Patricia McKenna

05/09/1930 — 09/13/2023

From Richland, WA | Born in Sharon, PA

Patricia McKenna

Patricia Ann (Sferra) McKenna of Richland, WA, died at home on September 13, 2023. She was born on May 9, 1930, in Sharon, PA, the second of two children to Albert A. and Helen M. Sferra.

Patricia was educated in Pennsylvania, graduating from Wilmington High School in New Wilmington, and Jameson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in New Castle as a registered nurse.

In 1956, while working as an industrial nurse, she met her future husband, civil engineer Thomas P. McKenna. They married on May 25, 1957, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Sharon, PA. The McKenna family made its home in Orchard Park and Yorktown Heights, NY, before her husband’s work took the family to Richland, WA in 1972.

Patricia was a dedicated health care professional for 47 years. She worked as a registered nurse in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, and Washington states. She retired in 1995 following 22 years of service with Kadlec Medical Center.

Patricia was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Richland, WA. Throughout the years, she volunteered for the American Red Cross, Volunteer Chore Service, Catholic Family and Child Service (RSVP Program), and worked in the Christ the King Catholic school health room.

Patricia enjoyed reading, flower gardening, baking, and sports. She was an ardent fan of the Washington State University (WSU) Cougars, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Seattle Seahawks.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Thomas, brother James Sferra, daughter Patricia Fossen, and granddaughter Jennifer Senner.

Patricia was devoted to her family and leaves behind daughter Susan Senner (Del) of Hayden, ID, sons Thomas and Mark of Richland, WA, and son Michael of Seattle; grandsons Brad (Karissa) Senner of Richland, and Eric {Ryley) Senner of Kennewick; and great grandchildren Brayden, Kasen, Collins Rae, and Payten. She also is survived by two nephews and several cousins.

At Patricia’s request, a private service for her family is planned.

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  • I have fond memories of working with Pat. I worked with her for many years at Kadlec ER. I was a baby nurse when I started and she helped mentor me in those early tears. Much love to her family

    Debbie Logan
    October 31, 2023
  • My Sincere Condolences to the McKenna family & friends ❤️
    I met Pat through my wife Terese, as she made Terese feel so incredibly welcome to both Kadlec & Richland from Chicago. Pat was so heartwarming and friendly!
    R.I.P. Pat 🙏

    October 3, 2023
  • Dear Sue and Family,

    I am so very sorry for the loss of your dear Mom, that very special person in your life. Losing someone you love is like losing a part of your self.

    I remember Patsy as a very kind and lovely woman. May she rest in peace. I know you will miss her dearly. Hoping you will one day find comfort.

    With love and prayers,

    Linda Smith
    Belfair WA

    Linda K. Smith
    September 28, 2023
  • Pat and Tom and their amazing kids lived directly across the street from Margaret and I.

    We had the fun of watching them all grow up. Sue was our first baby sitter, and we could tell Pat had trained her well.

    We will sorely miss Pat AN D. ; the kids. These years slipped by too fast.

    It is for certain that Pat is with Tom and Patty.

    God Bless your family Pat. We miss all of you.

    Gary and Margaret Petersen

    Gary Petersen
    September 25, 2023
    Eagle, Idaho
  • I became acquainted with Patricia — Patsy — through knowing her daughter Sue Senner; first as a colleague and then as a dear, lifelong friend. Patsy was a pillar in in the McKenna and Senner families, and I have always known her as such. A strong, smart, devout woman, who modeled unwavering commitment to her family in concert with being an independent, capable woman. Is there any better combination? I think not. I had the privilege of being around Patsy a great deal when my son played sports and enjoyed birthday parties with Brad and Eric Senner as young boys. She was always so gracious to ask about Scott and his interests. It is with great sadness that I learned of her passing, but also a full heart knowing she was surrounded and lovingly cared for by Sue, Mark and Mike in her final weeks. May she always rest in peace as she is united in heaven with family and friends.

    Mary Ace

    Mary H. Ace
    September 22, 2023
    Vancouver, Washington
  • Oh, I remember working with Pat at KMC, wonderful nurse to work with and be around, Her smile will be missed by all, GOD bless and will pray for her and family on her birthday,

    Winnie Zeamer
    September 21, 2023
    Richland WA
  • I am so sorry you have lost your dear Mom. She was such a great supporter of all you kids’ activities. She was lovely, kind and a faithful Catholic. In later years, I enjoyed visiting with her after Sunday Mass. the loss of Patty was heartbreaking, but now they are together. You will miss her every day.

    Teresa Knirck
    September 21, 2023
  • Sue and brothers—I am so sorry you have lost your sweet Mom. I remember her as the wonderful caretaker of you kids and all of your activities. More recently, I enjoyed talking with her and Sue after Mass at CK. So heartbreaking for her to lose Patty, but now they are together. She was a beautiful, kind woman and you will miss her every day.

    Teresa Knirck
    September 20, 2023
  • Our deepest condolences go to Sue and her family. You are in Kerry’s and my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. We loved your mom and have such fond and fun memories of her. She was a sweet and beautiful lady. She was always so kind to us and all of Sue’s friends. May you be comforted knowing she is at peace and in the loving arms of her Heavenly Father as well as your father, sister, and daughter.
    With love, Luanne and Kerry Anderson

    Luanne Anderson
    September 18, 2023
  • Mother – I love you deeply and will miss you always. God bless you. -Susan

    (McKenna) Senner
    September 18, 2023
    Hayden, Idaho
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