Patricia “Patti” Sepanen was born on August 27th, 1943, in Bellingham Washington to Joe and Gwen Cearlock. The family moved to Wenatchee when she was young. Patti graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1961. During her time there, she enjoyed being a majorette and part of the Wenatchee Youth Circus. In the circus, Patti was an acrobat on the flying trapeze, swinging ladder, neck swirl, roman ladders, spanish web and tumbling. In addition, she also walked the incline cable and high wire.
After high school, Patti moved to Seattle Washington and began working at the telephone company. Patti met her husband Dave soon after moving to Seattle. Dave and Patti married August 18, 1967 and would have celebrated their 54th anniversary this month. Patti retired from the telephone company in 1990. In 1993, Dave and Patti moved to Indonesia where Dave took a job as a marketing consultant for Indonesian Airlines. They lived there almost two years with lots of adventures.
Patti enjoyed spending time with her family and their many friends of over 50 years that she called family. She loved to organize, shop, help others and sports! She was an avid fan of the Seattle Mariners, Seahawks and UW Huskies and attended many games. She and Dave were original Seahawk season ticket holders.
We were blessed to have her in our lives for as long as we did. People describe Patti as the glue of the family and friends. She brought people together and always did for others. She never failed to make people smile, laugh, tell good stories, and make people feel comfortable.
Patti Sepanen passed away in her home in Renton, WA on Wednesday July 28, 2021, at 3:01 PM after bravely facing Alzheimer’s disease. She was surrounded by her family. Throughout her illness, she continued to show her kind heart while remaining grateful and sweet, true to her character. She was loved so much and will be missed deeply.
She is survived by her husband Dave Sepanen of Renton, Daughters Kelli (Lance) Proctor of Huntsville AL, Kristi (Ed) Korolak and Karri (Brian) LaBree of Renton, Sisters Sheri (Pat) Allen of Wenatchee, Karlene Bickel of Bothell, brothers Dan Endrizzi of Whitefish MT, and Tim and Mike Endrizzi of Wenatchee. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Merrily Cearlock of Richland, Marla and Chuck Knudson of Pasco, and her grandkids Jacob Korolak of Yakima, Kayla Proctor of Puyallup, Camille Korolak of Seattle, Marques Proctor of Huntsville AL, Nathan, and Gabe LaBree of Renton. She also left behind 15 nieces and nephews including Teresa & Jim Cearlock, Janice Holterhoff, Ken & Bo Allen, Jody & Chris Cearlock, Synette Williamson, Tara Cook, Kristin Soltero Molly Fossum, Jason Bickel, Rebecca Endrizzi, and Staci Lancaster.
She was preceded in death by her father Joseph Cearlock in March of 1982, stepfather Chet Endrizzi January 1998, Mother Gwen Endrizzi November 2008, brothers Dennis Cearlock July 2007 and Jim Cearlock December 2007, sister Sharlene Soltero October 2017, brother-in-law Don Soltero May 2018, Father-in-law Carl Sepanen July 1996 and Mother-n-Law Marion Sepanen August 2014, Brother-in-law Tommy Sepanen 1987 and Nephew Charlie Knudson June 2006.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Wenatchee Youth Circus or Kent Hope Women’s Shelter