Carolyn Danz

Carolyn DANZ Carolyn Danz, born in Seattle on July 30, 1918 died on March 27, 2012 The second daughter of Helen Berkman and Stanley Blumenthal, she was one of five children: Stanley Blumenthal, Jr., Marion Blumenthal Rosen, Herman Blumenthal, and Priscilla Blumenthal Drebin. Raised on Capitol Hill, across from Volunteer Park, all attended Stevens School and Broadway High School from which Carolyn graduated in 1935. The family home, at 1020 15th N, was described by Carolyn as "always full of company and friends...It was THE place to go". Every summer the family packed up and went to their summer home at Three Tree Point. It, too, became a gathering spot. Carolyn went to the University of Washington and graduated in 1939 with a degree in home economics. By then she was engaged to Jerry Taylor and they were married in 1940. Two sons, Jim and Ken followed. Jerry was diagnosed with MS early in their marriage and Carolyn supported her family with a dressmaking business in the Shaffer Building in downtown Seattle. A skilled seamstress, she and her assistant, Maude, made beautiful clothing. Carolyn remained an avid sewer long after her business closed. She also knitted, crocheted, and was an award winning cross stitcher. Every birth in her large extended family was celebrated by a homemade baby blanket; every wedding or landmark anniversary by a hand-stitched sampler. In 1959, Jerry Taylor died and Carolyn married Bill Danz. This year, 2012, marks the 53rd year of the union of two people who adored each other, took care of each other, and were, truly, made for each other. They traveled the world together, played bridge and golf together at Glendale Country Club, and truly lived for each other. Happily, their marriage brought three stepdaughters, Barbara Danz Daniels, Carolee Danz, and Penny Danz Coe. Carolyn was a Madison Park fixture until her recent move to the Summit on First Hill. She raised her boys there, was well known at the Red Apple, the hardware store, and all the restaurants. She and Bill opened their lovely home on Lake Washington to one and all. The highlight of the year was always their annual summer family picnic. For over 45 years at this anticipated event, generations of her and Bill's family and friends who were considered family gathered to play croquet, join in the egg toss and just enjoy each other's company. Croquet was yet another long standing interest of Carolyn's. She helped to found the Northwest Croquet Association and throughout the US she played in tournaments with other experts. Her many trophies testified to her skill in the game. Then there was opera, a passion inherited from her mother. She was the backbone for many years of the Lakeside Opera Guild, planning and hosting events, recruiting new members, and just enjoying the music. In addition, she has been on the board of the Kline Galland Home since 1963. In 2009 she became a lifetime board member. For over 40 years she went there once a week to volunteer. Each summer she made dozens of cakes and put on a great summer afternoon party for the residents at her home. Her interests were many and she used her tenacious energy to assure every organization of which she was part thrived. A lifelong passion for baseball (and her boys) is best reflected when, in 1952, she won third place in a national Sports Illustrated contest where readers were asked to describe their biggest sports thrill. Carolyn's? Watching her 10 year old son Jimmie throw the winning pitches in a little league baseball game. Despite all her many interests and activities, the trait that most defined Carolyn was her love and unswerving devotion to her family and friends. The words she wrote in tribute to her mother, Helen Blumenthal, in a family history composed in 1982, stand without change as a tribute to Carolyn: "She was a true matriarch. Not that she ruled our family, but that she was the center of our lives-the hub of the wheel that held us all together in such a closely knit family...I once read that George Bernard Shaw said: 'I have only one wish-that when I die I will be all used up.' All who knew her think of her that way. She had done all she was physically capable of doing. She was 'all used up'. But we are still using her-when we talk to each other on the phone and keep in touch; when we listen to music; when we kiss a grandchild; when we read a book. All who knew Carolyn will continue to "use" her strength and love for the rest of their lives. It is impossible to imagine her gone because she really isn't. Her legacy lives in everyone who knew her. Carolyn is survived by her dear husband, William Danz; her sons and their wives, Jim and Donna Taylor of Manhattan Beach, CA, and Ken and Cindy Taylor of Danville, CA, and her stepdaughters and their husbands, Barbara and Ted Daniels, Carolee Danz, and Penny and Buzz Coe all of the Seattle area; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a great-great grandchild. Her beloved sister Priscilla Blumenthal Drebin and dear cousin Mina Lewis Fleischer represent the numerous members of her extended family (nieces, nephews, cousins) who will always honor the legacy of the adored matriarch of the family. The family expresses their heartfelt gratitude to Theo and Epi, extraordinary caregivers who help assure than Carolyn's final years were active and full. They are now part of the family, too. The family requests that donations be made in her honorto The Kline Galland Center;the organization where she volunteered for over forty years: The Kline Galland Center 1200 University Street Seattle, WA 98101 206-652-4444 Services will be held at: Butterworth Arthur Wright Chapel 520 West Raye Street, 98119 at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 30th.

Funeral Home

Butterworth FH (Capitol Hill)
520 W RAYE ST Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 282-5500

Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 28, 2012