation, P.O. Box 411, Marylhurst, OR 97036.

Sister Magdalen (Harriet Mary) Fautch SNJM

Sister Magdalen Fautch of the Sisters of the Holy Names died Feb. 1. She was 88 years old.

The funeral Mass was celebrated at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane, on Feb. 5.

She was born in Kettle Falls, Wash. The family later moved to Spokane, where she attended Sacred Heart Elementary School and Holy Names Academy.

After high school, she entered the Holy Names novitiate. She pronounced her vows in 1936.

She held degrees from Marylhurst College (in violin) and the University of Southern California (in music composition). Sister Harriet Mary also studied at Julliard School of Music.

She taught music from 1936-2001: strings, piano, harp, organ, choir, general singing, chamber music, orchestra, theory, history, and composition.

She taught at Holy Names Academy, Seattle, and was co-founder of the Seattle Archdiocesan Commission on Sacred Music.

In 1976 she joined the faculty of Marylhurst University, Oregon, where she taught until 2001. During her time there she was a three-time first award winner in national composition competition.

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

Sister Evelyn (M. James Robert) Ferguson SNJM

Holy Names Sister Evelyn Ferguson, 78, died Feb. 2 in Spokane. The funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 7 at the Convent of the Holy Names. She was buried the next day at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.

She was born in Sandpoint, Idaho, where she graduated from high school. She worked as an assistant superintendent of schools for Bonner County as she was attending Holy Names College, studying music.

After graduation she entered Religious life. She pronounced vows in 1952, followed by years of teaching music in Seattle and Spokane until 1979.

She earned a masterís degree in music from the University of Washington, and studied piano performance in Europe as well.

Her belief in the interdependence of all creation and the sacredness of all life on Earth led her in 1993 to become a founding member of Sacred Earth Associates.

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

Sister Mariana (M. Margaret Laurene) Murphy SNJM

Sister Mariana Murphy of the Sisters of the Holy Names died Feb. 9. She was 93 years old; she had been a member of her Religious community for nearly 75 years.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 11 at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.

She was born in Tacoma. Her family settled in Spokane, where she finished grade school and high school at Holy Names Academy. After attending business college, she entered Religious life in 1930, and made her vows in 1932.

She earned a bachelorís degree in education from Holy Names College, and a masterís degree in education from Seattle University.

In 1932 Sister Mariana began teaching elementary school. In time she served as a principal, junior high teacher, and Religious Superior. She went on to serve in parish religious education and other parish ministry in Tacoma, Snohomish, Seattle, and in the Spokane Diocese in Oroville. She also volunteered at Trinity School, Spokane, and Our Place Ecumenical Ministry.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names Retirement Fund, 2911 W. Fort Wright Dr., Spokane, WA 99224; or Trinity School, 1306 W. Montgomery, Spokane, WA 99205; or Our Place, 1509 W. College, Spokane, WA 99201.

Sister Sarah (Mary Berenice) Donnelly SNJM

Holy Names Sister Sarah Donnelly died Feb. 10. She was 81 years old, and had been a Holy Names Sister for over 62 years.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 15 at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane.

She was born in Seattle, where she attended Holy Names Academy before entering Religious life in 1942. She made her vows two years later.

Sister Sarah held a bachelorís degree in education from Marylhurst College, and ministered as a boarding school prefect and in child care, as well as elementary school teacher in Richland, Seattle, and Spokane.

She also served as Maintenance Coordinator of Spokaneís Holy Names Academy, and as Director of Financial Aid for Fort Wright College of the Holy Names, Spokane.

She was director of the Care Center at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane; she retired in 2000.

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


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