Elizabeth "Liz" (Shimmick) Parda, age 96. Our loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away peacefully on February 9th in Seattle, WA. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Vatsek. She is survived by her son, Don; daughter, Nancy; along with 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Liz was born March 22, 1916 in Mountain Iron, Minnesota to John and Margaret Shimmick. She was one of 11 children. After college, she worked as a teacher in various settings, including a one-room schoolhouse. It was while teaching in rural northern MN that she met Vatsek Parda. Vatsek was deployed in the South Pacific during World War II, and during this time, Liz lived and worked in San Francisco. The two married on September 6, 1942 at Fort Ord, CA. After the war, they settled in Seattle, where they lived together in the same home with a bountiful garden for over 60 years. After Vatsek's death in 2009, their son, Don, moved into the home to care for Liz, allowing her to enjoy the rest of her years at home.
Liz was an avid gardener, and kept her basement "store" well-stocked with what she canned after the harvest. She was an expert knitter and cookie baker, and was known for her extensive Christmas cookie operation each year. Other hobbies included stamp collecting and crocheting hundreds of beautiful snowflakes to be used as Christmas tree decorations. She was active up until the end, even taking a road trip to Yellowstone and Colorado this past June.
Throughout her life, Liz was active at St. John Catholic Parish in Seattle. She was well-known and liked throughout the community, and will be greatly missed by those who had the honor of knowing her.
The funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 16th at 10:30AM at St. John the Evangelist Church in Seattle.
Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, 2013