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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Obituaries

the Inland Register

(From the April 29, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Ursula Emily Beaulieu SP

Providence Sister Ursula Emily Beaulieu died March 30 St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, at 96 years of age, after 70 years as a Sister of Providence. The vigil service was April 7; the funeral Mass, April 8. Both took place at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle.

Ursula was born in the village of Rimouski in the Province of Quebec. She entered the Providence novitiate in 1939, professed her first vows in 1941, and her final vows in February 1944.

In the fall of 1944, she became a student nurse at St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington, graduating with an RN degree in 1947.

She served in various ministries through Washington and Alaska, including time as kitchen support staff at St. Vincent Academy, Walla Walla.

After she retired, Sister Ursula volunteered at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, from 1991-2002, when she moved to St. Joseph Residence in Seattle.

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

Sister Helen (Mariam Michael) Masterson SNJM

Holy Names Sister Helen Masterson died April 9 at the age of 91.

The funeral was celebrated April 15 at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane, with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.

Helen was born July 27, 1918, in Spokane, where she attended St. Aloysius School, Holy Names Academy, and Holy Names College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education. She entered the Holy Names community in 1940 and professed vows in 1942.

She continued her education, earning an M.A. in Physical Education and Journalism from the University of Oregon. She taught middle and upper grades from 1942 until she became principal of St. Joseph School, Seattle. She also taught in the education department of Fort Wright College, Spokane.

She retired from teaching in 1971, when she became Co-Director of the Retirement and Care Center for her religious Sisters.

In 2000, Sister Helen suffered a stroke and other health problems, and moved to the convent where she had been director.

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

Father Joseph Raymond DeJardin SJ

Jesuit Joseph De Jardin died April 9 at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, after a short illness. He was 83.

The vigil service was April 12, and the funeral Mass was celebrated April 13. Both took place in the Jesuit House Chapel on the Gonzaga University campus. Inurnment took place at the Jesuit cemetery at Mount St. Michael.

He was born Jan. 24, 1927 in Salem, Ore. After being honorably discharged by the Navy in 1946 he entered the Oregon Province of the Jesuits on Sept. 7, 1948. He was ordained a priest on June 17, 1961 at St. Aloysius Church in Spokane, and took final vows as a Jesuit in 1967.

Father DeJardin was a history teacher as well as a librarian, spending over 40 years working at Jesuit High School in Portland, as well as spending two years at Bellermine Preparatory School in Tacoma. Later he moved from teaching to pastoral ministry at Jesuit High where he worked as a campus minister for 14 years, retiring from Jesuit High in 2004. He then moved to the Regis Jesuit community, where he lived for six years.

Sister Virginia Jean (Monica Mary) Paul SP

Providence Sister Virginia Paul died March 29 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle. She had been a Providence Sister for 65 of her 85 years.

The vigil service was April 7; the funeral Mass, April 8. Both were celebrated at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle.

She was born Oct. 16, 1924, in Seattle, and grew up in Lincoln County, between Davenport and Sprague, Wash.

She attended public elementary schools before enrolling for high school at St. Joseph Academy in Sprague, where she was taught by the Sisters of Providence (then called the Sisters of Charity of Providence). While in high school she became a Catholic and she entered the Providence novitiate in 1944. She professed her first vows in 1946 and her final vows in February 1949.

Her ministry assignments were mainly in the health care field included St. Mary Hospital (now St. Mary Medical Center) and the Community Health Clinic in Walla Walla. She also engaged in Hispanic ministry in the Walla Walla-Milton Freewater area from 1986-99.

During her years in Walla Walla, Sr. Virginia served as a volunteer at the St. Vincent DePaul Store, served as the Sister Representative on the Board of the St. Vincent DePaul Society, worked in the Home Health program at St. Mary Medical Center, was a volunteer at the Walla Walla Community Health Clinic, taught English in the migrant labor camp, and worked in a rural health clinic. In Milton-Freewater, Ore., she helped Hispanics register for immigration amnesty and she served on a committee to support Central American refugees and people who gave them aid.

She retired to Seattle in 2005.

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

Father David Severin Olivier SJ

Father David Olivier of the Society of Jesus died April 7 in Spokane. He was 79 years old.

The vigil service was held April 9, and the funeral Mass was celebrated April 10, both in the Jesuit House Chapel on the Gonzaga University campus. Interment was in the Province cemetery at Mt. St. Michael.

David Olivier was born on Aug. 1, 1930, in Missoula, Mont. He entered the Oregon Province of the Jesuits in 1949. He was ordained a priest in 1962 at St. Aloysius Church in Spokane, and took final vows in 1967.

Father Olivier spent nearly 40 years working in high schools, first teaching English Literature at Jesuit High School in Portland, Ore., Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, and Loyola-Sacred Heart High School in Missoula, Mont. Later in his career, he taught religion, and worked as a counselor and campus minister at Jesuit High School in Portland. He retired from Jesuit High in 2006 for health reasons and moved to the Jesuit Infirmary in Spokane.

Sister Eva (Laureen) O’Hare SP

Sister Eva O’Hare, a Sister of Providence, died April 15 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle. She had been a Providence Sister for 81 of her 101 years.

The vigil service was April 21, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, where the funeral Mass was celebrated the next day.

Eva Cecilia O’Hare was born Dec. 24, 1908, in Olympia, Wash. She entered the Providence novitiate in January 1929, professed her first vows the next year, and her final vows in 1933. Year after graduating from high school she entered the community.

In 1942 she earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the College (now University) of Great falls.

She was a teacher for 40-some years, including, in the Spokane Diocese, St. Vincent Academy, Walla Walla, She also taught in several other schools in Washington State, in California, and in Alaska.

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

Sister Lorraine (Rita Clare) Hofmeister SP

Sister Lorraine Hofmeister, a former Provincial Councilor of her Religious community, died April 17 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle. She was 82.

The vigil service was April 21, and the funeral Mass was celebrated April 22, both at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle.

Lorraine Mary Hofmeister was born Jan. 26, 1928 in Anaconda, Mont.

She attended Providence Academy, Vancouver, Wash., and St. Joseph Academy, Yakima. She entered the novitiate in 1946 and professed vinal vows July 19, 1950.

She held a bachelor’s degree in social studies from the College (now University) of Great Falls, a master’s degree in religious studies from The Catholic University of America, and later earned a certificate in clinical pastoral education.

She spent several years as a teacher in various schools in Oregon and Washington. From 1964-67 she served her community as Provincial Councilor, before becoming director of pastoral care for Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland, Ore. She later ministered there as a chaplain as well.

She retired in 1997, and in 2004 moved to St. Joseph Residence, Seattle.

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


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