Katherine Weckerly

Katherine Mabel Weckerly, age 94, passed away Wed., Aug. 18, 2010, at Alpine Ridge Retirement Apartments in Mount Vernon, Wash. She was born May 25, 1916, in Davenport, N.D., to Bernhard and Mathilda (Johnson) Dahlen.

Katherine grew up in North Dakota, later residing in Spokane and Seattle for many years. While living in Seattle during WWII, she worked at Boeing as a riveter. She was married to Philip Gordon Weckerly on March 26, 1949, in Seattle; in 1951 they moved to Newhalem, where Gordon worked for Seattle City Light. While residing in Newhalem, Katherine worked as a librarian for Seattle City Light and was superintendent at the local Sunday School. In 1968 they moved to Marblemount and resided there until moving to Mount Vernon in 1998, residing at Alpine Ridge Retirement Apartments.

Katherine was a longtime member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Concrete and later Salem Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon. She was active in the Friendship Circle at Salem Lutheran and she loved hats and was known as the “Hat Lady” at Salem Lutheran.

Katherine loved to travel and she had the trip of a lifetime in 2005, when she traveled on the Queen Mary to London. She enjoyed her fellowship with the residents of Alpine Ridge, but most of all she loved her family and looked forward to attending family events. She will be remembered by her family as a great baker and homemaker.

She is survived by her two sons, Joseph Weckerly and his wife Sharon of Bremerton, and Thomas Weckerly and his wife Judy of Azusa, Calif.; four daughters, Barbara Kane of Altoona, Penn., Carol Schockly of Grand Rapids, Mich., Joan Schmidt of Mount Vernon, and Leslie Bates and her husband Lawrence of Birdsview; a sister, Ione Johnson of Ocean Shores; 20 grandchildren; 39 great- grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gordon, in February 2004; and nine brothers and sisters.

A  Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held Sat., Sept. 11, 2010, at 1 p.m., at Salem Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon with Pastor Kevin Forquer officiating.

Memorials are suggested to Salem Lutheran Church or Northwest Hospice. Arrangements and Services under the care of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley. Please share your memories of Katherine and sign the online guestbook at www.lemleychapel.com.

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