Aagot “Kate” Norman Rosellini, beloved mother, grandmother and “Bestemama”, peacefully passed away at Nov Adult Family Home on Mercer Island on January 22, 2020. She recently celebrated her 106th birthday, with family and friends and her life was celebrated in a lovely article in the Mercer Island Reporter on Christmas day which we encourage all to read. https://www.mi-reporter.com/…/mercer-island-woman-celebrates-106th-birthday/
Kate was born in Hawkesbury, Ontario on December 30, 1913, of Norwegian parents. She crossed the Atlantic by ship 4 times before she was 12, living in Norway, Brazil, Canada and several places in the US. She graduated from Everett High in 1932 and from the UW School of Nursing in 1938, starting her nursing career at Harborview, where she met a young intern, Leo John Rosellini, who would be the love of her life. They married in 1939 and soon had 4 children. After 41 years of marriage, Leo passed away in 1981. Kate continued to live independently through her 102nd birthday, in Seattle, her condo at LakePointe, at University House in Issaquah and finally at MI’s Nov Adult Family Home. Kate was an active participant in life. She golfed into her 90’s, regularly played bridge, rooted for the Mariners, traveled near & far and embraced technology, skyping and emailing family and friends. Kate was very proud of her Norwegian heritage and made several visits to family in Norway. Her family meant everything to her! Kate has been an inspiration to all her family and the many friends she has made over the years – she cherished each day, lived her life to the fullest and with grace and always a sense of humor. What a legacy to bestow! Special thanks to all the caretakers at Nov Adult Family Home and Providence Hospice for the tender care she received to the end.
Kate is survived by her children: Jack (Diane) Rosellini, Sandra (Felipe) Ochoa, Taale Rosellini and Mary Ann (Bruce) Flynn. Kate was so proud of her 11 grandchildren: Alejandra,Jacquie, Ana Maria, Pilar, Yvonne, Monica, John, Michael, Ryan, Jason, and Erik. Kate was also blessed with a growing number, “21”, of great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Kate Norman Rosellini & Leo John Rosellini, M.D., Endowed Scholarship in Nursing at the University of Washington http://tiny.cc/ROSNUR
Kate’s family and friends look forward to celebrating her life at a later date.