Gertrude Kolstead, a 91-year-old resident of West Seattle, passed away July 31, 2005. Gertrude was born June 16, 1914 in Ellensburg, WA. She came to West Seattle in 1934 when she married and never left. Gertrude graduated from Broadway High School and Griffin-Murphy Business College. She worked at the Bon Marche, various office positions, West Seattle Herald, and helped in the family's business ventures. She was a member of Hiawatha Garden Club and the West Seattle Artist Guild.

Lost her battle with cancer. Born: August 26, 1933, Rosenthal-Chortitza, Ukraine, Died July 29, 2005, Seattle, WA. 41 year resident of West Seattle. Survived by children: Victor (Sandy, Brie, Colton) Karla (Chuck), Mark (Kristen), Erik, (Jen, Destry, Marina, Dakota). Services held 8/3/05. "It Is Well With Her Soul."