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David Josephson

David passed away February 18, 2013. He was born June 20, 1930 in Pristina, Yugoslavia, the third of six children in a Sephardic Jewish family. David's original language was Ladino.

During World War II, David and his family were interned in Bergen-Belsen, where he lost his family. He returned to Yugoslavia and was cared for by his uncle. He attended technical school for mechanical engineering and served in the Yugoslav air force for two years. In 1960 David obtained a visa to visit Sweden and asked for political asylum there. He worked for Tetra-Pak in Lund, and met his future wife Betty in a "Swedish for Foreigners" class. They were married in Malmo, Sweden, in 1961 and returned together to Seattle.

David worked for a number of companies during his career as a mechanical designer, his favorite being Washington Iron Works which made equipment for the lumber industry. During his life David enjoyed sailing, skiing, and traveling to Mexico and Las Vegas. He was a member of the Washington State Holocaust Society, and on their behalf was proud to provide and place a wreath at the 75th Memorial Day remembrance ceremony at Washelli.

David is survived by his wife, Betty, and two sons Paul (Missy) and Richard (Helen), and three grandchildren: Margaret, Ted, and Kate. A graveside service was held at Evergreen Washelli Cemetery. Please make memorials to the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, 2031 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121.
Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 3, 2013
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