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 27, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Margaret (M. Alberta Louise) Petersen SNJM

Sister Margaret Petersen died March 25 at the Marie-Rose Center at Mary’s Woods, Lake Oswego, Ore. The Holy Names Sister was 92 years old.

The funeral Mass was celebrated March 30 in the Provincial House chapel at Marylhurst, Ore.

She was born in Portland, Ore., raised in the Lutheran faith, and graduated from Grant High School. She worked as a stenographer for 13 years and, in 1942, converted to Catholicism. She entered the Holy Names novitiate two years later, and made final vows in 1952.

Most of her ministry was invested in music education in Holy Names schools throughout Washington and Oregon, including Spokane. She also was a skilled gardener.

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

Sister Rose Estelle (Mabel Esther) Harvey SP

Providence Sister Rose Estelle Harvey died April 8 at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane. She was 94 years old; she had been a member of her Religious community for more than 73 years.

Sister Rose Estelle Harvey SP The vigil was April 18; the funeral Mass, April 19. Both took place at Mount St. Joseph. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane, on April 20.

She was born in Washburn, Wis. Her family moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, when she was a young child; she graduated from Immaculate Heart Academy there in 1931, and the next year entered the Providence novitiate in Seattle.

She professed final vows in 1937.

She graduated from the College of Great Falls, had a certificate in business administration from Kinman Business College, Spokane, and teaching certificates in both Idaho and Washington. She later completed a degree in library science from the University of Portland.

Sister Rose Estelle taught and served as a librarian in various schools of the Inland Northwest, including DeSales, Walla Walla, and St. Joseph Academy, Sprague.

Her ministry included a three-year appointment as Provincial Secretary/Councilor in Spokane, and from 1975-90 she was administrative secretary/receptionist at St. Joseph Care Center, Spokane.

She retired to Mount St. Joseph, Spokane, in 1993.

Memorial gifts to support the ministries of the Sisters of Providence may be sent to: Sisters of Providence, Office of Development, 9 E. 9th Ave., Spokane, WA 99202-1209.

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