Dorothy Ann Klingele, SP

Dec 6, 1925 – Oct 15, 2016

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(Sister Mary Borgia)

Sister Dorothy Klingele, age 90, a Sister of Providence for 64 years, died October 15, 2016, at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, WA.  Vigil Service:  Sunday, October 23, 2016, at 7:00 PM, and Funeral Mass:  Monday, October 24, 2016, at 11:00 AM, both at St. Joseph Residence, 4800 37th Avenue SW, Seattle.  Burial at Calvary Cemetery, Seattle, follows Mass and reception.  Bonney-Watson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Klingele was born December 6, 1925 to Joseph Klingele and Agnes Chott, in Yakima, Washington, the first of 3 sisters.  Dorothy 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.  

In 1945 Dorothy transferred to Seattle University (aka Seattle College), Seattle, Washington where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1947; an internship at Providence Hospital, Seattle in 1948; and in 1949 she became a registered medical technologist and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Seattle University.  She received a Master of Science degree in Research-Biochemistry in 1963, and a Ph.D in Biology (Genetics) in 1968, both from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.  In 1969 she served as post-doctoral resident in Human Genetics at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, WA; and in 1975 she was awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Medical Genetics from the University of Oregon Medical School, Portland.

Dorothy entered the Sisters of Providence in July 1951 in Seattle, WA.  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 (aka St. Vincent Hospital), Portland, OR; from 1969-72 she did research work at Children’s Hospital, Philadelphia, PA; then held various positions through 1975 in Washington at Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane and Providence Heights, Issaquah; and Oregon Health Sciences (aka University of Oregon Medical School), Portland, OR. 

At Fort Wright College in Spokane, WA, Sr. Dorothy held management positions in 1976, and from 1977-1980 she was a professor of Genetics and Bio-Chemistry.  Beginning in 1981 she had numerous roles in administration, planning, data analysis, and mission leadership at Providence Regional Medical Center (aka Providence Hospital) in Everett, WA. 

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 nine-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 as a renowned publisher.

In December 2007 Sr. Dorothy retired and moved to St. Joseph Residence.  Some of her pastimes in her lifetime were photography, hiking and traveling.  While at St. Joseph Residence she enjoyed her favorite hobbies which were reading, music, church choir and sharing cherished time with her sisters, family and friends.

Sr. Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Barbara Magladry and Catherine Carroll.  She is survived by her brother-in-law, Edward Carroll, Yakima, WA; nieces and nephews. 

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

To view Sr. Dorothy’s obituary and picture and to sign her memory book, please visit the website for Bonney-Watson Funeral Home at




Maribeth Carson, SP
Seattle,, WA
Oct 21, 2016

I came to Everett in 2003. Sr. Dorothy showed me around. It was not just a tour, but giving me the history of Everett and its people--the history of the hospital and all the activities that were taking place.

She explained the DNA window that is in Our Lady of Compassion Chapel on the Pacific Campus and how that is linked to creation and God's goodness.

We had many, many conversations and visits. I am always amazed at the many, many areas Sr. Dorothy had interests in. And the conversations were not on the surface. They could go very, very deep.

I am so grateful for her influence and friendship during the time we were in Everett and how she was the presence of God's Providence.

May you rest now in peace, Sr. Dorothy, and may our provident God continue to hold you in the palm of his hand.

Mimi Krsak
Seattle, WA
Oct 21, 2016

Dottie was a treasured friend of my mom's at Seattle College, and they enjoyed many hikes together. Mom was proud to have such a distinguished scholar for a friend! The 7 a.m. Mass Community will remember her on January 16th in the Arrupe Room of St. Joseph Parish, Seattle.

Betsy Bourg-Glasgow
Arlington , Wa
Oct 20, 2016

Sr. Dorothy so hard to believe you have moved on to your well deserved reward. You always exemplified the best of all of us in Everett. Though it has been a while since I have seen you, you have always been the heart of all I believed was right with Providence.

Thank you for sharing your gifts with so many of us over the many years we were lucky enough to have you. Missing you. Betsy

Patty Lanes
Everett, WA
Oct 20, 2016

Sister Dorothy, may all the "heart shaped" rocks in heaven be yours.

mary teresa arbicor sutton
federal way, wa
Oct 20, 2016

Dorothy was truly God's gift to us. she was happy, had a great laugh and always called my mom, "aunt lizzy". she is with her family, my family and especially, aunt Susie.! rest in peace Dorothy. mary teresa

Sandi Torrez
Stanwood, WA
Oct 19, 2016

I've known Sister Dorothy since 1992 when I went to work at Providence Hospital in Everett. I grew to love and respect her over the years. She was a beautiful, caring, intelligent women who I am proud to call my friend. She had a gift for listening to you and thoughtfully sharing her wisdom with you. Her passion for her work at Providence was evident 24/7. She shared her faith in God with me through her words and actions. I am blessed and truly grateful to have had her in my life for so many years; she will remain in my heart forever. God bless her for ever and ever Amen.

Mary Tremayne
Everett, WA
Oct 19, 2016

I am so grateful to Sister Dorothy and her passion in supporting the Mission of Providence and one of the biggest supporters of Providence Children's Center. As a Mom of a child who received services and then an employee we were blessed to continue the passion of bettering the lives of children and families. I will miss your smile and how she would light up whenever she came to the Children's center.

Linda Rodriguez
Marysville, WA
Oct 19, 2016

Sister Dorothy, I miss your hugs. You will be missed,

Tim Serban, chief Mission Integration officer - Providence Oregon
Portland, OR
Oct 19, 2016

Sr. Dorothy you were my partner in the Mission ministry of Providence for 12yrs in Everett. You have been courageous in your pursuit of truth and compassion for others. Your deep love of the Providence Mission has been fearless. You leveled the field so all were included. You were a pioneer of scientific, genetic and ethical excellence! You once wrote, while empirical evidence is essential for science, you also added, "You cannot measure Love, Happiness, or Joy on a bathroom scale!" It can't be done. May your love and joy forever be remembered in the loves of those who had no voice until you opened the door for them to shine!

Blessings to you! Tim

Sandie Wood
Marysville, WA
Oct 19, 2016

We had many good times together and so much fun trying different styles of hair on you. I know that you are still close to all that loved you and you will be missed so very much. Love Sandie

Elizabeth Stevens
Mill Creek, Wa
Oct 19, 2016

Sister were my neighbor and my friend....I will miss all the fun outings we shared and the hours of wonderful funny conversations. You were a wonderful loving icon at Providence Hospital and everyone there loved and respected you Rest in peace ..You will be missed...

LOVE YOU.......

Patricia Sevigny
Yakima, Wa
Oct 19, 2016

My Dear Aunt Dottie,

I remember writing many letters to you as a young girl. We were pen pals!

And now that you have left this earth, I shall keep close to my heart something you told me at my last visit, this past spring.

"I think the Good Lord slows us down , so we can give thanks for all we've been able to do."

Well said, such wisdom. Thank you, Aunt Dottie

Love, your neice Pat Sevigny

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