Winifred Audrey Zaknich 1922 ~ 2016

Winifred Audrey Zaknich passed away quietly at home on Tuesday morning, December 27, 2016, at the age of 94.  Her hospital bed faced the view of Alki beach, Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains that she loved so much.  

A loving, caring, kind, dearly-loved mother and friend by everyone who knew her, Audrey was a woman with arms open to all. 

Born in Vancouver, Canada, in 1922, Audrey moved to Seattle at the age of five with her family. A child of the Great Depression, she graduated from West Seattle High School, and met the love of her life, William Zaknich, on a blind date. They married in 1942, and enjoyed seventy years together until his passing.

Audrey often said how lucky she was to be able to go out to lunch with her friends and family.  She pursued an avocation in real estate, and greatly enjoyed visiting yard and garage sales. Audrey adored her family and cherished every moment with them.  She thought her children were perfect, and they tried their darnedest to have her never feel any differently.  She loved to walk along Alki beach, and often could be seen riding her trike with her dog, Zak, in the basket.
Audrey is survived by her three children, Patti Zaknich (Steven Harris), Nick Zaknich (Karen), and Sandra Zaknich Hallett. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Tori and Liam Zaknich and Cianna Hallett, and her pet kitty, Lucky.

A private service will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Audrey’s memory be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Providence Hospice.

If anyone has any special memories of Audrey, the family would appreciate it if you would please share them via e‐mail to

Published in the West Seattle Herald section of the Westside Weekly, January 20, 2017.