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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Long-time Newport deacon dies at age 85

the Inland Register

(From the June 21, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Deacon Bill Sando (IR file photo)

Deacon William F. “Bill” Sando, a deacon of the Spokane Diocese, died May 10 in Monroe, Wash. He was 85 years old.

Two memorial services were scheduled: one May 23 at St. Mary of the Valley Parish, Monroe, and a second on June 2 at St. Anthony Parish, Newport, Wash., where he taught and served as a deacon for many years. Burial followed the Mass in Newport.

He was born Nov. 28, 1926 in Westfield, NJ. He married Kitty Hendersen in 1967. Together they had five children; Martha ‘Marty,’ Rose, Margaret ‘Mimi,’ William ‘Will,’ and Elizabeth, who died at birth.

Deacon Sando was a WWII Veteran and served in the U.S. Navy. He attended St. Bonaventure in New York State for his B.A. He completed his M.A. in Education at Gonzaga University of Spokane.

His teaching career began in New Jersey, where he taught for five years, and continued on to Newport, where he shared his love of knowledge for 23 years.

He was ordained to the diaconate in the first class of deacons for the Spokane Diocese, on June 3, 1978.

For 25 years he served as deacon for 25 years at St. Anthony Parish in Newport, followed by seven years at St. Mary of the Valley in Monroe.

Deacon Sando served God by serving others. He put his family first and he said the rosary daily. His faith and counsel touched the lives of all who knew him.

Bishop William Skylstad, bishop of the Spokane Diocese during much of Deacon Sando’s ministry, said, “Deacon Bill Sando’s life and ministry as husband and deacon have come into clear perspective on the occasion of his death. His presence in St. Anthony Parish in Newport and, in these later years, his move and living on the coast to be closer to his family, share with us a man of faith, service, and generosity.

“His love of wife, family and Church is an inspiration to all of us who knew him,” said Bishop Skylstad. “May he rest in peace.”

Deacon Sando was preceded in death by his wife Kitty and older sister, Anna Louise. He is survived by his younger sister, Marguerite; four children; and seven grandchildren.


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