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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. 19, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Bonnie Lee (LaSalette Marie) Pelloux OSF

Sister Bonnie Lee Pelloux of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia died in St. Ann Convent, Tacoma, Wash., on Aug. 5. She was 68 years old and had been a professed member of her Religious community for 47 years.

The vigil was Aug. 9 at St. Ann Convent, Tacoma. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next morning at St. Leo Church, Tacoma.

Sister Bonnie was born in Santa Rosa, Calif. She entered the congregation in 1960 and professed her first vows in 1963.

She earned a B.S. in Nursing from Neumann University in Aston, Pa., and an M.A. in Spirituality from Gonzaga University in Spokane.

She ministered in education, healthcare, and vocation ministry, and was instrumental in organizing a service project to involve the Sisters in her congregation in helping the people of Haiti.

She was the West Coast vocations director for her community from 2000-03. She was a member of the staff of St. Joseph Childrenís Home as well as Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane.

Sister Bonnie also ministered in the Diocese of San Diego and the Archdiocese of Seattle; taught in Oakland and Riverside, Calif.; and worked in health care at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Baker, Ore.

Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.

Sister Mary Eileen (Maria Theresa) Gleason SP

Providence Sister Mary Gleason died Aug. 6 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, at 92 years of age, after 74 years as a Sister of Providence.

The vigil service was Aug. 15 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle. The funeral Mass was celebrated there the next day.

Sister Mary was born in Seattle to Martin and Clara. She attended Holy Rosary School and Holy Names Academy in Seattle. During her junior year at Holy Names, she received permission to leave school to enter the Sisters of Providence on Feb. 2, 1935. She finished high school during her first year as a novice.

First profession was made in 1937 and final vows in 1940.

She held a bachelorís degree in English and a teaching certificate from College (now University) of Great Falls, Great Falls, Mont.; secondary and principal certification from Seattle University; and a masterís degree in English from the University of Portland.

She taught in schools throughout Washington State, as well as Burbank, Calif., where she was one of the foundresses of Providence High School.

She served 14 years on the Sacred Heart Province Provincial Council as Provincial Secretary and also Corporate Secretary, and four years on the Board of Directors of what is now Providence Health & Services. She also was a charter member of the restructured Providence Health Care Board from 1991-1994.

As an English major, Sister Mary was given the assignment of completing the book Bell and the River, about the life of Mother Joseph, the foundress of the Sisters of Providence in the Western United States. Sister Mary then went on to write an abbreviated volume on Mother Joseph titled He Has Given Me a Flame.

She retired in 1994 and moved to St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, in 2006.

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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