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 March 15, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Susan M. (Gerald Mary) Dougal SNJM

Sister Susan Dougal of the Sisters of the Holy Names died Feb. 14 in Spokane. She was 80 years old.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 18 at the Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane.

She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., but grew up in Seattle. She graduated from Immaculate elementary and high school in 1949, joined the Sisters of the Holy Names that same year, and continued her education, earning a B.A. in Education from Holy Names College in Spokane and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Washington.

From 1951 to 1965, she taught junior high students at St. Patrick in Spokane, Holy Redeemer in Portland, and in the Tacoma/Seattle/Everett area St. Frances Cabrini, St. Anne and Immaculate Conception, where she was principal from 1967-73. Sister Susan also chaired the Sociology Department at Holy Names College from 1973-75.

From 1975 to 1981, Sister Susan was chosen Treasurer of the Washington Province of her Religious community, moving on as the Development Director in support of the Sistersí ministries until 1985.

She later earned a certificate in theology from Milltown Institute in Dublin, Ireland and completed a Socio-Legal Advocacy Program at Edmonds Community College.

She worked as a Pastoral Assistant at All Saints Parish, Puyallup, Wash, served at Miriamís House of Transition in Spokane, and as operations manager at Mi Casa in Puyallup. She then ministered as ABE/GED Instructor/Coordinator for the Washington Corrections Center for Women at Purdy, a position she held from 1992 to 2000.

Her passion for justice and for the full dignity of the human person were paramount in her heart, in her speech and in her work.

In 2007, Sister Susan suffered a stroke. After her initial hospitalization in Seattle, she came to the Care Center for her community in Spokane.

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

Jill Gotzian

Jill Gotzian, fifth grade teacher at All Saints School, Spokane, died March 1. She was 53 years old.

The funeral Mass was celebrated the afternoon of March 6 at St. Aloysius Church, Spokane. A reception followed in the Gonzaga Prep student center.

Jill was born Jan. 24, 1959 in Spokane to Joan and Connie Gotzian. She attended Hutton grade school and graduated from Lewis and Clark High School. She received her teaching degree from Washington State University and her masterís from Gonzaga University.

Known as Miss Gotzian to hundreds of All Saints students and graduates, she taught her students not only academics, but how to be aware of another personís needs and serve that person. She was known for her booming voice and the remarkable way she taught her students about accepting differences, working together and striving for excellence in academics as well as daily life.

The four loves of her life were, her family, her friends, her students, and her faith. She seamlessly wove each part of her life into the fabric of who she was.

While her Muscular Dystrophy dramatically changed her life, she found ways to overcome barriers in her teaching and, at the same time, forever influence the lives of her students. She never felt sorry for herself and her generosity of time, loving conversation, and objective wisdom has had an impact on countless friends and family members.

Gotzian is survived by her mother, Joan Gotzian; siblings and their spouses: Gail and Gary Weinberg, Jim and Kristi Gotzian, Jan and Rick Nail, Debbi Leslie and John Wood, and Hap and Cheryl Gotzian.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to All Saints School, 1428 E. 33rd Ave., Spokane, WA 99203.

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