Lucille Rosemary Sajec, age 88, passed away October 19, 2012, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, surrounded by her family. She was born August 3, 1924, in Duluth, Minnesota to Michael and Josephine (Richey) Walsh.
After finishing high school at Morgan Park High School in Duluth, she attended Superior, Wisconsin Vocational School and was certified in flat, vertical, and overhead arc welding. She was one of the first eight women hired at Schaffer Shipyard in Duluth during the war. She then moved with her brother, Richard, to Long Beach, California to be near her twin sister. While in California she worked as a certified Naval Welder at Consolidated Steel Shipyards and later moved back to Superior, Wisconsin where she worked at Butler Brothers Shipyard until the war ended. On October 27, 1945, she married Louis Sajec. They moved to Washington State in 1951, first living in Auburn and then Hoquiam.
She worked as a waitress for many years. She then attended Grays Harbor College full-time. After completing college, she did clerical work at Grays Harbor Paper in Hoquiam. She retired from Evans Products where she was a shop steward and active in the IWA Union, Local 3-2.
She enjoyed traveling back to Duluth and Superior. She especially enjoyed her time visiting and talking with her identical twin sister. They were truly two peas in a pod. She traveled to Nevada and Arizona as well as two trips to Europe, visiting seven countries. On the European trips with her husband, Louis, they attended the 39th and 40th anniversary ceremonies of the D-Day Invasion on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France.
She was a wonderful cook and loved preparing meals for her large family. She is known for her pumpkin rolls and potica. She was proud of her Irish heritage and on Saint Patrick’s Day she would make corn beef and cabbage for the entire family. We cannot forget that Bingo was her game.
She is survived by her children, Judy (Steve) Reames, Nancy Kellar, Michael (Paula) Sajec, Penny (Bob) Ford, Janice (Steve) Hagara, Michele (Ralph) Tosland, and Lisa (Brian) Dunn. She is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She spent her retirement caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They all looked forward to going to grandma and grandpa’s because anything they wanted they got.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis; parents; sister, Margaret Merrill; twin sister, Cecelia Cragin; and brothers, Robert, Richard, and Edward Walsh.
Memorial donations can be made to the Hoquiam Senior Center; 703 Simpson Avenue, Box A, Hoquiam, Washington, 98550.
There will be a celebration of her life from noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 28th at the Cosmopolis Lions Club. Friends and family are invited.
A private inurnment will be at a later date at Sunset Memorial Park in Hoquiam.
Arrangements are being made by Coleman Mortuary.
Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the on-line register at www.colemanmortuary.net.