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Mitzie V. Lins-Morstadt

1929 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Mitzie V. Lins-Morstadt Obituary
Mitzie V.


My Beloved Mother, Mitzie Victoria Lins-Morstadt (nee' Klein) was born June 14, 1929, to Charles G. Klein and Florence Victoria Orr Klein at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, joining her brother, Karl Jr., born a year earlier, as the children of the family. Their father was a master diamond cutter by trade; their mother was a classical musical diva.

Growing up in the Depression, the family moved many times after losing a magnificent home in Washington Park. After attending MacDonald, University Heights and Interlake Schools, Mom graduated from Lincoln High School in 1947. Her father passed away a couple of months later. Mom went to work for the Bell Telephone Company for three years.

After graduation, and upon the onset of the Korean War, she enlisted in the WAC of the US Army. She served for six years, in which time she met my father, Juan J. Lins-Morstadt, who, like her, was serving in the Army. Upon dad's graduation from Officers Candidate School, in 1956, they were married in September. I, John Charles, was born on July 3, 1957.

My parents separated shortly thereafter and Mom and I returned to the family home in the University District of Seattle, and she went to work for The Boeing Company, where she spent twelve years, leaving during the tough times of 1970. During the Sixties, our vacations included thrills as Yellowstone, Glacier and Mount Rainier National Parks, and multiple trips to both the Oregon Coast and Birch Bay.

After her time at Boeing, Moms' employment included stints with Orion Industries; K.A.P.A.; The Casey Family Program; Group Health; and The City of Seattle, from which she retired in 1994. Her favorite years may have been her time with the Fire Department, under Chief Claude Harris, and her time with the Seattle Municipal Court, where she met many dear friends, who mourn her passing today.

Away from the job, Mom was dedicated to her family beyond any measure. Family drives on weekends to awesome venues were a mainstay of our family's' unity. As a single Mom, she did all she could to provide the opportunities and experiences a young man needs to learn that typically his father might have been involved with. Being both tough and tender, she raised me to adulthood. As our family matriarch, she stood rock solid and served as a continuing example for me that was easy to follow.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Karl Jr; and her Grandson, Avery John Lins-Morstadt.

As Mom's only living blood

relative, it is up to me to share

the wonderful story of her life.

This includes her Memorial Service

which will be held, Friday, October 6th, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Lakeview Cemetery in Seattle. A viewing will precede the Memorial Service on Thursday, October 5th, 2017 at Bonney-Watson Funeral Home on Broadway in Seattle from 2-5 PM. Following the Memorial Service on Friday, a Potluck gathering will take place at her home at 5241 38th Ave. NE in Seattle.

In the tradition of her beloved Hollyberry friends, the Shrimp Creole will be in the house!

In honor of Mom, please send no flowers. Her favorite charities include The Union Gospel Mission, Children's Hospital, Northwest Harvest, The Humane Society and The . Donating to these causes would be a great way to remember Mitzie. Love to all of you who have been a part of her life.

John Charles Lins-Mortsadt (Mitzie's only child)
Published in The Seattle Times from Oct. 3 to Oct. 4, 2017
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