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 April 9, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Maryanne (Marion Xavier) Blunt SNJM

Holy Names Sister Maryanne Blunt died March 20 in Spokane at the age of 85.

The funeral Mass was celebrated at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane, on March 24. Burial followed at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Maryanne Blunt was born in Sandpoint, Idaho. After the death of her father, she and her mother moved to Colton, Wash., where Maryanne attended Guardian Angel School in Colton and St. Boniface School in Uniontown.

She graduated from Good Counsel Academy in Mankato, Minn., and earned a bachelorís degree in biological science and zoology from Holy Names College, Spokane. She interned as a medical technologist at what is now Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, received a masterís degree in zoology from Marquette University, and spent a summer at Woods Hole, Mass., doing research in marine ecology.

She entered the Holy Names community in 1948 and pronounced her vows in 1950.

She taught in a number of schools in the Northwest, including St. Mary Academy in Portland, Marylhurst College, Fort Wright College of the Holy Names in Spokane, and Carroll College, Helena, Mont.

Sister Maryanne also served her Religious community for 11 years as provincial treasurer.

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

Sister Barbara (Mary Agnes) Schiller SP

Providence Sister Barbara Schiller died March 29 at Providence Mount St. Vincent, Seattle. She was 88 years old and had been a member of the Providence community for 69 years.

The Vigil Service was held on April 3 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle. The funeral Mass was celebrated at Providence Mount St. Vincent, Seattle, the next day. Interment followed at Calvary Cemetery in Seattle.

She was born in Walla Walla, Wash, and entered the Novitiate of the Sisters of Providence in Seattle in 1940. She professed her first vows the next year and her final vows in 1944.

In 1954, she earned a Bachelor degree in Education from the College of Great Falls, Mont., and in 1964 she earned a Master of Education degree at St. Louis University in Missouri, majoring in Home Economics. She obtained her CPE Certification at what is now Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. She also taught in a number of schools in the west. Her last 23 years of teaching were at Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle where she taught Home Economics and was the department chairperson.

Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to the Sisters of Providence Retirement Fund, 1801 Lind Ave., #9016, Renton, WA 98057-9016.

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