Obituary of Annelies Templeton (2022) – Seattle, WA

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On January 9, 2022, Annelies L. Templeton (née Taenzer), 94, passed away peacefully surrounded by her children, thanks to the compassionate and caring care she received at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.
Born in Breslau, Germany, in the Prussian province of Silesia (now Wroclaw, Poland), she led a fascinating and, at a young age, dangerous life on the frontlines of 20th-century history. She spent her early childhood in the small, rural town of Groß-Strehlitz, Germany (now Strzelce Opolskie, Poland). In 1937 her family moved to Breslau so that she and her siblings could attend better schools. In mid-1944 they became refugees before the Soviet Union invaded Breslau on the Eastern Front at the end of World War II. Through courageous efforts, the family barely survived the journey from East Germany to West Germany and finally settled in Heilbronn. Annelies attended school in Stuttgart and worked as an interpreter in the Counter Intelligence Corps (Army CIC) for the American government. From there she moved to Wales and worked as a governess for two years to perfect her spoken English before immigrating to the United States in 1952.
Alone in America, Annelies worked as a stenographer and bookkeeper in New York City until she met and married her former husband Richard Templeton (deceased) in 1953. They moved to Seattle where they raised three children. Once settled, she facilitated the immigration of her two younger siblings to America.
While her children were growing up, she stayed at home to care for them and volunteered at the Crisis Clinic, the Foundation for the Disabled, organizing art auctions and charitable music fundraisers. She also worked briefly for the Children’s Home Society, helped teach German at Nathan Eckstein Middle School, and taught Sunday School at the University Unitarian Church. Both Annelies and Richard were active in the Unitarian Church. They were generous patrons both as musicians and organizers. Their home was blessed with memories of talented musicians visiting and playing beautiful music.
After their divorce in 1976, Annelies returned to school, earned an associates degree in accounting, and worked for Safeco Insurance Company for several years. During this time she bought a cooperative unit in a quaint Tudor style building in the university district with a fairy tale courtyard garden where she spent many happy years. At 90 she moved to the Ida Culver House in Ravenna.
Annelies was a gifted classical pianist and mastered the harpsichord in the 1970s as a student and friend of the renowned international artist Silvia Kind. Their knitwear and jewelry were works of art. Creating pieces for family and friends kept her fulfilled until the end of her long life. She was unforgettable to those who knew her. Beautiful, elegant, charming and humble, there was a way about her that stuck in your mind. Her many interests included music, European history, Russian literature, politics and biographies – especially of great women. She had an ability to listen with an empathy that drew people, particularly young adults, to seek her advice and mentoring. She was a deeply loved sister, mother, mother-in-law, aunt and step-grandmother and will be missed by all.
Annelies is survived by her three children and their spouses: Susan Templeton (Norman Gilinsky), Andrew Templeton (Yana Pirumyan), and Claudia (Joel) Soisson; her sister and brother-in-law Helga (Warren) Pulis and their daughters: Vali Wilcox, Fawn Affeldt and Piney Pulis Kearns and their children and grandchildren; her niece Caroline Smith and their children; and her two step-grandchildren, Anna Pietz and Justin FitzPatrick.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation on their behalf to your preferred charity. A private family ceremony is held for Annelies in May.

Published by Legacy Remembers on March 14, 2022.

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