Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


the Inland Register

(From the Aug. 21, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

Jeanne E. Hays

Jeanne E. Hays, mother of Father Tim Hays, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Colbert, died July 12 at the age of 82.

Father Hays celebrated the funeral Mass July 15 at Assumption Church, Spokane.

Jeanne was born Feb. 17, 1933, to John and Julia (Wyburn) Milliron. She attended school at Dartford, and graduated from St. Patrick Grade School and John Rogers High School in Spokane.

Immediately following graduation she attended business school, and worked for Nabisco for a short time before marriage on Sept. 6, 1952, to Gayle Hays.

The family returned to Spokane, where over the next 10 years they welcomed four more children. In 1969, the family relocated to Libby, Mont., where they ran a local glass shop and then a building supply business.

Gayle and Jeanne returned to Spokane in 1990, where Jeanne worked at Holy Cross Cemetery until retirement.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband, Gayle in February of 2009; her sisters: Joan, Judy and Julie; her brother, Mike, and his grandson, Nathan. She is survived by her children: Jim (Kim), Cindy, Tim, Denise (Kelly) Kirkpatrick and Wendy (Dick) Thomas; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and her brother, Pat Milliron. Wendy is the secretary at Assumption Parish, Spokane.

Contributions may be made in Jeanne’s name to: Assumption Catholic Church, Spokane; St. Joseph Church, Colbert; or to a charity supporting victims of Alzheimer’s disease.

Father William F. Ryan SJ

Jesuit Father Bill Ryan died July 13 at the Jesuit Infirmary, Spokane. He was 81.

The funeral Mass was celebrated July 30 at St. Aloysius Church, Spokane. Inurnment took place that afternoon at the Oregon Province Columbarium, Mt. St. Michaels Cemetery.

The younger of two brothers, William Francis Ryan was born in Spokane on July 18, 1932, to Donald R. and Kathleen (Prindiville) Ryan. He entered the Jesuit Novitiate at Sheridan, Ore., in August 1949 and followed the regular course of studies and training. He was ordained a priest on June 16, 1962, in Spokane.

Graduate studies in Philosophy took him to Europe; he earned a PhD from the Universitie de Louvain, Belgium, in 1971, and the next year returned to Spokane to teach Philosophy and Theology at Gonzaga University.

He was a dedicated professor at Gonzaga for nearly 40 years. His courses were immensely popular with students and the Jesuit seminarians studying for the priesthood. He wrote and lectured extensively on noted scholars such as Jesuit Father Bernard Lonergan, Edmund Husserl, and Victor Frankl; his curriculum vitae lists an extensive number of scholarly papers presented, books edited, and talks given.

Father Ryan consistently challenged his students to seek meaningful answers to profound philosophical and theological questions; his classes were noted for depth of intellectual conversation and good natured humor.

In the last few years significant health issues compelled Father Ryan to withdraw from the classroom and focus instead on his writing and research.

He is survived by his older brother, James (Patricia) Ryan; two nieces; two grandnephews, and one grandniece; several cousins; and his brother Jesuits of the Oregon Province.

Contributions in honor of Father Ryan may be sent to: The William F. Ryan, SJ, Memorial Lecture Series, c/o Gonzaga University, 502 E. Boone Ave., Spokane, WA 99258; The Senior Fund, c/o The Oregon Province Society of Jesus, P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR 97286; or Hospice of Spokane, P.O. Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210.

Father Joseph Stocking SJ

Jesuit Father Joseph Stocking died July 26 in Seattle. He was 78 years old.

The rosary was recited Aug. 1 at Hoffner, Fisher & Harvey Family Funeral Home, Seattle. The funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph Church, Seattle, the next day. Inurnment was at Mt. St. Michael’s Cemetery in Spokane.

Joseph Stocking was born on Sept. 6, 1934 in Seattle to Robbins Stocking and Camilla Doyle Stocking. He was raised in Seattle and attended St Joseph’s Grade School and Seattle Preparatory School. After two years at the University of Notre Dame, he entered the Jesuit Novitiate at Sheridan, OR in 1956. After a normal course of studies in the Society that included three years of teaching at his high school alma mater, he was ordained a priest by Bishop Bernard Topel in Spokane, WA on June 10, 1967, and took final vows on May 14, 1979.

Father Stocking divided his years of ministry in two parts. He was an English teacher and librarian at Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, WA from 1969-1980, and then he taught English at Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma from 1980-1983. From 1983 until he retired from active ministry in 2008, he served in a number of parishes in the Archdiocese of Seattle: Sacred Heart, Bellevue, 1983-84; St. Pius X, Mountlake Terrace, 1984-1986; St. Leo, Tacoma, 1987-1992; Christ the King, Seattle, 1992-1999; St. Edward, St. George, and St. Paul, Seattle, 1999-2001; and St. Jude, Redmond 2001-2008).

He was a dedicated and joyful minister and priest of the Church and the Society of Jesus. He very much enjoyed working with young people. He was a friend and counselor to many.

Father Stocking is survived by his brother Michael Stocking (Ann), a nephew, and a niece.

His family request that any memorials in honor of Father Stocking be sent to Society of Jesus, Oregon Province Irrevocable Aged and Infirm Trust, P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR 97286-0010.

Sister M. Rose Theresa (Dorothy) Costello SNJM

Sister M. Rose Theresa Costello, of the Sisters of the Holy Names, died July 14 in Spokane. She is the last of her siblings to die, and is survived by her Religious Sisters and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The funeral Mass was celebrated July 18 at the Convent of the Holy Names, Spokane.

Dorothy Costello was born July 4, 1918, in Shelby, Mont. She graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School, and Holy Names Academy, both in Spokane.

Upon graduation from secondary school in 1936, Dorothy entered the novitiate of the Sisters of the Holy Names. She professed her vows as Sister M. Rose Theresa in 1938, and began both her college work and her teaching career in parish schools in Oregon and Washington.

Her formal education earned her a B.S. in Education from Marylhurst College and an M.A. in Geography from the University of Minnesota.

Sister was partial to teaching seventh graders, and teachers. Her interest and expertise in geography opened the door to opportunities for Sister to use her many gifts. She wrote the workbook accompanying the fifth grade geography text published by McGraw-Hill, was invited to speak at conventions, and was runner-up for teacher of the year in Washington in 1967.

She was Social Studies consultant for elementary and secondary schools in Mesa, Ariz., during the time she was there caring for her mother. She offered service in parishes during that time as well.

She was busier in her retirement than many active people are when working full time. Some of the beneficiaries of her assistance were Women’s Hearth, Our Place Ecumenical Ministries, and The Fig Tree, Spokane’s ecumenical newspaper. She never did find time to acknowledge any failing health, and actually only experienced her final frailty for four days at the end of a week in which she participated in a retreat to encourage young women to think about Religious life – a life for which she was most grateful.

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

Father Robert Rekofke SJ

Jesuit Father Robert “Rock” Rekofke, SJ, died Aug. 11 at Hospice House, Spokane. He was 89. A vigil service was held Aug. 15 in the Jesuit House Chapel at Gonzaga University. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next day at St. Aloysius Church, Spokane. Interment took place that afternoon at the Oregon Province Cemetery at Mt. St. Michaels, Spokane.

The fourth of five siblings, Robert Francis Rekofke was born in Centralia, Wash., on Aug. 6, 1925, to Joseph and Elizabeth (Bieker) Rekofke. He did his formal schooling in Spokane, at Sacred Heart Elementary School and Gonzaga Preparatory School. At the conclusion of his service in the Navy during World War II, he entered the Jesuit Novitiate at Sheridan, Ore., in September 1947 and followed the regular course of studies and training. He was ordained a priest on June 13, 1959, in Spokane.

A well-loved priest, pastor, and high school teacher, Father Rekofke thoroughly enjoyed spending time with people of all ages, listening to their unique life stories and helping them to see the goodness in themselves.

Although Father Rekofke taught high school Latin and Religion for 10 years after his ordination (Bellarmine Preparatory, Tacoma, and Gonzaga Preparatory, Spokane), his great love and passion was for parish work and helping people. He was versatile in serving both short and longer parish assignments; he went from Lewiston to Big Sandy, Mont., to Seattle, Sequim, Vancouver, and Tacoma, Wash. Wherever Father Rekofke was assigned he was a source of joy and consolation to the congregations and a friend to those in need. He saw and proclaimed the Catholic Christian faith as one that must be lived out fully, nurtured when fragile and challenged to strive to greater things when strong.

He is survived by his older sister, Sally Olstad (Don) of Spokane. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Rekofke; his older sister, Armella Roberg (Ed); older brother Joe (Jeannea); and his younger brother Ed (Maxine).

He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, cousins, friends, and his brother Jesuits of the Oregon Province.

Memorial contributions in honor of Father Rekofke may be sent to The Senior Fund, c/o The Oregon Province Society of Jesus, P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR 97286, or Hospice of Spokane, P.O. Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210.

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