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Rosemary Kelly Stolle


Rosemary Kelly Stolle, a longtime member of St. Thomas More Parish, died peacefully on April 7. She was 91.

She was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on December 9, 1928, to Anna Belle Cantwell Kelly and William Otis Kelly. She graduated from Bishop Hogan High School in 1945 and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in primary education from College of St. Teresa (now Avila University) in 1949. After college, she visited a friend in Seattle who introduced her to Walter Stolle. They were married in 1951 at St. Anne Church in Seattle and raised six children.

While her children were young, she was primarily a homemaker. She also worked as a substitute teacher in the Edmonds School District. When the children were older, she taught at St. Thomas More School. They were longtime members of St. Thomas More Parish, where she was active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Funeral Committee.

In retirement, she and her husband traveled extensively across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan, China and Thailand. To escape Northwest winters, they towed their fifth-wheel trailer to Palm Desert.

She entered kindergarten at the age of 4, already knowing how to read. She passed on her love of reading to her children with nightly story time and to her grandchildren with gifts of books. In her career as an elementary school teacher, she focused on developing reading skills. Ever the teacher, she made sure her children and grandchildren experienced theater, dance, music, museums and literature.

She made a lovely home and liked to entertain. Within their bridge club, they made lifelong friends with whom they traveled and camped at Gold Bar. After her husband’s passing, she continued to play bridge until a few months before her death. She also enjoyed art, jazz, ballet, gardening, volunteering at church and keeping up with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walt; and daughter Nancy. She is survived by her sons, Kelly, Kevin and Steven; daughters Mary Ann and Sheila; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and three more on the way.

A memorial Mass will be scheduled after Washington’s “stay at home” order is lifted. She was interred at Holyrood Cemetery.





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