Katie Ruthven Obituary
 
In Memory of

Katie F. Ruthven

April 4, 1979 - March 22, 2014
Obituary

On March 22, 2014, The Ruthven family, Shane, Katie, Hunter, and Wyatt, lost their lives in the Oso Landslide. Shane was born September 11, 1970 in Spokane, WA to Michael Ruthven and Judee Vandenburg. He graduated from Mead High School in 1988 and served in the US Navy until 1992. After the Navy, Shane worked in the glass industry in Minnesota and then moved back home to Spokane and started Cougar Glass, and then Glass Doctor. After meeting the love of his life, Katie Pszonka, in 2006 they started Mountain Lion Glass and built it into a very successful business. Katie was born on April 4, 1979 to Thomas and Karen Pszonka in Chicago,...
On March 22, 2014, The Ruthven family, Shane, Katie, Hunter, and Wyatt, lost their lives in the Oso Landslide. Shane was born September 11, 1970 in Spokane, WA to Michael Ruthven and Judee Vandenburg. He graduated from Mead High School in 1988 and served in the US Navy until 1992. After the Navy, Shane worked in the glass industry in Minnesota and then moved back home to Spokane and started Cougar Glass, and then Glass Doctor. After meeting the love of his life, Katie Pszonka, in 2006 they started Mountain Lion Glass and built it into a very successful business. Katie was born on April 4, 1979 to Thomas and Karen Pszonka in Chicago, Illinois. Soon after, the whole family moved to Washington state in 1981. She graduated from Jackson High School in 1997 then attended University of Washington and graduated in 2001. She worked at The Law office of Russ Juckett as a paralegal until she met Shane and started Mountain Lion glass. Katie and Shane were married on March 31, 2007 in Greyland, Washington. They purchased their home in Oso, Washington, on Steelhead Drive and welcomed their first son, Hunter Michael Ruthven. Hunter was born on July 29, 2007. Hunter was born in Everett, Washington, and then he attended Kent Praire Elementary school in Arlington, WA and played football where Shane coach every year. Hunter loved playing football, riding quads and playing with all his friends including his best buddy and cousin, Peighton. On December 9, 2009 Wyatt Michael was born in Everett, WA, and then he attended Northwest Children Preschool in Arlington, WA. Wyatt enjoyed anything outside, whether it was riding quads or simply playing with his friends. He was known, not only for being a very happy little boy, but also for having the biggest blue eyes and dimples. Shane and Katie loved family and friends and sharing their home in Oso, that they were so proud of. During the summer everyone enjoyed many BBQ's and swimming in the river and enjoying family time. Shane will always be remembered for his love of motorcycles, guns, outdoors and his voice. He was honored to have officiated the wedding for both Rocky and Jessica, Lutz and Matt, and Jami Pszonka's weddings. Katie loved nothing more then being a mom, she volunteered weekly in Hunter's class. The most important thing in her life were her boys and Shane. They loved many family vacations to Disneyland and had recently purchased property in Ocean Shores, Washington with the dream of having the "Ruthven family vacation home." Shane's mother Judee, and step-father, Lewis Vandenburg, also perished in the Oso landslide. Shane is survived by sisters, Amy Ruthven-Thompson, Sarah and Lyndsey Ruthven, and Mistie Branham; brothers, Darron Bowerman (Kate), and Patrick Ruthven (Rachael); nephew, Sammy Thompson; and nieces, Hannah and Colleen Bowerman. Katie is surrvied by her parents, Thomas and Karen Pszonka; sister, Jessica Lutz (Rocky); brothers, Matt Pszonka (Jami), and Ryan Pszonka (April); three nieces, Kansas, Peighton and Basia); and nephew, Liam. A celebration of their life will be held on May 1, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Church in Arlington at 1:00 p.m. with a reception immediately following at the Medallion Hotel. The family has asked that only family and friends attend. Another celebration of their life will be held on May 18, 2014 at The Lincoln Center (1316 N. Lincoln street) from 3-6:00 p.m. in Spokane, WA. All family and friends are welcome to attend.

Arrangements under the direction of Weller Funeral Home, Arlington, WA.

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