Amelia Hlede Passed away on Jan. 12, 2014 at Valley Medical Center in Renton, WA. She was preceded in death by her parents Anton and Emelija Hlede, three brothers, Anton Hlede, Jr., Doniel, and Aloise. She is survived by her two sisters, Antonia and Roseanna Hlede of Buckley, and numerous relatives in Europe. Amelia grew up in the Oceola area of Enumclaw until the family moved to a farm west of Buckley. Her father believed that all young kids should know how to work hard mentally and physically, and what better place to do that then on a dairy farm!! And so the "Hlede Dairy Farm" was started. All the kids did learn to work hard every day. School work was also rated very highly, but Amelia could study only in school or late at night. Amelia said, by the time she was sixteen, she became very interested in mathematics, painting and business. The family, along with some of her teachers' advice, decided she should go to college. By 1946 she graduated with a degree in Mathematics from the University of Washington, and was working on her master's degree when both her father and mother became ill. Amelia had to quit school and come home to help with our parents. Amelia soon had to get a job, and she went to work in the Structural Dynamics section at Boeing as an engineer in the Bomarc Missile and the B-1 Bomber. Her group had to work with the old clumsy computers at that time, some of which would take up a large room. It was one of Amelia's jobs to set up the programs which kept the missiles from blowing up due to the vibrations that built up at high speeds. Amelia set up one of the first totally automatic programs for the missiles. It was a "first" for this type of work, and it worked beautifully!! Amelia told me once that this small group of engineers did not realize back then that they were helping to start the computer age that so greatly changed the world since those days. Amelia was also a member and served as president of the "Women Engineers," which is now worldwide and helps young women get into Science and Engineering. Amelia once said she wished there was a group like this when she was a young science student. She was also one of the founders of the Northwest Computer Association, which also helped the Northwest and the USA jump into the head in the computer age. A visitation will be Thurs., Jan. 23, and Fri., Jan. 24, 2014, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Weeks' Funeral Home in Buckley. A funeral mass will be held Sat., Jan. 25, 2014, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, with burial at Buckley City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Aloysius Catholic Church, PO Box 2120, Buckley, WA 98321. Please sign the online guest book at www.weeksfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Jan. 22, 2014
Weeks' Funeral Home
451 Cemetery Rd Buckley, WA 98321