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Priscilla (Pat) Mitchell passed away on Friday, July 5. She was 89.
She was born May 1, 1930 in Seattle, grew up in the Green Lake neighborhood and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1948. She earned a teaching degree with honors from the University of Washington in 1952 and taught primary grade students at Laurelhurst Elementary School. She married Bob Mitchell and raised their family in the home they built in Bellevue.
She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Hagen; mother, Jeannette Rozycki; and brothers, Donald and Edward. She is survived by daughters, Lisa and Linda; and two grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was held on July 19 at Holy Family Church in Kirkland with internment at Calvary Cemetery in Seattle.
Thomas Francis Long
Thomas Francis Long passed away in Kirkland on July 10 after a long battle with kidney cancer. He was 87.
He was born on October 12, 1931 in Waterford City, Waterford, Ireland. He left school in the fourth grade for a job in a meat packing plant to help support his family. At age 18, he joined the Bertram Mills Circus and traveled all over England. On one of his trips back to Ireland, he met his future wife, Joan, on a bus. They eloped to London where their first four children were born.
In the early 1960s, he immigrated to the U.S. and was joined by his wife and family a year later. They settled in Ballard where their fifth child was born. His wife passed away two years later, and he raised his family while working three jobs as a maintenance engineer in nursing homes. He studied for his citizenship test, passing it and becoming an American citizen in 1976.
He met and married his second wife, Jean, and they enjoyed 44 years together with their blended family. After his retirement they travelled around the country, then resettled in Bothell.
He loved to entertain by telling stories and jokes or singing. He would dress up on St. Patrick’s Day, and sing in an Irish tenor voice. One of the great joys of his life was his annual role as Santa. Over the 18 years he had this “job,” children often asked to have their picture taken with the “Irish Santa.” He had countless friends and acquaintances and anyone he met soon became his friend. One of his favorite pastimes was sitting in the sun.
He was an active member of St. Brendan Parish, singing in the choir and serving as a Eucharistic minister.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Joan; brothers John and Jim; and sisters Josie, Mae, Bridey and Angela. His survivors include his wife Jean; his brothers Mike and Eddie; sisters Eileen, Phyllis, Theresa and Peggy; sons, Tony, Martin, Tommy, Bob and Paul; daughters, Maria and Tonia; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am on July 26 at St. Brendan Church in Bothell with internment at Holyrood Cemetery in Shoreline.