Margie Laatz died on Saturday, June 18, 2011.
Born Margie Mae Johnson in Chicago on May 17, 1924, she moved with her family to Seattle as a small child. Settled on the east side of Queen Anne hill, Margie attended John Hay ES & Queen Anne HS. She later attended the U of W where she met & married her husband Lorenz Laatz in 1944. Early time together was brief, as the US Army Air Force sent her new husband to the South Pacific to command P-38 support & maintenace squadrons.
After the war, Margie & Lorenz settled in the Magnolia Bluff area of Seattle where they lived & raised a family for many years. In the mid-1950's Margie took a pioneering step for women of her age & returned to the UW to finish a degree in education. An affinity & unique manner of communicating with small children led her to become a 1st grade teacher first at Coe ES then for most of her career at Magnolia ES Seattle SD & videos of her classrooms were used as models for early primary education training even after her retirement in 1982.
During the 1960's Margie & family spent most summers at Bayshore beach cabins near Shelton, WA. Friends, contacts & a love of that area led Margie & Lorenze to build a house on the 18th faiway of Alderbrook GC in 1982. There they spent their retirement years entertaining, traveling, & enjoying family.
Margie is preceded in death by her husband in 2001 & survived by 2 sisters, Viola & Barbara, 2 sons, John Laatz of Bremerton & Robert Laatz of Olympia & her beloved daughter Marnie Dominy who remained connected & devoted through Margie's waning years of declining health. While walls were adorned with pictures of 6 grandchildren, she had anticipated the birth of 2 new great grandchildren due this fall.
Margie will be missed by all.
Arrangements by McComb Funeral Home, Shelton, WA.