In Memoriam


Sister Patrice Eilers, baptized Patricia Mary Eilers and formerly known as Sister Anne Patrice Eilers, died on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, Washington. She was 89 years of age and in the 70th year of her religious profession; 55 years in the Dominican Sisters of Edmonds, Washington and 15 years in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Patrice was born in Seattle to John F. and M. Ethel (Anderson) Eilers. She graduated from Holy Angels Academy in Seattle and received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education, both from Seattle University and a master’s degree in theology from St. Xavier College, Chicago.

Sister Patrice ministered for 18 years in elementary and high school education in Seattle; Hoquiam; and Chehali, Washington, and in San Leandro, California. She was principal for two of those years at St. Joseph School in Chehalis, Washington. Sister served as Postulant Mistress at the Motherhouse in Edmonds for three years and as Director of Vocations/Associates at Rosary Heights, Edmonds for three years.

She also ministered as Co-Director at Siena Center for Women, Seattle, seven years and at Dominican Reflection Center, Edmonds for three years. Sister Patrice was Coordinator of Religious Activities for one year and Apartment Moderator for one year at Marymount College, Los Angeles, California. She was in prison chaplaincy ministry at the King County Jail for 35 years.

Sister Patrice moved to St. Joseph Residence in November 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Edward and Donald. She is survived by loving nieces and nephews.

A Vigil Service will be held on Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Hoffner, Fisher & Harvey Funeral Home of Seattle. The Funeral Liturgy will be offered at St. Joseph Residence Chapel in Seattle on Wednesday, March 28 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Seattle.

make a memorial giftMemorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Hoffner, Fisher & Harvey Funeral Home of Seattle.

NOTE: A Ritual of Remembering will take place for Sister Patrice on the Adrian Dominican Sisters' campus on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 6:30 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel, Dominican Life Center. A Memorial Mass for Sister Patrice will be held 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2018 in St. Catherine Chapel. Both events will be live streamed.  

Left: Sister Patrice Eilers, second from right in the back row, with the 1942 graduating class of St. Anthony Elementary School in Seattle

Right: Sister Patrice Eilers received the Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen Award

Left: Sister Virginia Pearson, left, with Sister Patrice Eilers 

Left: Sister Patrice and her brother. Right: Sister Patrice and her mother at Rosary Heights in Edmonds, Washington

Members of the 2007 Diamond Jubilee class are: back row, from left, Sisters Charlotte Hoefer, Marie Damian Schoenlein, Shirley Boettcher, and Patrice Eilers; middle row, from left, Sisters Anne Worcester, Elizabeth Condon, JoAnn Fleischaker, Eileen Meyers, Sarah Cavanaugh, and Mary Cecile Quirke; and front row, from left, Sisters Jacquelyn Murray, Catherine Podvin, Imelda Marie Eckhoff, Alice Anne Van Acker, Noreen O’Connell, Elizabeth Williams, and Helen Dompierre. 

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