Dorothy Lucille Ciganik

Dorothy Lucille Ciganik joined her Savior Jesus in Paradise on March 27, 2015. Her children had been in close attendance at her bedside during her decline in health.

A longtime resident of Suquamish, Dorothy grew up in Machias. She was born in Everett on Nov. 28, 1930. The daughter of pioneer Washington stock, Dorothy could trace her ancestry back to Sergeant Joseph Johnston of the Seventh Virginia Regiment in the Continental Army, making her a genuine Daughter of the American Revolution.

Dorothy graduated from Bremerton High School and was employed as a bookkeeper. After retirement, she volunteered her time, assisting senior citizens with their taxes through NARFE.

Dorothy was a creative artist. She painted oils, crocheted and knitted, and crafted dolls and teddy bears, many wearing ornate costumes.

She married Peter Ciganik in 1949, who was still in the Navy following wartime service. They lived in Edmonds when their family was very young. They moved to Suquamish where Dorothy resided for 44 years. Dorothy was widowed in March of 1997.

Dorothy is survived by her brother, Don (Carol) Austin of Everett, and her sister Helen (Rob) Anderson of Kirkland. She is also survived by all four of her children, Diana (Tim) Simon of Aberdeen, Delores (Rob) Stroud of Seabeck, Jim (Nanette) Ciganik of Poulsbo, and Glenn (Debbie) Ciganik of Great Falls, Montana. She was the proud grandmother of 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Her first great-great-grandson is due this summer.

The family will be gathering graveside for her burial beside her husband in a family plot on April 11, 2015 at the Machias Cemetery. Any gifts offered in Dorothy’s memory, may be given to a charity that furthers the gospel or serves the poor.