Holy Names Sister Patricia Brandmeir (M. Anthony Francis) died March 4. She was 86.
Born to Henry and Mae Smith Brandmeir on Oct. 23, 1927, she graduated from Holy Names Academy Elementary and High School before joining the Sisters of the Holy Names in 1945. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in school administration from Eastern Washington University, associate’s degrees in business and accounting, and advanced study in theology from Gonzaga University.
She began her teaching career in 1948, teaching in Catholic schools in Portland, Salem, Uniontown, Spokane, Seattle and Everett. In 1977, she began working in the accounting office at Fort Wright College, then becoming the business Manager at Holy Names Academy in Seattle. In 1983, Sister Patricia was hired to assist in the Finance Office of the Diocese of Santa Rosa in California. In 1986, she was appointed Vice Chancellor and Assistant Finance Director of the Santa Rosa Diocese, a position she fulfilled with competence and joy until 1999. She returned to Spokane in 2002 to offer service within her religious community in the Archives Office.
She is survived by her siblings, Robert and James Brandmeir, both of California, Rita Mae Daubenspeck, Seattle, and Kathleen Hartmann, California, nieces and nephews, and the Sisters of the Holy Names.
A Mass of Resurrection will be at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Convent of the Holy Names with Interment at 9:30 a.m., Friday, March 7, 2014, at Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane, Washington. Memorial gifts may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Names Retirement Fund, 2911 West Fort Wright Drive, Spokane, WA 99224.