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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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the Inland Register

(From the July 18, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Maria Teresa (Marla Teresa of Jesus) Lopez SP

Providence Sister Maria Teresa Lopez died June 26 in Seattle. She had been a Sister of Providence for nearly 52 years at the time of her death; she was 91 years old.

The vigil took place July 7; the funeral Mass was celebrated the next morning. Both were at the chapel of St. Joseph Residence. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery, Seattle.

She was born in San Miguel, Manila, Philippines. She was named Consolacion Lopez but later changed her name to Maria Teresa Lopez.

She attended primary and elementary grades at Legards Elementary School and graduated from Mapa High School in Manila in 1940.

Sister Marla Teresa was employed by the Red Cross for nine years where she worked in the Military Welfare Service Department. She also worked as a secretary to the General Manager of the Warner-Chilcott Laboratories in Manila.

She came to the United States in August 1960, entered the novitiate of the Sisters of Providence on July 18, 1961. She made her first profession two years later and her final vows, in Great Falls, Mont., in 1968.

She held degrees from Far Eastern University, Manila, Philippines; Seattle University; and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Ministry assignments included time as Director of Social Services at Columbus Hospital, Great Falls, and St. John Hospital, Longview, Wash. She also worked as a volunteer with refugee resettlement in Spokane and in pastoral work in the Philippines.

In 1992, Sister Maria Teresa was named to the Philippine Sector of the Sisters of Providence. During her time there, she served six years as Councilor of the Philippine Sector.

At the beginning of 2003, she transferred to Mother Joseph Province and retired to Mount St. Joseph in Spokane.

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

Sister Victoire Beausoleil OP

Sister Victoire Beausoleil of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters died June 28 at St. Dominic Villa, Sinsinawa, Wis.

The funeral Mass was celebrated in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa July 2, followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery.

She was born Oct. 23, 1916, in Anaconda, Mont., the daughter of George and Anna Marie (Callahan) Beausoleil.

Sister Victoire made her first Religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican March 8, 1935, and her final profession Aug. 5, 1938.

She taught for 43 years and served as support staff at various hospitals and convents for 14 years, serving in Illinois, California, Nebraska, South Dakota, Washington, Montana, Minnesota and Wisconsin, including teaching at St. John Vianney School, Spokane Valley, from 1964-1967.

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

Sister Marie Adele Crettol OSF

Sister Marie Adele Crettol of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia died at St. Ann Convent, Tacoma, Wash., on June 30. She had been a professed member of her Religious community for 68 of her 86 years.

All services were held in St. Ann Convent, Tacoma: the wake on Sunday evening, July 7, and the funeral Mass at 11 a.m. the following day. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery.

Marie Adele was born in Wasco, Calif., and graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Pendleton, Ore. She entered the congregation in 1943 and professed her first vows in 1945.

In time she earned a B.A. in Education from Holy Names College in Spokane and an M.A. in Education from the University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.

She served in education, congregational ministry, and parish ministry throughout the western United States, including ministry at St. Joseph Childrenís Home, Spokane, from 1948-49. She returned to Spokane to teach at St. Charles School from 1969-71.

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

Sister Jeanne M. (Benedicta Mary) Concannon SNJM

Holy Names Sister Jeanne Concannon died July 7 in Spokane. She was 86 years old.

The funeral Mass was celebrated July 9 at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane. Interment was July 19 at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.

She grew up in Seattle. She earned a masterís degree in English from Marquette University and a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Minnesota.

Sister Jeanneís ministry was devoted to teaching, in Oregon, Washington, and New York State. She spent almost two decades at Fort Wright College, Spokane, and also taught at Mount Angel Seminary, St. Benedict, Ore., before retiring to Spokane in 1995.

She was honored for excellence in teaching as the recipient of various distinguished teaching awards at three institutions: Fort Wright College, Wadhams Hall Seminary in upstate New York, and Mount Angel Seminary.

Gifts in Sister Jeanneís memory may be made to Sisters of the Holy Names Retirement Fund, Convent of the Holy Names, 2911 W. Fort Wright Dr. Spokane, WA 99224.

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