Mom with kids
Altonah Hertz Lampe
  • 70 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 7, 1945
  • Place of birth:
    Vancouver, Washington, United States
  • Date of passing: Jul 26, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Sedona, Arizona, United States
Let the memory of Altonah be with us forever

Dear Family and Friends,

We hope you will join us on Sunday, April 17th for our Mom's Celebration of Life. Our sincerest thanks for for those who have graciously offered to assist with the setup and other aspects of planning and preparation for this event.  We would like to get an idea of how many people plan to get up and speak so if you know you want to do that make sure to email Jen at, who will be our MC.

Mom's art work will be available to friends and family for keepsakes. Please choose one or two that speak to you. There are multiple copies of her best work. We are also offering some of her rose quartz crystals which were her favorites; please take either a heart or a sphere before leaving that day.  There will be coffee and tea served at the beginning of the ceremony, and a lunch of heavy appetizers will be served buffet style. There will be an assortment of whole food options as well as items that are dairy and/or gluten free and vegetarian/vegan.

We've decided to honor Mom's wishes of having her ashes distributed in the 4 elements by doing a mini viking sendoff using a handmade small boat lined with her ashes, and setting it adrift in Lake Washington from the shore** with a small fire lit inside. We would love for everyone to place a special message, photo, or other small and lightweight item inside the boat during the ceremony.   We will also have as an option a secondary urn with her ashes for those who want to physically take part in spreading them on the earth or in the water. 

The Celebration of Life will be held at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center located at 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040

Here is a schedule for the day:

11:00 - 11:30  Meet and Greet
11:30 - 12:30  Rememberances
12:30 - 2:00  Lunch and Art & Crystal Table Open
2:00 - 3:00  Clean up of facility 
3:00 - 4:00  Ashes Ceremony at Luther Burbank Park**

**Please note that this is somewhat weather dependent. If you would like to attend this portion of the memorial please bring shoes suitable for walking a fair distance (some hills and probably muddy areas) and a jacket. If it's raining a lot or very windy we may have to do this portion at another date.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jan Leishman on 7th February 2017

"February 7th, Bonnie's day."

This tribute was added by Jan Leishman on 15th April 2016

"I remember Altonah as my quiet sister;  she worked at being the good one.  I always admired her ability to not visibly react but manage to effectively deal with things as they came at us.  
I saw patience in her that didn’t exist in me.  Once when she was 15 or so, she brought over some material and a pattern of some shorts with little hems and quite a bit of detail.  Cute.  A hour later she came back wearing them.  Wow!
I was always a little envious of the lack of frustration she seemed to have.  I think she was born more evolved.
I loved you Bonnie. I’m sorry I didn’t know you as well as Altonah.
I think of you quite a bit as this loss is as a tear in the right of things.

your sister, Jan"

This tribute was added by Deirdre Tucker on 8th February 2016

"No need for a light. altonah had plenty to spare."

This tribute was added by Barbara Bouchet on 8th February 2016

"I miss you Bonnie/Altonah! We would always have a long talk sometime around  this time, your birthday. So this year it will have to be heart-to-heart in a new way. You are always in my heart and I love you always.
Your sister, Bobbi"

This tribute was added by Mary Hearne on 7th February 2016

"I have fond memories of my sister-in-law Altonah.  She generously and warmly shared her home with her Minnesota in-laws. There were long talks and fun meals prepared together.  And what grace under fire she had while hosting and entire Lampe clan with the stomach flu! It might not have been funny at the time, but we did have lots of laughs in hindsight.  With love,"

This tribute was added by lauren olkus on 7th February 2016

"Altonah you have given me some of the most important and helpful advice. That advice was to find the Love and breathe the Love into the spot where I was feeling, anger, pain, stress, hatred, etc.. I will always be grateful for the short time we shared together. Much Love!!!"

This tribute was added by Tessa Lampe on 7th February 2016

"Thinking of you today...."

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