Gertrude Kolstead

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. In her later years, she enjoyed line dancing at the Senior Center of West Seattle, and playing pinochle with her friends.

Gertrude was preceded in death by her husband, George Kolstead. She is survived by her sons Arthur and Douglas, and daughter-in-law Donna, and her adopted Irish family Joan and Myles O'Byrne, and their children and grandchildren.

There will be no funeral services at her request. Please honor her memory with donations to the Senior Center of West Seattle or hospice.