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 March 20, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Constance (Elizabeth Mary) Jergens SNJM

Holy Names Sister Constance Jergens died March 8 in Spokane at the age of 96.

The funeral Mass was celebrated March 14 at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane. A memorial service also was celebrated in Seattle, at Holy Names Academy, on March 15.

Elizabeth Mary Jergens was born July 6, 1911, in Four Lakes, Wash. She attended several elementary schools and secondary schools in the Seattle and Winlock area, and graduated from St. Mary, Winlock, in 1928.

Four years later she pronounced vows as Sister Mary Constance. She earned a teaching certificate from Holy Names Normal School, B.A. from Marylhurst College and an M.A. in English from Gonzaga University.

Her career in education spanned 52 years of work as teacher and principal in junior high and secondary schools in Washington and Oregon, Director of the LINK Program at Fort Wright College, Spokane, and work with students learning English as a second language.

She also volunteered at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, and at Volag Refugee Center.

Health concerns forced her retirement to the Convent in Spokane in 2000.

She had been an annual participant in Spokaneís Bloomsday run, and twice earned first place in her age category.

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

Sister Mary Christopher (Betty Lou) Querin SP

Sister Mary Christopher Querin, of the Sisters of Providence died March 13 at Mount St. Vincent in Seattle. She was 78 years old; she had been a member of her Religious community for 57 years.

The vigil service was scheduled for March 24 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, and the funeral Mass for March 25, also at St. Joseph Residence. Burial will follow the Mass, at Calvary Cemetery, Seattle.

She was born in Seattle and attended Holy Family School and Holy Rosary High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science, 1950, from Seattle University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science, 1961, from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Mo.

She was a convert to Catholicism as a student at Seattle University. She entered the novitiate in 1951 and pronounced final vows in 1955.

She taught at a number of schools, including Seattle University, where she served as chair of that schoolís Political Science Department in the 1980s.

Sister Mary Christopher served in a number of capacities for Providence Health Systems, including service on the organizationís Board.

Memorial donations to support the ministries of the Sisters of Providence may be sent to: The Sisters of Providence, Office of Development, 9 E. 9th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99202-1209.

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