Sister Marilyn Charette, age 82, a Sister of Providence for 58 years, died October 10, 2023 at Providence Holy Cross Trauma Center, Burbank, Calif. Vigil: Thursday, October 26, 2023, 3:00 pm, at St. Joseph Residence, 4800 37th Ave SW, Seattle, Wash. Funeral Mass: Saturday, October 28, 2023, 2:00 pm at St. Finbar Church, 2010 W. Olive Ave, Burbank, Calif. Valley Funeral Home (Burbank) and Bonney Watson Funeral Home (Seattle) are overseeing arrangements.
Sister Marilyn was born on December 28, 1940, in Schenectady, New York to Edmond and Mary (Emerich) Charette, the second of seven children. In 1947, her family moved to Richland, Wash. when her father’s job with General Electric was transferred.
In 1958, Sister Marilyn graduated high school from Columbia High School in Richland, and then attended Holy Names College in Spokane to study biology and chemistry to become a medical technologist, graduating in 1962. She entered the Sisters of Providence in 1964.
Sister Marilyn’s ministered for many years in hospitals in Yakima, Everett and Portland as a Medical Technologist, in the admissions office, patient transport, as a volunteer and a chaplain. In 1995, she and four other Sisters of Providence began a mission in El Salvador to minister in many rural communities. This mission continues to this day. After returning from El Salvador in 1999, Sister Marilyn became a member of the religious community’s formation team, as a novitiate team member and candidate director. She always extensively volunteered in her parish and in areas of need in the community.
She is preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her sisters, Margaret Koner, Yvonne Plahuta, and Catherine Carbaugh; brothers, Edmond Charette, Dr. Richard Charette, MD, and Paul Charette and many beloved nieces and nephews, and by the Sisters in her community.
To view Sister Marilyn’s obituary and picture and to sign her memory book, please visit the website for Bonney-Watson Funeral Home at www.bonneywatson.com or Valley Funeral Home at www.valleyfuneralhomeburbank.com.