Agnes H. Stangland

Agnes H. Stangland, 99, a resident of Central Park for over 60 years, died at a Renton, Washington, care home on Monday, August 19, 2013. She was born in Coalhurst, Alberta, Canada on November 12, 1913, the daughter of Dingeman and Johanna (VanGeldren) Tack. The family came to Matlock in 1918 and Agnes graduated from Mary M. Knight High School in 1931.

The Great Depression was at its height in 1931 and Agnes came to Aberdeen and Hoquiam, finding work as a waitress. She soon went to the logging camp at Brooklyn working in the cookhouse. It was there that Agnes met her lifelong friend, Leona Nygren.

She was married in Montesano to James M. Stangland in 1939. They operated the Texaco gas station in Central Park across from the Paul Bunyon Drive-in Theater for ten years in the 1950’s. It was there that they built their home and shifted their business into the Stangland Equipment Co., a construction and sanitary pumping company. Agnes operated the office for 40 years until she retired in 2000 at the age of 87. Her husband, James, died in 1993 and she had continued to operate the office for their sons, Dan and Ralph.

Agnes was an excellent cook and enjoyed sewing and quilting, but always put the kids first.

Agnes is survived by two sons, Ralph and Dan, both of Central Park; a daughter, Judy and her husband, William Bryant of Renton, Wash.; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Johanna Aardal and Mary Kent; and a brother, John Tack.

The family wishes to send a special thank you to Bethesda Adult Family Home in Renton for their wonderful care and compassion in caring for their mother.

Private family services were held this last week. Burial took place in Fern Hill Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials may be made to the Central Park Volunteer Fire Department, 6317 Olympic Hwy., Aberdeen, WA 98520

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Arrangements are entrusted to Fern Hill Funeral Home, Aberdeen.