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 Aug. 2, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Chet Aschenbrenner

Chet Aschenbrenner, long-time print shop operator for the Diocese of Spokane, July 11 after a long illness. He was 79.

A graveside service was held July 21 in Riverside Memorial Park.

He worked in various aspects of the printing industry for over 50 years. He was well-regarded in the diocese as an individual who maintained a steady attitude of good cheer, helpfulness, and generous response to the needs of his customers.

Besides his time in printing, he served proudly in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He is survived by his daughter, Sandra (Al) Osborne of Greenacres, Wash.; son, Steve (Shelley) Aschenbrenner of Spokane; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Truman (Ellen) Aschenbrenner; four nieces, and a nephew.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Schlerosis Society, 818 E. Sharp Ave., Spokane, Wash. 99202.

Steven Sanchez

Steven Baroga Sanchez Jr., a former youth and music minister in the Spokane Diocese, died last month in Seattle of complications from diabetes at the age of 51.

He graduated from South Kitsap High School in 1973 and received a Bachelors Degree from Seattle University in 1981.

Sanchez worked primarily as a Youth Minster in Catholic parishes throughout the Northwest, including St. Patrick, Spokane. He also ministered through large youth gatherings, and was keynote speaker for the Spokane Diocese’s Catholic Youth Celebration on three separate occasions.

He also worked as a journalist.

He was an active member of the Catholic Faith and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his sons, Steven ‘Tony’ Sanchez and Ethan Sanchez, and daughter Bethany Sanchez, all of Port Orchard, Wash.; and brother, Stephan Sanchez. of Seattle. He was predeceased by his parents.

The funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Gabriel Church, Port Orchard, on July 15. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the American Diabetes Association, Washington Affiliate, Inc., PMB 202, 8205 E. Martin Way, East Olympia, WA 98516-5769.

Sister Dolores “Dixie” (M. Catherine Joan) Crosby SNJM

Holy Names Sister Dolores “Dixie” Crosby died July 22 at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane. She was 73 years old.

The funeral Mass was celebrated July 28, also at the Convent.

She was born in Spokane in 1934. Dixie completed elementary and secondary education at Holy Names Academy in Spokane, graduating as valedictorian in 1952.

That also was the year she entered Religious life. She made her vows in 1954, and went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education, from Marylhurst College (now University) in Oregon and Eastern Washington University, Cheney.

She began her teaching career in 1956. From 1969 until her retirement in 1999, she served as an elementary school principal in Spokane, Edmonds, Tacoma, Seattle and Everett, Wash. Her expertise as a religious educator was so well respected that she received invitations to present at national conferences, notably at National Catholic Education Conventions.

After some sabbatical time, she served as co-director of Birthright in Seattle from 2001-2004.

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

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