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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 Jan. 15, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Anna Xu T. Nguyen

Anna Nguyen, mother of Father Joachim Hiên, pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Spokane, died Dec. 22 in Spokane. She was 91 years old.

The vigil was held Dec. 26 at Hennessey Funeral, Spokane; the funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Anthony Church on Dec. 27. Committal was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.

She was born Dec. 18, 1917, in Quang Nam, Viet Nam. After the death of her husband, Anthony Le Tan Buu, she worked as a hospital cook and operated her own grocery store, both in Da Nang, Viet Nam.

She emigrated to Spokane in 1983, where she was a faithful member of the Vietnamese Catholic Community, of St. Patrick and of Our Lady of Fatima parishes, where she was known for her gentleness and hospitality.

She was preceded in death by her husband, and by three children: Le T. Ca, Le Quang Tu and Le T. Dieu. She is survived by her children, Father Joachim Le Quang Hiên, Theresa Le Hoale with her husband Nang Truong, and two granddaughters, Mary Kay Truong and Amy Marie Truong, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She requested that memorial gifts be given to those “less fortunate among us.”

Sister Anna Louise (Mary William) Wilson SSND

Sister Anna Louise Wilson of the School Sisters of Notre Dame died Dec. 26 at Good Counsel Convent, Mankato, Minn. She was 79 years old.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 3, with community vespers prayed for her the evening before.

She was born in Lewiston, Idaho, in 1929 and grew up in Clarkston, Wash., where she attended Holy Family School.

Upon her graduation from 8th grade in 1943, Anna and her sister, Dolly, came to Good Counsel Academy in Mankato. Following graduation from the Academy in 1947, Anna Louise entered the candidature, and in July 1949 she was received into the novitiate and given the name Sister Mary William, after her brother, who had been killed in service. She took First Temporary Vows in July 1950.

Her early years of teaching found her serving principally in the first and second grades. For 20 years she taught in her home state of Washington in Colton, Spokane, Omak and Clarkston. In Mankato she taught at St. John, in St. Paul at St. Francis and St. Matthew, and in Shakopee at Shakopee Area Catholic Schools.

Her great love was her almost 30 years at the Guadalupe Area Project, founded as a school for dropouts. When Sister Anna Louise retired from GAP in 2001, the Associate Director of GAP wrote of her: “She brought to GAP so many special things. She had a wonderful way of letting kids know that she cared about them. She was certainly loved here.”

Sister Anna earned a bachelor’s degree in art from St. Catherine’s, St. Paul, and a master’s degree in art from Notre Dame University. She also studied at Gonzaga University, Spokane, and Mankato State University, Mankato. She was licensed to teach art from kindergarten to college in the states of Minnesota and Washington.

Sister taught art on the elementary, junior and senior high, and college levels, and conducted adult and children’s art classes and workshops, including workshops for teachers. She wrote an art curriculum for junior high which was used in Spokane and St. Paul Catholic and public schools. Her art skills were in high demand both within the church and in the secular community as well.

“I always had this thing that I wanted to help people. I really believe that God loves people very, very much,” she said.

Sister Mary Agnes (Mary Serena) Brennan OSF

Sister Mary Agnes Brennan of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia died in St. Ann Convent in Tacoma, Wash., on Jan. 1. She was 90 years of age and had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 67 years.

The vigil was prayed Jan. 7, and the funeral Mass was celebrated the next morning. Both took place at St. Ann Convent.

Sister Mary Agnes was born in Eaton, Idaho, but later moved to Ontario, Ore., where she was a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish. Prior to her entrance into the congregation in 1939, she graduated from Ontario High School. Sister Mary Agnes earned a B.S. in Education from Marylhurst College and an M.A. in Education from Seattle University. She ministered in elementary education both as a teacher and principal, in congregational ministry, in social services, and in healthcare.

She taught in several Catholic schools in the Northwest, and served in other capacities as well, including eight years in the Spokane Diocese, where she ministered at St. Joseph Family Center.

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

Harry H. Sladich

Longtime Gonzaga University Vice President Harry H. Sladich, 70, died at his Spokane home Jan. 6.

The vigil service was held Jan. 12, at 7 p.m., and the funeral Mass was celebrated the next day. Both took place at St. Aloysius Church, Spokane.

Sladich was born Jan. 9, 1938 in Anaconda, Mont., and served Gonzaga in more than a dozen professional positions during his 49 years with the University. He came to Gonzaga first as a student and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University in 1959 and an MBA in 1967.

He stepped down from full-time service to Gonzaga as vice president of administration and planning in 2001 and was honored then by Gonzaga’s Board of Trustees as Trustee Emeritus. He continued to serve Gonzaga part time as vice president until his death. In that capacity, he continued as corporate secretary and as secretary of the Board of Trustees and Board of Regents. He served as secretary for the Board of Trustees for 28 years.

Prior to becoming a vice president in 1983, Sladich served 12 years as assistant to the president. His many roles at Gonzaga included acting president. He is the only non-Jesuit to become Gonzaga’s president, twice: in 1991 and from 1997-98.

A graduate of Leadership Spokane, Class of 1988, he received Gonzaga’s Distinguished Alumni Merit Award in 1996.

Sladich received the DeSmet Medal – Gonzaga’s highest honor – in May 2007 and received the Top Dog award, the highest award given by the Gonzaga University Board of Trustees, in November 2008.

A December resolution from Gonzaga’s Board of Trustees declared that a new award for loyalty to Gonzaga would be started in his name.

Sladich is survived by wife Marguerite and their three children: Harry G. Sladich, Jennifer M. Piani, and Suzanne Heutmaker.

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