Patricia Mary Wettin
February 26, 1931 ~ April 8, 2014
Patricia “Pat” Wettin, 83, a 33 year resident of Wenatchee, WA, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Pat Lacy was born in Chicago and with her family, eventually moved to West Chicago, where she met her future husband and “boy next door”, Ed Wettin. After finishing high school, Pat went on to college at Marquette University, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Pat married Ed in October, 1953, and they spent the first few years together building a house in West Chicago, where they had four children. In 1959, the family packed their bags for the “Last Frontier” and moved to Anchorage, AK, where they raised their family and developed lasting friendships until moving to Wenatchee in 1981. While in Alaska, Pat worked as a pediatric nurse at the newly built Providence Hospital and was on duty on the top floor when the great Alaska earthquake hit on March 27, 1964. Pat was later awarded a civic commendation for her tireless efforts helping with the evacuation of patients and restoral of hospital services in the aftermath of the earthquake. Pat later became a school nurse for the Anchorage School District and attained her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, before retiring from nursing and moving with Ed to Wenatchee. Pat eventually ended up in what she called the best job of her career, working as the secretary and bookkeeper for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wenatchee, until she retired at age 70 in 2001. For over 40 years, both Pat and Ed were active church volunteers, primarily working with engaged couples, starting with the Pre Cana program in 1960, and helping launch the Engaged Encounter program in Anchorage. Their work with Engaged Encounter continued in the Diocese of Yakima and grew to include becoming Eucharistic Ministers. Pat was also a member of Catholic Daughters of America.
Pat leaves behind two daughters, Pat Murakami (married to son-in-law, Shiro), and Paula Harris; and son, John Wettin (married to daughter-in-law, Tammy). She is also survived by four grandchildren, Paul Wettin (married to Emily), Casandra Harris, Stephanie Wettin, and Ryk Murakami; and her sister, Barbara Stephens (married to brother-in-law, Ray). Pat was preceded in death by her loving husband of 57 years, Ed; her infant son, Edward Anthony; and her parents, Genevieve and Robert Lacy.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Wenatchee. In lieu of flowers, honorariums may be sent to St. Joseph’s Parish in Wenatchee or the Multiple Myeloma Foundation. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements are by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee, WA.