Enumclaw resident Elsie Meta Hegland, 93, died March 24, 2018, in Federal Way.
She was born June 29, 1924, the eighth of 11 children born to the late William and Augusta Hangsleben in Shiloh, Illinois. She grew up in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where she met Olaf P. Hegland. She followed Olaf and his sister to Seattle where they married on March 20, 1943. While in Seattle, she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” for the Boeing Company during World War II. She worked for many years as a waitress at Nifty’s on Harbor Island and retired from Container Corporation of America after 22 ½ years. She was known for her many family meals and passing along recipes to her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening and volunteering and was involved with the Kent Eagles, the White Center Food Bank and Grandmothers Club. She attended the Enumclaw Senior Center and she and her husband were longtime members of St. James Lutheran in White Center until they moved to Enumclaw in the 1990s and joined Trinity Lutheran Church. She enjoyed spending time with family, doing crafts, sewing and spending time in her garden.
She is survived by children Carolyn Seelbach (Raymond/Pat), William (Vicki, deceased), Diane Hegland and Anita Johnson (David, deceased); brother Alfred (Vivian) Hangsleben of Warroad, Minnesota; sisters-in-law Barbra Hangsleben and Bernice Hangsleben, both of East Grand Forks, Minnesota; 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Olaf; children Diane and Rick; eight brothers and a sister.
Services took place Friday, April 6, at Trinity Lutheran Church, followed by burial at Enumclaw Evergreen Memorial Park.
All may sign her online guestbook at www.weeksfuneralhomes.com.