Memorial Service for Ann Smallbeck

Memorial Service for Ann Smallbeck will be on Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 10:00am here at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 10420 SE 11th Street, Bellevue, WA 98004


She grew up in West Seattle and graduated from West Seattle High School in 1957. She graduated from Concordia College, Portland in 1959 and Concordia College, Seward in 1967 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. 

She taught Kindergarten at Kitsalano Lutheran Church in Vancouver, BC. She also taught elementary at Hope Lutheran, Seattle, and preschool at Pilgrim Lutheran, Bellevue, as well as public schools in Eagle River, Alaska. 

Ann participated in various orchestras from elementary through high schools, and also taught piano in high school. She was organist and choir director at Zion Lutheran Church, Anchorage, AK. She was also organist, choir director and Music Director at Pilgrim Lutheran, Bellevue, WA. 

She loved Bible teaching and was Superintendent of Sunday School and VBS various years at both Zion and Pilgrim. She had a number of favorite Bible verses. She said Proverbs 3: 5-8 kept her grounded, Zephaniah 3:17 brought her great delight and Romans 12 was her favorite recipe for living in God’s plan.

She was also appointed Chief of Stuff as the organizer of fund-raising Stuff Sales for Lutheran Ministries Services Northwest.

She was baptized at Hope Lutheran, Seattle in 1946 by the Rev. George Schmidt, and confirmed at Hope in 1953 by the Rev. Emil Jaech.

She met Darrell Smallbeck at the Seattle Tip Toppers (a club for tall people) in 1968. They were married on February 20, 1970 in Anchorage, Alaska, the ceremony officiated by the Rev. Ronald Laue.

Music and piano were her main hobbies, as well as hand crafts and spending time with family and grandchildren.  

Ann was an avid Seattle Rainier and Mariners baseball fan, and it is a little known fact that she was a cheerleader for the Rainiers in the 1950’s, hired by Dewey Soriano.

Ann died on May 27, 2015, and is preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Florence Kinner, and her brother, Loren Kinner. She is survived by her husband, Darrell; son, Joel Smallbeck of Trout Creek, Montana; daughter, Rachel, son-in-law, David, and grandchildren, Shane, Layla, and Micah Dapelo of Snohomish, WA.

Finally, above all, Ann accepted God’s gift of salvation through Christ, so she can say with assurance to all her friends and family, the simple affirmation,