Obituaries - March 1, 2018

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Sister Rose Byrne

Sister Rose Byrne (Sister Kevin), SP

Sister Rose Byrne, a Sister of Providence for 69 years, died Feb. 18. She was 93.

Born in Ballinahown, County Offaly, Ireland, she was the second of six children. She entered the Sisters of Providence in July 1948 at Mount St. Vincent in Seattle, and in January 1949 she became a novice. In July 1950 she professed first vows and received the name Sister Kevin, and in July 1953 she professed final vows.

In 1950 she was a companion at St. Vincent Home for the Aged in Seattle. She graduated in 1953 from St. Patrick High School in Walla Walla. In 1965, she earned a Bachelor of Science in education and social studies from the College of Great Falls, now the University of Providence in Great Falls, Montana. She received her Master of Education in June 1971 from Seattle University; and that September she earned American Studies Teaching credentials from UCLA. In 1993 she received diplomas in religious studies from St. Patrick’s College, a pontifical university in Maynooth County, Kildare, and from the International Summer School, Trinity College, Dublin, in Ireland.

Her ministry from 1953 to 1978 was in education as an elementary teacher, including at Holy Family School in Seattle and St. Joseph School in Vancouver.

After her clinical pastoral education in 1979-80, she became a pastoral care associate at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, for a short time. Then from 1981 to 1992 and 1993 to 1997 she served as director of ministry to the sick and elderly at St. Patrick Parish in North Hollywood, California.

From 1998 to 2014 she was the representative for the Sisters of Providence at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and Providence St. Elizabeth’s Care Center.

On Jan. 6, 2015, she received a certificate of recognition from the city of Burbank for her work with the Sisters of Providence and Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, her years of charitable service and the positive impact she had on the city of Burbank. Shortly thereafter, she retired and moved to St. Joseph Residence in Seattle, where she continued to share spiritual wisdom with those around her. She enjoyed visiting with friends and her sisters in community.

She was preceded in death by her brother, John; and sisters, Anne Maguire, Dympna Ryan, Mary and Philomena. She is survived by nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 26 at 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.


Sister Barbara (James Marie) Geib

Sister Barbara (James Marie) Geib, SNDdeN

Sister Barbara Geib, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur for 65 years, died Feb. 4. She was 85.

She died surrounded by a roomful of friends singing “Amazing Grace.” For several weeks before her death, she was at care facilities where she had visited patients regularly for many years. When arriving, she was warmly greeted by physical therapists, nurses, aides, cafeteria workers and staff. At a recent visit, Monroe Police honored Sister Barbara by playing the bagpipes for her.

Born in San Francisco, she graduated from Notre Dame High School in Belmont before entering the Notre Dame community. For 21 years, she taught in Notre Dame elementary schools, including in Des Moines and Seattle. In 1967, she responded to a need for a parish sister in what was then a small rural parish in Monroe.

Her role as a parish sister soon expanded to include being a chaplain and domestic violence advocate for the Monroe Police and Fire Department. Father Philip Bloom, pastor of St. Mary of the Valley Parish, described the “energy, enthusiasm, support and deep involvement in the community” that she brought to the parish and to everyone she encountered. Sister Elisabeth Tiernan, who has also served for many years in the Northwest, wrote that “Sister Barbara has made the words of St. Julie, Notre Dame’s foundress, come alive: ‘How good is the good God!’ She has lived a life sharing that goodness.”

She is survived by her brother Gerald and cousins Fran and Mary Croak.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 8 at St. Mary of the Valley Church in Monroe.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, 1520 Ralston Ave., Belmont, CA 94002, or online at



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