Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane
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the Inland Register
(From the May 1, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)
Sister Marita Chesnut died on April 17, 2008 at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane, at 81 years of age, after 64 years as a Sister of Providence.
The Vigil Service was held the evening of April 21 at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane; the funeral Mass was celebrated there the next morning, with burial following at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.
Sister Marita was born Mary Angeline Chesnut in St. John, Wash. She moved to Colfax, Wash., with her family at the age of two. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy, Sprague, Wash., in 1943 and entered the Novitiate of the Sisters of Providence in Seattle in 1944. She professed her first vows in 1945, her final vows in 1948, and celebrated her Silver Jubilee in 1970.
She earned teaching certificates in Washington and Montana, a BS in Elementary Education in 1960 from the College of Great Falls, Great Falls, Mont., and graduated from the Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality, Holy Names College, Oakland, Calif., in 1984. She also attended Viterbo College, LaCrosse, Wis.; Fort Wright College and the Spokane Art School, Spokane; California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland; and the University of Montana, Missoula, Mont.
She taught in a number of schools in the Inland Northwest, including St. Patrick in Walla Walla and St. Alphonsus in Wallace, Idaho.
Sister Marita was an artist who created sculptures in clay. She also designed the logo depicting the Sisters of Providence coming from the west to the east into Montana for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of St. Ignatius Province.
Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to the Sisters of Providence Retirement Fund, 9 East 9th Ave., Spokane, WA 99202-1209.
Sister Ann Kapfer, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, 82, died Tuesday, April 8, at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wis. She was in the 60th year of her religious profession.
Sister Ann served as a homemaker in convent homes for 33 years in Iowa, Washington and Wisconsin. From 1981-1989 she ministered to the aging in Spokane and Phoenix. Sister Ann served on the RCIA Team at St. Vincent de Paul parish in Phoenix for one year before working as a personal aide through the social services of the Diocese of Phoenix until 1996.
She retired at St. Rose Convent in 1996 and moved to the Villa in January 2008.