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. 26, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Delbert Gayle Hays

Delbert Hays, the father of Father Tim Hays, pastor of Assumption Parish, Walla Walla, died Feb. 17 after a long illness. He was 78 years old.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 21 at Assumption Parish, Spokane; inurnment followed at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Hays was a native of Spokane. He graduated from John Rogers High School and married Meanne Milliron in 1952.

After service in the army, he returned to Spokane, where he was employed at Empire Glass. The family moved to Libby, Mont., where he operated his own business, Frontier Glass and, later, Best Buy Building Center. The couple returned to Spokane in 1990 after retiring.

He was an active volunteer, including service with the Libby Volunteer Ambulance, the City Planning Commission of Libby, and a member of the Elks. He was an avid golfer and bowler, and in his later years enjoyed winters in Yuma, Ariz., and summers in Spokane.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; children: Jim (Kim) Hays, Cindy Hays, Father Tim Hays, Denise Kirkpatrick and Wendy (Dick) Thomas; nine grandchildren; and one great grandson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Assumption Parish, 3624 W. Indian Trail Rd, Spokane WA 99208; Assumption Parish, 2098 E. Alder, Walla Walla, WA 99362; or the Union Gospel Mission, 1224 E. Trent, Spokane WA 99202.

Sister Consuelo Fissler OP

Dominican Sister Consuelo Fissler died Jan. 29 at the Dominican Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, Wis. The funeral Mass was celebrated in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa Feb. 3, 2009, followed by burial in the Mother-house Cemetery.

She was born June 26, 1918, in Bonn, Germany, and entered the Dominican Sisters in Speyer, Germany, in 1932 and immigrated to the United States in 1937 with 21 other young women. She made her Religious profession as a Poor School Sister of St. Dominic of Speyer, Germany, at Kettle Falls, Wash., Sept. 8, 1938. The congregation members at Kettle Falls became the Dominican Sisters of Spokane in 1986 and merged with the Sinsinawa Dominicans in 1995.

Sister Consuelo was an elementary, high school, and college teacher, as well as a chaplain and tutor. She served in congregation leadership for the Spokane Dominicans. Her ministry took her to Washington, Montana, Illinois, and France.

In the Diocese of Spokane, Sister Consuelo ministered doing domestic work at Our Lady of the Valley, Kettle Falls, 1942-1943, and doing office and hospital work at St. Martin Hospital, Tonasket, 1943. She was an elementary teacher at St. Mary Indian Mission, Omak, 1945-1946, 1948-1954, and 1955-1960; and St. Mary, Oroville, 1946-1947. She also taught at Marycliff High School, Spokane, and at Holy Names College, Fort Wright College, and Gonzaga University, Spokane.

Sister Consuelo served in congregation leadership for the Spokane Dominicans, 1982-1983 and 1990-1994, and ministered as a chaplain at Holy Family Hospital, Spokane, 1983-1990.

Memorials may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, 53824-9701.

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