Ester LaVerne Brodin

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Ester LaVerne Brodin

Ester LaVerne Brodin, 91, longtime Olympia resident, died peacefully in the early morning of May 5th, 2016 at her home in Kirkland, Washington. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Greg and Sue Brodin of Stanwood, daughter Kristi Brodin of Kirkland, son and daughter-in-law Doug and Stephanie Brodin of Olympia, daughter Kari Brodin of Kirkland, brother Harold (Bud) Schold of Olympia, sister Ruth Marie Eide of Edmonds, nine grandchildren (Tami, Tricia, Jared, Anna, Jonathan, Joash, Liz, Andrew, and Emily) and six great-grandchildren (Justus, Andrew, Erika, Isabella, Ronney, and Eleah). She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Buel Brodin, and a brother, Leonard (Bill) Schold.


LaVerne was born February 8, 1925, in Bremerton, WA, the second of four children born to Leonard and Ester Schold. She attended Bremerton High School and later went to work at the Bremerton Naval Shipyard. It was there that she met. Lt. Buel Brodin (Brod) while he was serving his country during WWII, and they were married June 1, 1945 in San Francisco. The two lived briefly in Seattle, moving in 1946 to Olympia, where they raised four children.  LaVerne was active in community life, Mom Seahawksincluding church involvement at Evergreen Christian Center, now Evergreen Christian Community, where she was a long-time member, Sunday school teacher, nursery coordinator, choir member and summer youth camp counselor. In her later years she and Brod enjoyed traveling and they visited all fifty states and fourteen European countries. She always loved to attend sporting events, especially those involving their children and grandchildren or Mom Swimmingany Northwest University teams as well as the Mariners and Seahawks. She will be remembered by her family and friends as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who loved to laugh, sacrificed for others, was both strong and gentle, and loved Jesus.


A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 4th, at Evergreen Christian Community, 1000 Black Lake Blvd. Olympia 98502. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to Cedar Park Bible Quiz Ministry.Mom and Dad

4 Responses to “Ester LaVerne Brodin”

  • Jim & Norita Nickerson says:

    We remember LaVerne with such fond memories; her faithfulness to the Lord in many, many ministries.
    Our love and prayers go to her whole family. Cherish the memories.

  • Diane Westonmrs says:

    Mrs Brodin was a wonderful loving lady. She was full of joy and life. I will always cherish the fact that I had the pleasure of knowing her and her wonderful family.

  • Scarlett Glover says:

    LaVerne was a super nice and loving person whom I knew from Friendship Bible Coffee days. She sat with me in the hospital during a difficult time for me. She met my folks and visited their farm in Minnesota on one of their trips. She was special to many people. My condolences to all of her loved ones.

  • Ann and Tom Tischer says:

    We remember the Brodinsame well. When we first attended ECCO in Olympia, we were invited to their home for fellowship. We had a wonderful time and always appreciated LaVerne’s contagious smile and great sense of humor. Our deepest sympathy to the family. I know she will be missed, but greatly welcomed in heaven. May God be with you all.

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