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 6, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Patricia Jean (Mary Louise) Konrad SNJM

Holy Names Sister Patricia Jean Konrad died at Marie-Rose Center at Mary’s Woods, Lake Oswego, Ore., March 5 at the age of 90. She had been a member of her Religious community for 69 years.

The funeral Mass was celebrated March 15 in the Provincial House Chapel, Marylhurst, Ore.

She was born in Portland, graduated from St. Mary’s Academy there, attended Marylhurst College for two years, and then entered the Holy Names novitiate in 1935.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Marylhurst, and for 20 years taught in Holy Names schools in Oregon and Washington, including Spokane.

Sister Patricia Jean switched to elementary school teaching after completing an education degree, also from Marylhurst. In time she earned a master’s in history and moved to teaching high school, at Fort Wright College in Spokane, and Marylhurst College in Oregon.

She was admitted to the Provincial House’s Care Center in 1996.

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

Rita Ellen McGrann

Rita Ellen McGrann, mother of Father John McGrann, a priest of the Spokane Diocese, died March 27.

A vigil service was celebrated March 31 at Holy Trinity Church in Beaverton, Ore. Father McGrann celebrated the funeral Mass at St. Cecilia Parish, Beaverton, on April 1. Interment was in The Dallas, Ore.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray. She is survived by her 12 children: Father John, Jim, Pat, Gerald, Mary Ellen (Edwards), Tom, Millie (Hynes), Kate (Bennison), Eiliene (Byrne), Kelly (Calden), and Mark; 31 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Rita Ellen Storey was born in The Dalles, Ore., on Aug. 17, 1919. During Rita’s childhood the family lived in The Dalles, Walla Walla, Pomeroy, and Portland.

Rita wrote her memoirs to present to her family and friends on her 80th birthday. “As a bride,” she wrote, “I hardly knew how to cook at all but as circumstances demanded the expertise of a chef, I filled the position.”

Twenty-six years ago, Rita moved from Pomeroy to the Portland, Ore. area, where she enjoyed working at a variety of jobs, stayed active in church, and traveled. Most recently, she initiated at the retirement home where she lived, Courtyard Village, a sewing group that made heart pillows for pediatric patients as well as blankets and hats for infants. She was a member of St. Cecilia Parish and St. Anne’s Guild.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Rita’s name may be made to Valley Catholic High School Library, 4275 S.W. 148th, Beaverton, OR 97007.

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