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Gertrude Hieb Johnsen

Gertrude Hieb Johnsen, a resident of Port Townsend, Washington, died on May 28, 2009. She was 98.
Gertrude was born on April 11, 1911, to Albert and Anna (Lawrence) Reedholm in Lanyon, Iowa. She graduated from Lanyon Consolidated School and then trained to become a nurse at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska. After earning her RN degree, she worked as a nurse/stewardess for the Union Pacific Railroad.

On November 25, 1936, she wed David L. Hieb in Long Beach California. Dave was a career National Park Service employee, and the couple lived in various National Park Service areas, including Carlsbad Caverns; Blue Ridge Parkway; Fort Laramie, George Washington Carver and Herbert Hoover National Historic sites. After a brief assignment at the Mill Creek District Ranger Station, RMNP, in 1945-1946, the Hiebs returned to visit Estes Park on a yearly basis; they retired there in 1973 and built a home on Dekker Circle.

Dave Hieb died on December 29, 1980. Gertrude remained in Estes Park where she was an active member of the Community Church of the Rockies, Merry Marthas and PEO. She was an officer in the Estes Park chapters of the Red Cross and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and a lifetime member of the Estes Park Museum.

In 1990 Gertrude married part-time Estes Park resident John Johnsen (now deceased) and moved with him to Sun City, Arizona in 1996. Last July (2008), she moved from Sun City to Port Townsend, Washington, to be near family. She loved her new surroundings, became involved in the First Presbyterian Church of Port Townsend, and enjoyed many happy times with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She entered the Jefferson County

Hospital the evening of May 27th and died peacefully in her sleep a few hours later.

Surviving are sister Ruth Burkett, age 101; daughter Rena H. Murman (Earll M.) of Port Townsend; son Louis A. Hieb (Sharon C. Aller) of Seattle, WA; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In addition to her husbands, Gertrude was preceded in death by sisters Mildred Black and Carol Anderson.

A memorial service will take place on July 27th at the Community Church of the Rockies Columbarium in Estes Park. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Estes Park Museum or the Rocky Mountain Nature Association.

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