Obituaries - March 7, 2019

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Sister Esther Aherne, OP


Sister Esther Aherne, a Dominican Sister of Tacoma died January 15. She was 83.

She was born the seventh of eight children to William and Annie Aherne in the family home in St. Patrick Place, Mallow, County Cork, Ireland.

She entered the Dominicans of Tacoma in 1952. Her ministerial life focused on the education of youth. For over 50 years she served as a teacher and administrator. She taught for many years at St. Patrick’s in Tacoma. Other schools included Marymount Academy in Tacoma; Assumption School and Holy Rosary School in Seattle; St. Paul School, Yakima; St. Mary’s School, Centralia; and Assumption School, Bellingham where she was a teacher in her early years and later returned to serve as principal.

Following her retirement from the classroom, she served as Community Archivist, assisted with the Tacoma Dominican Fundraising Program, and frequently was a substitute teacher and/or principal at St. Patrick’s in Tacoma.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Patrick Church in Tacoma on January 29.

Memorial donations may be made to the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund at 935 Fawcett Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402


Stephen Meissner, Jr.


Stephen Meissner, Jr. died January 17 of a cerebral hematoma and sepsis shock. He was 96.

He was born in Glendive, Montana and enlisted in the army on his 18th birthday. He served in Europe during World War II and received an honorable discharge. He moved to Seattle where he met Reidun Gunderson. They were married in 1946, moving to Ballard, Ridgecrest and spending the last 64 years in Shoreline.

He worked in the grocery business, eventually starting his own store in North City, where all four sons helped. He had a gift for painting window signs, done on his living room floor.

He was a member of St. Luke Parish, where they were regular helpers at lunches and dinners. He enjoyed music, yardwork and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents: seven siblings; and his grandson, Tony. He is survived by his wife Reidun; sons, Stephen, Richard, Daniel and Timothy; 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on March 27 at St. Luke Church, Shoreline with internment at 2:00 pm at Holyrood Cemetery.


Michael Henderson


Michael Henderson died February 19 of a brain tumor. He was 60.

He was born in Seattle and attended St. John Elementary and Bishop Blanchet High School. He graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree, the University of Southern California with a Master’s degree in Public Administration and received a teaching certificate in English as a Second Language from Seattle University. He was a teacher, spending the last twenty years of his life in Southeast Asia.

He enjoyed Seattle sports teams, basketball, baseball, fishing, travel, hiking and writing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ann Henderson; brother Jim; and nephews TJ and Dave. He is survived by his brothers Bob, Tom and John; and sisters Nancy Di Julio and Mary Del Re.

His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on March 11 at St. Luke Church, Shoreline with internment at Holyrood Cemetery.


Mary Bridget Murphy Quinn


Mary Bridget Murphy Quinn died February 24 at Aegis on Madison. She was 83 years old.

She was born in Spokane. After graduating from Holy Names Academy in 1954, she entered the Convent of the Sisters of the Holy Names at Marylhurst, Oregon, receiving the name Sister Bridget Maureen as a novice. Realizing that was not her calling, she returned to Seattle and graduated from Seattle University in 1959. She remained a close friend and supporter of the Holy Names Sisters and Holy Names Academy through the years. In 1959, she married Gerald "Gerry" Patrick Murphy. Their devoted marriage spanned forty years until his death in 2000.

In 2009, she married Joseph "Joe" J. Quinn. They enjoyed traveling and spending time on Whidbey Island together. Faith was central to her life, lived out in loving and dedicated service to people in need, including refugees and immigrants. Committed to Catholic social teaching, she always worked with others to help create a more just and peaceful world for all.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Anne Busch and Thomas Patrick Cunningham; husband Gerry; and sisters, Patricia Lamphier and Kathryn Miller.

She is survived by her husband Joe; her children, Anne Marie Griffin, Margaret Olivares, George Murphy, Maureen Anderson, Bridget Neill, Gerald Murphy, and Thieu Pham; 15 grandchildren; and brothers John Cunningham and Michael Cunningham.

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 2 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Seattle.


Yolanda Salazar


Yolanda Salazar died at home on February 27. She was 46.

She was born in San Salvador, El Salvador and spent the last thirty years of her life in Washington state. She was married to Eduardo Martinez Esparza for seventeen years. She enjoyed watching movies, going shopping, watching her son Victor play soccer and spending time with her friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her son Arturo Lopez-Salazar. She is survived by her parents, Armando Salazar and Elena Karkowski; her husband, Eduardo; her sisters, Cindy Mancilla, Jennifer Karkowski and Elizabeth Karkowski-Gardner; and her sons Victor Salazar and Joshua Karkowski.

Her funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:00 pm on March 8 at Holy Family Church, Seattle with internment at 2:00 pm March 9 at Calvary Cemetery, Seattle.





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