Elaine Bertha Brockman

July 23, 2013

By Contributor

Elaine Bertha Brockman (Cline), of Issaquah, died July 15 at the age of 98.

Elaine was born Dec. 11, 1914, in Sedro Woolley, the second of two children born to Arthur and Louise Cline.

Elaine Bertha Brockman

Elaine Bertha Brockman

Elaine was raised in Seattle and graduated from Lincoln High School. She met and married her future husband, Charles Clark Brockman, while both were employed by the Seattle Post Intelligencer. They married in 1938 and celebrated their 71st anniversary before Charles’s death.

In 1948, they moved from Seattle to May Valley Road in Issaquah and built a house on 20 acres to raise their three children. In the 1970s, they sold most of their land, saving 5 acres on which to build a retirement home. Their two daughters also built houses next to them and continue to live on the contiguous property.

In the 1950s, Elaine taught beginning tap and ballet in Issaquah. She later worked for a few years at The Boeing Co., where she took up bridge during the lunch hour. That led to a lifetime of travel to many tournaments and many years as a bridge instructor on cruises. She achieved a life masters several times over and was well-known and well-liked within that community.

Elaine is survived by her daughters Sharon (Antovich) Brockman, of Issaquah, and Charlene and husband Jack Faircloth, of Issaquah; son Charles Jr., of Seattle; four grandchildren — Rocky, Todd and Zachary Antovich, of California, and Jason Faircloth, of Nevada; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Charles and sister.

Her memorial service will begin 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 220 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W., Issaquah, WA 98027, with Father Todd Strange officiating. A reception in the church narthex will follow.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Issaquah.

Friends are invited to share memories, view photos and sign the family’s online guestbook at www.flintofts.com. Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Funeral Home, 392-6444.

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