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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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(From the October 17, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Wilma Louis (Lidwine) Fitzgerald SP

Providence Sister Wilma Louis Fitzgerald died Sept. 15 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle. She had been a Sister of Providence for 66 of her 84 years.

The vigil took place Sept. 23 at St. Joseph Residence. The funeral Mass was celebrated there the next morning. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane, on Oct. 1.

She was born Oct. 31, 1928 in Mansfield, Wash., where she attended grade school. She graduated from Holy Names Academy, Spokane, and in January 1947 entered the Providence novitiate. She made first profession in November 1948, and final vows in 1951.

Her academic accomplishments included a B.A. English and Art from the College (now University) of Great Falls, in Great Falls, Mont.; Masters in Latin and Greek from St. Louis University; and a PhD in Latin, Greek, Art and Archaeology from St. Louis University.

She served as an instructor, assistant professor, and Chairperson of the Department of Foreign Language at the College of Great Falls. She also taught English, Latin, Greek, Spanish, History, Religion, and Art in private secondary schools.

Sister Wilma wrote Ocelli Nominum, Names and Shelf Marks of Famous/Familiar Manuscripts.

She especially enjoyed gardening, making lace, sewing, applied art and computers.

Memorial contributions may be made in Sister Wilma’s honor to the Sisters of Providence Retirement Fund, 1801 Lind Avenue S.W., #9016, Renton, WA 98057-9016.

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