Eilert PRESTEGAARD 1921-2013
Born February 23, 1921, Eilert Prestegaard, 92, died December 26, 2013, surrounded by his immediate family. The youngest of four children, he was born and raised in Bergen, Norway. He was part of the Resistance in occupied Norway and after WWII he immigrated to the United States.
He eventually settled in Seattle, WA where he felt at home with the mountains, water, and the many outdoor activities he loved. At a Mountaineer Club dance he met and soon married Virginia (Ginny) Lee Jones, his beloved wife. He most treasured his family and the many gatherings at the family home they shared for over 60 years.
Eilert worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp, and built apartment buildings which he owned and managed for decades. He was a member of the West Seattle Lions Club, Mountaineer Club, Sons of Norway Club, and a founder of Crystal Mountain. Active and energetic until recently, he was proud to know that he passed on his love of skiing, travel, beach walks and garden projects to his family.
Eilert leaves behind his wife Ginny and four children, Anna (Dave) Bryant, Kristin (Tim) Wulf, Erik (Nancy) Prestegaard and Karin (Donald) Frissell; and grandchildren, Sarah, Elizabeth and Amy Bryant, Blake and Alison Wulf, and Katie Frissell.
Private family services planned. A future celebration of life will be held.
The family wishes to thank those involved with his care at Virginia Mason Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, and Evergreen Hospice. Remembrances may be made to the West Seattle Lions Club or the American Cancer Society.
Published in The West Seattle Herald Section of The Westside Weekly January 10, 2014