Elaine Golden Eigeman
1943 - 2019
Elaine Golden EIGEMAN

Elaine was born a twin with her brother, Larry, in Great Falls, Montana, April 23 in 1943 to Dorothy Eleanor (Dardis) and Robert Lawrence Eigeman. Elaine peacefully passed April 24, 2019 at home in Seattle due to complications of lobular breast cancer.

Elaine entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary (CHM) on September 8, 1961 for training as a sister. When she finished her novitiate, Elaine taught in Ottumwa and Bettendorf, Iowa and in Lewistown, Montana. In her own words: "I grew strong and self-assured these years." Elaine further developed her natural talents in the English language arts by attending University of Indiana graduate school where her writing skills flourished.

Elaine moved to Seattle in 1980, where she met Daniel Schalke her husband of 35 years. Elaine was known to say: "I moved to Seattle to find Daniel, my best hiking partner ever." Together, they hiked, biked, cooked elaborate Indian dinners and made the best Summer Transparent apple pies. Elaine and Daniel teamed over 30 years as real estate brokers specializing in floating homes with Elaine selling the "Sleepless In Seattle" houseboat.

Elaine's challenge began at the end of 1998 with the discovery of Elaine's breast cancer. Surgery, two years of chemotherapy and radiation treatment plus Daniel's specialized- K-Therapy (Kiss) lead to its long celebrated remission. Nevertheless, there was no slowing Elaine down from doing what she absolutely loved best in life: Stimulated by Karl Jung: "The sole purpose of life is to kindle light in others." Elaine became the long-time organizer and leader extraordinaire of TSNW's Midweek Hiking group. She loved hiking and conveyed that passion, with detailed memory of all of her favorite trails. Elaine was TSNW's volunteer of the year in 2016, and was awarded Team Survivor's Julie Gralow Award in 2017.

At the end of 2015 her metastasis was discovered during a somewhat routine surgical procedure. At that point, the race began to control this emergency. Everyday for 3 years and right up to the opening of Hospice Care by Dr. Ellis in mid March, Elaine and Daniel managed all that they could to put out this growing wildfire.

Elaine often said her most meaningful and rewarding work in her life was being the Board Chair of the national Lymphedema Advocacy Group working with 100s of spirited, loving, caring yet motivated women, men and children who truly needed her boundless guidance.

Senator Patty Murray :

"Elaine, you are amazing. Thank you so much for your dedication advocating for patients with Lymphedema. I so admire your passion and persistence."

Special gratitude is given to the Founder and Executive Director of the Lymphedema Advocacy Group, Heather Fergusson to whom Elaine was closely bonded at the heart. Advocates recognize how hard Elaine had been working for their benefit despite her own cancer and lymphedema issues. Tributes of admiration, gratitude and love to Elaine and Daniel over the last 8 years have enabled them to continue their work to pass the Lymphedema Treatment Act (LTA) in Washington D.C now at the doorstep of passage.

Special thanks to Hospice Care nurses Eiliene, Denise and Christy from Kline Galland who provided remarkable support to us in our home

Memorial for Elaine will be held at the Mountaineers Club on Sunday, July 14 from 1pm to 4pm.
7700 Sandpoint Wy NE. Seattle.

Additional family memorials are planned in Spokane, Great Falls, and Chicago. Details TBD. Contact Daniel regarding those events. Call 206-525-0181 or email: [email protected] Sign her Guest Book: www.Legacy.com

Elaine has requested that memorial contributions be made to the LTA campaign at

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Published by The Seattle Times on May 12, 2019.
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Elaine was a most cherished neighbor and "Gardening Buddy" whom I miss greatly. I have to say that when I go over the Hill to chat with Dan, her wonderful other half and see the brilliance of the Garden that she had such a hand in creating I feel as though she is still very much with us! Some of my best neighborhood memories were with Elain and the magnificent multi-colored garden!
Max-Jayde Romero
May 6, 2021
Elaine Golden! And she was GOLDEN to so many people. I am one of the puzzle pals- lucky me! What Elaine and I had most in common was our love of nature and hiking. We talked about wildlife and wild places and I loved the walks around her own handmade backyard nature trail. Elaine's "wild woods" I called it full of flowers, bees, birds and fruit. Elaine took many people on her hikes to ground them with nature and bring them joy, leaving cancer behind. She is with me often when I hike solo- and I love that feeling. She was a fighter and who wasn't inspired by her literal congressional efforts to insure compression sleeves for cancer survivors. Talk about a ripple- hers was a tidal wave. She loved Daniel, I love him too.
Dawn Garcia
July 12, 2019
Elaine named us her Puzzle Pals - Cathy Sommerfeld, Dawn Garcia and me. Long story short, during her treatment for breast cancer we brought over a zebra herd puzzle to work on with her. We ended up doing only the outside and left her to finish the hard part with her friend Barb! So I guess we were not really pals but Elaine found it funny so there you go - we were known as the Puzzle Pals from that day forward! Later on, Elaine held cooking classes for her Puzzle Pals where we were basically her sous chefs to create delicious Indian Food and on this day when the photo was taken by her beloved Daniel, we made a pear pie with pears from their garden. She was ever patient with the 3 of us who regularly went off on hilarious tangents having nothing to do with cooking. Personally, for me, Elaine regularly imparted words and stories of great wisdom and empowerment to help me through my own battles. She was always someone you could go to for a way to see the bright side of any difficulty you were going through. She was an incredibly optimistic person and will remain an inspiration to me. Love, Puzzle Pal Lynn
Lynn Williamson
July 7, 2019
Elaine was my sister in law. We had become great friends over the years because she had an enthusiasm for life like nobody else I knew. She eeked everything she could out of every, single day and was the epitome of someone who lived life to it's fullest. She left a great hole and will forever be greatly missed.
Nancy Konstantos
June 16, 2019
My heartfelt condolences to Daniel for the loss of his dear Elaine.
Mary Lou Calo
May 29, 2019
My sincerest condolences to Elaine's husband, and to Larry Eigeman, and to Elaine's dear friend, Dr. Karen Fahey, M. D. Elaine was so clearly a beautiful person who enjoyed a good life. Judy Raunig-Graham
May 29, 2019
Elaine was my unofficial mentor when I began my Real Estate career and she helped me sooooooooo much. (She taught me the lean-in before it was popular!) Elaine lived life doing the right thing and was tenacious in every way. I'd lost track of her post Elaine and Daniel's retirement but I see she was still advocating. What a remarkable life of giving and she'll be missed forever. What a cool and wonderful woman!
Terry Miller
May 20, 2019
Elaine leaves a legacy of inspiration for all who knew her.
Dennis Raymond
May 17, 2019
Elaine is always going to be in my heart and my memories. She was so helpful to me as an appraiser, me being new to the floating home market back in the 1990's. She continued to be a source of information and inspiration to me in all the years since. She was a beautiful ray of sunshine.
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My husband Gordon and I were first introduced to the floating home community through Daniel and Elaine. We very much appreciated Elaine's honesty, integrity, and willingness to work with us to find the perfect house. Elaine changed our lives, and we have been living on floating homes for the last 30 plus years. We will miss you, but thank you for being there for us at just the right moment in time.
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Cousin Elaine was an amazing influence my whole life, starting with her wonderful visits to Spokane while a nun and our famous Concentration games. She was so patient and kind, and she was such a good listener, always asking such great questions. We shared a love of gardening ... and time spent with she and Daniel at many family gatherings was always a blessing. She is missed beyond words, but her legacy continues in so many ways.
Maureen Goins
May 13, 2019
What a fine lady! A great hiking tail mate on my daughter, Sara's N. Cascade adventure 9 yrs. ago. "See you later": one more big hill to climb! Bob Bush
May 13, 2019
I became friends with Elaine and her husband Dan a few years ago after my back yard rockery was installed and I then had access to their yard at the top of the hill behind my house. Elaine LOVED working in the garden and developed one of the most beautiful green space gardens that I had ever seen. Infact Dan and Elaine's yard became a prime inspiration for my own new yard. After I completed my backyard project, Elaine generously gave me a gift certificate to the Swanson's Nursery nearby to purchase plants for my yard. Elaine and Dan even gifted me a beloved Purple Rhododendron (which I had always wanted) on the eve of her 76th birthday and the day before her passing. We, together completed so many joint garden projects as gardening is a passion for us both and I will always remember these experiences. One of my favorite memories is the last solar eclipse. I had the day off and Elaine and Dan invited me to their garden to watch the eclipse. Vendors at the lake were asking $15 for a single pair of eclipse glasses ... so Elaine, being a scientific-minded problem solver decided that we would make our own eclipse-viewing device! I brought Prosecco and in the hours that ensued, I am not sure we ever got to view the eclipse - but through the laughing and the conversation I had one of the most fun and memorable times in my life! Elaine did so much advocacy and so much work advancing her causes in the Legislatures and will be missed on that front by so many. I just wanted to touch on the other side of her as a master gardener and an awesome human being as a neighbor that I will truly miss! Looking over the hill and into the garden will not be the same without Elaine.
Max-Jayde Romero
May 13, 2019
Bob Bush
May 13, 2019
I'll miss you on the trails.
Diane Bowlin
May 12, 2019
Elaine was a force of life with a life force for everything and everyone she touched. She is missed and with me in so many memories, piths and gists, laughter and pie, pie, pie..
Connie Montgomery
May 12, 2019
I miss you my carpooling friend. You will always be remembered in my heart! Rest in peace knowing that others will carry on your passionate goal of passing the Lymphedema Treatment Act.
Sandy Schmith
May 12, 2019
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