Jennie Easter, our beloved wife, mother and grandmother, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Jan. 26, 2020. Jennie was born at sea on Aug. 1, 1927, to Carl and Hilda Heikkinen when they were immigrating to America. Her family started their roots in Hoquiam, prior to raising the family on a 40-acre farm on the Wynooche River. Jennie attended Hoquiam Grade School and graduated from Montesano High School in 1945. She attended Washington State University for two years.
On April 6, 1950, Jennie married the love of her life, Fred G. Easter, and they made their home on the Wynooche River, where they have remained for the past 69 years. She is survived by her husband, Fred (Bud), of nearly 70 years, her daughter, Lisa (Frank) Winiecki, sons Paul (Karen), Guy (Becky), Carl (Rhonda), nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren, sister Tina Soderstrom (Lanny), and numerous nieces and nephews. Jennie was preceded in death by her daughter, April Easter Cassell, son-in-law Clyde Cassell, daughter-in-law Joan Easter, her parents, brother Charles Heikkinen and sister Elsie Hardesty.
Jennie was a homemaker and involved in numerous activities. She served as a PTA president for the Montesano School District, was a member of the Montesano Assembly of God, hosted a women’s Bible study group and participated in community efforts, such as the renaming of the county road from West Wynooche Road to the current name, Alder Grove Road. In addition, she helped petition the Washington DOT to build the left-turn lane on Highway 12, for the safety of residents of Alder Grove Road.
Jennie enjoyed painting watercolors, decorating wedding cakes, sewing, ceramics, gardening and designing and working on home remodeling projects, snow skiing, and periodic travel to Finland, England, Hawaii and Palm Springs. Jennie was employed by ITT Rayonier during her college years, Montesano School District during her children’s formative years and at the Satsop nuclear site for Ebasco during her children’s college years.
A celebration of life will be held on Feb. 8, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Montesano Assembly of God. A luncheon at the church will follow the service.