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 September 19, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Virginia Maria (M. Gabriel Dolores) Shelton SNJM

Holy Names Sister Virginia Maria Shelton died Sept. 2 in Spokane. She had been a member of her Religious community for 80 of her 102 years.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 6 at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane. Inurnment was Sept. 9, at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.

Virginia Maria was born in Lewiston, Idaho. Her family moved to Spokane when she was two years old, so she attended Parkwater Elementary School and Lourdes Academy, and graduated from West Valley High School in 1929. After graduation, Virginia worked in a restaurant near the air field before beginning college at Washington State College in Pullman.

She joined the Sisters of the Holy Names in 1933 and took the name Sister M. Gabriel Dolores. She earned a degree in music education from Marylhurst College, Ore.

Sister M. Gabriel Dolores taught music in parish schools throughout the Northwest from 1935-1957. She changed to classroom teaching from 1957 to 1981, followed by yet another new challenge, parish ministry in Snohomish and, later, Wapato, Wash.

At the age of 90, Sister Virginia was invited to join the team preparing new members for life in the community. Even after returning to the convent in a move toward retirement, she continued to volunteer – at Trinity School in Spokane, at Our Place Community Ministries in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood, and at various responsibilities within her community.

Among her words when asked for advice for the younger Sisters were: have a cheerful attitude toward life, take care of your health, make friends, laugh at yourself, live your vocation to the fullest, get to know yourself from deep within, reach out to others!

Memorial gifts may be made to The Retirement Fund for the Sisters of the Holy Names, Convent of the Holy Names, 2911 W. Fort Wright Dr., Spokane, WA 99224.

Michael Noder Jr.

Michael Noder Jr., a retired teacher at several Spokane Diocese schools, died Aug. 16 at the age of 80.

A memorial service was scheduled for Friday, Sept. 20, at the Eastern Washington Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake, Wash. The funeral Mass was scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21, at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Cheney.

He was born in McNabb, Ill. After graduating from high school at St. Bede Academy in Peru, Ill., Noder enlisted in the Air Force, where he served for 20 years.

While in the service he met and married Helen Marie Babineaux.

After his military service, he completed his education at Eastern Washington University, Cheney, and worked for a time as a counselor at Morning Star Boys’ Ranch in Spokane. That was followed by 20 years of teaching at St. Patrick, All Saints, and Cataldo schools in Spokane.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Helen; his four sons: Michael Joseph III, Patrick Dean (Anne); Victor Dwayne; and Maurice Charles (Evelyn); and a sister, Sister Rosalie Noder, a retired Catholic Religious in Clinton, Iowa.

He is also survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.

Father J. Alfred Carroll SJ

Jesuit Father J. Alfred Carroll died Sept. 11 at the Regis Jesuit residence in Spokane. He was 84 years old.

The vigil took place Sept. 16 in the chapel of Jesuit House, on the Gonzaga University campus. The funeral Mass was celebrated the following morning at St. Aloysius Church. Burial followed at the Oregon Province Cemetery.

One of three siblings, John Alfred Carroll was born in Seattle on Oct. 26, 1928 to Emmett H. and Mary V. (Kelly) Carroll. He graduated from Seattle Preparatory School in 1946 and entered the Jesuit Novitiate at Sheridan, Ore., in July 1946. He was ordained a priest on July 31, 1959, in Frankfurt, Germany.

Following ordination, Father Carroll taught at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, where he also served as vice-principal and principal, and at Seattle Prep. At both schools he coached outstanding speech teams.

In 1972 Father Carroll began a long career at Gonzaga University, ably assisting students, faculty, and administration through the Dean’s Office in the College of Arts and Sciences. His attention to detail helped keep many students on track to their graduation.

With the fall of Saigon in 1975, Father Carroll saw a special need to assist refugees from Vietnam and so he began a program to help them. The plight of the Amerasians (children of Vietnamese or Korean mothers and American fathers) became a major concern to him; he responded by helping hundreds of these young people come to the U.S. and to successfully lobby Congress to pass the Amerasian Homecoming Act of 1982. For his tireless advocacy, Father Carroll was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by Gonzaga University in 1987.

Father Carroll was preceded in death earlier this year by his brother, Jesuit Father Emmett Carroll. He is survived by his sister, Joanne Sullivan of Lombard, Ill., as well as nephews and a niece.

Contributions in honor of Father Carroll may be sent to The Senior Fund, c/o The Oregon Province Society of Jesus (P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR 97286) and/or the Friends of The Amerasians (c/o The Regis Jesuit Community, 1107 N. Astor St., Spokane, WA 99202).

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