Jean Hemrich Dahl|
August 29, 1920 ~ January 1, 2014
Jean Hemrich Dahl was a Seattle native. She passed away peacefully on January 1st with her family at her side. Her family members were pioneers in the Seattle area. Her paternal grandfather, Andrew Hemrich, established and became president of the "Seattle Brewing and Malting Company". Her maternal grandfather, John Mueller, was Georgetown's first and only mayor (1904-1910). Georgetown was annexed to the city of Seattle in 1910. Her father, Ernst Hemrich, an attorney by education, founded and became president of the Washington Chocolate Company in 1920. Her mother was Minnie Mueller Hemrich.
Jean attended John Muir Elementary and Franklin High Schools. She attended the University of Washington for five years to obtain her teaching certificate. She taught French, Spanish and German at Wenatchee High School. Upon returning to Seattle, she gave private German lessons and then became Secretary of the Dept of Germanics at the University of Washington. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Sigma Iota (romance language honorary), Delta Phi Alpha (German honorary) and Phi Lambda Theta (Education honorary). She received a medal as outstanding student of French. She was honored this fall as a 75 year member in Delta Delta Delta Sorority and was very proud of the fact.
She married Charles Loren Dahl and they lived in Vancouver, WA for the first two years of their married life. They returned to Seattle and made their home on Magnolia with their two children, Darlene and Lorie. She was very involved in her children's lives and her community. She held many volunteer jobs at Magnolia Elementary School which culminated in her being PTA president. She then moved on to volunteer positions at Blaine Junior High and Queen Anne High Schools. As both children attended the University of Washington, Jean then became involved in UW activities. She ultimately was President of the Delta Delta Delta Mother's Club and the Phi Delta Theta Mother's Club and was involved in the Inter-Fraternity Mother's Club and the Inter-Sorority Mother's Club.
She was an avid UW Husky supporter and enjoyed going to 50 + years of football games and attended many a basketball game. She was active in the University of Washington Alumnae Association where, after being on several committees, she became President. She was also involved in the UW Alumni Association. A Lifetime member, she served as a participant with the Board of Trustees.
She was a member of the Pioneer Association of the State of Washington, a member of the Daughter's of the American Pioneers, and a member of the Washington Athletic Club. She attended Magnolia Congregational Church. She enjoyed her membership at the Women's University Club of Seattle. She enjoyed living at Horizon House.
In her spare time, she enjoyed her aerobics and was an avid reader, often reading a book a day. She looked forward to each and every holiday or birthday event and being with her growing family. She is survived by her daughter, Darlene Dahl Jones (John), her son, Charles Loren Dahl, Jr. (Linda); grandchildren, Tamara Jones, Cary (Charles L Dahl, III) (Jody), Travis Dahl (Katie) and MacKenzie Dahl; great-grandchildren, Charley (Charles L Dahl, IV), and Cody Dahl.
She was predeceased by her husband, Charles L Dahl, I and her grandson, Gregory Owen Jones.
A celebration of her life will be held at the Women's University Club on February 7, 2014 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Children's Hospital or the Women's University Club Foundation.
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 5, 2014