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Bernice Conway died on February 7. She was 90.
She was born in Oakdale, Nebraska in 1929, the seventh child of Julius and Ada Walling.
Due to the Great Depression and the "Dust Bowl" of the early 1930's she and her family moved to southwest Washington where they settled in Washougal. She graduated from Washougal High School in 1946. After a few years in Washougal she moved to Seattle where she worked at J.C. Penney as a salesgirl and window dresser. Hugh P. Conway walked into the store one night while she was working and asked her to dinner. (He knew a few of her older brothers as he grew up in Camas). They were married in January 1953 in the rectory of Sacred Heart Seattle Catholic Church.
They built their life in Northeast Seattle where they raised their four children. She was very involved with all of her children's activities at Assumption Grade School and Blanchet High School. She served on the board of both schools and was a room mother, Cub Scout and Campfire Girls leader for many years.
She was a CYO girls’ basketball and girls’ track coach. She was a volunteer at Assumption Parish, Assumption Grade School, Blanchet High School and CYO. She never found a committee that she did not want to run.
She and Hugh were lifelong Sonics, Seahawks, Sounders, Mariners and Husky fans, having season tickets for most of the teams. She enjoyed following and watching sports and loved to discuss the teams with her family and friends.
She was a very independent widow for 28 years. She traveled the world with family and friends and never missed the opportunity to pick out and send all of her loved ones greeting cards to commemorate every holiday throughout the year.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh; parents and siblings. She is survived by her sons, Timothy, Terrence and Thomas; daughter, Tracy; twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Her funeral Mass was celebrated on March 4 with interment at Calvary Cemetery.
Leroy Bagnell died on February 16. He was 87.
He was born in Hensler, North Dakota on July 21, 1932.
His family moved to the Puget Sound area where he spent the last 75 years of his life. He attended Bellarmine Preparatory School. He married his wife, Carol on November 25, 1950.
He worked as a truck driver for Boeing and was a member of the Teamsters Union. He attended St. Vincent de Paul Church in Federal Way.
He enjoyed tailgating and attending Husky football games in his bus for many years. He also was an avid follower of the Seahawks and Mariners.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol; siblings, Francis, Margarite, Ruth, Mary, Darlene, Dick, Pat, Bud and Gordon; and grandson Joel. He is survived by his sons, Dennis, Dano and Doug; daughter, Debbie; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:00 pm on March 6 at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Federal Way.
Sister Annie Frances Oman, OSF (Sister Margaret Patricia)
Sister Annie Frances Oman, OSF (formerly Sister Margaret Patricia) died in Assisi House on February 29. She was 92.
She had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 71 years. She was born in Drumcondra, County Dublin, Ireland, where she was a member of Our Lady of Dolours Parish. She entered the congregation in 1946 and professed her first vows in 1949. Two of her sisters, Sister Patricia Joseph Oman (now deceased) and Sister Margaret Oman, also entered the congregation. She earned a BA in Education/French from Fort Wright College and ministered primarily in elementary education and pastoral care.
Prior to moving to the West Coast she ministered in education in the Archdiocese of Baltimore where she taught at St. Anthony School and St. Vincent School and in the Diocese of Wilmington where she taught at St. Mary School.
She also ministered for 25 years in the Archdiocese of Seattle. She taught at St. Leo School and St. Charles School, both in Tacoma. Her work in pastoral ministry took her to Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup and to St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma. During her last 12 years in the archdiocese, she volunteered at the Institute for Christian Ministries in Tacoma.
She also ministered in various dioceses in California. In the Diocese of Fresno, she served as both teacher and principal at St. John’s School in Wasco. In the Diocese of Oakland, she was a chaplain at Providence Hospital. In the Diocese of San Francisco, she worked in pastoral care at Seton Medical Center in Daly City. Her work in the Diocese of San Diego included teaching at The Madeleine School. In the Diocese of San Bernardino, she taught at St. Thomas School in Riverside.
Her ministry in Oregon included teaching at Sacred Heart Academy in Klamath Falls, located in the Diocese of Baker.
She returned to the East Coast in 2008 where she lived and engaged in local house ministry at Our Lady of Angels Convent, the congregation’s motherhouse. She moved to Assisi House, our retirement residence, in 2016 where she served in prayer and hospitality ministry until her death.
She is survived by her brother, Peter; sister Sr. Agnes Oman; her cousins, Sr. Patricia Kidd and Sr. Maria Assunta Oman; nieces, nephews, and by her Franciscan family.
All services will be held in Assisi House, 600 Red Hill Road, Aston, Pennsylvania, 19014 on Monday, March 9. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 9:30 am followed by viewing. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Aston.
Donations in her name can be made to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, 609 S. Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014.