Obituaries - May 14, 2020

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Peter Joseph Flatley


Rosemary Kelly Stolle,

Peter Joseph Flatley died in his sleep of natural causes on March 3 at the family home in Sequim. He was 72.

He was born in the Bronx, New York, the youngest of seven children, to John Joseph Flatley and Beatrice Marie (Gallagher) Flatley, both of Ireland.

While earning a Masters in Theology, he was ordained in 2007 for the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle. He has primarily served on the north Olympic Peninsula in prison and hospital ministry, and teaching. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and numerous veterans organizations. He enjoyed traveling and reading history.

He and his wife Janet celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August 2019.

Before being ordained, he served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps from June 1969 until retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel in September 1993. During his time in the Corps, he served in Vietnam and the northern Gulf of Tonkin.

He was also a Naval Flight Officer flying EA-6B Prowlers with VMAQ-2 on Whidbey Island and Cherry Point, North Carolina. He continued in the electronic warfare field at Norfolk, Virginia, and San Antonio, Texas. His final assignment was on staff at the Naval War College, Newport Rhode Island.

He also graduated from the College of Naval Warfare and earned a Masters in management at Salve Regina University, Newport.

He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Ella; brothers, Thomas, Jack, Vincent and Andrew; nephew, James; and niece, Lynn. He is survived by his wife, Janet; son, Joseph; daughters, Catherine and Bridget; seven grandchildren; sister, Irene; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 12 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Port Angeles. Interment will be at the National Cemetery in Quantico, Virginia.



Thomas Michael Goff, Sr.


Thomas Goff, Sr. peacefully passed away in his sleep on Good Friday, April 10. He was 78.

Born on February 28, 1942 in Seattle, Washington to Ralph and Hazel (Hamilton) Goff, he grew up in the Yesler Terrace public housing project. First Hill was his playground. He was a student and devoted soccer player at St. James Cathedral Grade School, where his team won the CYO Archdiocesan Cup two years in a row and the international Jack R. Oldershaw trophy in 1955. He then moved to Garfield High School. After serving in the Marine Corps, he coached CYO teams and attended Seattle University, where he earned a BA (1967) and MA (1971) in History. He met the love of his life, Marianne Fattorini, there and was a strong, charismatic, intelligent, and calm man who swept her off her feet and walked with her through life.

A believer in the power of education to transform lives and a voracious reader, he started teaching in 1971 at Enumclaw High School. He and Marianne subsequently moved from West Seattle to Fairwood, where they raised their children. He founded the soccer, AP U.S. History, and Junior State of America programs at Enumclaw High School, chaired the Social Studies Department, and won many accolades including Who’s Who in American Education. For many years, he was also a judge in the Washington History Day State Contest and, with Marianne, led student tours to Europe and Washington D.C.

While teaching full time at Enumclaw, he served on the Alumni Board of Governors at Seattle University, was the head coach of Seattle University’s Men’s Soccer team (where he has the third highest career winning percentage), worked as a travel agent, and sold programs and souvenirs at Sonics games, rock concerts, and other Coliseum and Kingdome events. He also somehow found time to coach his kids’ sports teams and conduct research in the National Archives in Seattle.

After retirement, he focused on his family, friends, soccer, and travel, but also continued to work with students as a substitute teacher. He returned to Europe and visited Hong Kong, Macau, and China for the first time. he could often be found at Ivar’s enjoying fish and chips (with chowder!) and regaling the staff with stories of Ivar Haglund giving him free food as a child. And, of course, he loved a good Dick’s burger. In recent years, he enjoyed trips to the ocean with his “beauty,” Marianne, spending time with his grandchildren, and feeding his passion for soccer. He attended Men’s (1994) and Women’s World Cups (2015), as well as the Sounders’ Championship Match last year with his family.

He followed the Jesuit way, was quick to help anyone in need, and led by quiet example. With his children scattered around the world, he wrote a nightly mail call to keep everyone informed and share his wisdom with his children. He would sign off with a quote directed at the child he thought could use a little extra lift.

He was that rare individual who possessed the ability to educate and inspire. He loved his life! His positivity, patience, and unique sense of humor will be deeply missed by his family and everyone fortunate enough to know him. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Richard; and sister, Barbara. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Marianne; his son, Thomas, Jr.; daughters, Maria, Diana and Krista; five granddaughters; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was laid to rest in a graveside service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Due to pandemic restrictions on large gatherings, there will be a Memorial Mass and celebration of his extraordinary life when we are able to gather again.



Rita Marie Ferschweiler, SP (Sister Mary Laureen)


Sister Rita Marie Ferschweiler, SP, a Sister of Providence for 76 years, died at St. Joseph Residence April 25. She was 102.

She was born in St. Louis, Oregon, to Lawrence Fershweiler and Marie Ruben (Bonning) on March 16, 1918, the year that marked the beginning of the Spanish flu pandemic. She was the eldest of six children, and grew up milking cows and picking hops and berries.

She entered the Sisters of Providence in November 1942 at Mount St. Vincent, Seattle, and in May 1943, she became a novice. In November 1944 she professed first vows and received the name Sister Mary Laureen. In November 1952 she professed final vows.

She graduated in 1935 from Mount Angel Academy, Mount Angel, Oregon. She completed nursing school in 1948 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Yakima, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Seattle University in 1957, and was then sent to St. Louis University for a master’s degree in nursing service administration. In May 2012, she received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Portland.

She served from 1948-1984 primarily as a medical-surgical nurse and administrator. In Washington, she served at Providence Hospital in Seattle, St. Joseph Hospital in Vancouver, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Yakima and St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. She also served at St. Joseph Hospital in Fairbanks, Alaska and St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, Oregon. She was the last Sister of Providence to serve as an administrator of St. Vincent Hospital. She also ministered in pastoral care at St. Peter Hospital, 1976-1977, and St. Vincent Hospital, 1983-1984. She served as a member of the Provincial Council of Sacred Heart Province, 1985-1991. From 1991-1997, she ministered as the sister representative for Providence St. Peter Hospital and Mother Joseph Care Center in Olympia.

In the fall of 2011, she moved to St. Joseph Residence, Seattle. She was the recipient of many awards during her nursing and administration ministries, including being named by The Oregon Journal as one of Oregon's 10 women of accomplishment in 1971. In May 2012, she was honored by Providence St. Vincent Hospital with a "Peace Garden" for her many years of dedicated ministry to the Providence medical community in Oregon. Her true joy came from relationships and helping others in need, including reading to those with failing eyesight.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her brothers Thomas and Cyril; and sisters, Doris and Rosemary. She is survived by her brother Lloyd and many nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

The dates and times of the vigil and funeral service are pending.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Providence Retirement Fund, 1801 Lind Avenue SW, M1-C, Renton, Washington, 98057.



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