Aagot Hess

February 23, 2010

By Contributor

Aagot Hess

Aagot Hess, of Bellevue, passed away at home in Bellevue on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010. She was 87 years old.

Aagot was born Jan. 13, 1923, in Tysnes, Norway, the daughter of Ole and Anna Singelstad. She came to America when she was 6, and graduated from Lake Mills High School in Iowa.

She went to school in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and became a teacher in a small schoolhouse, teaching all grade levels. Aagot went with some very close friends to Kansas City, enrolling in business school. From there, Aagot and friends moved to Seattle, where she met and married Oran W. Hess on May 30, 1953.

After settling in Issaquah, she went to work for the city of Issaquah, retiring as finance director in 1987. Aagot was an active member of Our Savior Lutheran Church.

Aagot devoted herself to family and friends. She loved the little East Lake Sammamish farmhouse she and Oran bought in 1953 so much, she never let go of it. She was preceded in death by her husband Oran, her parents Ole and Anna Singelstad, and brother Chris.

Survivors include two sons, Brian and fiancée Dorothy, of Sammamish, and Eric, of Snohomish; daughter-in-law Anne Hess, of Bellevue; sisters Margit Rodahl, of Minneapolis, and Hilma Singelstad, of Lake Mills; two grandchildren, Adam and Lauren Hess; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 745 Front St. S., Issaquah. A reception followed. Committal will be held at Cedar Lawns Cemetery.

Special thanks to Dr. Jerome Bushnell and the staff at Virginia Mason for their care of Aagot. The family also appreciates the professional care of Evergreen Hospice Services.

And finally, the eternal gratefulness of the family goes to Crucita and Lidia Silaghi, of Bellevue. They only knew Aagot for her final year, but opened their hearts to her as if she were their own family.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances to Seattle Children’s, 4800 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98105, www.seattlechildrens.org, or Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, 317 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma, WA 98405, www.marybridge.org.

Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory.

Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.

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