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In Memory of

Una Elizabeth Besaw

June 1, 1931 - May 15, 2017

Obituary


On June 1, 1931 Una Elizabeth Koziol was the first of three children born to Agnes and Andrew Koziol. Una was born at 6:40pm in the Township of North Ottawa in Grant County Minnesota. At the time Andrew, 25, was a farmer and Agnes, 24, was a housekeeper. Eventually the family moved to Ellensburg.
Una's first job was at the movie theater in Ellensburg. Her love for the old movies stayed with her whole life. She was working at the movie theater when she met Dale Besaw. Una and Dale married on July 20,...

On June 1, 1931 Una Elizabeth Koziol was the first of three children born to Agnes and Andrew Koziol. Una was born at 6:40pm in the Township of North Ottawa in Grant County Minnesota. At the time Andrew, 25, was a farmer and Agnes, 24, was a housekeeper. Eventually the family moved to Ellensburg.
Una's first job was at the movie theater in Ellensburg. Her love for the old movies stayed with her whole life. She was working at the movie theater when she met Dale Besaw. Una and Dale married on July 20, 1949. Una and Dale move their growing family from Ellensburg to Moses Lake and after their second son was born to the Seattle area where the rest of their children were born. Una and Dale had six children. They had three boys and then three girls; Harvey, Harold, Fred, Tami, Vickie and Lisa. Tami and Vickie were often referred to as the twins. The couple was very active with family and friends. They loved spending time motorcycling riding, camping, dancing and playing cards. They belonged to the Bucks and Does square dancing club. Una was a skilled seamstress and sewed not only clothing for her children she sewed beautiful square dancing outfits. Una and Dale took their travel trailer that Dale made, for their motorcycle, and made many trips including one that took them around the United States. Una took care of children for years and then worked at a Montessori School. Una loved the work and family she worked with. Harold's unexpectedly death on June 3, 1988 devastated Una and the whole family.
They spent many weekends camping. What started as a family event with the family of eight piling into the International, pulling the 20 foot Timberline Trailer behind became a family tradition. As their family got bigger and older so did there camping rigs. Now their children have passed on the love of camping too many of their own children. For many years Una and Dale hosted the Stickney family reunion at their Sun Lake property in Easton Washington. The reunion has now been going on for over 30 years. The location has changed and the torch has been handed down but without Dale, Una, Ken and Kathy Stickney the reunion that so many consider the highlight of their summer would never have been started. Gatherings were special, whether it was for a holiday, wine tasting or playing cards. Family and friends were one in the Besaw home.