John Elbert Monsey|
John Elbert Monsey passed away on April 27, 2014 at the age of 94.
John was born in Baltimore, Maryland on January 9, 1920 to Elbert C. and Florence (Linker) Monsey. The family moved to Seattle when John was 9 months old to reside in Interbay, and later moved to Magnolia Bluff, where John spent his life until moving to Mountlake Terrace in 2012.
John attended Interbay Grade School, Queen Anne High School and the University of Washington where he joined Theta Chi Fraternity and ROTC. His proudest school memories were sports related. He was the captain of his 4th grade softball team that won the league championship, made the Queen Anne High School baseball team and earned his letter as a freshman He also made the baseball team at the University of Washington, as a freshman, and earned his letter as a left handed pitcher.
After 2 years at the University of Washington, John left school and worked for Northwestern Mutual where he joined their fast pitch softball team which finished 2nd in their league.
In 1941 John enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was first stationed in Port Angeles. In 1943 he shipped out for duty in the Aleutian Islands and later saw duty in the South Pacific. His separation from the Navy came in October 1945.
In 1945 John accepted a position at Northern Life Insurance Company where he held numerous positions. He retired in 1982 after 37 years with the company. Every year he played fast pitch softball for the Northern Life Team and usually served as team manager.
When on leave from the Navy in 1944, John met the love of his life, Connie, at the Magnolia Lutheran Church picnic at Magnolia Park. It was love at first sight for John, and it was the happiest day of his life when Connie accepted his marriage proposal on Valentine's Day, 1946. They were married on June 25, 1946 and shared over 67 years of love and devotion to one another.
John loved to fish, read, write, sing, tell jokes, and pull amazing pranks. He loved attending UW football games, Mariner Baseball games and closely followed all sports on TV. He loved attending his grandchildren's sporting, musical and school events, and was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. Having spent every summer as a child on Whidbey Island and loving it there, his children and grandchildren share his love of Whidbey Island and will always feel his presence there.
John was preceded in death by his sister, Vernice (Monsey) Wells Brown. He is survived by his loving wife, Connie (Suder) Monsey, his son, Larry Monsey (Debbi), and his daughter Teri Bahl (Al). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Molly Monsey Larson (Derek), Amy Monsey and fiance; Daniel Perry, Will Monsey (Ashley), Jeffrey Bahl (Allison), Ryan Bahl and his partner Matt Donohoe and Stacey Bahl. John also leaves behind his sister, Vivian Sauerbrey (Al) and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws.
At John's request, no formal services will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in John's memory to The
John's loving presence will always remain in our hearts
and we will miss him every day.
Published in The Seattle Times from May 11 to May 12, 2014