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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Obituaries

the Inland Register

(From the May 17, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister M. Francis Frederick (Sylvia) Haslam SNJM

Holy Names Sister Francis Frederick Haslam died April 26 in Spokane. She was 91 years old.

The funeral Mass was celebrated May 3 at the Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane.

Esther Sylvia Haslam was born July 7, 1920, in Leamington, Ontar-io, Canada. She graduated from St. Francis Elementary School and St. Mary Academy and Toronto Normal School in Windsor, Ontario. She also earned a B.A. in Education from the University of Detroit.

She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1939, pronouncing her vows in 1942 in Montreal, Quebec.

Throughout most of her Religious life, Sister Francis was a classroom teacher. A fall put an end to her independence and she moved to Holy Names Residence in Ontario in 2003. When it was clear that she would need assistance for her remaining years, in 2005 Sister Francis chose to come to the retirement center of her community in Spokane.

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

Joseph L. Showalter SJ

Joseph L. Showalter SJ died the morning of April 18, 2012 at the Jesuit Infirmary, Spokane.

A vigil service was held April 20 at the Jesuit House Chapel, Gonzaga University, where the funeral Mass was celebrated the next day. Inurnment followed at the Oregon Province Cemetery, Mt. St. Michaelís, Spokane.

The eldest of two children, Joseph Lauren Showalter was born on Feb. 9, 1927, to Benjamin and Veronica Kay (Druffel) Showalter in Spokane. He graduated from Gonzaga High School in 1944, and entered the Jesuit Novitiate at Sheridan, Ore., in 1944, and was ordained a priest on June 15, 1957, at St. Aloysius Church, Spokane.

He spent 10 years teaching high school, at both Gonzaga Prep and Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, and then transitioned to parish ministry and development work for the Oregon Province Jesuits. Declining health made retirement necessary; he moved to Spokane in 1999 to live and pray with his brother Jesuits at the Oregon Province assisted-living center.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Senior Fund (Oregon Province Society of Jesus, P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR 97286), or to Hospice of Spokane (121 S. Arthur, Spokane, WA 99202).

Father Roberto SŠenz SJ

Jesuit Father Roberto B. SŠenz passed away the evening of May 3 at the Jesuit Infirmary in Spokane.

A vigil service was held May 9 at the Jesuit House Chapel, Gonzaga University. The funeral Mass was celebrated May 10, likewise at the Jesuit House Chapel. In-urnment followed at the Oregon Province Cemetery, Mt. St. Michaelís, Spokane.

The eldest of two children, Robert Bernard SŠenz was born Dec. 15, 1926, to Bernard and Mary Teresa (Kelleher) SŠenz in Santa Monica, Calif. He graduated from St. Anthony Minor Seminary, Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1944, and entered the Jesuit Novitiate at Sheridan, Ore., the following February.

Fluent in Spanish since his youth, he was sent to study theology in OŮa, Spain, and was ordained a priest on July 30, 1957, in St. Ignatius Bascil, Spain.

Father SŠenz spent the next 15 years teaching Spanish, Language Arts, and Theology at Seattle University.

In 1972 Father SŠenz began his work among the Hispanic Peoples of the Yakima Valley, a ministry that was both pastoral and focused on issues of social justice. Robert changed his name to Roberto to more closely identify with the Hispanic community, and though he was a full-time priest in several parishes he made time to host a radio program in Spanish to educate and inform Hispanic people on many matters.

As he reached his late 70s many health issues arose; at the request of his provincial, Father SŠenz moved to Spokane in 2005 to live and pray with his brother Jesuits at the Oregon Province assisted-living center.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Senior Fund (Oregon Province Society of Jesus, PO Box 86010, Portland, OR 97286) or to Hospice of Spokane (121 S. Arthur, Spokane, WA 99202).


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