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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 April 17, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister M. Jane (Petronille Marie) Snodgrass SNJM

Holy Names Sister Jane Snodgrass died March 17 in Spokane. She was 88 years old.

The funeral Mass was celebrated March 26, 2014, at Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane.

Maxine Jane Snodgrass was born Feb. 8, 1926, in Portland, Ore. She lived most of her early life in St. Ignatius Parish, where she graduated from the parish elementary school and, later, from St. Mary Academy in downtown Portland.

After high school, she worked for the Army’s transportation department. In 1945 she joined the Holy Names community.

She went on to earn a B.S. in Education from Marylhurst College (now University) and spent the next 40 years teaching primary school children, mostly in parish schools in Spokane and Portland.

Following a year of personal renewal and community service, Sister Jane volunteered for a ministry in support of the SNJM missions in Mississippi, collecting and shipping clothing and other items for The Treasure Spot, an affordable shopping opportunity for the residents in Jonestown, Miss.

When failing strength forced her to retirement in 2003, she continued to be active in praying for the many needs of her Religious community and those they serve, her family, and global needs as she became aware of them.

Sister Jane suffered from asthma her entire life, and it was breathing difficulty that contributed to her death. Her caregivers at Clare Bridge did their best to keep her comfortable.

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

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