January 19, 2009
Mabel Nyberg, 87, a lifelong Issaquah resident, died peacefully Jan. 18, 2009, at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue.Mabel was born Feb. 7, 1921, at Swedish Hospital in Seattle to Erick and Margaret Nyberg, Swedish immigrants. Mabel was the big sister to Joseph and Ruby Nyberg Sadlier, both deceased.
Mabel lived her first 65 years on the family farm on Southeast 48th Street. She spent the next 20 years at her Providence Point home, and her last two and a half years just down the street at Spiritwood at Pine Lake. She witnessed the farm country of Pine Lake become the bustling “plateau.”
Graduating from Issaquah High School in 1939, Mabel continued to stay in touch with classmates throughout the next 66 years.
Following high school, Mabel attended Seattle Business School, going right to work for General Electric at the age of 19. She would laugh and say G.E. took a chance on her, a relationship that would last 43 years. She began her work in Product Services and Claims, moving to Payroll and Expense Accounts. Many G.E. employees knew her as the person who signed their paychecks. Prior to being hired at G.E., Mabel claimed she did not even know how to answer a telephone. Mabel retired in 1982.
Mabel never married, but was an active participant in the lives of her nieces and nephews. Her nieces include Diana Busby Thomason, Margo Busby Campbell, Nancy Nyberg Maynard, Sheri Sadlier Kelly, Laurie Nyberg Anderson, Jean Nyberg Straub and Julie Nyberg; and nephew Joe Nyberg (deceased). Mabel had 18 great-nieces and nephews and 20 great-great-nieces and nephews. Caring for others and putting them first was the story of Mabel’s life.
Several of her nieces fondly remember “Auntie” as the one who took them on their first train and airplane rides and their first vacations to the ocean. Traveling and planning trips was an adventure for Mabel. Aside from trips to Minnesota and Philadelphia throughout the ’40s, Mabel traveled to Alaska on a freighter in 1956. She became acquainted and reacquainted with relatives in Sweden in 1966 and 1985. She also visited former neighbors in Ireland in 1966 and 1988. An extension of her 1966 trip overseas included a visit to her nephew Joe Nyberg, who was stationed in Germany with the Air Force.
After retirement, Mabel enjoyed bowling and golf, especially rounds at Cascade Golf Course, where Fred Lawrence was her instructor and Carol Lawrence was her cheerleader. She enjoyed flower gardening and keeping her home in perfect order. Mabel was very interested in current events, calling family regularly and reminding them to read certain articles in the paper, watch “20/20” or sending newspaper clippings of significant importance.
Mabel was such a devoted owner of Buicks; she could have been a spokesperson for the company. She so missed the freedom and independence of her trusty Buick in those last two and half years.
Twice a year, you would find Mabel enjoying the company of other Scandinavians at Vasa Hall in Upper Preston as she peeled potatoes for their Swedish Meatball dinners.
A service in her honor will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, at Flintoft’s Funeral Home, 540 E. Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027.
The family suggests remembrances to the Issaquah History Museums, P.O. Box 695, Issaquah, WA 98027, or Evergreen Hospice, 12910 Totem Lake Blvd. N.E., Suite 200, Kirkland, WA 98034.
Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.
Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory.