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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 March 18, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Matilda Pautler

Matilda (Paietta) Pautler, mother of Father Mark Pautler, died Feb. 21 at St. Joseph Care Center, Spokane, at the age of 92, after a brief illness.

The vigil was at Sacred Heart Parish, Spokane, where her son is pastor, on Feb. 24. Father Pautler celebrated the funeral Mass there the next morning. Committal was in Walla Walla on Feb. 26.

She was born in Walla Walla and received her education at the public grade school in College Place, Wash.; St. Vincent Academy in Walla Walla; Walla Walla College in College Place; and Holy Names Normal School in Spokane. She obtained her certification enabling her to fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher.

Her first position was a one room school house at the rural community of Paterson, Wash., on the Columbia River (1938-1940). She instructed children in all eight grades, and became the catalyst for community activities, writing a newsletter, producing plays and organizing entertainment. She taught for one year at College Place (1940-41).

On July 27, 1941, she married Francis Pautler. The couple lived in Walla Walla where they raised five children. Matilda was active in the St. Francis Parish Altar Society and the PTA of St. Patrick School. She was a Cub Scout leader, tutored and substituted. She was the local correspondent for the Inland Register, the newspaper of the Diocese of Spokane.

In 1960 she returned full time to the classroom, teaching first grade at Washington and Edison Schools until retirement in 1985 at age 67.

Matilda’s commitment to family life was recognized in 1981 when she was selected by American Mothers, Inc. as the Washington State Mother of the Year. She remained active in American Mothers for several years, chaired its national convention in Spokane in 1989, and participated in other conventions throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

She was active in the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, the Walla Walla Retired Teachers Association, and the Italian-American Society in Walla Walla. She and Francis were Eucharistic ministers to the homebound, and Matilda welcomed this service from her parishioners and pastoral ministers during her later years.

After Francis’s death in 1999, she remained in Walla Walla with her son, Philip. Shortly before his death in February 2008, she took up residence at Emilie Court, an assisted living community in Spokane, where she took great delight in new friendships and activities.

Matilda was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Francis, and her son, Philip, and by her brothers, Louis, Charles and Stephen Paietta. She is survived by her children, Dr. Thomas Pautler (and Nedra) of Seattle, Kathleen Laubach (and Vincent) of Yucca Valley, Calif., Father Mark Pautler, Spokane, and James Pautler, Mountlake Terrace, Wash.

She has 9 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

Sister Marleen (Anthony) Hull SP

Providence Sister Marleen Hull died Feb. 18, 2010, at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane. She was 79 years old.

The Vigil Service was March 1 in the Chapel at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane. The funeral Mass was celebrated there the next day. Inurnment was at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Great Falls, Mont.

She was born Theresa Marleen Hull in 1930 in Havre, Mont.

She graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes Academy in Wallace, Idaho, in 1948 and entered the Providence novitiate in Seattle in January 1949. She professed her first vows in July 1950 and her final vows in 1953.

She held degrees in elementary education, nursing, and hospital administration.

Sister Marleen taught in schools in Idaho and Montana before entering the health care field, where she worked at St. Ignatius (now Whitman Community) Hospital in Colfax, Wash., and in other health care institutions throughout the western United States.

From 1979-83 she served as Provincial Councilor, Sisters of Providence, Provincial Administration, Spokane and, during this time, also served as Acting Administrator of St. Patrick Hospital, Missoula, Mont., and St. Mary Medical Center, Walla Walla, Wash. She was administrator of St. Mary Medical Center, Walla Walla, from 1983-86. She served as Assistant Superior of Mount St. Joseph, Spokane, Washington (1998-1999).

She volunteered at St. Aloysius Parish in Spokane as a parish visitor to the sick and home-bound, was a Eucharistic minister, and served on the Funeral Reception Committee.

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

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