Helen Schmieden

Helen Schmieden

Oct 9, 1918 ~ Sept 8, 2012

Born in Metaline Falls, Washington to August and Lura Appel, Helen moved to Seattle to attend the University Of Washington where she studied Drama and met her future husband, Eugene. They were married August 16, 1942.

During WWII Helen worked at Sand Point Naval Air Station.

Helen and Gene moved to their first home in Shorewood in 1945 where their daughters, Janet and Nancy were born. The family built their second home in Shorewood on the beach in 1955. Helen was an active PTA parent, helping start the Shorewood kindergarten and serving as a Girl Scout leader.

In 1964 the family moved to New Orleans where Helen worked at Charity Hospital. When Helen and Gene returned to Seattle in 1966, Helen began her twenty year career as a travel agent. This led to years of travel for Helen and Gene to many corners of the world.

Wanting to be on the water, the Schmiedens owned an apartment building on Lake Washington at Leschi for twenty years. Helen then began her volunteer work at SAM which continued for many years.

In 1987 Helen and Gene moved to Seaview Terrace in West Seattle where they were both fixtures around the pool every summer. In their retirement, Helen booked a trip to Hawaii every year where they enjoyed getting away from rainy winters.

As a couple they made scores of friends, as attested to Helen's annual task of typing Christmas greetings to hundreds of people.

When Helen's health declined, they moved to Aljoya on Mercer Island. Eugene cared for Helen until his death in April, 2012.

Helen is survived by her daughters Janet Lewis and Nancy Burke, her grandson TJ Burke (Deb), granddaughter, Erin McDonald (Keith), step-grandson Deps Mafou (Shevon) and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 7, 2:00 p.m. at Fauntleroy Community Church,

9140 California Ave SW., Seattle. Remembrances may be made to KUOW or KCTS Channel 9.

Funeral Home

Forest Lawn Funeral Home
6701 30th Ave SW Seattle, WA 98126
(206) 932-0050

Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 16, 2012