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 May 3, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Norine Joseph (Elizabeth) Mulvey OSF

Sister Norine Joseph Mulvey of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia died April 16 in St. Ann Convent, Tacoma, Wash. She had been a professed member of her Religious community for 66 of her 85 years.

The funeral Mass was celebrated April 20 at St. Ann Convent, Tacoma. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery, Tacoma.

She was born in County Leitrim, Ireland, and entered Religious life in 1937 at Mallow, County Cork. She professed first vows in 1941 in Pendleton, Ore.

She earned a B.A. in Education from Holy Names College, Spokane, and an M.A. in Education and Administration from Gonzaga University, Spokane.

Sister Norine ministered both as an elementary school teacher and as a pastoral care chaplain.

Her first years of ministry were spent in Spokane, at St. Joseph Orphanage and at Mt. St. Joseph Academy in Tekoa, and then at St. Charles School in Spokane.

She also ministered for over 40 years in the Seattle Archdiocese, for 13 years in the Diocese of Baker, Ore., and five years in the Archdiocese of Portland, in both Portland and McMinnville.

Donations in her name can be made to Franciscan Ministries Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.

Amelia Rose Braungardt

Amelia Braungardt, wife of Deacon “Brownie” Braungardt, died April 8 after a long illness. She was 82 years old.

The funeral vigil was April 12 at St. John Vianney Church, Spokane Valley. The funeral Mass was cele-brated there the next morning.

She and Deacon Braungardt were marred for 62 years at the time of her death.

She worked for Globe Finance for a number of years as a secretary/bookkeeper and office supervisor, and was very involved with parish work as well: organizing the newcomers’ dinner, a Eucharistic minister, member of the choir and the altar society, the Poverty Fund, and prayer groups. She also brought meals and Communion to the homebound.

She is survived by her husband; by daughters Linda Denning (Larry) and JoAnn Butterfield (Jim); sister, Rita McFarland; brother, Mike Lombard (Gloria); eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to the St. John Vianney rectory.

James O’Malley

James O’Malley, ordained a priest in 1946, died April 19 in Ireland. He was 87 years old.

The funeral Mass was celebrated in Louis-berg, Ireland, April 21.

He was a native of Kilsallagh, West-port, County Mayo, Ireland, and was ordained for the Spokane Diocese at St. Patrick Seminary, County Carlow, Ireland.

He twice served as assistant pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane, and once as assistant of St. Mary of the Rosary, Chewelah. He was pastor of St. Anthony Parish, Newport; St. Mary of the Rosary, Chewelah; Holy Rosary Parish, Orsalia; St. John Vianney Parish, in what is now Spokane Valley; and St. Paschal Parish, also in Spokane Valley.

He retired from active ministry in June 1989. Because of credible accusations of sexual abuse, he was removed from practicing any ministry as a priest July 9, 2002.

Sister Judith (Maura) Edwards SP

Sister Judith Edwards of the Sisters of Providence died April 23 in Seattle. She was 70 years old; she had been a member of the Providence Religious community for more than 52 years.

The funeral vigil was celebrated April 25; the funeral Mass, April 26, both at St. Joseph Residence. Burial took place April 27 at Calvary Cemetery.

She was born in Denver, Colo. Her family settled in Yakima Wash., where she attended St. Joseph Academy. She entered the Providence novitiate in 1955 and made final vows in 1961.

She held a bachelor’s degree in education from the College (now University) of Great Falls and a master’s degree in English from Seattle University.

Sister Judith taught at a number of schools in the American West, including St. Patrick School, Walla Walla. She retired in 2005.

Memorial contributions in support of the Providence Sisters’ ministries may be made to the Sisters of Providence, Office of Development, 9 E. 9th Ave., Spokane, Wash. 99202-1209.

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