Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


the Inland Register

(From the December 20, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Janice (Armand) Costello OP

Dominican Sister Janice (Armand) Costello died Nov. 22 at St. Dominic Villa, Sinsinawa, Wis.

The funeral Mass was celebrated in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa Nov. 27, followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery.

She was born June 13, 1929, in Oak Park, Ill. She made her first Religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican Aug. 5, 1949, and her final profession Aug. 5, 1952.

Sister Janice taught for 25 years and served as principal for nine years, librarian for 19 years, and consultant for one year, in Minnesota, New York, Iowa, Wisconsin, Alabama, Illinois, Maryland, Georgia, Mississippi, and Washington.

In the Diocese of Spokane, Sister Janice served as librarian at Dominican Center, Spokane, 2001-2003.

Memorials may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI 53824-9701, or online at

Sister Margaret Eileen (Mark) Croghan SP

Providence Sister Eileen Croghan died Dec. 8 at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane, at 84 years of age, after 58 years as a Sister of Providence.

The vigil service was the evening of Dec. 14. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next morning. Both took place at Mount St. Joseph. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.

She was born Sept. 23, 1928, in Great Falls, Mont., and grew up in Montana and Omaha, Neb.

After attending different high schools, Eileen was graduated from Everett High School in Everett, Wash., in 1946. During her last year of high school, she took a part-time job at Providence Hospital in Everett and then applied for admittance to the Columbus School of Nursing, Great Falls, where she earned a diploma in nursing and worked as a nurse for the next five years.

She entered the Sisters of Providence on Jan. 18, 1954; made her first profession on July 18, 1955; and professed her final vows on July 18, 1958.

Besides her diploma in nursing, she held bachelor and master of science degrees in nursing education, a master of arts degree in applied theology, and participated in numerous administrative, financial and health care management seminars and workshops.

Her ministry engagements were chiefly in the health care field, including assignments at Sacred Heart Hospital (now Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center), Spokane; St. Patrick Hospital, Missoula, Mont.; and Columbus Hospital, Great Falls. She also served her community’s St. Ignatius Province as Provincial Councilor for Health and Social Services, Provincial Superior, and member of the Community Life Team at Mount St. Joseph.

Sister Eileen served on several hospital governing boards and was instrumental in developing new forms of health care governance. She also served on committees at the state and national hospital association level. She attended numerous conferences and hospital associated conventions where she was often a featured speaker.

Sister Eileen was known and loved for her infectious laugh and sense of humor. Quietly and often unknown to others, she mentored and helped many persons over the years.

After retirement she moved to Emilie Court, Spokane.

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

To view Sister Eileen’s obituary and picture and to sign her memory book, visit the website for Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home at

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