Obituaries - May 16, 2019

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Howard Russell

TACOMA

Howard Russell died of Alzheimer’s disease on February 19. He was 63.

He was born in Newberg, Oregon on September 6, 1955. He attended Bellarmine Preparatory School before serving in the United States Navy for six years as a jet mechanic on the USS Constellation and the USS Independence.

After the Navy, he owned and operated Autotype Printing Company, a family-owned business of 40 years on South Tacoma Way. He was a member of Visitation of the Blessed Mary Church. He did volunteer work there and at the American Lake Veterans golf course. He married Nicki in 1987.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Paddon; step-father, Bill Russell and mother, Joyce. He is survived by his wife, Nicki; brothers, David, Mark and Bill; many nephews and nieces, and other family members.

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 7 at Visitation of the Blessed Mary Church.

 

Jeannette Parent, SP (Sister Blasius)

SEATTLE

Sister Jeannette Parent, died April 22 at St. Joseph Residence. She was 96.

She was born October 22, 1922 to Louis Joseph and Auxilia Parent in Baker, Montana, the eighth of eleven children. She graduated in 1940 from St. Joseph Academy in Sprague, Washington.

She entered the Sisters of Providence in July 1947 at Mount St. Vincent, Seattle, Washington, and in January 1948, she became a novice. She professed first vows in July 1949 and received the name Sister Blasius. In July 1952 she professed final vows.

She earned her licensed practical nurse certification from St. Peter School of Nursing in Olympia in 1955. She earned her professional nurses’ certification from the State of Montana in 1972, a certificate in pharmacology from Spokane Community College in 1979 and clinical pastoral education certification in 1986 from Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane.

Her first ministry from 1949-55 was as a care companion at Mount St. Vincent Home for the Aged, now Providence Mount St. Vincent in Seattle. From 1956-86 she continued her 30 years of ministry in numerous roles in nursing, pastoral care and community service in Oregon at St. Mary Hospital, Astoria; in Washington at Providence Hospital, Seattle, and again at Mount St. Vincent, Providence Hospital, Everett, and Mount St. Joseph, Spokane; in Montana at Saint Clare Hospital, Fort Benton, and Columbus Hospital and St. Thomas Center in Great Falls. Then from 1987 to 1995 she was in pastoral care and community service at St. Joseph Care Center and Mount St. Joseph in Spokane.

In 1995 she retired and continued her ministry as an active volunteer until 2012, when she moved from Spokane to St. Joseph Residence in Seattle, where she enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, taking walks, doing handicrafts and spending cherished time with family, friends and her sisters in community.

She is preceded in death by her parents, six sisters including her twin Sister Annette, and four brothers. She is survived by her nephews and nieces.

A funeral Mass was celebrated April 29 at St. Joseph Residence with internment on May 1 at Holy Cross Cemetery in Spokane.

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

 

Barbara Melancon, SP (Sister Alexis)

SEATTLE

Sister Alexis Melancon died April 25 at St. Joseph Residence. She was 91.

She was born November 19, 1927 to Henry Joseph and Mary Helen Melancon in Portland, Oregon. She was the youngest of two daughters.

She graduated in 1945 from St. Vincent Academy in Walla Walla. She entered the Sisters of Providence in November 17, 1949 at Mount St. Vincent in Seattle, and in May 1950, she became a novice. She professed first vows in November 1951 and received the name Sister Alexis. In November 1955 she professed final vows.

In 1949, she earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology/sociology from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota. She attended the College of Great Falls in the summer of 1952, various colleges in Southern California, and in 1969 she received her masters of education with a major in education administration from the University of Washington. Also, in 1988 she became a licensed housing manager certified by the National Leased Housing Association in Portland, Oregon.

Her ministry of 34 years was in education as an elementary/secondary teacher, counselor and principal, from 1951 to 1985. In Washington she served at Sacred Heart School, Tacoma; Holy Family School, Seattle; St. Joseph School, Yakima; and Providence Academy, Vancouver. She also served at Catholic Junior High School in Anchorage, Alaska. In California she served at Providence High School and St. Finbar School, in Burbank. From 1986-2000 she became the director of Emilie House, a Northeast Portland, Oregon Housing of Urban Development (HUD-assisted) housing project founded by the Sisters of Providence for low-income elderly and disabled residents.

In late 1985, she traveled to Jerusalem, Israel, to begin a nine-month biblical study program in the Holy Land. In 1986 she travelled to England and Ireland, and in 1991 toured Russia and Hungary. Also, in 1998 she went to El Salvador for a cultural experience to be with her sisters and minister to the poor.

In 2001 she retired and moved to St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, where she volunteered and became the treasurer of St. Joseph Residence, in addition to being a retirement trust committee trustee from 2003-12. Her favorite pastime was reading mysteries, in addition to traveling and spending cherished time with family, friends and her sisters in community.

She is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her sister, Rosemary and nephews and nieces.

A funeral Mass was celebrated May 10 at St. Joseph Residence with internment at Calvary Cemetery.

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

 

Charles Cesmat

SEATTLE

Charles Cesmat died May 2. He was 88.

He was born on April 10, 1931 in Bakersfield, California. He graduated from East Bakersfield High School and served in the United States Navy. While on shore leave from Bremerton he met his future wife, Dorothea. They were married on January 15, 1955.

He attended Wenatchee Valley College and graduated for the University of Washington with Bachelor of Arts degree. He was a New York Life insurance agent for 36 years.

He was a Holy Rosary parishioner, Lion’s Club member and Boy Scouts volunteer. He built a cabin for his family on Whidbey Island and enjoyed attending Husky football games, repairing clocks, collecting stamps and spending time with family, new and old friends.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothea; sons, Steven, Paul, Kenneth and Walter; daughters, Kathy, Julie and Martha; sister Patricia; 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A funeral Mass was celebrated May 14th at Holy Rosary Church in West Seattle.

 

 

 

 

 

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