Laura Andrea Lenss
1977 - 2016
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Laura Andrea Lenss

Laura Andrea Lenss, age 38, passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2016. She was born August 5, 1977, to Baiba and Andris Lenss. She received her BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley, and her Masters of Architecture from the University of Washington. She was an architect for SHKS Architects in Seattle, and became a Principle there in 2015. She was deeply committed to her profession and thoughtful on its effect on the community. She was appointed by the mayor to the Seattle Design Review Board. She treasured her friends from school, work, travel, and her son's PEPS playgroup and daycare. She had her father's engineer mind, her mother's beauty and heart, and her sister's passion for life and art. Always busy, she had been working on a book on Seattle architecture, as well as an animated film. She drew, painted, built furniture, designed buildings and parks, gardened, danced, wrote, made films, music, was a gifted cook and baker, traveler, had a cunning wit and the deepest loyalty to her family and friends. Above all else, she was the adoring and graceful mother to her sons, and the best friend and wife her husband always dreamed of.

She is survived by her beloved husband of seven years, Matt Orefice; her sunny, funny and smart sons, Henry and Walter; her sister Kristina and brother-in-law Gary; her brother-in-law Andrew and his wife Vanessa; her brother-in-law John and his wife Kathleen; her parents Baiba and Andris; and many dear friends. Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Laura's children's' education fund:

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Published in The Seattle Times from Jun. 23 to Jun. 24, 2016.
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June 28, 2016
Laura was a very special person who accomplished so much. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and children. Thinking about all of the good memories of her life will help through this time of grief and sadness.
Mike Brock
June 27, 2016
We love you Laura. We will always be here for your family. You will be so sorely missed.
Abermanis Family
June 27, 2016
Jennifer Abermanis
June 26, 2016
Laura was such a wonderful girl and so brilliant. I remember going to her graduation in architecture from UC Berkeley and being totally awestruck by her accomplishments. Such a tremendous loss on so many levels.
Barbara Brock
June 24, 2016
I remember Laura very fondly as a student in my French class at Westmont High Schoo. She was a wonderful young woman.

Anne Jensen, French teacher
Anne Jensen
June 24, 2016
You had a heart of gold.
Katie Courtney
June 24, 2016
Laura, Henry, Walter
Matt Orefice
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