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. 23, 2007 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Regina (M. Agnes Loretta) Struble SNJM

Sister Regina Struble of the Sisters of the Holy Names died Aug. 3 at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 10; burial was Aug. 11, at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.

Regina was born in Spokane on May 18, 1912, and attended St. Aloysius elementary school, North Central and Holy Names Academy secondary school. She entered the Sisters of the Holy Names community in 1931 and in 1933 pronounced her vows as Sister Mary Agnes Loretta.

She earned a bachelor of music degree in voice and theory from Marylhurst College (now University) in Oregon, and a second degree, in church music, from the University of Montreal.

She taught in a number of Holy Names schools throughout Oregon and Washington, in both secondary and elementary settings, from 1933-70. In retirement she visited the elderly in the Spokane area and assisted in the library at Fort Wright College.

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

Sister Miriam (Marie Elizabeth) Thissen SSND

Sister Miriam Thissen of the School Sisters of Notre Dame died Aug. 7 at Good Counsel Convent, Mankato, Minn.

The community prayer vespers for her the evening of Aug. 6; the funeral Mass was celebrated the next day.

She was born in Raymond, Minn., and attended St. Mary School in Bird Island, Minn. She entered Religious life Aug. 27, 1927, at the age of 15.

She taught in schools throughout the United States, including 12 years in Eastern Washington, at St. Mary, Chewelah, and Notre Dame Academy, Colton.

In addition, she held a bachelorís degree in English from Holy Names College, Spokane, and masterís degree in English from Gonzaga University.

She retired to the Good Counsel convent in 1993, although she continued to tutor, sing in the chapel choir, and participate in the University of Kentuckyís Nun Study Project.

Two of her brothers were ordained priests, and three of her sisters entered Religious life.

Sister Clare Inez (Mary Clara) Karp OSF

Sister Clare Inez Karp, a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia, died in St. Ann Convent, Tacoma, Wash., on Aug. 12. She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 69 of her 88 years.

The vigil was held the evening of Aug. 15. The funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 16, both at St. Ann Convent, Tacoma.

Mary Clara Karp was born in Baker, Ore., where she was a member of St. Francis DeSales Parish. Prior to her entrance into the congregation in 1936, she graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Pendleton, Ore. She later earned degrees in education and theology, and ministered in education, diocesan ministry, and health care.

Sister Clare Inez ministered for 48 years in the Diocese of Baker, Ore., and six years in the Diocese of Spokane, where she taught at Mt. St. Joseph Academy in Tekoa (1947-1948, 1949-1950) and at St. Charles School in Spokane (1951-1955). She also taught in Oregon and California.

In 2002 Sister Clare Inez moved to St. Ann Convent in Tacoma, where she served in prayer ministry until her death.

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

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