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Elsie Ilene (Johnson) Guddal

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Elsie Ilene (Johnson) GUDDAL Elsie passed away on March 26, 2011 at the age of 74. She was born in Olympia, Washington on April 5, 1936, to Judith and Joseph Johnson. She is preceded in death by her husband, Gunnar Guddal, and her sister, Shirley Vikan. Elsie and her family first lived in Port Ludlow, and then moved to Ballard. She graduated from Ballard High School in 1954 and attended the University of Washington, where she received her Nursing degree in 1959. Elsie, who loved to dance, met her husband, Gunnar Guddal, at the Norselander in 1957. They married on May 23, 1959. She worked at Swedish Hospital and Northwest Hospital until the birth of their daughter, Kari. Elsie worked tirelessly alongside her husband as he developed the world's first immersion suit. Their contribution to the maritime safety industry has saved the lives of countless mariners. This led them to a life of international travel and the opportunity to meet many interesting people in the maritime field. Elsie not only supported her husband in his career, but also faithfully took care of him during his long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. She was also a loving anchor for her extended family through her generous spirit. Elsie was known for her great sense of humor, warm smile and lovable hugs. Her hobbies included crocheting, cooking, sharing a good meal with family, dancing, camping, beachcombing and traveling the world. She enjoyed being a mother to Kari, and grandmother to Sydney Record. Elsie is also survived by many nieces, nephews, siblings-in-law, great nieces, nephews and cousins. Also, leaving behind two of the Three Musketeers, Dorothy and Shirley. There's a hugfest happening up in Heaven now! The family would like to thank the caretakers at Better Living Retreat for their care and commitment to Elsie. Memorial Service to be held on Sunday, April 3rd at 2:00 pm and will be conducted at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church 2400 NW 85th St. Seattle, WA 98117. Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to the University of Washington, School of Nursing and/or the .
Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 30, 2011
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