Courtesy of State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Terry Kohl
Elizabeth (Sinness) KOHL, beloved mother of State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Terry Kohl.

Beloved mother of State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Terry Kohl

Elizabeth (Sinness) KOHL

Elizabeth, 97, died peacefully December 30, 2013 in Seattle, WA. Born February 13, 1916 to Torger and Isabel Sinness in Minnewauken, ND, Elizabeth graduated from Devils Lake High School in 1934 and received a BA from the University of Wisconsin in 1938. She married Lloyd Kohl in 1941. They lived in Madison, WI, before relocating to Southern California in 1952.

Elizabeth was a public school teacher, master/demonstration teacher, librarian, and President of North Hollywood Rotary Anns and Sherman Oaks Woman’s Club, and officer in the California Federation of Women's Clubs. She was a playwright, directing students in performing her adaptations of Greek tragedies. She loved reading, bridge and crossword puzzles. Her baking was renowned, especially her cinnamon rolls! She also loved traveling abroad with her beloved husband.

Elizabeth loved visiting the Washington State Legislature where Jeanne is a state senator and Terry is a lobbyist. Frequently Lt. Governor Brad Owen led the Senate in singing happy birthday to her and spoke at her 2006 90th birthday celebration at Anthony's HomePort. She accompanied Terry to many functions and was made an honorary member of the National Conference of State Legislatures' Women's Legislative Network after having attended many of its annual meetings with Jeanne.

Most important to her was her family. She is survived by her two children Jeanne Kohl-Welles (Alex Welles) and Terry Kohl; sister, Ruth Haugland (John); five grandchildren, Randy, Brennan, Terra, Kyle and Devon; and four great- grandchildren, Austin, Emma, Madisyn and Finley.

A service will be held Saturday, January 4, 2014, 1:30 p.m., at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 15 Roy St. on Lower Queen Anne, followed by a 3 p.m. life celebration at Bayview Manor, 11 W. Aloha. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Bayview Library, Child Care Center, or Health Center Activities Program ( Elizabeth's guestbook may be signed at

Published in The Ballard News Tribune Section of The Westside Weekly January 10, 2014

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