Lorelei Jean Begalka


Lorelei Jean Begalka passed away on January 18, 2023. She was born July 4, 1943, in Ellensburg, WA.

She was preceded in death by her son, Robert Arthur McNulty.

She resided in Shoreline since 1984.

Lorelei worked for 43 years at Children’s Hospital Laboratory. She enjoyed gardening, photography, sewing, and beading.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Homeward Pets, 13132 NE 177th Pl, Woodinville, WA 98072.

If not available, donate to a No Kill Animal Shelter in your area.

7 Responses to “Lorelei Jean Begalka”

  • Veronica M Barnes says:

    Lori will be so sadly missed by so many. She was such a thoughtful and generous friend,always willing to help a person with her extensive knowledge of practical matters. We had a few happy “post-retirement” years, doing short day trips and enjoying many lunches together. I regret that her final years were so painful. Rest in Peace, my friend.

  • Carol Spear says:

    To my friend, my teacher, my coworker. Rest In Peace

  • June Williams says:

    I worked with Lori many years ago. She was such an easy person to be around. I liked to help her out in the lab when I wasn’t busy. She can rest in peace knowing her beloved Suki will be well cared for. I loved her from when I first started fostering her.

  • Crystol L Lee says:

    Lori and I had lunch every month for years. We would meet somewhere in north end, restaurant in Kirland or Totem Lake. Many times at nursery in Woodenville where we would walk among the beautiful plants and she would share so much knowledge with me. I miss those lunches and the many talks. We had a common bond, each losing a son, so I understood so well her grief. Her last years were so hard and so we were forced to talk on phone or email. I am sad, but happy that she no longer suffers. Rest well my good life long friend.

  • LINDA SAX says:

    I am sorry to learn that another of our Ellensburg High classmates has passed away. Our birthdays were one day apart. Peace and blessings to her family. Thankfully she is free of pain and enjoying the here after where I trust loved pets are welcomed too.

  • Mar Rand says:

    Lori is a legacy at Childrens’ Hospital where I worked with her for many years. The tradition of making baby quilts was started by her. Co-workers would each complete a square and then Lori would host a quilting party at her house. She started this in 1976 and the first 2 quilts she called the centennial quilts. They were red white and blue. It soon grew to include retirement quilts also. The tradition continued even after she retired and I wouldn’t be surprised if the number is approaching 100 quilts.
    These quilts were not just fabric and thread, they quickly became works of art, filled with love, care and memories. Every stitch tells a story. I will miss her, but glad of the many memories I have.

  • Joseph R Siebert says:

    We were grieved to hear this sad news. I met Lori in 1977 and was lucky to have her as a friend since those days. She was expert at everything she touched, first as the supervisor of the urinalysis lab at Children’s, then as the materials manager. In other parts of her life, she was a marvelous photographer and expert gardener (especially rhodies) and mushroom hunter. She brought great joy to the lab and to her friends, and will be sorely missed.
    Rest in peace,
    Joe and Linda

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