Teresa Fitzpatrick LANE
Age 98, passed away peacefully at the Providence Mount St. Vincent residence May 9, 2013.
Mrs. Lane worked at hospitals in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles before taking a position at the Providence Hospital in Seattle along with two Canadian colleagues who had traveled the United States with her. In Seattle, she married George A. Lane, a native of Butte, Montana, and an accountant for the Seattle Transit System. He died in 1960. The couple had twin sons, Emmett F. Lane (Sharon) of Seattle and Earl B. Lane (Ann) of McLean, Virginia.
Mrs. Lane was born on Oct. 6, 1914 in a farm house outside the town of Houlton in Maine. She was one of 10 children of Margaret and Garrett Fitzpatrick. Her first seven years of schooling were in a one-room schoolhouse on Littleton Ridge, just down the road from the family potato farm. She graduated from Houlton High School in 1932, trained as a nurse at Madigan Memorial Hospital in Houlton, and worked as a private duty nurse before continuing her training in New York City. She worked at St. Clare's Hospital in New York for three years before leaving by bus for Florida and, eventually, Seattle.
During World War II, Mrs. Lane left the Providence Hospital to work at Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City, where her husband was in the Army and where her sons were born. After the war, the family returned to Seattle, where Mrs. Lane worked part-time at the Columbus Hospital before taking a full-time position in the pediatric clinic at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital. There she helped introduce many young physicians-in-training from the University of Washington to the joys and challenges of dealing with children, both well and sick.
Mrs. Lane lived for many years on Beacon Hill, where she was an active member of St. Peter's Catholic Church. She also lived in West Seattle and Magnolia. She was devoted to her Catholic faith, reflected in her dedication to helping others, both in her professional life as a nurse and in volunteer church activities. She was a life-long Democrat, drove a high-powered 1964 Pontiac Tempest for more than three decades, and had a finely developed sweet tooth. She came to baseball late in life, but became a great fan of the Seattle Mariners in her eighties.
Two of her siblings survive: Anna Cumming; Naples, Maine, and Sister Mary Garrett Fitzpatrick, FSM; Portland, Maine. She also is survived by five grandchildren; John Lane, (Susie) Seattle; J. Casey Lane (Adrienne Norris) Marlborough, MA; Maureen Lane, New York City; Kathryn Lane (Erik Holm) Brooklyn, NY; Elizabeth Lane, Grand Junction, CO.; and one great-grandchild, Charles Blake Lane, Seattle.
Funeral Mass 9:30 AM, May 14th in the Chapel at Providence Mount St. Vincent, 4831 35th Ave SW, Seattle; interment Holyrood.
Hoffner Fisher & Harvey
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