|Birth: ||Nov. 13, 1903|
|Death: ||Jun. 24, 1992|
Anchorage Daily News June 27, 1992
Father Edmund A. Anable, 89, one of the oldest priests to have served in the Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks, died June 24 in Spokane, Wash. A funeral Mass was held in the Jesuit House Chapel of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. Burial was held at Mount St. Michael Cemetery in Spokane.
Father Anable was born Nov. 13, 1903. He was a native of New York. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1924 and was ordained in 1936. He asked to be assigned to the Alaska missions and arrived by steamboat at St. Marys in 1938. While there, he constructed a 56-foot hull for a new mission boat used to deliver supplies and passengers among the Catholic missions along the lower Yukon. His next assignment took him to the mission school at Pilgrim Hot Springs, then Holy Cross, then a pastorship in Nome in 1943. He enjoyed fly- fishing in Nome. In 1947, Father Anable was assigned to Fairbanks and oversaw the construction of Immaculate Conception School, first in the basement of Immaculate Conception Church. He later assembled used buildings from local construction projects into Immaculate Conception School. During the 1950s, he returned to mission work as a fund-raiser, based in Seattle, and established a cannery at St. Marys for Native-caught salmon. In 1961, Father Anable returned to Fairbanks at Immaculate Conception Church as pastor. At this time, Boileau Hall was added to the school. From 1965 to 1967, he was rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral until accepting the position as editor of the Alaskan Shepherd, a newsletter sent to benefactors of the Alaska missions. Father Anable retired in 1981 and resided in Fairbanks. He tended to residents of Golden Towers, offering Mass for them weekly and visiting friends. He left Alaska for the Jesuit Infirmary in Spokane in 1989. According to a fellow bishop, Father Anable was very conscientious, a hard worker, and handy with tools, large and small. Beset with crippling arthritis in his later years, he bore up under pain and served the people of Alaska for more than 53 years. He was a very prayerful man, loyal to God and church.
He is survived by his brother, the Rev. Richard Anable of Morristown, N.J.; and his sister, Mrs. J. Quinn of Sunnyvale, Calif.
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