Sept. 4, 1912 - Oct. 4, 2010
Lucile E. Rempel of Walla Walla died peacefully at her home on Oct. 4, 2010. She was born in Upland, Calif., on Sept. 4, 1912, the daughter of Herman and Mollie Sommerfield. She graduated from Chaffey High School in Ontario, Calif., and in 1934 from Oberlin College in Ohio. In 1966, she received her masters from the University of Washington.
She moved to Walla Walla in 1938. She had worked in California for the State Relief Administration; in Washington she worked for the State Department of Social and Health Services. She also worked with families in private practice.
Over her lifetime she involved herself extensively with the needs of others and in the community, including serving on the boards of AAUW, the Walla Walla Mental Health Center and the National Organization for Women. She volunteered at the YWCA and taught church school at the First Congregational Church, where she was an active member for more than 70 years. She helped organize a local group for
German folk dancing, which she enjoyed participating for several years. She was well traveled and had collected dolls from all over the world.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, Arthur G Rempel; by two sons, Robert and Paul Rempel; and by her sister and brother, Mildred and Leonard Sommerfield. Surviving are two sons, Herbert Rempel of Walla Walla and Roland Rempel of College Place; a daughter, Margaret Cook of Stuart, Fla.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Congressional Church, through Herring Gorsceclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
A memorial service will be announced at a later time.