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Charles Jassen

1918 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Charles Jassen Obituary
Charles Jassen

Charles Jassen passed away peacefully on December 29, 2013. Charlie was a man of honesty, integrity and unparalleled ethical standards, with a wonderful sense of humor and a winning smile that could light up a room. Born on July 6, 1918, Mr. Jassen left his birthplace of Ekaterinaslov, Russia, with his parents Sonya and William Jassen, z'l, for pre-state-of Israel British Palestine in 1919, then sailed to America, spending time in New York before settling in Seattle in 1928, where his father became the Executive Director at Herzl Congregation. He graduated from Garfield High School and the University of Washington, served in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and Maritime Commission. He was a pioneer in retail merchandising and sales, managing automotive parts and service at Northwest Auto Supply and Automotive Wholesalers for over 30 years. Charlie was a 33rd degree Mason, past officer of Washington Generals, a member of Congregation Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath Synagogue since 1945 and a founding member of Yavneh Congregation in the early 1960s. He was well-respected in every aspect of his business and personal life and was known for his ability to tell (or retell) jokes. Charlie's love for his family was paramount to his life and he leaves a huge legacy across the USA and the world. He would often remark how a single Jewish man was blessed to see his roots spread out to over 40 beautiful souls. Charlie's faith was always a large part of his life, instilled in him by his parents and continuing to live on through his family.

He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley (Berliner) and daughter Nadine Mack. Charlie is survived by his wife of 37 years, Rose (Horowitz) and their children, Jef Jaisun, Larry (Janet) Jassen, Merryl (Steve) Muchlinski, Karen (Hank) Needle of Atlanta, GA, Carol (Ken, dec.) Reynolds, Paula Griff-(Tim)McHugh, Robyn (Larry) Gustafson, and numerous loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Seattle, Atlanta, Washington, DC, New York, Israel and California. He also leaves a multitude of loving and adoring nieces, nephews, extended family and many people who thought of him as family.

Services and burial Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. at Bikur Cholim Cemetery 1340 N 115th St, Seattle, WA 98133. Remembrances to Seattle Hebrew Academy, 1617 Interlaken Dr, Seattle WA 98112.

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Published in The Seattle Times from Dec. 30 to Dec. 31, 2013
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