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Obituaries

the Inland Register

(From the February 18, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Joan (James Albert) O’Brien SP

Sister Joan O’Brien, age 94, a Sister of Providence for 74 years, died Jan. 15 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle.

The vigil service was the evening of Jan. 25; the funeral Mass was celebrated the next day. Both took place at St. Joseph Residence. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery, Seattle.

Joan O’Brien was born June 20, 1921 to James Albert O’Brien and Bernadette Lamontagne in L’Assomption, Quebec, Canada.

When Joan was age 8, her mother died, and she and her younger sister lived in a Sisters of Providence orphanage.

She entered the Religious community July 17, 1940, and became a novice the following year. She professed first vows on July 19, 1942 and received the name Sister James Albert. Shortly afterwards, she came to Seattle. On July 19, 1945 she professed final vows.

Sister Joan first served as a companion in the infirmary at Mount St. Vincent, Seattle. From 1943-1945 she worked as a cook at St. Catherine School, Seattle and St. Michael School, Olympia.

In 1951 Sister Joan received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Seattle University. She was the Nursing Supervisor at various hospitals from 1951-1969, in both Oregon and Washington.

From 1970-1994 she served as a spiritual coordinator and provided pastoral care in several Providence hospitals. She helped form the Pastoral Care Department at Providence Hospital, Seattle, and served in the department for 13 years. She began volunteer ministry at Vincent House, Seattle, and was a staff member for three-and-a-half years. During these years she received certification from the Pastoral Institute for Chaplains, Washington, D.C., and participated in the CREDO sabbatical program at Gonzaga University, Spokane.

In July 1974 Sister Joan was honored and named Employee of the Year by Providence Seattle Medical Center.

She retired in May 1994.

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

Sister Naomi Hurd SP

Sister Naomi Hurd, age 93, a Sister of Providence for 73 years, died Jan. 15 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle.

The vigil service was Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. The funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 26. Both took place at St. Joseph Residence. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery, Seattle.

Naomi Hurd, the youngest of five children, was born Aug. 14, 1922 to Nicholas Koetz and Mary Ann McLaughlin in Cle Elum, Wash. The family then moved to Toppenish and, finally, to Yakima, Wash., where she attended St. Joseph Academy.

On July 17, 1941 she entered the Sisters of Providence in Seattle, and became a novice on Jan. 18, 1942. She professed first vows on July 19, 1943, when she received the name Sister Naomi. She professed final vows on July 19, 1946.

In 1943 Sister Naomi began her education ministry as a primary school teacher. She taught at several Providence schools, including St. Vincent Academy in Walla Walla.

Her college degrees included a Bachelor of Arts in education from the College (now University) of Great Falls, Mont., and a master of arts in theology and a second master’s in library science, from the University of Portland, Ore.

She returned to Walla Walla as librarian at DeSales High School. She became the Director of the Health Sciences Library at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif., a position she held for 20 years. She retired to St. Joseph Residence in April 1998.

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

Sister Brunhilde Josbacher

Sister Brunhilde Josbacher of the Holy Spirit Community in Spokane died Jan. 21, in Spokane, at age 79.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 28 at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC), Spokane. Interment followed at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane.

She was born Aug. 6, 1936, to Wilhelm and Maria (Schmidt) Josbaecher in Konigstein, Germany.

Sister Brunhilde is survived by two other members of her community, Sisters Elaine Roy and Rita Lemire, who continue to live in Spokane in retirement.

She became a nun as a member of the Holy Spirit Community in Germany. Members of the Community were asked to serve in Sioux City, Iowa, before moving to Spokane to continue God’s work.

Sister Brunhilde worked many years as the head of housekeeping at IHRC, scheduling the volunteer cleaning crews, the “Marthas and Josephs.”

In lieu of flowers, donors in her memory may have a Mass offered, or contribute to the Holy Spirit Sisters, Tholassery, Tiruvalla PO 689101, Kerala, India.

Sister Julie (Mary Hiltrude) Ziocchi SP

Providence Sister Julie Ziocchi died Jan. 20 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle. She was 86 years old and had been a member of the Providence order for 67 years.

The vigil service took place Jan. 29. The funeral Mass was celebrated the next day. Both were at St. Joseph Residence. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery, Seattle.

Julia was born Aug. 5, 1929 to Frank Ziocchi and Louisa Catone, in Melrose Park, Ill. At age 8, when her mother died, she and her six youngest siblings were entrusted to the care of the Sisters of Providence at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, Ill.

She entered the Sisters of Providence in November 1947 at Mount St. Vincent, Seattle, and then became a novice on May 18, 1948. On Nov. 19, 1949, she professed first vows and received the name Sister Mary Hiltrude, and on Nov. 19, 1952 she professed final vows.

In 1949 Sister Julie began her ministry as an elementary teacher at St. Joseph Academy in Yakima, Wash., followed by years of teaching at Holy Rosary School, Moxee, Wash. She also taught in California and in Alaska, where she developed the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) program in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Homer, and Seward.

She held degrees from the College (now University) of Great Falls, Mont., and from Mundelein College, Chicago. She was an elementary education consultant for the Archdiocese of Portland, and also served parishes as director of religious education.

In July 1986 she became Director of Pastoral Care at Providence Milwaukie Hospital, while also attending the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Emmanuel Hospital in Portland. Following a sabbatical renewal program on Spirituality of Aging, she retired in 1995, when she began her volunteer ministry. In August 2010 Sister Julie was the honored recipient of the “2010 Outstanding Community Inspiration Award” by the Providence Milwaukie Foundation.

In May 2011, she moved to St. Joseph Residence, 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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