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 | Sister Mary Tracy, SNJM

Clear and Ardent Vision Inspires Results

Thanks to the generosity of the Catholic community at St. John Vianney School and Parish — as well as families beyond the Valley and state — the Marian Fuchs Endowment has reached $300,000, exceeding our preliminary five-year goal of $250,000. The photos on this page show third-graders at St. John Vianney School holding their new math textbooks in the same classroom that Marian Fuchs taught in for 20 years.

Marian was a beloved teacher at St. John Vianney School for two decades. Almost six years ago, she was struck with a debilitating disease that took her life. A few months after Marian’s death, Mark, Marian’s husband, and some friends met with Bob Hailey, then-chair of the Catholic Foundation Board, and me to explore the possibility of establishing a memorial endowment for Marian. The fund would benefit the school, the teachers and the students whom she loved.

For Marian, teaching was her vocation. Mark shared stories of weekends they spent working on classroom projects. In the photo, you can see the bookcase he built for her classroom.

The group we met with became the core of an Endowment Committee that has been working steadfastly for five years. (See the photo above.)

Our new goal is a $500,000 endowment. A donor committed $15,000 this last year, so every gift contributed through June 30 or until the match has been spent will be matched dollar for dollar.

Marian’s spirit lives on through her endowment. If you’d like to participate, here are the ways. Every gift is important. Contact Sister Mary to discuss any detail:; 509.385.7697.

  • Monthly giving: Authorize any amount to be charged on your credit card or deducted from your bank account.
  • Online giving: Go to Marian’s Endowment is a highlighted program.
  • By check: Payable to Catholic Foundation. Send to PO Box 1484, Spokane, WA 98112.

Dr. Jennifer Brandel, Joan Olson and the St. John Vianney grade 3 class pose with their new math workbooks.

Main Photo Caption: (From left) Father Kevin Oiland, Steve Venner, Bob Hailey, Nick Senger, Valerie Fuchs McDonald, Mark Fuchs, Mark Hartley, Dave Carson, Janelle Turcotte and Sister Mary Tracy.