Marian Agnes Heller Stangeland
Marian Agnes Heller Stangeland was born on August 2, 1928 and passed away on February 11, 2018 at the age of 89. She was the fifth of six children born to Noah and Agnes (Pitsch) Heller.
Marian grew up in Maple Falls on the Heller homestead and graduated from Mt. Baker High School in 1946. She was a telephone operator meeting her future husband, Henry (Hank) Stangeland, who also worked for the phone company. They were married in 1956 and they had three girls, Lynda, Susan and Janet. They were married for over 40 years when Hank passed away in 2003. During the girls schooling, Marian was active in the PTA earning a Golden Apple for her contribution. She was a chaperone for when Lynda was in Girl Scouts and only would go on the camping trips if a sleeping cot was provided, which it always was. Marian helped the Camp Fire girls when Susan was a camp fire girl selling candies. And, she was a hair model for Janet when she went to beauty school and went with Janet to state to get her Cosmetology License. After Hank passed, she became more actively involved with the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Women's Auxiliary which she was a member for over 50 years and was elected to be the Sunshine Lady. She took this job to heart. The role of the Sunshine Lady is to send cards to all the families of Veterans who had passed and also to those that were not feeling well. She took pride in reading the Bellingham Herald newspaper every day to make sure that she would not miss an obituary for a fallen veteran so that she could send a hand-written condolence card to the Veteran's family. She also sent hand-written cards out to members who were sick or needed a quick note. In 2014 she was honored for this action by being nominated and winning the Volunteer of the year award by the Bellingham Herald. She literally sent out over 1000 condolence and greeting cards. Mom tried to send a birthday card to all of her nieces and nephews and friends, who all came to expect a card from her.
She flew to Bar Harbor Maine to see her oldest granddaughter, Lauren, get married in 2015 and then saw her youngest granddaughter, Taylor, graduate from the Police Academy in 2016. Both of them made Grandma very proud.
Marian was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Henry, her sisters Marjorie Duncan and Ellen Wight, and her brother Jack Heller. She is survived by her brother Frank Heller, sister Dorothy Courtman and brother Robert Heller, her daughters Lynda (Bill) Lamoureaux, Susan (Rick) Sucee and Janet (Tom) Pulver, and her granddaughters Lauren (Sims) Pulver McGrath and Taylor (Matt Allen) Pulver, and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors in the Observation Unit and on the second floor of St. Joseph Hospital, the staff at Mt. Baker Care Center, Home Attendant Care and Brookdale Fairhaven for the care they gave to Mom.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hospice House in Marian's name.