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 Aug. 20, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Antoinette Marie (Mary Jane) Fermo OSF

Sister Antoinette Marie Fermo, for 61 years a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, died Aug. 5 at St. Ann Convent, Tacoma, Wash. She was 82 years old.

The vigil was prayed Aug. 11, and the funeral Mass was celebrated the next day, both at St. Ann Convent. A memorial Mass will be celebrated in Spokane on Friday, Aug. 21, at St. Joseph Family Center at 10 a.m.

She was born in Tacoma and graduated from St. Leo High School. She entered the congregation in 1945 and professed her first vows in 1948.

Sister Antoinette ministered primarily in childcare and in domestic work. At the time of her death she ministered as a volunteer and in prayer ministry at St. Ann Convent in Tacoma.

Sister Antoinette ministered in the Diocese of Spokane for 34 years. She worked at both St. Joseph Home and St. Anne Home, as well as at the YWCA Daycare. From 1994-2001 she volunteered at St. Joseph Family Center.

She also ministered in the archdioceses of Portland and Philadelphia., and served in AIDS ministry with Episcopal Community Services.

Memorial contributions designated for St. Ann Convent can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.

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