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ANNA SOPHIE ALWINE

Known to her loving family as Mom, Grandma and Great-Grandma - and Ann to her friends - she died peacefully at her son's home in Chewelah, Washington, on December 30, 2007.

She was 89 years old.

Born at home on November 16, 1918, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Czechoslovakian immigrants, Charles and Anna (Novak) Calta, Anna was one of 11 children.

Starting out in a Czechoslovakian school, she was happy to later graduate from South High School in Omaha.

Anna married Loyal George (Tom) Alwine on May 12, 1940, in Omaha. They moved to Seattle, where Tom started his career with the Standard Oil Co. of California, as Anna began to raise the first of their four children.

With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Tom enlisted in the Army and took Anna and 1-year-old Barbara to Omaha and the safety and comfort of her family.

By the end of the war, their second child, Dennis, was born. Together, they returned to Seattle, where they had their third child, Sandy.

Tom resumed his career with Standard Oil, which took them from Seattle to Mount Vernon, Washington, and then to Centralia, where their fourth child, Debra, was born.

While in Centralia raising their children, Anna became very involved in the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the local PTA and teaching Sunday School at the Presbyterian Church.

In 1958, they moved to Port Angeles where they eventually purchased the Standard Oil Distributorship, after Tom retired from Standard Oil.

During Anna's 45 years in Port Angeles, her favorite Saturday night entertainment was square dancing with the Circle O Dance Club, where she and Tom were founding members.

She was a league bowler for more than 40 years and a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Two hobbies both she and Tom enjoyed were flying in their private plane and traveling in their motor home.

Along with these activities, she was also dedicated to raising funds for the YMCA through the Y-Circle group and for the Children's Orthopedic Hospital in the Women's Guild.

She also received an award for personally donating over 100 pints of blood to the blood bank.

After all her children were out of the nest, Anna did volunteer work for the reading program at Jefferson School; she loved having children in her life.

Anna was an avid crotchetier, making afghans for all her children and grandchildren . . . a bunch!

Her daily routine included reading the paper, front to back, doing the crossword puzzle and a morning and evening exercise routine.

During the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars, Anna wrote letters to the wounded soldiers in the Washington, D.C., hospitals; one seriously wounded young man sought her out to thank her for all the letters that helped get him through his recovery. 

Along with enthusiastically supporting her children's and grandchildren's sporting events, she became an avid TV sports fan of both the University of Washington Huskies and the Seattle Mariners, rarely missing a game.

Being away from her Czechoslovakian family, she carried on many traditions of her heritage.

Two favorites included making her famous "Kolache" (fruit filled pastry) and "Knedliky and Zelli" (pork roast, potato dumpling and sauerkraut), a tradition her family still enjoys on special occasions.

Two years after Tom passed away, in 1998, Anna suffered a major stroke.

After living at Park View Villa for three years, she moved in with her son, Dennis, and his family in Chewelah, Washington. There, Anna enjoyed the loving and dedicated care of his wife, Marian, and the entire family.

Anna is survived by her four children: Barbara Day of Olympia, Washington; Dennis Alwine and his wife, Marian, of Chewelah, Washington; Sandra Ruddell (and late husband, Mac) of Port Angeles; Debra Alwine of Port Angeles; and her sisters, Sophie Ann Dunn and Beatrice Sophie Clavin, both of Omaha, Nebraska.

Missing her very much are her grandchildren: Patrick Day and his wife, Gretchen, of Hong Kong; Cathie Day and husband, Paul Coppen, of Ellensburg, Washington; Christie Olson Day and husband, Ryan, of Mendocino, California; Howard Ruddell and wife, Amy, of Port Angeles; Tommy Ruddell and wife, Tammy, of Los Angeles, California; Kathleen (Ruddell) Rickle and husband, Tony, of Port Angeles; David Ruddell of Seattle, Washington; Anne (Alwine) Greiner and husband, John, of Port Angeles, Washington; Megan (Alwine) Jones of Spokane, Washington; and Joshua Alwine and wife, Shawna, Sarah Alwine, Matthew Alwine and Jonathan Alwine, all of Chewelah, Washington.

Missing her also are great-grandchildren: Jessica Day of Stanwood, Washington; Christopher Day, Madeline Day and Claire Day all of Hong Kong; Lianne Day of Ellensburg, Washington; Collin Olson Day and Susannah Olson Day, both of Mendocino, California; Margaret Ruddell, William Ruddell and Luke Ruddell, all of Port Angeles; Skylar Ruddell of Los Angeles, California; John Greiner and Michaella Elliott of Port Angeles; Pierce Jones of Spokane; and Summer Alwine of Chewelah, Washington.

At Anna's request, no service will be held.

A Celebration of Life will take place Jan. 12 at the Alwine residence at 3464-A Mountain View Road, Chewelah, Washington.

Anna would appreciate any remembrances friends may wish to make be sent to the Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 E. Eighth St., Port Angeles, WA 98362.

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