In Memory

Lorena Rae Mattison

Lorena Rae Mattison

Lorena Rae Mattison, age 73. From the Seattle Times, Aug. 1, 2021:

"Lorena died at her home at Sun Cove in Lake Entiat, WA after a prolonged respiratory illness. She was born to Mel and Mary Mattison in Wenatchee, but grew up in the Edmonds area, where she was a member of the first graduating class of Meadowdale High School. She was later wed to Gene Goosman. 

A devoted student of dance, she opened her own dance studio and shared her skills with many young people. She was also a passionate snow and water skier, spending many memorable hours on the slopes and at her family cabin on Lake Chelan. In her later years she sold real estate. 

Preceding her in death were her father and her sister Linda. Surviving are her son, Jeff Goosman (Holly), mother, sisters Lucinda Fisher and Lauri Reutimann, nephew, Brandt Reutimann, and niece, Haley Estenson. 

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date."

From Lorena's sister, Lauri Reutimann: 

My dear sister Lorena Mattison passed away at her home in Sun Cove on Lake Entiat last Monday. She fought a tough battle with COPD for 5 long hard years. She was an amazing dance teacher, real estate guru, life coach, friend, water and snow skier and super big sister. I already miss her dearly. The world has lost an amazing woman and the best fruit pie maker ever. 
The family has chosen to celebrate her life in a private family gathering. 

All she wanted in the end was a new pair of lungs and to float on her beloved Lake Chelan. So, If you are a smoker please try to quit. Cigs aren't worth your life!!



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07/26/21 05:16 PM #1    

Sally Skei (Donovan)

RIP Lorena.  I remember meeting her in 6th grade. 


07/27/21 01:19 AM #2    

Beth Bone (Niemi)

So sorry to hear this.  I had many adventures with Lorena.  I have often thought about her over the years--her clothes, purses and shoes that all matched, her long fingernails, her sense of fun, her dancing (so talented)--all of these and more.  I wish we could have visited and laughed together one more time.  

07/27/21 01:47 PM #3    

Maggie Haines

Lorena, we were in "trouble" more than once. Wishing peace for you now. 

07/28/21 03:56 PM #4    

John Mills

I am deeply saddened by this news about a truly cherished classmate.  She was an inspiration to so many of us at Meadowdale High School, as I am sure she must have been to many others throughout her life.

08/01/21 06:59 PM #5    

Anne Mackie

Lorena was one of the first friends I made when my family moved to Edmonds from Orlando. We were both in the dance studio at the Maplewood Center on 196th St.  It's amazing that she went on to run her own dance studios and kept tapping through the many years. Wish we could have reconnected at a reunion. She was a sweetheart through and through.

08/02/21 01:00 PM #6    

Linda Swartz (Bakkar)

I am so sorry to hear of Lorena's passing. I remember being in dance lessons with her when we were little. Our mothers used to make our costumes together, and later, in my adult years, I worked with Mary Mattison in the Edmonds Ski School when she was director. Often we talked of old times when Lorena and I were in dance lessons together. I also took ski lessons from Lorena's sister Laurie. I tried to call Mary when I heard of Lorena's passing, but I could not reach her. I extend my condolences to the whole family.

08/03/21 11:39 AM #7    

Pat Echelbarger ('66)

You might not believe this . . . but I was one of the tap dancers at Alderwood Manor Youth Club about 1954 or 55.  Lorena was in the same group of kids.  In high school she would kid me and ask if I was still "tapping".  Kevin Brechner was there too!  When I would call her "Flattison", she would always say "you wish".  She was right.  RIP "Flattison".

08/04/21 07:08 PM #8    

Paul Tomlin

RIP, Lorena.

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