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Deacon Steve Barnufsky, 1922-2007: ‘A man whose life was well-lived’
the Inland Register
(From the Aug. 23, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)
Deacon Stephen Barnufsky (left), ordained for the Diocese of Spokane on June 3, 1978, died Aug. 15 in Spokane.
He was 85 years old.
The vigil was Monday, Aug. 20, at Hennessey Funeral Home, North Spokane. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next morning at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Spokane. Entombment was at Holy Cross Cemetery.
He was born in Willimantic, Conn., and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.
He married his wife, Betty, on Dec. 27, 1947. They have seven children.
By background, Deacon Barnufsky was an accountant, office manager, and business administrator. He held a bachelor’s degree in commercial science, and completed additional training in hotel/motel administration and public speaking.
Besides his ministry as a deacon, he was a long-time member of the Secular Franciscans in Spokane, serving as president of that group, and as instructor and director of new candidates.
For over 20 years, he worked in various financial capacities for Rosauers’ Supermarkets, Inc.
He was assigned for many years to St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Spokane, and ministered there in a number of capacities, including work with the parish pastoral council. He was business administrator of St. Francis until his retirement in 1998.
In 1977, while still completing his deacon formation program, he was named manager of Immaculate Heart Retreat Center and administrator of IHRC’s Foundation.
He also worked as a realtor.
Deacon John Sicilia, Director of Deacons for the Spokane Diocese, called Deacon Barnufsky “a kind man, who was very devoted to (his wife) Betty and his children. He was a good role model for married people,” he said. “He had a warm personality, a man who was easy to talk to, who was a good listener, who enjoyed people. He will be missed by everybody who had contact with him.”
“In retrospect now, we can look back over his life and appreciate what a great gift he was to all of us,” said Bishop William Skylstad. “His gentle spirit, his loving kindness, his commitment to the Church in service, his spirit of gratitude: these were just some of the wonderful qualities of a man whose life was well-lived.
“He was genuinely an exemplary disciple of Jesus, and servant of the Lord,” said the bishop.
Besides his wife of 59 years, Deacon Barnufsky is survived by his children: Melinda, Greg, Marcia, Mark, Matthew, Monica, and Franciscan Father Stephen; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Poor Clare Sisters, 4419 N. Hawthorne, Spokane, WA 99205.