Susan (Hircko) Weflen
February 23, 2010
Susan (Hircko) Weflen, a recent resident of Kennewick and previously of Issaquah, died Feb. 18, 2010, at her home surrounded by family and friends. She was 95.
A graveside service is at noon Feb. 24 at Lower Hillside Cemetery in Issaquah with a luncheon directly following.
She was born a “Coal Miner’s Daughter” on Aug. 11, 1914, to John and Mari Hircko, in Issaquah, the middle child of five.
She resided in Issaquah almost all of her life and moved to the Tri-Cities in her later years to be with her daughter, but always considered Issaquah her true home. During her early childhood, she spoke only Czechoslovakian and associated with a close-knit group of family and friends that settled in Issaquah to earn a living working the coal mines in Black Diamond. Her closest friends were her two sisters, who preceded her in death. And she took great pride in her brothers, who owned and managed Tony and Johnny’s Food Market in Issaquah. Susan graduated from Issaquah High School in 1934.
Directly after high school she worked at The Boeing Co. and met her first husband, Joe Kelley, while he was on furlough from the Navy. She had two children and enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom. Later in life, she married
Ron Weflen, the manager of Browse & Barter Inc. for 20 years. Susan was a gifted artist who could capture the beauty of the greater outdoors on canvas and loved to listen to opera. She was truly a gentle spirit, loving mother and will be missed very much. Susan is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Clark and Kris Watkins, of Richland; son Patrick Kelley, of Seattle; brother and sister-in-law Joe and Eleanor Hircko, of North Bend; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Contact Flintoft’s Funeral Home, 392-6444 or www.flintofts.com, for possible change in location due to weather.