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 May 21, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Elizabeth M. “Betty” Barnufsky

Betty Barnufsky, the wife of the late Deacon Steve Barnufsky and mother of Franciscan Father Stephen Bar-nufsky, died May 1 in Spokane at age 87.

The vigil service was May 4 at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home. The funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Spokane, on May 5, with committal afterward at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Betty was the daughter of Harold and Emily Hattenburg. She was a lifetime Spokane resident and graduated from Holy Names College with a degree in teaching. She married Stephen in 1947 and lovingly raised seven children.

Much of her life was dedicated to teaching, either first grade or pre-school Montessori.

Betty had been a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish since 1955 and of the Kappa Zeta Girls. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years Stephen.

She is survived by her children: Father Stephen, Melinda, Gregory, Marcia, Mark, Matthew and Monica; and her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a sister, Donna Browning.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Spokane or the Poor Clare Nuns of Spokane.

Sister Maureen (Marie Anita) Hurley SP

Providence Sister Maureen Hurley died April 30 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle. She was 83 years old, and had been a Sister of Providence for 64 years. The Vigil Service was held at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, on May 3. The funeral Mass was celebrated there the next day. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery, Seattle.

Sister Maureen was born Nov. 6, 1925, in Butte, Mont. The family moved to Walla Walla, where she grew up. She entered Religious life in 1944. She professed her first vows on July 19, 1946, and her final vows on July 19, 1949.

In 1955, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the College of Great Falls, Mont., and in 1969 a Master of Education degree from Gonzaga University, majoring in Educational Administration. She also received a Montessori Diploma from the American Institute in 1985 and a Principal’s Certification in 1971.

She taught in several schools throughout the western United States, and served as a principal of the Montessori and Emily Schools at Providence Child Center, Portland, Ore.

In the winter of 2004, Sister Maureen moved to St. Joseph Residence in Seattle, after living in Portland for over 20 years. She celebrated her 60th Jubilee in 2005 and shared that her strength of character came from her strong Irish heritage.

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

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