Faye Arlene (Lassila) Anderson

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. – Faye Arlene (Lassila) Anderson died on October 29, 2014 in Port Townsend, Washington. She had been a long-term Alzheimers patient.

Faye was born to Paul and Lempi Lassila of Mohawk, on December 7, 1923. Raised in their home at 170 Stanton Ave, she attended elementary school in Mohawk and high school in Calumet. On graduation she received training as a medical laboratory technician in Minneapolis, Minnesota and returned to the Mohawk area for a time, then, with girlhood friend Norma Soronen, undertook an adventurous journey through Colorado and Arizona to California, ending in San Francisco.

Faye found employment as a customer service representative and book keeper with the Pacific-Bell telephone company. In June 1950 she met and became engaged to Lieutenant Richard W. Anderson, U.S. Navy, on leave from a minesweeper serving in the Korean war. Thus began her career as a “Navy wife.” On his return in December 1951 they were married in Mohawk, and commenced a long series of duty assignments, finally retiring from active duty to Port Townsend in August 1973.

The Andersons had no children, but enjoyed a long series of feline and canine friends.

Faye never considered that she had been among those honored by poet John Milton’s phrase “They also serve who only stand and wait,” but she surely was.

Sadly, that service was not prolonged beyond about 2007 when her disease began to take its toll.

By her choice, after her death she was cremated, and her remains will be inurned in the Columbarium at the U.S. Naval Academy where she joins her friend and spouse.