West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle people http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:24:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 City Councilmember Lorena González takes office: West Seattleite makes history http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/city-councilmember-lorena-gonzalez-takes-office-west-seattleite-makes-history/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/city-councilmember-lorena-gonzalez-takes-office-west-seattleite-makes-history/#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2015 05:17:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=330150

(Seattle City Council photo, via Twitter)

Tonight, West Seattle resident Lorena González became the first Seattle City Councilmember to take the oath of office after the certification of the November election. As noted in the city announcement below, her election itself represented a long-overdue first:

Councilmember Lorena González received the Oath of Office, following certification of election results by King County Elections. Before her friends and colleagues and a packed-Council Chambers, González reflected on her election, plans for her forthcoming Council term, and shared what it means to be the first Latina/o to serve the Seattle City Council in a speech clocking-in at less than ten minutes.

(Added Wednesday: Seattle Channel video of ceremony and speech)
“Mayor Murray, Council President Burgess, friends and family, sisters and brothers, I stand before you today with sincere appreciation for the opportunity I have to represent our community in our state’s largest city as the first Latina sworn into the Seattle City Council.”

Citing her experience as a civil rights attorney and community advocate, González also acknowledged her service as legal counsel to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, and as a partner at Schroeter Goldmark & Bender, representing workers in wage theft and anti-discrimination cases and representing victims of police misconduct as formative experiences. She also recognized and thanked her parents for “…(believing) the American dream was achievable.”

Born and raised in Washington’s lower Yakima Valley to a Spanish-speaking migrant farmworker family, González – who earned her first paycheck at the age of 8 – reminded the audience “…I don’t have the background of a typical politician. Mine is a lived experience rooted in the reality of overcoming poverty and injustice. I am living proof that access to opportunity, coupled with hard work, is a recipe for success. I graduated high school in the face of overwhelming odds. I worked in a food plant, a bank, a retail store, a fast food chain, a day care, and a hotel.”

González conjured memories of picking cherries as a child, spending as many as three hours a day before the start of the school day, and “Often in an environment where I was sprayed with pesticides, or working without access to a bathroom or water…. it’s these formative moments and experiences that inspired me to want to be an advocate, a champion, for those people who I see myself in — even to this day — and especially for those who haven’t had a strong voice in government. They live in the shadows, and I did too – until I saw a path and climbed my way out.“

González went on to outline her intentions to draw on her extensive experience standing up for progressive values and the underrepresented to her work serving the people of Seattle as one of two at-large (citywide) representatives.

In her final moments in Chambers, González turned her attention to future Council colleagues. “My word is my deed,” said González. “I have dedicated my life’s work to defending workers’ rights and will continue this fight – in the name of wage theft on behalf of a cook, or defending men and women against retribution in all its forms. I’ll continue my quest to stand up for dignity in the workplace, and in my work here at city hall on behalf of workers…I will not back down from tackling tough issues or seeking solutions that build a stronger community.”

Born and raised in Central Washington in a Spanish-speaking migrant farmworker family, Councilmember González relied on need-based grants and scholarships to attend community college and later Washington State University. She moved to Seattle in 2002 to attend Seattle University Law School. González has served on various local, regional and national non-profit boards, including OneAmerica, OneAmerica Votes, National Council of La Raza, Northwest Area Foundation, and Washington State Association for Justice.

Councilmember González won the Position 9 race with 78 percent of the vote. If you’re downtown or able to get there, Councilmember González is having an open house in her new office at City Hall tomorrow morning, 9:30 am-11:30 am

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Remembering longtime West Seattleite Richard Allen Whitney http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/remembering-longtime-west-seattleite-richard-allen-whitney/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/remembering-longtime-west-seattleite-richard-allen-whitney/#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:04:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329710 The family of longtime West Seattleite Richard A. Whitney is sharing this remembrance:

Our Hero, Richard Allen Whitney, passed away a True Veteran this past Veterans Day, 11/11/15.

He was born in Seattle, where he attended Highland Park Elementary, Denny Middle School, and Chief Sealth High School.

He was drafted into the Army and sent to Vietnam in 1967 and served two years. During his tour, he was exposed to Agent Orange and became very ill. He has since then had a liver and kidney transplant and lived beyond the years the doctors expected. He overcame many medical obstacles throughout his life and will be forever a medical miracle.

Whitney met his lovely wife, Liz Whitney, at Marv’s Broiler in White Center in 1981, and they have been happily married ever since!

He is survived by his wife Liz; mother Marie Clay; brother Ron Whitney; daughter and son Shannon and Patrick (PJ) Whitney. He also had the opportunity to meet his five grandkids as well who all adored him! Whitney coached Shannon in softball for more than 10 years as well as coaching SWAC football for PJ. He was very well known around our neighborhood, as all the kids loved to come to his house to play. He was a produce manager for QFC and retired from the Westwood Village store in West Seattle.

He loved his family, camping and the outdoors. He will forever be in our hearts and will be truly missed. There will be a memorial in the spring and his family will have the details posted when available.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to editor@westseattleblog.com)

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VIDEO: Wayne Kinslow ends his swimming streak @ 1,200 days http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/video-wayne-kinslow-ends-his-swimming-streak-1200-days/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/video-wayne-kinslow-ends-his-swimming-streak-1200-days/#comments Sat, 14 Nov 2015 19:35:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=329116 Back in April, West Seattleite Wayne Kinslow celebrated his 1,000th consecutive day of salt-water swimming, all but three off Alki. After 200 more days, he’s taking a break, starting today:

Thanks to Southwest Seattle Historical Society executive director Clay Eals for sharing his video from Wayne’s final day of the streak on Friday – he’s documented Wayne’s achievements on the SWSHS website (after all, it’s now part of West Seattle history!).

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West Seattle Veterans Day scene: ‘Pinning’ at The Mount http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-veterans-day-scene-pinning-at-the-mount/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-veterans-day-scene-pinning-at-the-mount/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2015 02:12:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328848

A stirring Veterans Day ceremony this afternoon at Providence Mount St. Vincent in West Seattle: A “pinning ceremony” for more than two dozen veterans who live at The Mount. They were recognized, one last time, for their service in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, and got the chance to tell their stories. Among them, 92-year-old Donald Hill, in our photo below with son Dave, who introduced him:

According to a Mount spokesperson, Hill “decoded Nazi messages off the cliffs of Dover and landed on Utah Beach in Normandy on D-Day shortly after the first troops landed. Hill continued to decode messages as he and his fellow soldiers made their way through France, Belgium and Germany.” He was featured in this Seattle Times story earlier this week. This afternoon’s ceremony was in the chapel at The Mount; elsewhere in the building, a bulletin board is honoring those who have served:

The “We Honor Veterans” program is part of Providence Hospice of Seattle, which is caring for some of the veterans who participated in today’s ceremony – find out more about the program, and the veterans, here.

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Click! Design That Fits proprietors share personal news: ‘Frances, John, and Alzheimer’s’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/click-design-that-fits-proprietors-share-personal-news-frances-john-and-alzheimers/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/click-design-that-fits-proprietors-share-personal-news-frances-john-and-alzheimers/#comments Wed, 11 Nov 2015 23:06:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328825

(John & Frances Smersh @ Click’s 11th anniversary celebration. Photo by Eliott Peacock)
The proprietors of Click! Design That Fits, longtime independent West Seattle business (and longtime WSB sponsor), have just gone public with some personal news, and friends and family have at the same time come up with a way to support them.

Here’s what’s happening: Frances Smersh, who has run Click! with husband John Smersh for 11 years, has been diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s. Frances is only 48.

As the e-mail to Click!’s mailing list today – headed “Frances, John, and Alzheimer’s” – explains, “While the timeline is uncertain, Early Onset Alzheimer’s can move quickly, and what we do know is that the next twelve months will be the best Frances and John can expect to have together. Essentially, this next year will be their best year.” That’s what Frances’s doctor told them this fall, a few months after the initial diagnosis. Alzheimer’s remains an incurable disease, no matter what the patient’s age.

The store will stay in business. But Frances and John hope to spend some extra time together during that “best year.” John says, “I intend to continue working, but hopefully in a capacity that allows me to keep myself healthy and able to be her primary caregiver. Frances has already become less involved in the business, meaning I’ve had to pick up more, when I really feel like we should be handing responsibility off to a manager so that we can have time together, while it lasts. I know there will be a time when I don’t have her any more …”

So, as the announcement adds, “Friends and family have started a fundraiser to raise money to help with medical costs and to allow them to step away from Click! for a while, enjoy their life, and figure out what’s next.” That page is on youcaring.com.

Frances is an artist whose work has long been part of the Click! offerings, including jewelry, and she also paints – she is this month’s highlighted artist and will be showing and selling her newest work during tomorrow night’s West Seattle Art Walk, 6-9 pm. The monthly Art Walk has always been a meaningful event for Click! – John has long led the committee that organizes it, part of their community involvement beyond the all-encompassing work of running an independent local business that supports local artists and other creators.

P.S. If you are interested in helping, but not online, please send postal mail to John at the store, 4540 California SW, Seattle 98116.

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Northwest Hope & Healing’s Shari Sewell leaving ‘on a high note’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/northwest-hope-healings-shari-sewell-leaving-on-a-high-note/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/northwest-hope-healings-shari-sewell-leaving-on-a-high-note/#comments Tue, 10 Nov 2015 06:09:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328681

(WSB photo: Shari Sewell at NWH&H’s 2014 Alki Beach 5K)

West Seattleite Shari Sewell has announced she’s leaving Northwest Hope and Healing – which helps breast-cancer patients cope with the challenges of life going on despite their diagnosis. She’s been with the organization 12 years and says, “The Foundation is in great shape, so I figured I’d leave on a high note. I’m looking forward to some time off to relax and figure out what’s next.” Here’s how the organization announced the news, including word of who will succeed Shari:

After 12 years with NW Hope & Healing, Shari Sewell, our talented Executive Director, will be stepping away from her role as Executive Director and from daily operations at NW Hope & Healing. Shari’s passion for assisting breast cancer and gynecology patients will endure in the years to come as a supporter of the NWHH mission. Shari will continue in her role through early December. We are so thankful for Shari’s time and energy developing NW Hope & Healing into a thriving foundation that touches lives on a daily basis.

Shari has put her heart and soul into this organization, but she’s ready to hand the reins to a new leader and take a well-deserved break. Kristina Dahl will take over as ED in December. Kristina looks forward to building upon NWHH’s solid foundation so that, together, we can assist more women than ever before.

Shari says, “I’m proud of what we’ve done and they way we’ve done it. I’ve exceeded my goals for the organization so it’s time for me to focus on the next chapter of my life. NW Hope & Healing is on solid ground and I’m excited to see where it goes.”.

The Board of Directors is grateful for her devotion, leadership, and commitment to the organization. Shari has been a vital force behind our Healing Programs, which have reached 10,000 women in the last 15 years, to help them get back on track financially while they deal with the physical and emotional effects of breast cancer. Please join us at our wine tasting at the Georgetown Ballroom on November 18th as we raise a glass to thank Shari, toast to her success and celebrate new beginnings.

If NWH&H has not directly touched your life or that of someone in your family, you might still have been part of their work by running or walking in the summertime Alki Beach 5K Run/Walk – here’s our coverage of this year’s event; Shari’s successor Kristina spoke at the 2013 Alki Beach 5K. NWH&H also presents other benefits/celebrations including the annual “Style” fashion show (next one April 28, 2016).

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VIDEO: Chief Sealth IHS Veterans’ Day assembly features Class of 1965′s tribute to fallen heroes http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/video-chief-sealth-ihs-veterans-day-assembly-honors-heroes/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/video-chief-sealth-ihs-veterans-day-assembly-honors-heroes/#comments Fri, 06 Nov 2015 06:57:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328297

Members of the Chief Sealth Class of 1965 have officially presented their alma mater with the plaque we first told you about in September, in honor of Sealth graduates who lost their lives while serving their country.

It happened today at the school’s Veterans Day assembly, where, above, Sealth ’65 graduate and Navy veteran John McElroy was the spotlight speaker. He served in Vietnam in the ’60s while in the Navy and recently retired from the Merchant Marine. He spoke about the importance of service, and said he knew some of those whose names are on the plaque. Along with reading those names, he spoke of meeting Sealth’s current teachers and students, and said that if the young people he’s met are the future, we have nothing to worry about. One of those students, Mahala Provost, sang the National Anthem – listen!

Sealth’s flag team performed a routine set to “Stars and Stripes Forever“:

And the assembly concluded with a student-created video, with some students talking about family members in the military, and some faculty/staff members talking about their time in the service. (The official observance of Veterans’ Day, November 11th, is next Wednesday, and school will not be in session.)

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Homa Rugs: Welcoming a new WSB sponsor, with a clearance sale and free West Seattle delivery http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/homa-rugs-welcoming-a-new-wsb-sponsor-with-a-clearance-sale-and-free-west-seattle-delivery/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/homa-rugs-welcoming-a-new-wsb-sponsor-with-a-clearance-sale-and-free-west-seattle-delivery/#comments Fri, 30 Oct 2015 22:10:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=327591 We’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor this afternoon, Homa Rugs, whose proprietor, Ahmad Mohammadian, invites his fellow West Seattleites to come shop his store’s inventory-clearance sale before its move at the end of the year. He’s offering free delivery to anywhere in West Seattle.

(Ahmad Mohammadian and son Bijan, graduate of Seattle Lutheran HS)

Homa Rugs has been in business on 1st Avenue for three decades. What you’ll find includes all-wool rugs in a variety of patterns, from several countries, crafted with all-natural vegetable dyes, which he says will last 30 to 40 years with proper care. Some of them are antique rugs that are in good condition. Homa Rugs‘ inventory also includes Gabbeh rugs.

The store is moving because its site is being redeveloped. Right now during the clearance sale, 2×3 rugs start for as little as $50, 3×5 rugs beginning at $100, and 4×6 rugs for as little as $200. You’ll also find runners up to 10×14 in length and rugs as large as 17×23.

Homa Rugs is at 1208 1st Avenue downtown, 206-623-7663, online at homarugs.net.

We thank Homa Rugs for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

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CONGRATULATIONS! Metropolitan Market-Admiral has another ‘Washington’s Best Bagger,’ Candice Lastimado http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/congratulations-metropolitan-market-admiral-has-another-washingtons-best-bagger-candice-lastimado/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/congratulations-metropolitan-market-admiral-has-another-washingtons-best-bagger-candice-lastimado/#comments Thu, 29 Oct 2015 09:20:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=327472

(Photos courtesy Washington Food Industry Association)

Congratulations to Candice Lastimado, a courtesy clerk at Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) in Admiral, the store’s second Washington’s Best Bagger champ in four years. She won the title, the trophy, and a $2,000 prize this week at the Washington Food Industry Association-presented event in Spokane. She was accompanied by quite the team:

With her in that photo are her coach – store director Glen Hasstedt – as well as sales/operations executive VP Helen Neville, president/CEO Todd Korman, mom Dana Lastimado, and operations VP Darryl Pittman. In February, Candice will go to Las Vegas to compete in the 30th annual National Grocers Association Best Bagger Competition. The store’s previous national contender, two-time state champ Andrew Borracchini, won the title in 2013.

P.S. Wondering about the competition criteria? From the announcement: “Participants in the Best Bagger Battle were judged on a rigorous criterion of speed, style, technique, and uniform bag weight. The competition consisted of up to three rounds. The first used paper bags, while the second required participants to fill reusable bags. A bruising third and final round determined the ultimate winner.”

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Memorial service Saturday for Lisa Slader, 1965-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/memorial-service-saturday-for-lisa-slader-1965-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/memorial-service-saturday-for-lisa-slader-1965-2015/#comments Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:07:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=327394 A memorial service is planned this Saturday for Lisa Slader, 50. Here’s the remembrance her family is sharing:

Lisa Slader passed away Sunday night after a two-year battle with cancer.

Lisa was born in San Angelo, Texas and raised in Burien. Her father worked at Boeing for 30 years. Lisa attended Evergreen High School, graduating in 1983. Lisa met Greg Slader in 1987 and they settled into the West Seattle neighborhood of Belvedere. Lisa had a 25-year career @ Northwest Administrators as she excelled in pension accounting.

Lisa is survived by her two boys and her husband. She was very involved with their youth sports, as her boys played baseball, basketball, and soccer in local West Seattle leagues. Jesse and Cameron went on to graduate from West Seattle High school.

Funeral Services are this Saturday (October 31), 11 am @ Forest Lawn Cemetery, 6701 30th Ave. SW in West Seattle.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to editor@westseattleblog.com)

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FOLLOWUP: Still seeking fallen service members’ relatives for plaque presentation at Chief Sealth IHS Veterans Day assembly http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/followup-still-seeking-fallen-service-members-relatives-for-plaque-presentation-at-chief-sealth-ihs-veterans-day-assembly/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/followup-still-seeking-fallen-service-members-relatives-for-plaque-presentation-at-chief-sealth-ihs-veterans-day-assembly/#comments Tue, 27 Oct 2015 01:00:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=327228

That’s the plaque we first told you about back last month – a special project of the Chief Sealth Class of 1965 in their 50th-anniversary year, granite with brass nameplates honoring all the fallen service members from Chief Sealth. Ron Templin explains, “The left-hand row of brass name plates were for Vietnam, the center row is for Iraq, and the right-hand row is for Afghanistan.” He says the plaque will be presented during Chief Sealth International High School’s Veterans Day assembly at 10:15 am November 5th: “The family members of these brave soldiers are invited to attend.”:

Sigrid Karlstrom ’61 family notified
Lewis Nelson ’62
Allan Potter ’64
Luigi Frank Albanese ’65
Thomas Foster ’65
Thomas Harding ’65
Richard Krogh ’65
Norman Chaney ’66
Dick DeGraaf ’66 family notified
David Lauritsen ’66
John Rauen ’66
Mark Knollmeyer ’67
Donald Douglas ’68
Clarence Risher ’68

Tracy Melvin ’95 family notified

Jarod Newlove ’03 family notified

If anyone knows family members of these service members, please let them know about this Memorial Plaque presentation.

Ron can be reached at: r_templin@yahoo.com

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Memorial service on Saturday for ‘Kerm’ Franks, 1918-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/memorial-service-on-saturday-for-kerm-franks-1918-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/memorial-service-on-saturday-for-kerm-franks-1918-2015/#comments Tue, 20 Oct 2015 17:23:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=326585 A memorial service is planned in West Seattle on Saturday for Dean Kermit “Kerm” Franks, 97. Here’s the remembrance his family is sharing:

Dean Kermit “Kerm” Franks, a longtime West Seattle resident and retired vice principal of West Seattle High School, died of natural causes October 16 in West Seattle, supported by his extended family. He was 97, and had been a resident of The Kenney retirement community since 2005.

He was born January 23, 1918 in Coldwater, Kansas, the third of four children born to Willard and Tulu Franks. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1940.

He met his future wife, Esther Faye Anderson, while teaching high school in Eudora, Kansas. They were married in February 1942, ten days before he was drafted into the Army. His service was in Alaska, and when the war ended the couple decided to settle in Seattle. They started a family and Kerm began a 30-year career with Seattle Public Schools. He earned his Masters and Doctor of Education degrees from the University of Washington. He took early retirement in 1975.

From 1961 to 1975, Kerm and Faye co-managed the Seabeck Conference Center on Hood Canal. They are remembered fondly as “Uncle Kerm” and “Auntie Faye” by the many former staff members, who were high-school and college youth at the time. For more than 25 years beginning in 1963, Kerm and Faye hosted a series of exchange students from Europe, Asia and Central America. They also traveled to a number of countries, visiting the families of their student guests.

The couple built a cabin at Lake Cushman, near Hoodsport, Washington, in 1976. They spent summers there, encouraging visits from family and friends. Kerm was physically active until near the end of his life, enjoying hiking, berry picking, swimming, square dancing and handyman projects. He was still chopping wood at the cabin into his 90s.

Kerm was an active member of Tibbetts United Methodist Church in West Seattle, where he served in volunteer administrative positions.
Faye died in 2012, after 70 years of marriage. His son, David, died in 2013. He is survived by daughters Marsha (Mike) and Candace (John); son Dean (Cynthia); 7 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 4 nephews and 3 nieces.

A memorial service to celebrate his long life will be held next Saturday (October 24th) at 10 a.m. at Tibbetts United Methodist Church, 3940 41st Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116. Memorials may be sent to Tibbetts Church, or to Seabeck Conference Center, 13395 Lagoon Drive NW, Seabeck, WA 98380.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to editor@westseattleblog.com)

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Memorial service Saturday for Patricia J. Hansen, 1929-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/memorial-service-saturday-for-patricia-j-hansen-1929-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/memorial-service-saturday-for-patricia-j-hansen-1929-2015/#comments Tue, 13 Oct 2015 19:25:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325845 A memorial service is planned in West Seattle this Saturday for Patricia J. Hansen, 86. Here’s the remembrance her family is sharing:

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, Patricia J. Hansen passed away peacefully after suffering many years with Alzheimer’s Disease on Monday, September 28th at Park West Care Center.

She was born on May 19, 1929 to Ingvald and Christine in Seattle.

Patricia grew up in Ballard and attended Ballard High School, graduating in 1947. After high school, she worked at JC Penney clothing store in downtown Seattle. While out dancing at the Spanish Castle and The Trianon Ballroom, she met the love of her life – Charles “Chuck” Hansen. They married in 1953 and raised three children in West Seattle.

It was here in West Seattle that she made a loving home and worked many years at Don Swanson Insurance. She volunteered at the WS Senior Center and played Bunco there. Pat and Chuck traveled to Australia, Europe, Scandinavia, Hawaii and Mexico. Upon retiring, they spent some years as “rain birds” in Mesa, Arizona. Pat took up clogging and enjoyed time at the pool with Chuck.

Patricia is predeceased by her parents Christine and Ingvald, her loving husband Chuck in 1989, and her sister and brother-in-law, Pauline and Phil Isaminger. Surviving Pat are her three children – son Greg (wife Chris), son Keith (wife Irene), her daughter Diane, her grandchildren Veronica and Charlie, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorial services will be Saturday, October 17th at First Lutheran Church of West Seattle at 11 am. Remembrances can be made to The Alzheimer’s Association.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to editor@westseattleblog.com)

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Celebration of life next Saturday for Carole Gillespie, 1961-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/celebration-of-life-next-saturday-for-carole-gillespie-1961-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/celebration-of-life-next-saturday-for-carole-gillespie-1961-2015/#comments Sun, 11 Oct 2015 17:12:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325616 A celebration of life for Carole Gillespie and her life partner Robert Childs, both of whom died this year, is planned next Saturday (October 17th). Here’s the announcement from Ms. Gillespie’s family:

Carole Jean (Tiede) Gillespie was born March 22, 1961 in Sacramento, California. She passed away at home of inoperable lung cancer on January 28, 2015. Carole graduated from West Seattle High School in 1979.

She is survived by her parents, Thomas and Pamela Tiede; brother Tom Jr. (LeeAnn); nephew Matthew Tiede; niece Kirstin Tiede; uncles Dale Ruppert (Maxine); Richard Tiede (Bracey); cousin Tamera Castagne and family. Carole is deeply missed by her family.

Robert Childs, Carole’s life partner of nearly 24 years, passed away August 17, 2015, also of cancer.

A joint Celebration of Life for Carole and Bob will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2015, at 11 am at the Unity Church in Lynnwood, located at 16727 Alderwood Mall Parkway.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Providence Regional Cancer Partnership at cancerpartnership.org/Survivor-Resources.

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Remembering little Drue: Neighbors’ tribute in Morgan Junction http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/remembering-little-drue-neighbors-tribute-in-morgan-junction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/remembering-little-drue-neighbors-tribute-in-morgan-junction/#comments Tue, 06 Oct 2015 05:11:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325097

As they had promised in the note published here this morning, neighbors created a sidewalk-side memorial tonight for 17-month-old Drue Lehto, who died eight days ago of internal injuries that police say his father’s girlfriend confessed to causing by kicking him. They told us other community members had stopped by to add small tributes – stuffed animals, candles, flowers. It’s in a tree well along the sidewalk in the 6500 block of California SW, just south of the Morgan Junction apartment building where Drue died; you are welcome to add to it, they said. Meantime, the accused killer remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail; we’ll likely hear from prosecutors tomorrow about charges.

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