Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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the Inland Register
(From the March 16, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)
Brother George McMonagle of the Society of Jesus died Feb. 18 at age 87 in the Oregon Province Infirmary.
The rosary was Feb. 22; the funeral Mass, Feb. 23. Both took place in the chapel at Jesuit House on the Gonzaga University campus in Spokane. Burial was Feb. 24 in the Jesuit cemetery at Mt. St. Michael’s, Spokane.
He was born in Tacoma. His grade school years were spent in Tacoma and Roslyn, Wash., and his freshman year of high school was in Easton, Wash., followed by three years at O’Dea High School in Seattle.
Brother George spent one year of college at Seattle University, followed by a year at the University of Alaska (1940-41). While in Alaska, he worked for the Army Corp of Engineers before returning to Seattle to enter the U.S. Navy (1941-45). He returned to Seattle University after his discharge from the Navy in 1945.
He entered the Society of Jesus in 1950 at Sheridan, Ore., and spent two years of novitiate in Florissant, Mo., where he made his first religious vows in 1952.
In 1957, Brother George was missioned to the community at Seattle University as the assistant to the Guest Master, sacristan and general handyman. He spent 35 years in those roles. In 1960 he pronounced his final vows as a Religious Brother at Seattle University.
From 1992 until he retired in 1997, he belonged to the Colombiere Community in Portland, Ore. In 1997, Brother George moved to the Regis Community for retired Jesuits in Spokane.
He is survived by his sister, Sister Virginia McMonagle of the Society of the Sacred Heart, in Atherton, CA.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jesuit Senior Fund of the Oregon Province, P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR 98286.
June Sirek, long-time Spokane Diocese employee, died March 3.
The vigil service was March 10 at Hennessey Smith Funeral Home. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next morning at Assumption Parish, Spokane.
She was born in 1944 in Grand Forks, N.D., and graduated from St. Joseph Academy, Omaha, Neb. She married her husband, Jimmy, in East Grand Forks, Minn., in 1964.
She worked for Border States Electric in Grand Forks before beginning a 24-year commitment to the Diocese of Spokane. She worked for three years at the Catholic Pastoral Center, then an additional 21 years as secretary for Bishop White Seminary, where she was friend and confidante to dozens of seminarians and priests of the Spokane Diocese.
Besides her professional work, she was an active volunteer with a number of organizations, including Right to Life Spokane and the Red Cross. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas as well.
The Sireks retired in 2000.
She is survived by her husband; her four children and their spouses and children; and two sisters.
Memorial gifts may be made to Assumption Parish, 3624 W. Indian Trail Rd., Spokane, WA 99208, or Right to Life, 111 E. Central Ave., Spokane, WA 99208.