Lani Lee Wallin

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Nov. 12, 1945 - June 17, 2010

Lani Lee Wallin, of Walla Walla passed away on June 17, 2010, after a prolonged illness. Lani was born in Shawano, Wisconsin, on November 12, 1945, to Kenneth and Eileen Wallin. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she attended Sunday School and sang in the Junior and Senior Choirs. Lani graduated from Shawano High School in 1964, and went on to the University of Wisconsin and Wisconsin State University at Stevens Point before attending hotel business school in Milwaukee.

For twenty years Lani lived in various places across the country, working as a dining room hostess in nightclubs as the Rusty Pelican in Key Biscayne. Eventually she returned to college. In 1989 Lani received an Associate Degree of Occupational Therapy Assistant from the Medical College of Georgia. She worked ad a COTA in the state of Georgia until 1991, when she moved to Seattle. There she was employed as a COTA in the Seattle School District.

Lani returned to Wisconsin to attend Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, where she received a degree in Occupational Therapy in 2000. While at Mount Mary, Lani was on the Dean's List. She did her internship in Seattle schools, and then a love of new places beckoned again. She moved from Seattle to Spokane to La Grande, Coeur d' Alene, Rice Lake, Wisconsin, and finally to Walla Walla to join her family. Lani was an Occupational Therapist with General Hospital and Home Health. She loved her work, related well to those she served, and worked tirelessly.

Lani is survived by her step-mother Jan Wallin of Shawano, Wis.; her sister Christine Wallin; her nephews and their wifes: Scott and Jill Landwehr and Matt and Melinda Landwehr; her three great nieces and great nephews: Katie, Ashley, Brooke and Dillon Landwehr; and her friend and companion Ron Sevaleski, all of Walla Walla.

An informal outdoor memorial for friends and family will e held at 1922 Garden St. on Thursday, July 8, at 7 p.m. Interment will be in Webster Cemetery, Webster, Wis., in early September. Memorial contributions can be sent directly to the Blue Mountain Humane Society or Walla Walla Community Hospice, or to Herring Groseclose Funeral Home.

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