Memorial service Saturday for community activist Ann Owchar

A memorial service is planned this Saturday for Ann Owchar, a longtime West Seattle community advocate and volunteer. In a note shared on community lists, her daughter announced Ms. Owchar “passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with a very rare and debilitating form of dementia.” Until her illness, Ms. Owchar continued to represent the Highland Park Action Committee on the Southwest District Council. She was also active in its battle against the city’s proposed jail sites in Highland Park; she joined Monica Cavagnero and then-HPAC chair Dorsol Plants in speaking to the 34th District Democrats about it in summer 2008:

Later that year, HPAC honored her, as reported here, for her decades of community service:

(Photos courtesy of Dina Lydia Johnson, who also designed the certificate)
Ms. Owchar also volunteered tirelessly for other causes/groups including Soroptimist. Sharing news of her death via the North Delridge mailing list, city Neighborhood District Coordinator Ron Angeles noted, “Delridge is a better place for all people to live and grow due to Ann’s never ending love for her community. She will be missed by many.” Ms. Owchar’s memorial service is at noon Saturday at Howden-Kennedy, 3909 SW Alaska, and will be followed by a reception at her daughter’s home at 3726 SW Webster. Ms. Owchar was 81.

6 Replies to "Memorial service Saturday for community activist Ann Owchar"

  • Sharonn January 17, 2011 (10:42 am)

    Ann never missed a Southwest District Council meeting or an opportunity to represent her neighborhood and the Soroptimist organization. I’m sorry to hear of her passing.

  • Pete January 17, 2011 (10:55 am)

    Have missed seeing Ann at community meetings. She had been active for so long and there are so many things in here in West Seattle that have Ann’s fingerprints all over them. RIP Ann.

  • JanS January 17, 2011 (11:56 am)

    Ann was a terrific woman, steadfast in her convictions. She’ll definitely be missed. My condolences to her daughter and family. :(

  • chas redmond January 17, 2011 (1:09 pm)

    I too will miss Ann’s steadfast dedication to the community and to her charities. She was a woman and community leader of great strength and great conviction. I’m a better citizen and a better West Seattleite because of Ann’s tutoring over the past several years. Highland Park can be proud of the many accomplishments Ann did as a member and as a West Seattleite. She lobbied for all.

  • Sarah Mosley January 17, 2011 (9:12 pm)

    Diane – I’m so sorry to hear this news about your mom.

  • Diane Swierenga January 19, 2011 (11:39 pm)

    I just happened to check the blog today & noticed this wonderful article about my Mom. Thanks to all for your kind words about her; she was a wondferful & loving mother and a tireless advocate for her beloved community. I hope everyone can join us on Saturday to honor her life and share all the wonderful memories and stories we have of her. Thank you. Diane

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