Leontina "Lee" Brita Scrivanich
8/29/1929 ~ 1/31/2013
Leontina Scrivanich, age 83, passed away in her home on January 31, 2013. Lee was born August 29, 1929 in Enumclaw, Washington to Pete and Martha Peterson, both immigrants from Sweden. She graduated from Ballard High School and went on to earn a degree in Education at the University of Washington
. Soon after, Lee met and fell in love with her lifetime soul mate, Patrick Scrivanich. The two married and lived for a year in Germany while Pat served in the United States Army. During that time, Lee courageously traveled on her own to Pat's remote home on the island of Susak in Croatia. When they returned Stateside, Pat and Lee began their careers and family in the Seattle area.
Lee worked tirelessly raising three kids and supporting Pat's business while teaching junior high Spanish and French. She is remembered by many for her voracious reading and home-made bread with jam. She was skilled at sewing, knitting, crocheting, and gardening and generously gave her works of art to those she loved. Lee had many interests including learning about and being involved with other cultures. Lee volunteered for civic organizations, the Seattle Arboretum, and for years drove cancer patients to appointments. Lee and Pat spent their 59 married years together traveling the world, gardening, dancing, hiking, swimming, and spending time with family and friends.
Lee is preceded in death by her husband Patrick, her parents, and five siblings. She is survived by her sister Mary Banyi, her children Claudia (and Steve) Hirschey, Larry (and Jane) Scrivanch, Diane (and Chris) Michel and her six grandchildren; Olivia and David Hirschey, Amy and Sam Scrivanich, and Alyssa and Riley Michel and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Leontina's name may be made to the Arboretum Foundation or the
. A celebration of life will take place at the Graham Visitor's Center in the University of Washington Arboreturm on Friday, March 1st at noon.