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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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the Inland Register

(From the December 17, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Marian (Marie Julia) McCarthy OP

Sister Marian McCarthy of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa died Nov. 19 at St. Dominic Villa in Sinsinawa, Wis.

The funeral Mass was celebrated in the Gathering Place chapel at Sinsinawa Nov. 24, followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery.

Sister Marian was born Jan. 6, 1921, in Chicago, the daughter of Walter and Julia (Doyle) McCarthy.

She made her first Religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican Aug. 6, 1940, and her final profession Aug. 6, 1943.

She served in education for 37 years: as teacher, principal, superintendent of education, director of schools, curriculum consultant, and researcher.

She also served in leadership for her Religious community for four years, and ministered in prayer and spiritual faith formation for 22 years.

Sister Marian’s ministry took place in many parts of the United States, including several years as superintendent of education for the Spokane Diocese, from 1974-1979. In the Diocese of Helena, Mont., she taught at St. Peter School, Anaconda, 1950-1951.

In the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Sister Marian taught, was a principal, and from 1979-84 archdiocese’s Director of Schools. In the Chicago Archdiocese she was a teacher for two years, but also spent three years as a curriculum consultant for the archdiocese.

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

Sister Mary (Mary Bernard) Stadelman FSPA

Sister Mary Stadelman of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration died Nov. 23 at Villa St. Joseph, La Crosse, Wis. She was 88 years old and in the 68th year of her Religious profession.

The funeral Mass was celebrated at 9 a.m. on Nov. 24 in the Villa chapel. Burial followed immediately at Villa St. Joseph. In addition, there was a memorial service for Sister Mary on Nov. 30 at St. Rose Convent.

Born on March 28, 1927, in Blanchardville, Wis., Sister Mary was the daughter of John and Nina (Bussman) Stadelman. She entered St. Rose Convent in 1943.

She entered the field of education after receiving her education degree from Viterbo College (now Viterbo University). She taught middle- and upper-grade students in elementary schools in Iowa, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin for 33 years, including 17 years in Spokane.

After completing the requirements for a Nationally Certified Chaplain, Sister Mary ministered at Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, from 1981-1999. She retired in Spokane, and in 2001 moved to St. Rose Convent. In 2012, she moved to Villa St. Joseph.

Memorials may be sent to Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, WI 54601-4782.

Sister Mary Ann (Rosalia) Meyer SP

Sister Mary Ann Meyer, a Sister of Providence for 71 years, died Nov. 16 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle. She was 90 years old.

The vigil service was Dec. 2; the funeral Mass was celebrated the next day. Both took place at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle. Burial was at Mother Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Vancouver, Wash.

Mary Ann was born Dec. 9, 1924. She grew up on the farm in Washougal, Wash., where she went to grade school. In the eighth grade she was invited to attend Providence Academy in Vancouver, Wash., and graduated in 1943. In July she entered the Sisters of Providence in Seattle and subsequently became a novice on Jan. 18, 1944. She professed first vows on July 19, 1945, when she received the name Sister Rosalia, and professed final vows July 19, 1949.

In 1955 Sister Mary Ann received a Bachelor of Arts-Education degree from the College (now University) of Great Falls, Mont., and in 1967 a Masters of Arts-Education degree from University of Portland, Oregon. In 1971 she was inducted into Alpha Delta Kappa, an Honorary Sorority for Women Educators, and chosen president-elect in 1976 by the local Alpha Rho Chapter.

From 1946-1963 Sr. Mary Ann taught in Sisters of Providence Schools in Washington, including St. Vincent Academy in Walla Walla.

Then from 1963-95 she held several Administration positions: as Elementary Supervisor for Sacred Heart Province and Sister students at Providence Heights College of Sister Formation, Issaquah, Wash.; Title 1 Project Director for the Issaquah Public School District; Religious Education Director, St. Anthony Parish, Renton, Wash.; Pastoral Associate, St. Mary Parish, Aberdeen, Wash.; and a volunteer at St. Michael Parish, Olympia, Wash., where she retired in June 1995. In March 2008 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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