Gwendolyn Zerie Kuhn
1931 - 2014
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Gwendolyn Zerie Kuhn

Gwen Kuhn, 82, passed away peacefully on October 27 of complications from a stroke. She was surrounded by her three children and held in the hearts of countless friends and extended family.

She is remembered as an independent spirit who loved an adventure, her church, and her beloved family and friends. She had softness in her presence that made you feel welcome, and a kindness about her that was contagious. And yet, Gwen was a fighter. She knew what she stood for and was a pillar of strength.

Gwen was born in Seattle on December 29th, 1931. She was raised in the Northwest and continued on to raise her family here. She attended Franklin High School and went on to work at the City of Seattle where she met Carl Kuhn in her early 20's and was married on May 29, 1954. Together they built their home on Mercer Island that Gwen resided in until her illness. In 1957, they welcomed their first of four children - Scott. Over the next 10 years, they welcomed Kris, Doug, and Karen.

Gwen filled her days with raising her four beautiful and energetic children. Gwen's strength and patience became clear to all during the time she remained home raising the four young kids while Carl was serving in Vietnam for a year.

She served her community well including the PTA, Mercer Island Women's Club, Mercer Island Republican Women, Precinct Committee member, and Mercer Island Presbyterian church (since 1959!) serving in the choir, as a Deacon and Stephen Minister, and in many other ways. She was a faithful neighbor for 58 years, an active lady, and a giving, loving and compassionate grandma and mom. Some of her favorite memories are from time spent together with family in Mexico and at the family home on Vashon.

In her retirement years, Gwen kept active with the above as well as Golf, Out to Lunch Bunch, attending her grandchildren's events and babysitting pleasures, Husky football games, the 5th Avenue and Village Theaters, and a bundle of friendships which she honored and dearly enjoyed. Gwen loved to travel with friends and in her 80's was known to kiss stingrays and ride the longest and tallest zip line in the world. What a gal! What a life!

Gwen is survived by her son Scott (Cathy) of Bellevue, WA, daughters Kris (Archie) of Bellevue, WA, Karen (Philipp) of Mercer Island, WA, and her daughter-in-law Dana of Selah, WA. She leaves behind her amazing 8 grandchildren - Rachael, Sophie, Dain, Peter, Caleb, Jack, Carl & Amelie. She was predeceased by her sister, Charlotte, her husband Carl, and her son Doug (she has a big rooting section for her in heaven!) Her niece, Cherie (Jim) and family are special to her as well.

A memorial service is planned for Sunday, November 9th at 1:00 p.m. at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 8605 84th Ave SE, Mercer Island. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to the MUSIC memorial fund at MIPC. Arrangements by Sunset Hills Memorial Park.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Nov. 2, 2014.
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November 19, 2014
Expressing my sympathy is difficult. Gwen had such an engaging personality that will truly be missed. My heartfelt thoughts are with at this time. Aileen Adams
November 7, 2014
I am very sorry about the sudden loss of this wonderful, even inspirational, woman. I lived on Mercer Island 1998-2004. I got to know Gwen through the Mercer Island Republican Women's Club. I was truly impressed with her spirit, wisdom, compassion, and patriotism. (She would have loved the latest election results). The pictures of your mother are magnificent. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. These photos depict the very essence of Gwen. She truly was someone whom I admired. Janice Brotherton (Wilmington, NC)
November 6, 2014
Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the passing of a wonderful and so smart lady. Gwen was very helpful when I was president of the M.I. Republican Women's Club; through that we became quite close. With her dry humor she was quick and right on with her remarks. In my eyes, she never aged. Too bad for us left behind; we'll miss her for sure!
Petra Walker
November 5, 2014
Gwen was such a Gentle, Kind, Lovely Lady. I enjoyed getting to know Gwen on the Golf Course with the Mercer Island Women's Club.
My heartfelt sympathies go out to Gwen's Family.
Paula Ready
November 5, 2014
Always loved to visit with Gwen. As a teenager I was so impressed with her graciousness and thought her to be someone to admire. I extend my deepest sympathy to her family and my dear friend Cheri.

Valerie & Richard Schmidt
November 4, 2014
We are sadden with the news of Gwen's death. We just with her talking of when we were "the young married" at MIPC in the 60's. Our regards to the sons, daughters and grandkids.
Ellie and Dave Brasher
November 3, 2014
I am so sorry to hear that Gwen has passed. She was a lovely lady.
Judy Weisman
November 3, 2014
Heartfelt condolence and much empathy to the family of Gwendolyn Kuhn.
Annette Griff and Loren Lewis
Annette Griff
November 2, 2014
Gwen was a great lady, and always appeared interested in so many things in the m.i. womens club. I have known
Gwen for many many years. A real loss. Sharon Setzler
sharon setzler
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