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Gethsemane Catholic Cemetery
Federal Way, King County, Washington
GPS: 47.264412, -122.334184
37600 Pacific Hwy S
Federal Way, WA 98003
Gethsemane Catholic Cemetery is owned and maintained the Archdiocese of Seattle.
Gethsemane Cemetery was developed in the early 1970s and was officially dedicated by Archbishop Thomas Connolly, Archbishop of Seattle, in May 1975.
The property was originally purchased in 1888 for use as a Catholic Indian Mission School. Father Peter Francis Hylebos purchased 141.4 acres from John & Susie Lister to start the Indian school. There were other parties who had laid claim to the land prior to the Listers. Of these parties was a man named, "Welch", along with Levant F. Thompson, George W. Gale, and Patrick W. Mullaley.
The cemetery had also been known as "St. George's Indian School Cemetery". A handful of records published below include dates of death prior to 1975, going as far back as 1945. These burials were most likely reinterments from other cemeteries.
Records published below were transcribed from tombstone inscriptions by Suzanne Livingstone during an initial visit to the cemetery in June 2018, with additional re-reading in April 2020. There were many tombstones which were too weathered to read.
- Gethsemane Cemetery Phased Long Range Master Plan, (7.0 GB), SWCA Environmental Consultants, January 31, 2017, includes comprehensive historical background on the cemetery and Indian school.