Frances Korpi Palsson

August 5, 1926 – July 3, 2019

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Frances Palsson

Frances Palsson passed away in Shoreline, Washington after a long series of illnesses.

Born as Frances Elisabeth Korpi to Matt and Anna Korpi, Frances grew up in the Finnish community of Astoria, Oregon where she worked in the once-thriving salmon canneries along the Columbia River.  Frances first spoke Finnish at home and learned English from her friends and school.

Frances graduated from Astoria High School in 1944 and soon after moved to San Francisco, California where she married Filip Palsson in 1949.  They had three children, the late Andrea Palsson Bruce, the late Ralph Palsson, and Wayne Palsson.

Frances worked in the billing office of Bob Ostrow/John Morrell Meats for 26 years, retiring in 1991.  During that time, she was a proud member of the United Food & Commercial Workers (Butcher’s) Union Local 115.

She, her daughter Andrea, and son-in-law William Bruce moved to Shelton, Washington in 2005, and Frances made Seattle her residence in 2011 with her son Wayne and daughter-in-law Jean Geiger.

She was devoted to her children, loved her cats, knitted fine afghans and sweaters, and still could speak Finn throughout her life with her close friend, the late Eleanor Leppinen.

Frances is survived by her loving son Wayne Palsson, her grandson Nils Palsson and great-granddaughter Satya Rose Palsson.

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