Obituaries - October 3, 2019

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Rachel Snelling


Rachel Snelling died of cancer on June 24. She was 32.

She was born in Westlake Village, California on January 17, 1987 to David and Shari Ann Snelling. She grew up in Thousand Oaks, attending First Baptist Christian School and Bethany Baptist Christian School, and graduating from La Reina High School in 2005. She then enrolled in and graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona.

She moved to Seattle in 2006 and worked for Tom Douglas Restaurants as a pastry cook for 12½ years. She enjoyed her career and was highly regarded by all her colleagues. She also loved springtime in the Pacific Northwest, taking walks, farmers' markets, cats, county fairs, sushi, word games (she could beat anyone at Scrabble) and spending time with her family and close friends.

She moved to Kent 12 years ago, where she became a member of St. Stephen the Martyr parish.

She is survived by her parents, Daniel and Shari; brothers, Stephen and David; and sister, Sarah.

A funeral Mass was celebrated July 1 at St. Stephen the Martyr Church with internment at St. Patrick Cemetery.


Judy Kuehlthau


Judy Kuehlthau died September 7 at home surrounded by her family. She was 75.

She was born in Helena, Montana on December 12, 1943. She attended Cathedral High School and Carroll College in Helena, and St. Vincent School of Nursing in Billings. She married Walt Kuehlthau in 1968 and they had four children. She worked as a registered nurse until her retirement in 2006.

She will be remembered for her smile and her vibrant, compassionate and joyful spirit. Her love of family, faith and friends always came first, followed closely by her servant heart that contributed to over 30 years in nursing and community service. She embraced every opportunity to celebrate and decorate for any holiday or occasion to bring family and friends together. She loved singing, dancing and all things Irish.

She was a member of Holy Disciples Parish in Graham. Over the years, she served as a CCD teacher, confirmation teacher, Eucharistic minister, homebound minister and in jail ministry.

She was preceded in death by her parents; John Redmond and Vivian McKenzie; brothers, Pat and David; and sister Janis. She is survived by her husband, Walt; sister Joyce; son, Eric; daughters, Jenny, Corine and Brenda: and four grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Friday, September 20 at 10am at Holy Disciples Catholic Church in Puyallup.


Muriel Joyce Pugliano Ursino


Muriel Joyce Pugliano Ursino died of congestive heart failure on September 10. She was 88.

During her life, she survived three different cancers. She accepted, prepared for and embraced that this was the time for her passage. She was at peace and ready to see the Lord and the Virgin Mary for a long time.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John. She is survived by her sons, Mark, Brian, John, Jeff and David; daughter, Lisa; 19 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

A Rosary was recited at 10:00 am and funeral Mass held at 11:00 am at Mary, Queen of Peace Church in Sammamish on September 20.


Mary Clare Boland, SP (Sister Mary Wilfrid)


Sister Mary Clare Boland, age 89, a Sister of Providence for 71 years, died September 13 at St. Joseph Residence. She was 89.

She was born March 18, 1930 to Joseph Martin Boland and Ethel Mary Boland (Bonning) in Seattle, the youngest of five children. She entered the Sisters of Providence in June 13, 1947 at Mount St. Vincent in Seattle, and in January 1948, she became a novice. In July 1949 she professed first vows and received the name Sister Mary Wilfrid. In July 1952 she professed final vows.

She graduated in 1947 from Holy Rosary High School in West Seattle. While attending the College of Great Falls in Montana, from 1951-63 she took undergraduate studies in Education and Social Studies, and in 1964 earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education/Social Studies Philosophy. From 1964-69 she took graduate studies in Education and Anthropology from the University of Washington.

In 1977 she completed two programs in Pastoral Theology and the Corporate Ministries Graduate Program (CORPUS), both from Seattle University, along with completion of the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) studies in Steilacoom, WA. She received several certifications: Washington State Teachers in Elementary and Junior High, Religious Studies in Pastoral Ministry (RSM), and the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) by the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops. She also held numerous memberships: Association of National Family Life (ANFL), Archdiocesan Adult Education Council (AAEC), National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC), National Council of Senior Citizens (NCSC), and Council for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).

Her ministry of 20 years in education was as an elementary/secondary teacher and administrator from 1949-69. In Washington, she served at St. Joseph Academy, Sprague; St. Catherine School, Holy Family School and Sacred Heart School, Seattle; St. Joseph Academy, Yakima, and Providence Heights, Issaquah. In Idaho, she served at St. Alphonsus Academy in Wallace. In Montana, she was at Sacred Heart Academy and St. Francis Xavier School, Missoula; and St. Girard School, Great Falls.

From 1969-1984 she had various ministries as a parish teacher, in pastoral care, and hospital chaplain in Washington: Holy Family School, Providence Hospital, and Swedish Medical Center, Seattle; Providence Heights, Issaquah; and St. Peter Hospital, Olympia. In California: St. Joseph Hospital, Burbank. During this time, in 1973 she moved to St. Joseph Residence where she also ministered and cared for the residents. From 1985-2007 she held several leadership roles at St. Joseph Residence as local superior, assistant, councilor and director, and several years as chaplain at Providence Hospital, Seattle.

In January 1999, she travelled to Zurich, Switzerland, to attend the Jungian Symposium at the Carl G. Jung Institute to learn about the fundamentals of analytical psychology and where she experienced the journey of self/soul discovery.

Though she retired in December 2007, her passion was to continue until 2016 volunteering and providing daily spiritual care ministry to the patients, families and staff at Swedish Medical Center – Cherry Hill Campus, in Seattle. Her favorite pastimes were taking walks, doing liturgical art and decorations, sewing, in addition to community involvement and spending cherished time with family, friends and her sisters in community.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Joseph and John; and sisters, Elinor and Margaret. She is survived by her nieces and nephews.

A vigil service was held on Friday, September 20 at 6:30 pm, and funeral Mass on Saturday, September 21 at 11:00 am, both at Mount St. Vincent, 4831 35th Ave SW, Seattle, WA. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery, Seattle

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







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