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Marian (Rau) Snapp

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Marian (Rau) SNAPP 1922-2005 Marian died peacefully at her home overlooking beautiful downtown Seattle and Puget Sound on October 17, 2005. Marian was born on January 10, 1922, to Bertha and Gottlieb Rau at Rau's Farm, Swift County, Minnesota. Marian was confirmed in the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church in 1936. Marian spent her youth in the farm lands of Minnesota, attending Ortonville High School until her graduation in 1939. She subsequently moved to Seattle and married Edward Johnson in 1945 and had two daughters, Claudia and Linda, on April 30, 1947. In 1962, Marian married Sieg Snapp and spent 32 wonderful years together until his death in 1994. Marian's working life began with graduating from Business College and taking a position in the claims' department of an insurance company. From here she worked for the Munsingwear Company and then to the Dayton Company in Minneapolis. At the onset of the Second World War, Marian worked for the U.S. Coast Guard office in Washington, D.C. Upon moving to Seattle, she gained employment with the Northern Commercial Company, an Alaskan Outfitting and Trading Company. Marian will be greatly remembered for her extraordinary charitable activities and everything she did for her friends and family over so many years. She was "always there" and was someone that people turned to for strength and wisdom over her entire adult life. While always the strong and reliable person others could turn to, she is remembered as a person with a twinkle in her eye who was ready to have fun on a moment's notice. She was along-time member of Seattle Milk Fund, second oldest charity in Seattle. She served many years on the Executive Board in various capacities while being a member of the Norene Boyd Circle. Her enthusiasm and dedication to Seattle Milk Fund were boundless. She was especially proud of her selection as the first recipient in 1990 of the Fruit and Flower award. Marian is survived by her two children Claudia Brooke of Bellevue, Washington, Linda Eckhart, of Kirkland, Washington, a niece, Pam Onstad, of Seattle, Washington, four loving grandchildren, Kirsten, Peter, Tyler, and Travis, and two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Quin. At Marian's request, remembrances in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Seattle Milk Fund Education and Childcare programs. Private Services will be held at Bleitz Funeral Home in Seattle. A Celebration of Marian's life will occur at Marians' home Friday, October 21, from noon to 2 p.m.
Published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 19, 2005
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