Quilcene woman's kin killed in Oso slide is mourned; PA couple still face questions

By Paul Gottlieb
Peninsula Daily News

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QUILCENE — Tamara Lenzen was trying to stay busy Monday morning, fewer than 24 hours after she and hundreds of relatives crammed into the Everett Holiday Inn to memorialize four loved ones who died in the Oso mudslide.

In Port Angeles, Bethany Pentecostal Church Pastor Omer Vigoren, 78, and his wife, Reta, also were trying to focus on something other than the March 22 natural disaster.

Their son-in-law, Ron deQuilettes, 52, remained among the missing as of Monday morning, Reta Vigoren said.

Lenzen said those who attended the Sunday service ranged in age from 2 to 99 and came from as far away as Florida.

In a standing-room-only homage, they honored Lenzen's brother, Thom Satterlee, 65; his wife, Marcy Satterlee, 61; their granddaughter and Lenzen's grandniece, Delaney Webb, 19, of Marysville, and Webb's fiance, Alan Bejvl, 21, of Darrington.

“There is a closure, you know you have to go on,” Lenzen, 55, a Toandos Peninsula resident and goat farmer, said Monday.

“I'm focusing on the animals I have and family I have here at the house and keeping myself busy.”

Lenzen's daughter Anita Satterlee, 30; her two children, Jeremiah, 10, and Jenna, 8, and fiance, Wolf Harvie, 30, live with Lenzen.

They travelled to Everett for the memorial service expecting 200 people to come and nearly twice that number showed up.

“They had to open another whole section of the Inn and put more chairs out, and people were still standing,” Lenzen said.

“I was seeing people I hadn't seen in 40 to 50 years.”

During testimonials, several spoke fondly of the victims, who were in the Satterlee's house when 10 million cubic yards of mud came rushing down the hill.

“There wasn't a dry eye in the place,” Lenzen said.

“There were lots of hugs, lots of tears.”

Thom Satterlee, who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, was remembered for his service as a Marine during the Vietnam War and his love for his garden and home near the North Fork Stillaguamish River.

Lenzen said mourners spoke of Marcy Satterlee as an artist with a sense of humor and love of flowers; Webb as “a very outgoing young lady, very determined;” and Bejvl as a young man who lived life from moment to moment and was already thought of as a member of the family.

“He always believed you look at everybody like this is the last time you will see them,” Lenzen said.

Bejvl and Webb were to be married Aug. 16 at the Satterlees' home.

An honor guard from the Washington National Guard fired a 21-gun salute, played taps and presented American flags to relatives, she added.

Mourners were particularly moved by a slide show that featured chapters in the lives of the four victims.

“It was funny but also very sad to see them,” Lenzen said.

Linda Haptonstall of the King County Sheriff's Office, serving as chaplain Sunday, spoke of the mudslide's far-reaching emotional impact, according to The Daily Herald of Everett.

Haptonstall said she had received a message from a person in Africa offering prayers for families like Lenzen's.

The waiting, though, continued for the Vigorens.

DeQuilettes, a Bothell electrician, was working on a house that was in the path of the mudslide.

“We're just waiting to word, and there hasn't been anything,” Reta Vigoren said.

“All I know is what I read in the paper, that they are going to continue looking for the ones that are missing,” she added.

“We continue on with our work.

“To me, it's when your mind is busy, then you don't have all the time to be thinking about what happened.

“I feel for my daughter and grandchildren, because there hasn't been anything.

“You hang in limbo.”

DeQuilettes' wife, La Rae, 51, is a Class of 1980 Port Angeles High School graduate.

The couple have three grown children and a teenage girl: Ashlee, 29, and Ally, 27; a son, Arie, 23; and Audra, 16.

The Satterlees are survived by two grown children: Nichole, 39, and Andrea, 35.


Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5060, or at pgottlieb@peninsuladailynews.com.

Staff dispatches from The Daily Herald of Everett, a sister newspaper of the Peninsula Daily News, contributed to this report.

Latest slide and Snohomish County information can be found on the Herald's website, www.heraldnet.com.

Last modified: April 07. 2014 6:10PM
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