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Barbara W. (Farr) Reigstad: 1927-2019

 


Barbara Reigstad passed away Thursday, May 30, 2019, surrounded by her family. She was born October 13, 1927, in Seattle. Soon after her birth, her family moved to Halls Lake/Alderwood Manor.

Barbara's father, Ted Farr, and mother, Helen (Eisen) Farr, were long-time residents of Halls Lake/Seattle Heights, part of the pioneer history. Barbara was part of a community of families, including the Farrs, the Gohms and the Eisens. Barbara's early career was working in Cordova, Alaska, canneries; in her later career, she worked at American Can Company in Seattle.

Barbara married Arthur Woods, from Cordova Alaska, in 1949; they had a daughter, Gayle, and later divorced. Barbara met Lloyd Reigstad when both of them worked at American Can Company.

They married in 1954. Barbara and Lloyd remained married until Lloyd's death in 2014. They lived in Lynnwood, WA, and Mukilteo, WA.

Barbara is preceded in death by her husband Lloyd Reigstad, mother and father Ted and Helen Farr, her sister Ruth Gohm, and brother-in-law Carl Gohm.

Barbara is survived by her daughter Gayle Ann and son-in-law Greg Szalay; granddaughters Jennifer Herrmann and Kristin Anthony; great grandchildren Grey, Alexandra, Cole and Elizabeth; nephew Jim Gohm; niece Barbara Grundman; great-nieces Kym (Gohm) Leroy and Karri (Gohm) Smith; extended family Kyler, Kait, Lucia and Ronin Shaw; cousins Glenn, Patty, Gary and Kenneth Eisen; friend Arne Felstrom; friend Mick Odell; and multiple other family members and friends.

Barbara was a hard worker, a "tough old German" (her words). Barbara loved to sing, dance and tell wonderful life stories. She always "told it like it was."

She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, neighbor, and friend. Her journey here has ended, but her memories remain with us forever. In Barbara's memory, sing a Barbra Streisand song or listen to some big band swing music and enjoy the moment – she would like that.

A rosary will be held on 7 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at Beck's Tribute Center, 405 Fifth Avenue S, Edmonds. A viewing at 12 noon with funeral beginning at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 10, is also at Beck's Tribute Center.

The graveside will follow at Beck's Restlawn Cemetery, 23800 104th Avenue W, Edmonds.

Please share memories at http://www.beckstributecenter.com.

 

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