Renate Hayum, SP

 Sr. Renate Hayum, SP, died on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 6:35 a.m. at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, Washington at 80 years of age, after 25 years as a Sister of Providence.  The Vigil Service will be on Monday, January 31, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Residence, 4800 37th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA.  The Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the same location.  Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Seattle following the Mass.  Bonney-Watson Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements. 

Sr. Renate was the only child born to Henry and Ellen (Oppenheimer) Hayum in Tüebingen, Germany on January 29, 1930. 

In 1938, the family immigrated to the United States.  She and her parents moved to Olympia, Washington in 1939 and then to Seattle where her father took classes to become a Certified Public Accountant and her mother worked as a sales clerk.  She became a U.S. citizen on March 27, 1944. 

She entered the Sisters of Providence on August 22, 1986, made her first profession on August 15, 1988, and professed final vows on June 13, 1992.

Her academic accomplishments include:  Public schools throughout elementary grades; Franklin High School, Seattle, WA-1948; Reed College, Portland, Oregon for two years; B.A., Business Administration majoring in Accounting, University of Washington, Seattle, WA -1952; M.L.S., Library Science, University of Washington-1968. 

Ministry assignments:  Auditor in San Francisco; accounting positions in New York/New Jersey; Editorial Assistant to Monsignor John M. Oesterreicher, Director of the Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ; Reference Librarian and Administration, Seattle Public Library, Seattle, WA; Accounts Representative, Business Office, Providence Seattle Medical Center, Seattle, WA; Office Assistant, Providence Seattle Medical Center, Seattle, WA; Research Assistant, Provincial Offices, Seattle, WA; prepared for work in the Philippine Sector, Seattle, WA and Moraga, CA; Librarian, Sisters of Providence Residence, Manila, Philippines; Assistant to Provincial Secretary, Provincial Offices, Seattle, WA; Librarian, Burbank High School, Burbank, CA; Team Member, Administration, Providence High School, Burbank, CA, until her retirement in June 2007.

She loved classical music and reading. 

Sr. Renate is preceded in death by her parents and is survived by an aunt and uncle, two cousins, and her community of the Sisters of Providence.

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

To view Sr. Renate’s obituary and picture and to sign her memory book, please visit the website for Bonney-Watson Funeral Home at

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