Josephine Guertin


Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Former Juneau resident Josephine Zook Guertin died June 25, 2007. She was 92.

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Born in 1915 to Louise Keeling and Joseph Dudley Zook in St. Paul, Minn., she lived a long, adventurous and happy life included stops in St. Paul to Chicago, India, Alaska, Seattle, Fallbrook, Calif., and finally back to the Seattle area.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Guertin, in 2002.

She is survived by her brother, Joseph Dudley Zook of Sun City, Ariz.; children, Barbara Nielsen and her husband, Bill, and Gerry Guertin and his wife, Barbara; granddaughter, Christy Cormier and her husband, James; great-grandson Connor Cormier, the latest family member who made her "twinkle" right up to the afternoon before she passed away, family members said; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends.

She met her husband during World War II in India, where she served with the Red Cross and he in the U.S. Army. They went to Alaska on their honeymoon and didn't leave for 20 years.

Her daughter and son-in-law have many fond memories and friends from their formative years in Juneau. In 1967, they moved to Seattle and in 1972 moved to California. They retired to Fallbrook, where Rancho Monserate was their home for nearly 30 years. She moved to Bothell in 2006 to be closer to her family.

According to her family, she loved her little apartment at Foundation House, where she very quickly made many new, and dear, friends.

A recent announcement of her passing said, "When she laughed it sounded like it came from her toes!"

Always looking on the bright side and bringing a special smile and positive outlook to all she met, her favorite coffee table book was 'Old Age Ain't No Place For Sissies!'" her daughter said.

Friends and family have enjoyed reliving memories and hearing great stories about a life that rarely had a dull moment.

At her request, there will be no services. Contributions in her memory can be made to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 3097, Seattle, WA, 98114-3097.

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