Friederike Gillespie

Friederike Ursula Gillespie

1960 - 2006

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After a long battle with cancer, Friederike (Ricka) Gillespie (Old) passed away on June 15, 2006, surrounded by her family. Ricka graduated High School in Wurzburg Germany and obtained a degree in Botany from the University of Washington. In 1986 Ricka married Joseph Gillespie and they had a wonderful life camping, taking train rides and raising their family. Ricka loved her family very much; her children Jacob and Caitlin were her motivation in life. Ricka belonged to Immanuel Lutheran in Puyallup and was very active in the congregation. She worked at the church’s preschool up until last week and volunteered for many other church activities. Keeping her in their hearts forever are her husband Joe, her beloved children Jacob and Caitlin, parents Ger and William J, her brothers and their wives, William L (Christine) and Chris (Meagen). During her life she made life long friendships with many wonderful people. Ricka will be dearly missed by all who knew her. She will always be in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. We hope all her many friends and relatives will join us for a Celebration of Ricka’s life at 4pm Thursday June 22 at Immanuel Lutheran in Puyallup. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to: The Infusion Services Center at Virginia Mason Federal Way, care of Virginia Mason Foundation, PO Box 1930, Seattle WA 98188 or to the Immanuel Lutheran Preschool at 720 Main Ave, Puyallup WA 98371. Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center 253-566-1008
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