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 March 21, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Imelda Marie (Alice Marie) Flynn SP

Providence Sister Imelda Flynn died Feb. 21 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, at 87 years of age, after 67 years as a Sister of Providence.

The vigil service was the evening of March 8 at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane. The funeral Mass was celebrated there the next day; burial followed at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane. A Mass of remembrance was celebrated at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, also on March 9.

She was born in Tacoma, where she attended St. Leo Grade School. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy, Sprague, Wash., in 1945.

The next year she entered the Providence novitiate in Seattle, and made her final vows in 1950.

She held degrees from the College (now University) of Great Falls in Great Falls, Mont.; Gonzaga University, Spokane; and Western Michigan University. She also did graduate in physics and math at St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo., and took Clinical Pastoral Education studies at St. Joseph Hospital, Tacoma.

Her ministry assignments were chiefly in the field of teaching, including at her alma mater, St. Joseph Academy in Sprague, and DeSales High School, Walla Walla.

She became vision-impaired in 1993 and became an Independent Living Specialist with the Washington School for the Blind in Vancouver, but did outreach to seven counties. In 1997, she moved to Spokane and was a volunteer consultant for the visually impaired. She retired in 1993 in Spokane and later moved to St. Joseph Residence in Seattle.

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

Henry G. Hargreaves SJ

Henry G. Hargreaves, of the Society of Jesus, passed away the morning of Feb. 22 at the Jesuit Infirmary, Spokane. He was 98 years old.

The vigil service was March 1 at the Jesuit House Chapel, Gonzaga University. The funeral Mass was celebrated there the following morning. Inurnment followed at the Oregon Province Cemetery, Mt. St. Michael’s, Spokane.

Henry George Hargreaves was born on May 28, 1914, in Seattle. He graduated from Seattle Preparatory School in 1932, and attended Gonzaga University for three years.

He entered the Jesuit Novitiate at Sheridan, Ore., on September 25, 1935, and was ordained a priest on June 16, 1947.

Henry spent more than 50 years working in Alaska in a variety of works and places. Much of his time was engaged in pastoral work with the Native Peoples of western Alaska, although he also spent time in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Always a physically active person, Henry was in demand as a softball player into his early 80s. Some of his interests were singing, playing the violin, chess, and various card games. Henry was known for his gift of taking popular songs and changing the lyrics to honor people on their birthday.

Due to declining health, Henry moved to Spokane in 2003 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).

Richard Semple Sr.

Richard Semple Sr., the father of Father Richard Semple, died Feb. 25 in Spokane after a long illness. He was 78 years old.

The vigil was celebrated at Assumption Parish, Spokane, on Feb. 28. The funeral Mass was celebrated at Assumption as well, the next day. Interment was at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake, Wash.

He was born March 30, 1934 in Minneapolis, Minn. He graduated from Mercersburg Academy in 1952 and Ohio Wesleyan in 1956.

After graduation, he began a 24-year career as an Air Force pilot, seeing duty in North America, the Arctic, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

The majority of his career was as a C-130 pilot, including a one-year combat tour as an AC-130 Spectre gunship commander.

After retirement, he served the Spokane community as a past president of the NE Kiwanis Club. He was a coach and north side commissioner for SYSA soccer.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Cathie; his children, Danielle (Ron) Basta, Father Richard Semple, Jr,, Michelle (Kyle) Orendorff, and John Semple; and six grandchildren.

Sister Henry (Louise) Wyatt OSF

Sister Henry Wyatt of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia died March 2 in Tacoma at the age of 78, after 61 years as a member of her Religious community.

Viewing was at St. Ann Convent Chapel, Tacoma on March 6. The funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Leo Church, Tacoma, March 7, with burial at Calvary Cemetery.

Sister Henry was born in Corona, Calif. Following her entrance into the congregation in 1949, she completed her high school education at St. Joseph High School in Pendleton, Ore. She later earned a B.A. in Art from the University of San Diego.

Sister Henry ministered in elementary education, child care, and hospice care, including 11 years in the Spokane Diocese, teaching at St. Charles School and caring for children at St. Ann Home.

Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.

Father Neill R. Meany SJ

Jesuit Father Neill R. Meany died March 4 at the Jesuit infirmary in Spokane. He was 89 years old.

The vigil service was March 8 at the Jesuit House Chapel on the Gonzaga University campus. The funeral Mass was celebrated March 9 at St. Aloysius Church. Burial followed at the Oregon Province Cemetery.

He was born in Milbank, S.D., on July 27, 1923. He graduated from Bellarmine Preparatory School, Tacoma, in 1941, and entered the Jesuit Novitiate at Sheridan, Ore., that same summer.

After completing his first set of studies in 1948, he returned to Bellarmine Prep to teach for three years. Theology studies were at Alma College in California. He was ordained a priest June 19, 1954, in Spokane.

Father Meany taught at Marquette High School in Yakima, Wash., and Gonzaga Prep in Spokane; held administrative duties at the Jesuit Offices in Portland; and delved into parish life in Yakima, Granger, and Naches. Ever mindful of the Hispanic people, Father Meany spent a year in Mexico to learn Spanish to meet their spiritual and pastoral needs.

His 40-plus years spent in parish life were some of his happiest; his wit, artistic abilities, and boundless energy helped bring the Gospel and the Catholic faith deeper into the lives and hearts of many. Of note were the stained glass windows he designed for the new St. Joseph Church in Yakima. He also designed the coat of arms for the late bishop of Fairbanks.

He was a dedicated priest and Religious who poured out his life in humble and loving service as a Jesuit priest, teacher, artist, administrator, and friend to many.

Contributions in honor of Father Meany may be sent to The Senior Fund, c/o The Oregon Province Society of Jesus (P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR 97286) and/or to Hospice of Spokane (P.O. Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210).

Mary Feezell

Mary Feezell, first-grade teacher at All Saints School, Spokane, since 1990, died March 11. She was 64 years old.

The rosary vigil was March 14. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next day at St. Peter Parish, Spokane.

She was born in Yakima, Wash., on May 23, 1949, and graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary art education.

As a teacher, she was characterized as someone who “never met a child that she felt was unteachable, and always found a way to make every child succeed. Mary was a humble servant of God who felt it a privilege to be entrusted with such an important task.”

She is survived by her best friend and sister of choice, Barb Byrum; longtime friends George and Debbie Dean; her extended family of fellow teachers and staff at All Saints; and hundreds of former students and parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to All Saints School, 3510 E. 18th Ave., Spokane, WA 99223

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