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 Dec. 7, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Rosemarie (Rosemary Joan) Brown SNJM

Holy Names Sister Rosemarie Brown died Nov. 17 in Everett, Wash. She was 68.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 22 at the Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane.

She was born in Rosalia, Wash., and attended Marylhurst College, Oregon, and Fort Wright College, Spokane.

She entered religious life in 1961 at Marylhurst and pronounced perpetual vows in 1967 in Spokane. She taught in several Northwest schools, including Holy Names Academy in Spokane, and also served as director of Exchange House for Adolescent Girls in Spokane. She later spent some 19 years as Director of Outreach to Seniors for St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Everett.

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

Sister Claudia (Gertrude) McMillan SP

Providence Sister Claudia McMillan died Nov. 20. She had been a Providence Sister for 66 of her 91 years.

The vigil was Nov. 24 at Mt. St. Joseph, Spokane, where the funeral Mass was celebrated the next day. She was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery.

She was born in Superior, Mont., and completed nurse’s training at Columbus Hospital School of Nursing in Great Falls, Mont. After working for a time, she entered the Providence novitiate in Seattle in 1940. She professed final vows in 1945.

She later earned a bachelors’ degree in nursing from the College (now University) of Great Falls, and a certificate from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.

Sister Claudia’s ministry was devoted in large part to various aspects of health care, including time at Sacred Heart Hospital (now Medical Center) in Spokane, St. Ignatius Hospital (now Whitman Community Hospital) in Colfax, and St. Brendan Nursing Home (now St. Joseph Care Center) in Spokane.

She retired in 1997.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Providence Retirement Fund, 9 E. 9th Ave., Spokane, WA 99202-1209.

Father Roger Blachette SJ

Jesuit Father Roger Elton Blanchette died Nov. 26 after several years of illness. He was 73.

The vigil was prayed Dec. 1 in the chapel at Jesuit House, Gonzaga University. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next morning, also at Jesuit House. Burial followed in the Jesuit cemetery at Mt. St. Michael’s.

He was born in Aberdeen, S.D., on April 26, 1933 to Roy and Mary Blanchette. He attended Sacred Heart Catholic School in Aberdeen from 1939-1944. From 1944-1946, he attended school in Bremerton and St. Leo School in Tacoma, Wash. He graduated from Bellarmine High, Tacoma, in 1951.

The following September he entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus at Sheridan, Ore. After formal religious studies there, and philosophy studies at Mt. St. Michaels’ in Spokane, he taught at Jesuit High School in Beaverton, Ore., and Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane. From 1961-1965, he studied theology at Alma College in Los Gatos, Calif., followed by ordination to the priesthood on June 13, 1964.

Father Blanchette spent the next 38 years teaching theology at Seattle University and doing hospital chaplaincy and parish work, until several incapacitating strokes brought him to the Oregon Province infirmary in Spokane.

He is survived by one brother, Roland Blanchette, and one sister, Marcella Thornton, both of Seattle.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Jesuit Senior Fund, Society of Jesus, Oregon Province, P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR 97286.

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