Gertrude Caroline Levanen
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August 6, 1913 ~ May 16, 2015

Gertrude Caroline Levanen passed away peacefully in living faith on May 16, 2015 at 101 years of age, in Battle Ground, WA. She was born Aug. 6, 1913, in Quincy, OR, to Anna and John Ek, both Finnish immigrants. The family moved to Mist, OR, where she attended Mist Elementary. She graduated from Vernonia High School and from Ellensburg College, where she received a teaching certificate.
In 1941, she married Lavey "Butch" Levanen and they were married for 60 years. He passed away in 2001.
Gertrude is survived by her daughter, Jane Alice Day; grandchildren, Caroline Johnson, Derek Long and Summer Long; a great-grandson, Jarold Bisconer; and sisters, Elizabeth Lindberg and Louise Homola.
She was preceded in death by six siblings: Rachael Kaarto, Ellen Paso, Anne Hendrickson, Leonard Ek, Ruth Charlson and Walter Ek.
Gertrude and Butch lived for many years in Brush Prairie. They loved to travel to Scandinavia and all over the U.S., visiting their many friends. She was an elementary school teacher and she later enjoyed teaching others to make braided rugs, making many beautiful rugs herself. Gertrude and Butch were very social and loved to entertain friends in their home.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thurs., May 21, 2015 at the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church, 16603 N.E. 142nd Ave., Brush Prairie, with viewing on Wed., May 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the church. All are welcome.
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Published in The Columbian on May 19, 2015.
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May 13, 2020
I loved Gertrude and look forward to seeing her in heaven. She was a wonderful neighbor and friend. She and Butch are special people. I respect them for their lives and faith. I know God has sheltered them in the palm of His hands. They were good to our children and had patience with John, Micah, and Geneva and me as neighbors.
Carol Montague
May 23, 2015
We wish we could have been there to attend her celebration. Gert and Butch were good neighbors to us--we loved them dearly. I know they both are in a wonderful place with our Lord.
John and Carol Montague
May 21, 2015
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 119:76.
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