Leona passed away peacefully on February 22, 2014 after a gallant and courageous 2-1/2 year battle against Multiple Myeloma. Leona "Lee" was born December 5, 1924 in Ruthton, Minnesota. After graduation from Ruthton High School, she left the family farm for California where she met, fell in love with and married our father, Robert "Bob" Van Antwerp. After Bob was discharged honorably from the Navy, Mom and Dad relocated to Seattle and made their home in the Genesee Hill area of West Seattle and later they built their home in the Admiral Way area. Lee worked at various law firms, and finally settled in at Ferguson & Burdell where she worked as their office manager for over 35 years until her retirement. Leona was a longtime member of the Genesee Hill Garden Club, did volunteering at the Nordic Heritage Museum, and at the local American Cancer Society Thrift Shop until her diagnosis in 2011. In addition she enjoyed volunteering at grandson Connor's elementary school and all other activities he was involved in. She loved meeting people, learning about them, and was such a good listener. Lee loved her family most of all and her ultimate joy was when we were altogether. Mom was predeceased by her parents, Dora and Otto Pahl, and her husband Bob. She is survived by her sons, Mark Van Antwerp of Seattle, Gary Van Antwerp (Mary Meg) of Spokane, daughter, Lynn Caragol (Dick) of Seattle, four adored and loved grandchildren, Brent Van Antwerp, Blair (Justine) Van Antwerp, Erin Van Antwerp and Connor Caragol, her brothers, Darrel Pahl (Brookings,SD), Norman Pahl (Tyler, MN), and her sister, Marilyn Rose (Fergus Falls, MN) and numerous nieces and nephews all who she loved immensely. A private graveside service will be held. A Celebration of Life will be held from 2-4:30 p.m. on Sat., June 7, at Holy Rosary School Hall at 4142 42nd Ave. S.W., Seattle.
We wish to thank her incredible doctor, Dr. Damian Green, her "angel" nurse Barbara Rodgers, and the staff at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, the terrific doctors and nurses at the University of Washington, 6NE who served her final days; her longtime neighbor and close friend, Mary Pearson Chong, & dear friend Betty Winter.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at www.themmrf.org/donate, or 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851.
Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 2, 2014