Shirley Mae Stipek

  • Written by Karin Hopper

Obit StipekShirley Mae Stipek, 86, of Bothell, died peacefully on Thursday, January 9, 2014, with her family at her side.

She was born March 15, 1927, in Rochester, Minn., the youngest of four children. She was the daughter of the late Peter Joseph and Christina Lucretia (Peterson) Olson.

After graduation from Rochester High School, she went on to become an airline attendant for Northwest, Eastern and Pan Am airlines. Shortly after moving to Seattle she was introduced to her future husband, Carol Stipek, by close friend Fr. William Treacy.

He married them on May 16, 1953, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Seattle. They moved to Bothell in 1956 and raised their large family on the five-acre farm north of Bothell, which later became Stipek Park.

In 1969 she went back to work as a travel agent. She spent over 20 years touring the world.

Shirley also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and her nightly glass of wine but she mostly loved being with her large family.

She was a member of St. Brendan Catholic Church for 58 years.

She is survived by her husband, Carol Stipek, of 60 years, and her children; David Stipek (Toy), Mike Stipek (Cheryl), Tracy Stipek (Betty), Carole Tucker, Mark Stipek (Marcia), Betsy Black (Bob) and daughter-in-law, Pat Stipek; 21 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; two nieces, Nancy Berg and Marilyn Musolf.

Shirley was preceded in death by her son, Tim Stipek, a brother, Raymond Olson and two sisters, Grace Jensen and Hazel Bennett.

Services will be on January 25, 11:00 a.m., St. Brendan Catholic Church, Bothell.

There will be a private family inurnment following the memorial service at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery. In remembrance of Shirley, those who wish may make contributions to your favorite animal charity.

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