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Elaine Paula (Ryba) Pieper

Published on Wed, Apr 10, 2013
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Elaine Paula Pieper was born in Seattle, WA  June, 12, 1938 to Helen and William Ryba. After a three year hard fought battle
 with cancer, she passed away on April 4 surrounded by her family. Elaine spent her early years living in West Seattle attending Holy Rosary Elementary School. After elementary school Elaine’s family moved to Duvall where she attended Junior High. Elaine graduated from Holy Names Academy in 1956. Following her graduation, she began to work as a secretary at Boeing and moved to North Bend, WA. While she was living in the Snoqualmie Valley she met and married William (Bill) Pieper on December 16, 1961, her husband of 51 years. After spending a short time in Texas, Elaine and Bill returned to North Bend where they raised three children.  

After Bill retired they moved to Birch Bay, WA, where they spent many days on their boat crabbing, shrimping, exploring the Islands and entertaining family and friends. Elaine loved to spend as much time as possible in the woods hunting for mushrooms.  

Elaine is survived by her husband, William Pieper, sister Rosanne Zemp, children Tami Borthwick (Tom), Noelle Elsworth (Jeff) and Scott Pieper (Michie), and 4 grandchildren Max, Giovanni, Justin and Connor.

A celebration of life will be held Thursday, April 11 at 2 p.m. in the afternoon at the Squalicum Boathouse in Bellingham, WA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Peacehealth St. Joseph Cancer Center or The Apostles of the Interior Life (Elaine’s niece, Susan’s Order of Nuns). A guest book and more information can be found at www.jernsfuneralchapel.net.