Sister Dorothy Klingele, 90, a Sister of Providence for 64 years, died Oct. 15 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle. There will be a vigil at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, and a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, both at St. Joseph Residence. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Seattle, and will follow the Mass and reception.
Sister Dorothy was born Dec. 6, 1925, to Joseph Klingele and Agnes Chott in Yakima, Washington, the first of three sisters. She attended grade school at St. Paul’s Catholic School, and high school at St. Joseph Academy, where she graduated in 1943 and was awarded a two-year scholarship to Providence College of Great Falls, Montana.
She transferred to Seattle University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a bachelor’s degree in medical technology. She received a master’s in research-biochemistry and a doctorate in biology (genetics) from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. She served as post-doctoral resident in human genetics at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane; and was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship in medical genetics from the University of Oregon Medical School, Portland.
She entered the Sisters of Providence in July 1951 in Seattle. She became a novice in January 1952, professed first vows in July 1953, and also received the name Sister Mary Borgia. She professed final vows in July 1956.
Sister Dorothy began her ministry as a medical technology researcher in 1953 at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland; from 1969-72 she did research work at Children’s Hospital, Philadelphia; then held various positions through 1975 in Washington at Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane and Providence Heights, Issaquah, Washington; and OHSU, Portland.
At Fort Wright College in Spokane, Sister. Dorothy held management positions in 1976, and from 1977-1980 she was a professor of genetics and biochemistry. Beginning in 1981 she had numerous roles in administration, planning, data analysis, and mission leadership at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington.
In 1983 Sr. Dorothy helped establish the Community Health Referral Center, organized the board of directors in 1984 and served as president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary during her 9-year tenure. She also served on several councils and boards: Snohomish County Council on Aging (1983-1989); City of Everett’s Senior Center Executive Advisory Board (1984-1990); and a member of the Board of Providence Hospital, Everett (1985-1994).
Sr. Dorothy published numerous medical science articles and received honors with her name being listed in the ‘Who’s Who in American Women’ and ‘American Men and Women of Science’ journals.
In December 2007 Sr. Dorothy retired and moved to St. Joseph Residence. Some of her pastimes were photography, hiking and traveling. While at St. Joseph Residence she enjoyed her favorite hobbies: reading, music, church choir and sharing cherished time with her sisters, family and friends.
Sr. Dorothy is preceded in death by her sisters, Barbara Magladry and Catherine Carroll. She is survived by her brother-in-law, Edward Carroll, Yakima, Washington, and nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Providence Retirement Fund, 1801 Lind Avenue SW, #9016, Renton, WA 98057-9016.