Ruthmarie M. Gratzer

Jan 27, 1922 – Jul 14, 2015

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Passed away peacefully at home on July 14. She was predeceased by her husband, Louis B. Gratzer, and survived by their children Suzanne Sypert (Bob), Joan Shelton-Palelek (Ron), James Corbett Jr. (Jane), Mary Wiles (Steve), Richard Gratzer (Kate), and Mary Kay Carroll (Jack).  Born in Illinois, she received degrees from SienaCollege, St. Louis University (BS), and a Bachelor degree from the University of Washington in Art History. She was one of the first Art Consultants in Seattle, and highly respected as a specialist in Northwest Art. She worked with many galleries, including the Foster White Gallery, and guided large corporations in building their fine art collections. She left a legacy of strength, love and kindness that will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ruthmarie’s name may be made to St. James Cathedral, Seattle. Funeral Mass will be held at St. James Cathedral on Aug 13 at 10:30 AM.   


Julie Pheasant-Albright
Seattle, WA
Aug 13, 2015

Ruthmarie was a lovely, gracious lady who will be greatly missed. I knew her through the English Speaking Union and the Dunn Guild of Maryhill Museum. She had a great wit, a gift for making people feel welcome and at ease, and a truly stellar sense of style. I will always remember her hats! A great lady, in every sense of the word. My deepest condolences to her family.

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