Mrs. Jennie Sophie Walvatne (Torget) died peacefully in her sleep on Monday, February 18, 2019 in Arlington, WA at the age of 89.
Jennie is survived by her four children: Mike and (Lorene) Walvatne of Edmonds, Christine and (Craig) Yateman of Snohomish, Diane and (Jim) Bostick of Arlington and Jeff and (Debbie) Walvatne of Twisp, WA. She is also survived by siblings Henry Torget of Lopez WA and her sister Betty Allen of Des Moines, WA. Jennie also leaves behind 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild.
She is preceded in death by her beloved and devoted husband; Edwin Walvatne, brother; Arthur Torget, sister; Sylvia Ferchen and parents; John and Borghild Torget of Ballard, WA.
Jennie was born on August 5, 1929 in Ballard Hospital, Seattle WA. She attended Ballard High school and met Edwin Lloyd Walvatne, the love of her life, while at the local ice-skating rink in the winter of 1946. They married a year later in 1947.
Jennie worked for a short time at Sears Roebuck Co. in Seattle. Ed and Jennie quickly began their family after getting married. She raised her family in the Edmonds area and was a wonderful wife and loving mother. Her family was everything to her. One of the ways Jennie showed her love of family was making herself available each time one of her children were expecting a new grandchild. She stayed with the new mother and helped out with the new baby and however she was needed.
Ed and Jennie moved to Lopez Island in 1974 to enjoy the quiet beauty and they quickly became favorites amongst the small Island community. Jennie was active in the local Grange and participated in community events including baking pies for Bingo, participating in the turkey shoot and 4th of July Parade. Jennie was also active in volunteering during local and national elections helping at the voting polls. Her Lopez friends were seen as extended family.
Living on Lopez Jennie fell in love with the hummingbirds and fed them diligently all year long. She had a great affinity for the little birds and everyone who knew her thought of her whenever they saw one. She loved to garden and grew string beans, raspberries and had the sweetest tomatoes in her island garden. Jennie spent summers entertaining friends and family that came to visit her and Ed. Whether sitting silently on the shores of agate beach searching for sea glass or the rare agate, puzzling on a rainy day or playing a hand or two of cards, she made it a priority to spend time with all of her visitors.
Jennie will be remembered as a kind gentle soul whose smile lit up a room, whose giggle was infectious and her hospitality unmatched. She always had a tin of icebox cookies and a hot cup of coffee to serve. The twinkle in her eyes will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday April 27 at 2 pm with an ice cream social to follow at Evans Funeral Home in Anacortes. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jennie's life.