Anne Solveig Brandvik Moisanen was born to Ellen Opsahl and Arne Brandvik on August 1, 1920, at the Brandvik farm in Gjemnes, Norway. Anne, her brother, Kory, and their mother remained with family in Norway while Anne’s father emigrated to the Grays Harbor area to find work. Anne was a very active little girl, climbing trees and running all over the farmland. Anne was eight years old when she, her brother and mother were able to move to Hoquiam to join her father. Anne attended grade school in Hoquiam, starting in the first grade, even though she had already attended school in Norway. She attended junior high and high school in Hoquiam, participating in orchestra and band. She also was in a Girl Scout troop, and was a Girl Scout leader to younger girls. Anne loved horses, and rode as often as possible with friends. Anne graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1940, and attended Grays Harbor College after high school. That is where she met her future husband, Eugene Maxim (Max) Moisanen. Anne and Max were married on January 22, 1942, before Max enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Anne worked at Acme Door Company and Lamb Grays Harbor during the war years.
Anne and Max bought their home and acreage just outside of Montesano when Max returned home from World War II. Their daughter, Ingrid, was born in 1946, and their son, Jan, in 1949. Anne was a stay-at-home mom, but remained very active in Girl Scouting, leading several troops over the years. She led groups of Girl Scouts and other friends of Ingrid’s into the Olympic Mountains for several summer back-packing trips. Anne also hosted Girl Scout Day Camp in what was called the Moisanen Woods. Anne was also a Cub Scout leader and encouraged Jan to work toward his God and Country Award and Eagle Scout.
Anne and Max were members of the Olympians for many years, and most of the family’s vacations were spent in the out-of-doors, camping and hiking. There were also family ski trips in the winter. Anne, Max and Jan took the Mountaineering course on mountain climbing and rock climbing. Anne was very proud of the fact that she had climbed all of the major peaks in Washington and Oregon! Anne and Max also traveled to Europe several times as Australia and New Zealand. They particularly enjoyed visiting family in Norway and Finland. Anne was a proud member of the Grays Harbor Sons of Norway.
Anne loved to garden, and her home was like a park.
Perhaps Anne’s proudest project was the renovation of the Enchanted Valley Chalet in Olympic National Park. People around the United Stated donated to and worked toward that renovation.
Anne worked as a teachers aide in the Montesano School District after her children left for college.
Max passed away in 1994, and Anne was fortunate to meet and fall in love with Jay Sterling several years later. They were together as “buddies” for 13 years. Anne and Jay hiked and traveled in Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska and Honduras.
Anne began showing signs of dementia, and then had a massive stroke in August 2008. She resided at Forest Ridge Health and Rehabilitation in Bremerton ever since. Anne passed away on Good Friday, March 29, 2013. She is now climbing the mountains in Heaven!
Anne is survived by her daughter, Ingrid and son-in-law, Philip; son, Jan and daughter-in-law, Dawn; three grandchildren, Mark, Dana, Danny and Max, as well as five great-grandchildren, Paige, Anna, Michael, Baylee and Anthony. Anne and Max also had a foster son, Lanny Wojack.
An outdoor memorial gathering will be held in the summer.
Remembrances in Anne’s name may be made to Grays Harbor College Foundation, 1620 Edward P. Smith Dr., Aberdeen, WA 98520; 7th Street Theatre Association, PO Box 777, Hoquiam, WA 98550; or Washington’s National Park Fund (Olympic National Park), PO Box 64626, University Place, WA 98464-0626.