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 Sept. 9, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Jane (Marie Blanche) Dufault SP

Sister Jane Dufault died on Aug. 25 at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane. She had been a Sister of Providence for 86 of her 105 years.

The Vigil Service was celebrated Sept. 1 Mount St. Joseph. The funeral Mass was celebrated there the next morning. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.

Sister Jane was born Marie Blanche Dufault on March 16, 1905, in Gaspť, Quebec, Canada. She grew up in the home of her maternal grandmother at St. Oursís-sur-Richelieu following her motherís death.

She received her education at the local schools and entered the Novitiate of the Sisters of Providence in Montreal in 1923. She professed her first vows in 1924 and her final vows in 1927.

Sister Jane became a U.S. citizen in 1953.

After her profession, she started a long career of service in the institutions of St. Ignatius Province (now Mother Joseph Province), where she had been assigned in 1925. Her ministry assignments included St. Joseph Care Center, Spokane, and Mary Immaculate School, DeSmet, Idaho.

After her retirement in 1976 she assisted with processing newspaper clippings in the province archives until December 1998.

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

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