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 8, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Vivian Mackin

Vivian Mackin, wife of the late Deacon Francis “Mac” Mackin, died March 29 in Spokane at the age of 85.

The vigil rosary was prayed April 5 at Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next morning at St. Aloysius Church. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane, followed the funeral.

Vivian Coleman was born Nov. 21, 1924, in Iroquois, S.D.

She graduated from high school in Ames, Iowa and briefly attended college at Iowa State University during the early war years. Her early career as a draftsman was interrupted by her dedication to a growing family, and she resumed employment later as a cartographer for the Soil Conservation Service and continued this work until her retirement.

She married her husband, Mac, the love of her life, in Portsmouth, N.H. They were married for 64 years at the time of his death. Together they raised eight children.

Her maternal wisdom, sacrifice and devotion were unsurpassed. Loyalty and commitment gave her the heart of a servant. She tirelessly supported her husband in his ministry as a deacon. She also enjoyed their involvement at St. Aloysius parish in Spokane and St.Gregory Parish in Sitka, Alaska.

Her life was a demonstration of charity. She combined her benevolence with a love of quilting to sew dozens of unique quilts for charity, through St. Aloysius and the Spokane Diocese women’s group.

She was preceded in death by her husband, “Mac,” on Sept. 14, 2009; her sister Josephine Wilson, and her brothers Kenneth and Carroll Coleman.

Vivian is survived by her children, Joe (Bonnie) Mackin of Pearland, Texas; Debra (Mac) McCall of San Antonio, Texas; Stan (Carolyn) Mackin of Auburn, Wash; and Ray (Marisa) Mackin, Patricia Mackin, Janet (Mark) Charlton, Mark (Patti) Mackin, and Shawn (Esmeralda) Mackin, all of Spokane, as well as 25 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Vivian’s life was a life well lived and full of love, both giving and receiving. She will be tremendously missed.

Sister Aloysia Maria (Cecilia) Harnan SNJM

Holy Names Sister Aloysia Maria Harnan died March 15 at the age of 97.

The funeral was celebrated March 22 at the Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane. Interment followed at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.

Cecilia Harnan, was born July 6, 1912, in Seattle. Cecilia completed elementary and secondary school there and entered the Sisters of the Holy Names a year after her graduation in 1931. She graduated from Holy Names College with a B.A. in Education and began her teaching career.

Sister Aloysia Maria taught middle and upper grades from 1934-1973 in parochial schools in Oregon and Washington. She began her ministry of pastoral visiting in 1979, both in Seattle and in Spokane, and continued that up to about year ago, through as many as 300 letters a month. Her pastoral activities included visiting the home-bound, conducting prayer services, and visiting those in the juvenile detention center who had no one else visiting, spending time bringing hope and comfort to prisoners.

She led a very intentional life being mindful of others and exercising deep care in her interactions. She was true to her word and to the Word of God within her. Her fidelity to her Religious vocation for over 75 years has been graced, and her heart has been full of gratitude.

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

Sister Lillian Marie (Jean Martin) Deslauriers SP

Sister Lillian Marie Deslauriers of the Sisters of Providence died March 27 at Emilie Court, Spokane. She was 77 years old and a member of her Religious community for 54 years.

The vigil service was held April 5 in the chapel of Mount St. Joseph in Spokane. The funeral Mass was celebrated there the next day.

A memorial Mass was scheduled to be celebrated for her at St. Michael Church, Greensboro Bend, Vt., on April 17, followed by burial in the cemetery there.

She was born in Greensboro on June 2, 1932. After attending public schools she entered Mount St. Joseph Academy in St. Johnsbury, Vt. She entered the Providence community in Quebec in 1955. She made final profession of vows in 1962.

Sister Lillian studied nursing, psychology, and hospital administration at various sites, including Gonzaga University. She also was a certified chaplain.

Among her health care assignments were Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, and St. Mary Hospital (now St. Mary Medical Center) in Walla Walla, Wash. She also served at Sacred Heart as a chaplain from 1985-89.

Sister Lillian was a member of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. She worked as a nurse at the World Expo in Spokane, Washington in 1974. She was a spiritual advisor for the New Life Ministry, a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and a member of Sacred Heart Parish’s choir in Spokane. She was in volunteer ministry in the service of Spokane’s poor and homeless, volunteered in chaplain and jail ministry at the Spokane County Jail, and also volunteered at Hospice House and House of Charity in Spokane.

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

Marguerite Venneri

Marguerite M. Venneri, mother of Father Michael Venneri, a priest of the Spokane Diocese, died March 9, 2010, after a brief hospitalization.

The vigil service was March 14 at Herring Funeral Chapel, Walla Walla. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next morning at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Walla Walla.

She was born in Walla Walla on April 26, 1926. She graduated from St. Vincent Academy, Walla Walla, in 1938, and married David Venneri on June 30, 1949.

She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish and St. Anne’s Altar Society.

She was employed by Baker Boyer Bank in various bank positions for 40 years, especially founding bank manager for Baker Boyer Bank Plaza Way branch. She loved to cook and bake for friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dominici Martuscelli and Josephine Martuscelli. She is survived by her husband, David Venneri; children, Father Michael Venneri, Fred Venneri and Elizabeth Coke; and granddaughter Kelsey Coke. Other survivors include sisters Marie Fazzari and Rosann Loiacono; brothers Dominic Martuscelli and Lewis Martuscelli; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Church; DeSales Catholic High School; and/or the Morning Star Boys’ Ranch Foundation.

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