Roberta "Birdie" D. Dargitz|
Roberta "Birdie" D. Dargitz, 79 of Redmond, WA passed away with quiet grace on Monday August 11, 2014 at the Gene and Irene Wockner Hospice Center in Kirkland, WA.
Birdie was born in Osakis Minnesota on October 10, 1935. She lived in Osakis with her parents Dee B. and Lucille Way, older sister Avalon, and younger brother Richard "Dick" until the family moved to Washington in June 1942. They settled in Mount Vernon, WA where they lived for several years. They moved to Preston, WA for a year and then to Issaquah, WA. Birdie spent her Junior and Senior school years at Issaquah High School graduating in 1953.
It was while living in Issaquah that she met Gearold "Jerry" L. Dargitz whom she married on September 3, 1954. Jerry was in the Army and after their marriage, he was stationed overseas; during that time Birdie stayed with her in-laws for a short time then moved back home with her parents and brother in Marysville, WA. While living in Marysville, she began working for the West Coast Telephone Company in Everett, WA. She then changed employers and worked for Boeing. Eventually, Jerry's assignment changed and he was station in New York, Birdie and Jerry lived there for about 6 months. Upon their return, they lived in Seattle, then later on the NW side of Lake Sammamish. In 1961 they built their home in an area of Redmond, WA which later became the City of Sammamish. They lived in this home for 48 years before moving to Fairwinds - Redmond, a Retirement and Assisted Living Community.
Birdie had several hobbies that she enjoyed such as gardening, reading, listening to music, and keeping up with their daughter's school and community activities. In the mid-90s through early 2000s she participated in a quilting group, "Going to Pieces", where she learned many quilting techniques and met a lot of other wonderful women. While at Fairwinds, she became a member of the "Resident Committee" and attended several regular meetings pertaining to the welfare of the residents. She also joined the "Red Hat Society" and always looked so beautiful in her Red wide-brimmed hat accented with Purple! Birdie (and Jerry) met some great people and participated in a number of activities at the community. Birdie's friendship, humor, and style will be missed by many.
Birdie is survived by her Daughter, Tina Estes, (Jerry Scirica), Grandsons Jonathan Greathouse, and Christopher Greathouse, 2 great-grandchildren, Serenity and Noah and her brother Dick Way (Pat Hartley) and nieces & nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday September 6th at 1:00 P.M. at Sunset Hills Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 1215 145th Pl, SE, Bellevue, WA. Interment at Tahoma National Cemetery be held on Monday September 8th at 11:15 A.M.
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Published in The Seattle Times on Aug. 31, 2014