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 June 20, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Patricia Lou “Patt” Peterson

Patt Peterson, secretary for many years at Mater Cleri Seminary and, later, Mater Cleri Center in Colbert, Wash., died May 10 after a long illness. She was 86 years old.

Bishop William Skylstad, bishop emeritus of the Spokane Diocese and former rector of Mater Cleri Seminary, celebrated the funeral Mass on May 18 at St. Joseph Church, Colbert.

She attended Holy Names Academy and Marylhurst College, Ore. She was married to Harley Peterson for 65 years. He preceded her in death.

She is survived by Jim Peterson, Patsy White, Nancy Murphy (Mark Murphy), and Diane Thomas (Kelly Constable); 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; her sisters Peggy (Jack Magee) and Judy Maykowskyj (George Maykowskyj), and sister-in-law Kathleen Green. She was preceded in death by Marc Peterson, Harley Peterson, Albert Carl (Bud) Green, and Linda Peterson.

Msgr. John Steiner, who also served on the staff at Mater Cleri Seminary, called her “a wonderful lady” who “made Mater Cleri a very human place. God bless her for her commitments.”

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Spokane.

Sister Emagene Uhlenkott Warren OSB

Benedictine Sister Emagene Uhlenkott Warren died May 11 at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho. She was 77 years old.

The vigil service was prayed May 16. The funeral Mass was celebrated the following day, both in the monastery chapel.

She was born in Craigmont, Idaho, and grew up in Clarkston, Wash.

She worked as a real estate broker and appraiser for several years while raising her daughter, Terri. When Terri had married, Emagene felt called to Religious life and joined the monastic community at St. Gertrude in 1985.

Sister Emagene returned to school and studied sociology and women’s studies at Gonzaga University.

Her ministries included work as a social service coordinator in Catholic Charities outreach centers for low-income elderly.

She served her community as house coordinator for 12 years and overseeing the business office for six, and founded the monastery’s volunteer program.

Most recently, Sister Emagene lived in Lewiston in semi-retirement, conducting outreach ministry.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Terri Baker, and is survived by her great-granddaughter, Kayla Troumbley of Lewiston, and grandchildren Nicole Troumbley, Shawn Warren, and Eric Baker, all of Lewiston.

Sister Mary Owen Haggerty OP

Dominican Sister Mary Owen Haggerty died May 22, 2013, at the age of 89.

The funeral Mass was celebrated in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa, Wis., May 30, followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery.

She was born June 30, 1927, in Denver, the daughter of Patrick and Mary Catherine (Atzenbeck) Haggerty. Her parents and three brothers, Joseph Haggerty, Patrick Haggerty (her twin), and John Haggerty, preceded her in death.

Sister Mary Owen made her first Religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican Aug. 5, 1952, and her final profession Aug. 5, 1955. She taught for one year, served in the health care field for 50 years, ministered as the coordinator of volunteers for the Motherhouse for 11 years, and served as pastoral assistant for seven years. She was well-known at the Dubuque, Iowa, Farmers’ Market for selling Sinsinawa bakery products.

In the Diocese of Spokane, Sister Mary Owen ministered as a nurse with Hospice of Spokane, 1983-1984.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 County Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, 53824-9701 or online at by clicking on “Donate Now,” then “Honor and Memorial Gift.”

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