Sister of St. Mary of Oregon Ina Marie Nosack died Jan. 24. There was a vigil and funeral Mass at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon. Interment will take place at 9 a.m., Monday, Feb. 3 in the Sisters’ Cemetery.

Born June 25, 1926, Elizabeth Nosack attended Sacred Heart Elementary School and the first three years of high school in Gervais before graduating from St. Mary of the Valley Academy in Beaverton in 1944. She entered the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon the same year and was given the name Ina Marie.

In 1956 and 1965 respectively, Sister Ina Marie earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. Her teaching career spanned grades 3 – 8 at the following schools: St. Agatha, Portland; St. Cecilia, Beaverton; St. Boniface, Sublimity; St. Mary’s Boys’ Home, Beaverton; Holy Cross, Portland; St. Mary of the Valley (now known as Valley Catholic), Beaverton; and St. Mary, Stayton.

In 1966, Sister Ina Marie, along with three other Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, traveled to Cuernavaca, Mexico, to attend language school before joining other missionaries in Tamshiyacu, Peru. Deep in the jungle of the Amazon, she served as principal of the newly established high school. When Sister Ina Marie returned to Oregon in 1973, she served as the principal at St. Mary School in Stayton and then as the Motherhouse Superior.

In 1984 she began a 12-year ministry with the Hispanic population at St. Alexander Parish in Cornelius, where she said she felt like she was returning to “mission territory” and was with the people and culture she so appreciated and enjoyed. Always a person of congeniality and service, her “retirement” years were spent promoting vocations, serving the infirm sisters, baking, canning, and driving.

Sacred Heart School in Gervais honored Sister Ina Marie Jan. 29, during Catholic Schools Week, as a distinguished alum of the school.

Sister Ina Marie once stated: “God has truly blessed me throughout my life. My journey to him has been filled with so many beautiful friendships that I have treasured.” She was also blessed with the friendship of family members.

She experienced the passing of all her siblings: Albert, John, Catherine, Francis, Jim, and Peter.

Memorial offerings may be directed to the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Retirement Fund.

May she rest in God’s embrace!