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 Oct. 5, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

Shirley Anne Dubois

Shirley Anne Dubois, retired office manager for the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, died Sept. 15 in Diamond Lake. She was 77.

The vigil was celebrated Sept. 20 at St. Patrick Church, Spokane. The funeral Mass was celebrated there the next morning. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery followed the funeral.

She was born July 19, 1929, in Spokane, and lived here her entire life. For 27 years, she served as office manager for the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Charles; her children, Lynn and Steve O’Neall, Michael and Christine Hall, Marcia and Leonard Parks, Larry and Teresa Hall, Richard and Deborah Dubois; stepchildren Adele and David Ward, and Jackie Ann Dubois; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick School, 2706 E. Queen, Spokane, WA 99207.

Sister Agnes (Augustinus) Rohr SP

Providence Sister Agnes Rohr, 89, died Sept. 18 at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane. She had been a Sister of Providence for 71 years at the time of her death.

The vigil was celebrated Sept. 19, and the funeral Mass on Sept. 20, both at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane. Burial followed at Holy Cross Cemetery.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and grew up in Yakima.

She graduated from St. Vincent Academy, Walla Walla, and entered the Providence novitiate in January 1935. She professed final vows in 1939.

She held teaching credentials from the College (now University) of Great Falls, education degrees from Seattle University, and concluded the CREDO program at Gonzaga Un iversity. She also studied at Kinman Business College in Spokane, the University of Washington, the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn., and Mt. St. Mary’s, Los Angeles.

Most of her ministry was invested in teaching, including St. Vincent Academy, Walla Walla, and St. Joseph Academy, Yakima. She also worked in medical records in Walla Walla, at St. Vincent Medical Center, and was a switchboard operator and driver for Mount St. Joseph, Spokane.

At St. Aloysius Parish, Spokane, she ministered – after retiring in 1988 – as a parish visitor to the sick and homebound, a Eucharistic minister, and as a member of the funeral reception committee. She retired to Mount St. Joseph in 1997.

Donations to support the ministries of the Sisters of Providence may be made to: Sisters of Providence, Office of Development, 9 E. 9th Ave., Spokane, WA 99202.

Anna Giovanna Grasher

Anna (Anita) Giovanna Grasher, mother of Father Al Grasher of St. Mary’s Presentation Parish, Deer Park, died Sept. 29 at age 82.

The rosary was prayed for her at St. Anne Church, Blaine, Wash., Oct. 3. The funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Anne on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Burial followed at the Blaine Cemetery.

She was born in Blaine on Nov. 1, 1923, to Ben and Maria Gobbato, and lived there her entire life.

She graduated from Blaine High School and attended Success Business College.

At Border Brokerage Company, where she worked for five years, she met Albert Grasher. They married June 29, 1946. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Grasher is survived by her four sons: Alan (Barb) of Kennewick; Bob (Marlene) of Bellingham; Father Al Grasher of Deer Park; and Greg and Becky, Blaine; as well as seven grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anne Catholic Church or St. Anne Altar Society, c/o St. Joseph Church, 5781 Hendrickson Ave., Ferndale, WA 98248.

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