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 Feb. 7, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Anne (Jude Thaddeus) Bouffard SP

Providence Sister Anne Bouffard died Jan. 12, 2008, at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane, Washington at 98 years of age, after 77 years as a Sister of Providence.

The vigil service was Jan. 17, and the funeral Mass the following day. Both were held at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane. Burial followed at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Sister Anne was born in 1909 in Black Lake, Quebec, Canada. She moved to Montana with her family as a child. She graduated from Sacred Heart Academy, Missoula, Mont., and entered the novitiate of the Sisters of Providence in Seattle in 1930. She professed her first vows in 1931 and her final vows in 1934.

Soon after her first vows, she entered the School of Nursing at Columbus Hospital (now Benefis Health Care), Great Falls, Mont., where she became an RN in 1936. She received a BS in Nursing Education from Seattle University in 1950, and later received certification in Health Care and Information Administration from Providence Hospital, Seattle. She did post-graduate studies at St. Louis University; Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Maryland; and Georgetown Hospital, Washington, D.C. In 1960, she received a degree in Medical Record Science from Seattle University.

She ministered in health care institutions throughout the Western United States, including Sacred Heart Hospital (now Medical Center), Spokane; St. Thomas Home, Great Falls, Mont.; St. Ignatius Hospital (now Whitman Community Hospital), Colfax, Wash., and St. Mary Hospital (now Medical Center), Walla Walla, Wash.

Sister Anne lived for one year at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane, but then moved back to Walla Walla, where she worked among the Hispanic and low-income people and tutored. She moved back to Mount St. Joseph in 1995, where she retired and served on the local council of Sisters from 1996-1998.

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

Sister Anne (M. Rita Joan) Skok SNJM

Holy Names Sister Anne Skok, sister of Father Charles Skok of the Spokane Diocese, died Jan. 25 at the age of 82.

The vigil service was prayed the evening of Jan. 30; the funeral Mass was celebrated the following morning, both at the Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane.

She was born Sept. 11, 1925, in Jump Off, a small Yugoslavian community near Valley, Wash., the 11th of 15 children.

After entering the Sisters of the Holy Names in 1944, she continued her education, earning a B.S. in Education from Marylhurst College and an M. Ed. from Gonzaga University.

Sister Anne taught lower and middle grades in elementary schools in Washington and Oregon from 1946 to 1962, when she became principal at St. Francis of Assisi, St. Aloysius, and St. Frances Xavier schools in Spokane. In 1977, she was chosen to be a member of the Provincial Leadership Team for her communityís Washington Province.

She later taught at Immaculate Conception School in Clarksdale, Miss., as an original part of the Holy Names Sistersí mission there.

In Spokane, she volunteered at Miriamís House and the Womenís Drop-In Center (now Womenís Hearth). She also volunteered at Our Place, an interfaith ministry in the West Central Area.

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

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