Olga Corinne Moen, 94, of Anacortes, passed away on Sunday, May 25, 2014, at the San Juan Care Facility surrounded by her loving family and friends.
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She and her twin sister, Orna (Heller), were born on July 9, 1919, in Anacortes, to Olaf and Constance Rockstad. Olga was raised in Anacortes and graduated from Anacortes High School. Her parents had passed away by the time she and Orna were 16. They were then raised by their older sister Marie. Growing up during the Great Depression years was hard and made an impression on Olga that lasted throughout her life. Frugality and the simple things in life were important to her. She was an usher, as a teen, at the Empire Theater for a period of time to earn money to go to dances throughout Skagit County.
Olga met future husband Sigler 'Sig' Moen in high school. She loved his kind ways, big blue eyes and that he was Norwegian. Sig asked Olga to marry him on Cap Sante. They were married in the Anacortes Lutheran Church on January 10, 1941.
Olga always shared stories of times spent with Sig's mother and her sister-in-law, Merna Keller as she waited for Sig to come home from the Merchant Marines during WWII. They had one daughter, Connie. The years passed with Olga as a homemaker, raising Connie and enjoying fun Saturday nights out dancing with Sig, Orna and her husband, Si Heller and older sister, Marie and her husband, Ted Bushaw.
Olga and Sig built the family home near the end of 10th Street which at that time was called 'Lover's Lane'. Here they shared over 60 years of marriage. Olga also loved to bake frosted cinnamon rolls and Norsk cookies.
After raising Connie, Olga went to work at the Whitney Fidalgo Cannery. Olga was known for her witty sense of humor and joy of life. She was a talented artist that enjoyed drawing comedic sketches of her friends and family. Her friends and family would receive an 'Olga original' hand drawn card and maybe a fresh loaf of homemade bread for their birthday.
Olga and Sig both shared a love of the sea, where Sig would fish and Olga would prepare the many salmon that he had caught. They owned numerous boats together, including the Sad Sack, Uff-Da and Squarehead.
After Sig passed away in 2002, Olga continued to reside in the family home. She loved making cookies and pie for visitors and spending time with Connie, her husband Tim, and grandchildren Julie and Jeff. She loved to show us how to properly eat an ice cream cone after family dinners. Olga has always made it known that she was very proud of her family's accomplishments. She was as proud of them as they were of her.
Olga will be terribly missed by all who knew her. She had become a favorite at the San Juan Care Facility, where she resided the last two years of her life. She enjoyed the kindness of all, but maintained her sassy attitude towards life until her final days. She always insisted on having chocolates available in a basket for all to enjoy and looked forward to the facilities bingo games.
Olga was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Marie and Orna, infant brother, Oswald and her loving husband, Sig.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Tim and Connie Walters of Anacortes, as well as her grandchildren Julie Walters (Scott Betts, Maggie and Derek) Anacortes and Jeff Walters (Jessie) Louisville, CO. Olga is also survived by her loving sister-in-law, Merna (Moen) Keller.
A graveside service will be held at Grandview Cemetery in Anacortes at 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 7, 2014. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 pm at the Anacortes Lutheran Church, with Pastor Jay Decker officiating.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Anacortes. To share memories of Olga, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
Evans Funeral Chapel - Anacortes
1105 32nd Street
Anacortes, WA 98221
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on June 1, 2014