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Obituaries

the Inland Register

(From the July 16, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Anna Marie (Mary Ursula) Koval SP

Providence Sister Anna Marie Koval, a Sister of Providence for 64 years, died June 10, 2015, at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle. She was 87 years old.

The vigil service was June 16; the funeral Mass, June 17. Both took place at St. Joseph Residence. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery, Seattle.

Anna Marie was born Feb. 4, 1928, and grew up in Staples, Minn. She graduated from Sacred Heart Academy, Missoula, Mont., in 1946 and completed nurse’s training at St. Patrick School of Nursing in 1949.

On July 17, 1950, Anna Marie entered the Sisters of Providence novitiate in Seattle. She professed first vows on July 19, 1952, and final vows on July 19, 1955.

In 1957 Sister Anna Marie received a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Great Falls, Montana, and National certification as a Chaplain in 1987.

Her 30 years of ministry in nursing were in Idaho, Montana, and at Sacred Heart Hospital (now Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center), Spokane. After nursing, Sister Anna Marie was a chaplain at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula and then St. Joseph Care Center in Spokane.

She retired in 2002 to Emilie Court, Spokane, and in 2013 moved to St. Joseph Residence in Seattle.

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

Sister Alberta Nett OP

Dominican Sister Alberta Nett, the last of the Sisters who made the trip from Germany and became a Spokane (and later Sinsinawa) Dominican, died June 22 at Providence St. Joseph Long Term Care Unit in Chewelah, Wash. The funeral Mass was celebrated June 29 at St. Mary Church, Chewelah, followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane. In addition, a remembering service and memorial Mass were held at the Dominican motherhouse, Sinsinawa, Wis., also on June 29.

Sister Alberta entered the Dominican Sisters in Speyer, Germany, in 1934 and emmigrated to the United States in 1937 with 21 other young women. She made her first Religious profession with the Poor School Sisters of St. Dominic of Speyer, Germany, at Kettle Falls, Wash., Feb. 2, 1939, and her final profession June 8, 1944.

The congregation members at Kettle Falls became the Dominican Sisters of Spokane in 1986. Sister Alberta became a Sinsinawa Dominican when the Sinsinawa and Spokane Dominicans merged in 1995.

She ministered in health care for 48 years as a nurse, medical technician, supervisor, administrator, purchaser and pastoral care person. Sister Alberta served in Washington and Montana.

Sister Alberta was born Aug. 15, 1920, in Berghausen, Pfalz, Germany, the daughter of Jakob and Margareta (Kuntz) Nett.

In the Diocese of Helena, Sister Alberta ministered at St. Mary Hospital, Conrad, as a nurse, 1943-45 and 1946-1955, and as a medical technician, 1946-1955. She served at Pondera County Hospital, Conrad, as evening supervisor, 1970-1973, and as hospital administrator, 1973-1976.

In the Diocese of Spokane, Sister Alberta ministered at St. Joseph Hospital, Chewelah, in nursing and administration, 1955-1960; in purchasing, 1979-1990; and in pastoral care, 1990-1995, when she also served Mt. Carmel, Colville. She served as administrator at Holy Family Home, Spokane, 1960-1962, and as a nurse at St. Mary Hospital, Chewelah, 1970. Sister Alberta also served her congregation as provincial superior, 1962-1970, during which time they moved from Kettle Falls to Spokane.

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

Sister Ann Dolores (Catherine) Ybarrola SP

Sister Ann Dolores Ybarrola, age 96, a Sister of Providence for 78 years, died July 1 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle.

The vigil service was the evening of July 9; the funeral Mass was celebrated the next day. Both took place at St. Joseph Residence. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery, Seattle.

Catherine was born March 8, 1919 to Martin Ybarrola and Mary Kewe. She grew up in Havre, Mont. Following the death of her mother in 1928, the family moved to Great Falls, Mont., where she attended school at St. Thomas Home and graduated in 1936.

On January 19, 1937, Catherine entered the Sisters of Providence novitiate in Seattle, and there professed first vows on July 19, 1938, when she received the name Sister Ann Dolores, and final vows on July 19, 1941.

In 1951 she received a Bachelor of Arts-English degree from the College (now University) of Great Falls, Mont., and in 1961 a Masters of Arts-Education degree from Gonzaga University. She received a State of Montana secondary principal teaching certificate in 1966.

From 1957-92 she held several administration positions in Montana as Superior/Principal, Sacred Heart Academy; Office Manager, Central Catholic High School; Principal/Secretary, St. Thomas Home; and Director of Institutional Research and Veterans Counselor, College of Great Falls.

Her 50 years of ministry in teaching were in Montana, Idaho, Illinois, and in Colfax, Wash.

In 1992 she retired in Great Falls, where she enjoyed reading, decorative painting, and the outdoors. In February 2015 she moved to St. Joseph Residence in Seattle.

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


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