Obituaries - April 4, 2019

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Mary Margaret Kelly, SP (Sister Patrice Marie)


Sister Mary Margaret Kelly, died February 24 at St. Joseph Residence. She was 90.

She was born March 20, 1928 to William Harold and Elizabeth (Motzer) Kelly in Olympia, the third of four children. She graduated in 1947 from Olympia High School. She earned a nursing diploma from St. Peter School of Nursing in Olympia in 1950. She also earned her professional nurses’ certifications from the State of Washington in 1951 and from the State of Oregon in 1957.

She entered the Sisters of Providence in February 1954 at Mount St. Vincent in Seattle and in August 1954, became a novice. In February 1956 she professed first vows and received the name Sister Patrice Marie, and in February 1959 she professed final vows.

Her first ministry from 1956-60 was in nursing as a registered nurse supervisor in the surgical and medical units in Washington: Providence Seattle Medical Center; and in Oregon: Providence Portland Medical Center; and Sacred Heart Hospital, Medford. From 1960-62 she was assistant director of the School of Nursing at Providence in Portland, Oregon.

For four months in 1962-63, she studied in Cuernavaca, Mexico, to learn Spanish and the Latin American culture. She joined with five Sisters of Providence to begin missionary work in Argentina. She was there from March 1963 to May 1980. She ministered in Comodoro Rivadavia and Caleta Olivia as a surgical nurse, medical supervisor, pastoral care and taught catechetics to young adults.

In June 1980, she returned to Seattle and took part in the CREDO sabbatical program of theological renewal at Gonzaga University in Spokane. She also completed a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program in 1991-92 from St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, California, and in September 1993, she received her Chaplain certification from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC).

From 1981-98 her ministry was in pastoral care in Oregon: St. Vincent Hospital, Portland; California: St. Joseph Medical Center, Burbank; and St. John’s Regional Medical Center, Oxnard; and Washington: St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Yakima. In 1999 she continued her ministry volunteering in pastoral care, parish ministry and services to women and children in Yakima.

In 2000, she retired to St. Joseph Residence in Seattle, where she enjoyed the outdoors taking long walks and hiking, watching sports events, listening to classical music and spending cherished time with family, friends and her sisters in community.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Patricia; and brothers, James and Jerry. She is survived by her nephews.

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 8 at St. Joseph Residence with internment at Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Providence Retirement Fund, 1801 Lind Avenue SW, #9016, Renton, WA 98057-9016.


Rita Bernice Heye


She was born in Buffalo, New York on July 24, 1930. She attended Queen of Peace Elementary School and Villa Maria High School in Buffalo, NY; Our Lady of Victory Hospital Nursing School in Lackawanna, New York; and St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. She worked as a registered nurse.

She married Dr. Leo Eilert Heye and moved to Seattle in 1953. She was active in Our Lady of Mount Virgin, serving as a choir member, parish office volunteer and Eucharistic Minister. She was a member of the Anna Donahoe Circle and Advocacy & Caring for Children (formerly Association of Catholic Childhood) of Catholic Community Services. She enjoyed singing, dancing, gardening and sewing.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leo; brothers, Reverend Monsignor John, Edmund and Eugene; and granddaughter Stephanie. She is survived by her sister, Dorothy; sons, David, Robert, James and Richard; daughters, Cynthia and Sally; thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 29 at Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church with internment at Holyrood Cemetery.


Armando Stefani


Armando Stefani died at home on March 6. He was 97.

He was born in Lussingrande, Italy (now Veli Losinj, Croatia) on December 2, 1921. He was an apprentice to run his father's drug stores prior to World War II. He served in the Italian military during the war, and was a prisoner of war in a forced hard labor camp in Leipzig, Germany.

He was forced to relocate within the new borders of Italy, where he met and married Alberta Dal Molin on July 21, 1956. They emigrated to the United States in 1957 and 1958, moving to Spokane. He worked in maintenance for Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane for over 30 years, retiring in 1990. They then moved to Federal Way and became members of St. Vincent de Paul Parish.

He was a talented carpenter. He remodeled and made additions to his homes, and could fix anything including electrical problems. He was an avid reader in two languages and played the piano and accordion but never had a lesson. He always had a smile on his face. He was a very faithful and spiritual man. He had great strength of character, yet was humble.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alberta; his parents; and brothers Monsignor Cornelio and Luciano. He is survived by his brother Ezio; sister, Anita; daughter, Isabella; and two grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 19 at St. Vincent de Paul Church with internment at Gethsemane Cemetery.





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