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 February 21, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Mary (Mayhan) Cupich

Mary Cupich, mother of Bishop Blase Cupich, died Jan. 28 in Omaha, Neb. She was 88 years old.

The vigil was prayed for her Friday, Feb. 1, at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Omaha. Bishop Cupich celebrated the funeral Mass there the next day. Interment was at St. John Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Blase; her brothers, Steve and Paul Mayhan; and a sister, Rose Ann Mayhan.

She is survived by her sons Robert (Connie) Cupich of Omaha, Bishop Cupich, Paul Cupich of Novato, Calif., and daughters Margaret (Bill) Altman, Madeline Cupich, Kathy (Dan) Schulte of Wichita, Kan., Barbara (Dan) Rust of Ashburn, Va., and March Richter of Scottsdale, Ariz., as well as 17 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Mrs. Cupich was a member of the Croatian Culture Society, CFU #101, and Ladies Guild of Sts. Peter and Paul Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sts. Peter and Paul School Endowment Fund, 3619 X St., Omaha, NE 68107.

Donald E. Fairburn Sr.

Donald E. Fairburn, Sr., former manager of Holy Cross Cemetery in Spokane, died Dec. 8, 2012 in Portland, Ore. He was 86 years old.

The memorial service has been scheduled for Friday, March 1, at Holy Cross, at 1:30 p.m.

He was born in Beaverdam, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. In 1952 he graduated from Wittenberg College, Springfield, Ohio.

He was past president of the Washington Interment Association, Past President of Catholic Cemeteries of the Northwest, appointed to Washington State Cemetery Board by Governor Dix Lee Ray in 1980 and served until 1984. Other memberships included the National Catholic Cemetery Association, the National Cemetery Association, and the Cremation Association of North America. For several years he also served as executive secretary of the Northwest Cremation Association. Fairburn was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, Spokane, for over 55 years.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nancy Gift Fairburn; three children Andrea Beth (Gregg) Jensen of Hillsboro, Ore., Jane Rosanne (Gary) Fields of Beaverton, Ore., and Donald Eugene (Brenda) Fairburn, Jr., of Beaverton, Ore.; two grandchildren; three stepsisters Eileen (Charles) Strausbaugh of Forest, Ohio, Judy Parker of Franklin, Ohio, and Bobbie Sue (Joseph) Hennessey of Tempe, Ariz.; and one stepbrother James (Charlene) Parker of Rockwell, Texas.

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