West Seattle Blog... » Obituaries http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:38:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Memorial tomorrow for Frank Henry Little, 1925-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/memorial-tomorrow-for-frank-henry-little-1925-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/memorial-tomorrow-for-frank-henry-little-1925-2014/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:09:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293094 A memorial is planned tomorrow at Hope Lutheran Church for Frank H. Little, who died last week. His family shares this remembrance:

Frank Henry Little, 89, stepped into Heaven on November 20th, 2014.

He was born at home in West Seattle to Ed and Hattie Little. He married the love of his life, Lorraine, in 1948, and they were happily married for 66 years. Frank is survived by Lorraine, daughters Sharon (Bob) and Donna (Mark), and son Gordon (Debbie); 7 grandchildren – Chris, Jason, Brian, Curtis, Ryan, Matt, and Nicole; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Ed, Gerald, Bill, and sister Henrietta.

Frank was a master carpenter and gardner, loved to laugh and have fun, and dearly loved time with his family. Always willing to help out friends and family, he truly had a servant’s heart (With a smile). A celebration of his life and funeral service will be held Tuesday, Nov. 25th, at 10 am at Hope Lutheran Church, 4456 42nd Ave SW. Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer Association.

I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize of being called to Heaven. This is the prize that God offers because of what Christ Jesus has done – Phil 3:14

We love you and will see you in Heaven :)

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Memorial on Monday for Army, Air Force veteran Chad Hammond http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/memorial-on-monday-for-army-air-force-veteran-chad-hammond/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/memorial-on-monday-for-army-air-force-veteran-chad-hammond/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:08:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292892 44-year-old Chad Hammond will be remembered at a funeral with military honors on Monday. His family is sharing this remembrance:

Chad Preston Hammond was born in Gaffney, South Carolina on October 29, 1969. He passed away on October 22, 2014 at his home in West Seattle, just a few days shy of his 45th birthday.

Chad was a retired military veteran, having spent 5 years in the Army and 14 years in the Air Force Reserves. While in the Army, Chad was based out of Fort Lewis and also spent three years overseas in Panama. He worked out of McChord AFB for his Reserve duty. He was activated several times during his time in the Reserves, including time spent supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Chad also held civilian jobs during his time in the Reserves and after his retirement.

Throughout the years, he worked a medical assistant, heavy equipment operator, and a semi-truck driver. Chad loved to do thrilling, adrenaline-pumping activities such as sky-diving, scuba diving, cliff jumping, and dirt bike & motorcycle riding. He also loved sports, and when his sons were younger, he volunteered as an umpire for West Seattle Little League Baseball. Chad was very much loved by his family and friends and is greatly missed. He is survived by his three sons Tyler, Bryce, and Jacob Hammond of West Seattle, his parents Robert and Linda Hammond of Dayton, TX, and his brothers, Kyle Hammond of Flagstaff, Arizona and Justin Hammond of Crawfordville, Florida. There will be a military funeral for Chad on Monday, November 24th at 11:00 AM at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, where he will also be laid to rest.

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Friday memorial for Don Knodel, 89, barber-shop owner and more http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/friday-memorial-for-don-knodel-89-barber-shop-owner-and-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/friday-memorial-for-don-knodel-89-barber-shop-owner-and-more/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:13:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292559 This Friday afternoon at Forest Lawn, family and friends will gather to say goodbye to Don Knodel. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing with the community:

In Loving Memory of Don Knodel

It is with great sadness that on 11/11/14 our father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, and friend, passed away. He was the anchor of the Knodel family and will be missed.

Donald Clayton Knodel was born in Chasely, ND and raised in Hurdsfield, ND. He was one of 8 children and lived there until he joined the Navy, where he served in World War II on the USS Howard W. Gilmore. He came home and married Audrey Jean Kelm, his wife of 64 years. Together they took a leap of faith and with their two young children moved from ND, to West Seattle where they lived out the rest of their lives.

Don owned and operated Don’s Barber Shop on California Ave. for 45 years. He was an avid sportsman his whole life, playing baseball and basketball in school, then in the men’s league in ND. Moving to WS he became a regular bowler at the W.S. Bowl, poker player, and was involved with W.S. Little League Baseball as a coach and umpire. He and Audrey were Totems hockey season ticket holders and original Seahawks season ticket holders. Fishing was his true passion with trips to Canada and up at Timberlakes. Don loved having family and friends around him, whether it was playing cards, dancing or just sitting around telling stories and laughing. Lots of laughing….

Preceded in death by his wife Audrey; 3 brothers – Durward, Al, Andy; 2 sisters – Doris and Joyce. He is survived by his children Dwight (Nik), Kath (Kelly), Pam (Tom); grandchildren Erin, Damon, Tyler, Ian, Kaley; 6 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters Opal, Irene; and countless friends and family who will miss, but never forget, him.

Service: 11/21/2014, 2 pm, Forest Lawn Funeral Home (6701 30th SW). Please join us in the celebration of his life at the Knodel residence following the service (4122 41st SW). If you wish, donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

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Remembering longtime West Seattleite Lori Hobby, 1957-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/remembering-longtime-west-seattleite-lori-hobby-1957-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/remembering-longtime-west-seattleite-lori-hobby-1957-2014/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:00:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291984 Family and friends are remembering Lori Hobby, who died last week at age 57. Here’s the remembrance they wanted to share with the community:

Lori Lynn Hobby, a born-and-raised West Seattleite, was brought up by parents Ann and Jim Hughes, with siblings Dana, Jimmy, and Steve. She attended Jefferson Elementary, James Madison Middle school, and graduated from West Seattle High School as an Indian.

Married to Doug Hobby, together they raised three wonderful kids, Keith, Anna, and Tim. November 5th, 2014, the two-year battle with breast cancer and liver cancer ended in her beautiful home she made.

A private memorial for Lori will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery on Saturday, November 15th. Anybody wishing to send flowers, please reconsider donating to your favorite charity instead.

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Remembering Loni McIntosh: Memorial walk on November 1st http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/remembering-loni-mcintosh-memorial-walk-on-november-1st/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/remembering-loni-mcintosh-memorial-walk-on-november-1st/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:39:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289869

Two and a half years ago, we noted local fitness instructor Loni McIntosh‘s cancer battle, as friends organized a fundraiser. Today, we have word that Ms. McIntosh’s long fight is over, and that everyone who knew her is invited to gather for a memorial walk next Saturday:

Beloved fitness instructor and longtime member of the West Seattle community, Loni McIntosh, passed away from brain cancer Wednesday 10/15. Please join us to celebrate Loni as we do a walk and gathering in her memory on Alki Beach next Saturday, November 1st at 10 am. We will meet outside the Alki Bathhouse for a few words and walk as a group. Rain or shine. Let’s remember Loni with fun stories and memories of the tough, kind, loving person she was. Please wear blue/teal if you can.

Ms. McIntosh was 57 years old.

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Remembering longtime West Seattleite Bill Ericson, 1922-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/remembering-longtime-west-seattleite-bill-ericson-1922-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/remembering-longtime-west-seattleite-bill-ericson-1922-2014/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:02:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289106 The family of William A. (Bill) Ericson is sharing this remembrance after his death this week:

Bill passed away October 13, 2014, at the age of 91.

He was the youngest of four children born to Ernest and Nellie Ericson in Star Lake, Minnesota. After being discharged from the Merchant Marines after World War II, Bill traveled to Seattle, where he met the love of his life, Olga Romei, and they raised three children.

Bill was a self-motivated entrepreneur who started his own real estate company, Ericson Realty, in the early ’60s and was immediately successful due to his hard work and diligence.

After retiring in the ’80s, his favorite pastime was socializing with friends and family, telling the best stories and jokes you can imagine and helping those who were in need. Bill never forgot a joke and something always reminded him of another story.

He is survived by his children William, Dini (Leif), Greg (Sue); grandchildren William III, Cale, Koen, Nolan, Nicole, and Noelle; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom will dearly miss his stories, jokes, guidance, and generosity. A private family memorial was held.

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Memorial tomorrow for Bennett McKnight, aka Lucky Freeman http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/memorial-tomorrow-for-bennett-mcknight-aka-lucky-freeman/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/memorial-tomorrow-for-bennett-mcknight-aka-lucky-freeman/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:03:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288706 A memorial is planned tomorrow for Bennett McKnight, also known as Lucky Freeman:

Our brother is gone.

His kindness and generous spirit will continue on with those who love him.

Bennett was a local artist, well known and beloved to many in West Seattle. He enjoyed frequenting many of the local businesses and always was enthusiastic about supporting the local community.

Memorial Thursday, October 16th
5:00 pm-midnight
West Seattle Veterans Center
3618 SW Alaska

(Photo courtesy Matt Sellars)

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Celebration of Life on Saturday for Kristine Lenning, 1952-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/celebration-of-life-on-saturday-for-kristine-lenning-1952-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/celebration-of-life-on-saturday-for-kristine-lenning-1952-2014/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:34:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287453 A Celebration of Life is planned this Saturday for Kristine Lenning, who died last week at 62. Here’s the remembrance we were asked to share:

Kristine M. Lenning
July 13, 1952 – September 26, 2014

Kris passed away at her home in West Seattle, surrounded by friends and family. Kris was preceded in death by her husband Donald G. Lenning and is survived by her daughter Alexa Victoria Lenning, brothers Bernard, Kenneth, and Steven Larson, and sister Kathy Hodges.

Kris recently retired from Century Link after 44 years of service. She fought a long and courageous battle against cancer, never losing her zest for life, her sense of humor, and loving concern for others. Kris was a gifted artist who loved sharing her talents with friends, and especially children. The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to Hospice and her family of co-workers that helped care for her. There will be a Celebration of Life for Kris on Saturday, October 4th, 2014, at West Seattle Golf Course from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Remembrances to the Cancer Society in lieu of flowers, please.

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Memorial next Saturday for ‘Hank’ Ercolini, 1923-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/memorial-next-saturday-for-hank-ercolini-1923-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/memorial-next-saturday-for-hank-ercolini-1923-2014/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:23:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285811 Family and friends will gather this Saturday to celebrate the life of Henry “Hank” Matthew Ercolini, born October 8, 1923 in Seattle, died August 28, 2014 in Salem, Oregon, with many years in West Seattle along the way. Here’s the remembrance we were asked to share:

Hank was the oldest of the 3 boys of Joe and Julia Ercolini, a husband to Gertrude “Gertie” Ercolini for 65 years, a father of 4, father-in-law, devoted grandfather (Pop) and great-grandfather, an uncle, cousin, a devoted friend, a 1941 West Seattle High School graduate, a WWII Marine veteran, a 1948 Willamette University graduate, a math & history teacher, coach, junior high principal, referee, a world traveler, a long-time member of Queen of Peace church, a Beaver and Bearcat fan, a cribbage teacher, a landscaper by hobby, an avid golfer, a Meals on Wheels delivery boy, a favorite neighbor, a Susan G. Komen supporter, and a great friend to many.

He will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and the joy he shared with everyone who knew him. He will be dearly missed. He is survived by three of his children and their spouses: Joan Ercolini (Bend, OR), Lisa & Rod Noteboom (Moses Lake, WA), Steve & Betsy Ercolini (Seattle); his four grandchildren: Tom Watson and wife Jodie, Anne Watson, Angela Fernandez and husband Paul, and Daniel Noteboom; his great grandsons Eamon Watson and Eli Fernandez; and Tom and Anne’s father Steve Watson. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Julia Ercolini, his brothers Edward and James Ercolini, his first daughter Julie Watson, and his wife Gertie.

A celebration of Hank’s life will be held at Capital Manor (in Salem, OR), Saturday, September 20th, at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, or the charity of your choice. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

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Memorial gathering Thursday for James M. Novello, 1945-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/memorial-gathering-thursday-for-james-m-novello-1945-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/memorial-gathering-thursday-for-james-m-novello-1945-2014/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:55:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285107 A gathering is planned at a Gatewood home tomorrow to celebrate the life of James M. Novello. His family shares this remembrance:

James Michael Novello, born to James and Alvera Novello on June 19th, 1945, passed at his home on September 6th, 2014 – beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, brother, and uncle.

James was born in Whitestone, New York, where he graduated from Holy Cross High School. He served as a Chaplain Assistant in Hanau, Germany, while in the United States Army.

James made a home for him and his family in Washington State, where he served with the Anacortes Police Department. He would later work for Fritz Trucking Company in Auburn, where he worked until he retired.

James loved his family, friends, and neighbors, but home is where the heart is, he loved spending time with his 4-legged friends. Other memorable times would be his yearly trips to the Washington coast or game night with family, friends, and neighbors. He loved his Seattle sports teams and Neil Diamond.

James is survived by his wife Debby Novello; dad James Novello, New York; sister Linda (Ray) Riso, New York; children: Richard (Heidi) Novello, James (Monica) Novello, Kimberly (Paul) Bahnmiller, Michael (Terri) Novello; grandchildren: Shawna Murray, Nickolaus (Erin) Novello, Zackary Novello, Carson Novello, Brittany Novello, Vinny Novello, Gabrielle Novello, Cecelia Novello, Giovanni Novello, Zachary Myers, Jacob Myers, Alexis Novello, and Anthony Novello; great-grandchild Aiden Plumley.

Celebration of life will be held at the home of James and Deborah Novello on September 11th, 2014, at 2 pm at 3926 SW Ida Street, West Seattle.

His humor and laughter will be missed.

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Memorial next Sunday for C.W. ‘Buck’ Thompson, 1931-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/memorial-next-sunday-for-c-w-buck-thompson-1931-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/memorial-next-sunday-for-c-w-buck-thompson-1931-2014/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:08:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282278 Next Sunday afternoon (August 17th) at West Seattle Golf Course, a memorial is planned for “Buck” Thompson, whose family shares this remembrance:

Clair Wallace “Buck” Thompson, 83, of Seattle, Washington, passed away on July 14, 2014.

Buck was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Clair and Ethel Thompson. He was a 1950 graduate of West Seattle High School. He went on to earn a degree at Washington State University in Business with a minor in Architectural Small Dwelling Construction graduating in 1954. In his early years, he worked in the hotel and restaurant management business, was a real estate agent selling recreational property in Eastern Washington, and later sold marine supply equipment with Obert Marine Supply. Buck belonged to the Society of Port Engineers of Puget Sound and held the position of President, Chairman of the Board, “Chicken of the Year,” and “Man of the Year”. He enjoyed travel, fishing, sports, and family.

Buck is preceded in death by his parents, Clair and Ethel, and his sister Judith Ann Campbell.

He is survived by his devoted wife Sharon Thompson; sons Paul (Kim) Thompson and Bryce (Eva) Thompson; daughter Dawn (Eric) Hodo; stepson Jamie (Beth) Trigg; stepdaughter Tracy (Mitch) Trotter; eleven grandchildren and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A memorial for Buck will be held at the West Seattle Golf Course on Sunday, August 17, at 3:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Medic One, without whose help Buck would never have been able to receive the care he did: Medic One Fire Department, 301 Second Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104.

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Memorial on Saturday for Betty Lee Marks Broughton, 1929-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/memorial-on-saturday-for-betty-lee-marks-broughton-1929-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/memorial-on-saturday-for-betty-lee-marks-broughton-1929-2014/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:37:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281147 A memorial service is planned this Saturday morning (August 2nd) for longtime West Seattleite Betty Broughton, who died Monday at age 85. Her family shares this remembrance:

Betty Lee Marks Broughton was born on February 18, 1929 in Missoula, Montana to Cleve and Ora Marks.

Her early childhood was spent on a 10,000-acre working family ranch in Townsend, Montana where both of her parents were born. She attended first grade at a mining camp in York, Montana where her father found work. She has two younger brothers, James and Michael, who were also born in Montana.

After the mine closed, the family moved to Helena, Montana where her father went to work for the Social Security Dept. In 1941, when she was 12 years old, the family moved to Seattle where her father went to work at Todd Shipyards building boats for the US Navy during WWII. She attended 7th grade at Beacon Hill Grade School and when the High Point Housing Projects were completed for the WWII industrial workers, her family moved there. Every day she walked to the Cooper School where she attended eighth grade. It was there she developed several lifelong friendships with her classmates, who still gather every Wednesday for dinner at the Chelan Cafe in West Seattle.

When her father’s next job took him to Everett, she stayed with Harold and Pearl Broughton, who lived a block from West Seattle High School, where she attended 9th grade until she graduated in 1947. After school and on Saturdays, she took the bus downtown for her part-time job at Frederick & Nelson, and gave the money she made to her host family. After graduation, she married Harold and Pearl’s son, Charles “Bud” Broughton, who had also graduated from West Seattle High School. In 1949, they bought their home on 47th Avenue where she raised her four children who graduated from WSHS: Tim in ‘66, Mary in ‘69, Joyce in ‘70, and LeeAnn in ‘72.

While her children were in school, she attended night classes at Edison Technical School on Broadway in Seattle where she learned her secretarial skills. After employment at several local construction companies, she worked at Loyal Lumber Co. on First Avenue South where she retired from in 1991. Betty has always been a huge fan of University of Washington Husky Football. For many years she attended both their home and away games. She was an active member of the American Legion Drill Team for many years travelling throughout Washington for both competitions and parades. She has volunteered for many years serving as the WSHS Alumni Association Secretary, where she retained the title of first-ever Board Member Emeritus. She also served as the Class of 1947 representative for what seems like eons.

Betty was preceded in death, by her brother, James Marks. She is survived by her brother, Michael Marks of Renton, WA. Betty is survived by five children: Tim Broughton and wife, Karen, of Kettle Falls, WA; Mary Ross and husband, Jerry, of Keller, WA; Joyce Olson and husband, Darrell, of Silverdale, WA; LeeAnn Nicholas and husband, Rick, of Deer Park, WA; and Tom Mullins and wife, Laurie, of Issaquah, WA. She is survived by three grandchildren: Nicole McCulla, Travis Broughton, and Nic Broughton. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Bianca Hernandez, Rory Broughton, Corinna McCulla, and Shane Meek.

Services will be held on Saturday, August 2nd, at Evergreen Washelli at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the West Seattle High School Alumni Association, 4742 42nd Ave SW, #215, Seattle, WA 98116.

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Memorial planned July 14th for West Seattle author/photographer Karen Sykes http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/memorial-planned-july-14th-for-west-seattle-authorphotographer-karen-sykes/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/memorial-planned-july-14th-for-west-seattle-authorphotographer-karen-sykes/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 06:38:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=277387 A public memorial has been announced for West Seattle-based hiking writer/nature photographer Karen Sykes. She was reported missing one week ago while hiking on Mount Rainier; last weekend, her daughter confirmed her death, and authorities subsequently determined she died of hypothermia. Ms. Sykes, 70, was known best for her books and columns about hiking, but we also knew her for the many West Seattle nature photos she shared via WSB in the past few years (see her Flickr gallery here). And now there’s word of a gathering to honor her memory:

Celebrate the life and legacy of Karen Sykes at the Seattle Mountaineers on July 14, 2014. Share stories and experiences with friends at 6:30 PM, with a program beginning at 7:00 PM.

Karen Sykes was an inspiration to many hikers as hiking companion, hike leader, columnist, guidebook author and photographer. Even though she is gone, she lives on in her work and in our hearts.

Please send photos of Karen Sykes for incorporation in a slide show to Heidi Walker at fotogirl.heidi@gmail.com

And don’t forget to share reminiscences of Karen at NW Hikers Trail Talk or at
mountaineers.org/blog/karen-sykes-shared-her-love-for-trails-with-thousands.

The Mountaineers is at 7700 Sand Point Way NE.

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Celebration of life planned June 29th for Lynda Nield http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/celebration-of-life-planned-june-29th-for-lynda-nield/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/celebration-of-life-planned-june-29th-for-lynda-nield/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:07:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276965 Friends of Lynda Nield, who you might have known from her time working in West Seattle, are getting the word out about her celebration of life coming up in North Seattle June 29th, after her sudden, early death two weeks ago:

Lynda Susan Nield, 50, formerly of Cumberland, RI; Tempe, Arizona; and Shoreline, Washington, passed away accidentally on June 6, 2014, while swimming in Costa Rica.

She was the beloved daughter of Eunice I. Nield of Lincoln and Joseph G. Nield, Jr. and Allie Nield of No. Smithfield. She is also survived by her brother Joseph F. Nield and his wife Karen of Cumberland; her sisters Karen Nield Kinch and her husband Michael of Cumberland; Lori Nield Riel and her husband Denis of Pascoag; and her step-sisters Marilou Lowery and her husband Robert, and Traci Anne Egermayer and her husband Robert of New Jersey.

She also leaves her nephews Tyler Kinch, Michael Kinch, Joseph Nield, Jr., James Riel, Craig Riel, and Garrett Riel. She was the granddaughter of the late Gertrude and Francis L. Corrigan and Lillian and Joseph G. Nield. She was a graduate of Cumberland High School and attended Arizona State University and Mesa Junior College in Arizona.

Lynda loved children and was called to heaven after fulfilling her lifelong dream volunteering for the last six months at an orphanage in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. She was scheduled to return to her loving family in Rhode Island on Monday, June 9.

A celebration of Lynda’s life and spirit will be held on Sunday, June 29 at The Caroline Tavern, 13702 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125. This Memorial Service will be an opportunity to share your favorite memories of Lynda, and be in the company of friends … to say farewell to an amazing soul. The Celebration will be a Potluck – bring something if you can, or just come and reminisce with friends & celebrate Lynda’s life in a manner in which we know she would enthusiastically approve.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lynda’s Little Angels, a fund established in Lynda’s name to support children in need. If you wish to make a donation, please make checks payable to Lynda’s Little Angels, c/o of Blackstone River Federal Credit Union, 90 Monument Square, Woonsocket, RI 02895.

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Memorial this Saturday for E. Eilene Powelson, 1919-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/memorial-this-saturday-for-e-eilene-powelson-1919-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/memorial-this-saturday-for-e-eilene-powelson-1919-2014/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:18:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276902 Friends and family will gather this Saturday to remember 94-year-old ‘Eilene’ Powelson, and are sharing this remembrance:

Evelyn Eilene Powelson, known to family and friends as “Eilene,” passed away on June 16, 2014 at Providence Mount Saint Vincent Nursing Center.

Eilene was born on December 1, 1919 in Bellingham to David and Anna Larson. Early in her life, along with her parents and two younger sisters, they moved from Bellingham to Everett and eventually settled in Seattle before the breakout of WWII.

She met her husband Corden Powelson at the Lutheran Service Center in downtown Seattle 1944. They married on May 3, 1946 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Seattle) with Dr. Stub officiating. Corden preceded her in death on September 19, 2000 after 54 years of marriage. Eilene was a member of Peace Lutheran Church for over 20 years.

Eilene is also preceded in death by her son Vernon W. Powelson (2000) and Sister LaVerne R. Tostenson (1999).

Eilene is survived by her sister Nadine (Claude) Thompson of Seattle; son Richard (Karla) Powelson of Vashon; daughter-in-law Julie Powelson of Port Orchard; three grandsons, Aaron (Jennifer) Powelson of Shelton; Adam Powelson and Erik Powelson of Vashon. Plus, two great-grandchildren, Kyla and Jasen Powelson of Shelton.

Eilene graduated from Lincoln High School on June 14, 1939 and started working at the America Cookie Company, then moved on to Pacific Northwest Bell, which eventually became AT&T. Eilene worked in the accounting department until she retired in 1983.

Eilene loved spending time at the family cabin on Lake Sawyer with family and friends. She also loved to spend time with her three grandsons enjoying their birthdays and making all the holidays special with how she decorated her home for every holiday throughout the year.

The memorial service will be held at Providence Mount Saint Vincent Chapel (3rd floor) nursing center on June 21, 2014, at 1:30 pm with Reverend Eldon Olson and Reverend David Wold, both from Peace Lutheran Church, officiating. The burial will precede the memorial at the Evergreen Washelli Cemetery. Yarington Funeral Home will handle the burial arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Providence Mount Saint Vincent Foundation (4831 35th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98126) in Eilene’s name for the support and care the staff at the Mount gave Eilene over the last seven years.

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