Laura Jean Wappl, a resident of Colville, passed away on March 28, 2012 in Colville at the age of 67. Laura Jean was born on Nov. 20, 1944 in West Seattle, the daughter of Louis and Laura Louise (Knowles) Wappl.
Laura Jean (Puddin) began her education in Arbor Heights and later attended the â€śPacificâ€ť school for her Junior and Senior High School education. While in school, she participated in the Special Olympics as a swimmer and bowler. Through Special Olympics, Laura Jean was given the opportunity to travel to many events, including a trip to Louisiana.
She began work at the Belshaw Brotherâ€™s doughnut machine manufacturing company in Seattle and felt privileged to work for them over 20 years. While in Seattle, Laura Jean became quite the bus route and schedule expert, often offering her knowledge to visitors and guests in the area.
Years later, she had the opportunity to move to Colville, where she resided with her sister, Nancy. While in Colville, Laura Jean was diagnosed with brain tumors and began a long battle with her health. After numerous surgeries and radiation therÂ¬apy, she required greater care and was welcomed into Pinewood Terrace Nursing Home. Throughout her struggles with her failÂ¬ing health, she always enjoyed the companionship of her family and close friends who shared her journey.
Laura Jean enjoyed talking with people. She remembered when working at Belshaw Brotherâ€™s she loved conversation so much she would sometimes be asked to refocus. She was a gifted crafter and enjoyed embroidering. Jigsaw puzzles and games with friends were welcome activities. The kindness she gave to others was well reciprocated and visibly evident by her many friends. Laura Jean had a wonderfully distinctive and infectious laugh that complimented her sense of humor.
Laura Jean was preceded in death by her parents and by one brother, Louis Wappl.
She is survived by her sisters, Nancy Cassel and husband, Ray, Colville; Gloria Wappl, Colville; nieces, Vicki Ryan and her husband, Jason, Colville; Dani Arnold and her husband Shawn, Colville; Tina St. Clair and her husband Mark, Seattle; nephew, Jeremy Cassel and his wife Erin, Spokane; a dear friend, Nancy Jenson, and a host of extended family and friends.
A family gathering will be held in memory of Ms. Laura Jean Wappl.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Special OlymÂ¬pics.
Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.