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3/7/2013 10:16:00 AM
Jesuit Fr. Neill Richard Meany

SPOKANE, Wash. — Jesuit Father Neill Richard Meany died March 4, at the Jesuit infirmary here.  He was 89.

The eldest of five siblings, he was born in Milbank, S.D., on July 27, 1923 to Richard and Corinne (Plouf) Meany. He graduated from Bellarmine Preparatory School, Tacoma, Wash., in 1941 and entered the Jesuit Novitiate at Sheridan, that same summer.  After completing his first set of studies in 1948, he returned to Bellarmine Prep to teach for three years. He went to Alma College in California for theology studies in 1951 and was ordained a priest in 1954, in Spokane. 

He taught at Marquette High School in Yakima, Wash., and Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, held administrative duties at the Jesuit Offices in Portland, and delved into parish life in Yakima, Granger, and Naches.

Father Meany was preceded in death by two sisters, Catherine Bichsel, and Joan Sullivan.  He is survived by his sister Rosalie Leba, Minneapolis, Minn.; and brother Bill of Kirkland, Wash.; nieces and nephews, cousins and his brother Jesuits of the Oregon Province. 

A vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 8, at the Jesuit House Chapel on the Gonzaga University campus.  The funeral Mass will be 2 p.m., Saturday, March 9, at St. Aloysius Church.  Burial will follow at the Oregon Province Cemetery.  Contributions in honor of Father Meany may be sent to The Senior Fund, c/o The Oregon Province Society of Jesus (P.O. Box 86010, Portland, OR  97286) and/or to Hospice of Spokane (P.O. Box 2215, Spokane, WA  99210).    

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