Ertie Nio Oei
May 20, 1926 – March 22, 2021
Ertie Nio Oei, left us peacefully on March 22, 2021, a few short months before what would have been her 95th birthday. She was born on May 20, 1926 in Indonesia, the youngest of twelve siblings.
Ertie was a caring, compassionate, smart, and loving daughter, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great aunt, and beloved friend. She studied Sinology at the University of Indonesia and received a scholarship to continue her education in the US at Harvard University. She joined the faculty at UW, teaching the Indonesian language. One of her many talents was her ability to speak many languages fluently and learning new ones effortlessly.
She had unwavering faith in God and was deeply involved in the Seattle Indonesian community. Though she rarely chose to be in the spotlight, Ertie was known by all for her kind presence and humble heart. Whether it was knitting baby sweaters, giving away food, or sending birthday cards with encouraging messages, Ertie always sought to help others.
She made many true friends in her life and the impact she has had is immeasurable. She is dearly missed by her many grand-nieces, grand-nephews, and many devoted friends.
Monday, March 29, 2021
Ertie Nio Oei
March 29, 2021
I've known Bu Erti for 3 years. Before I went to Seattle for my study, my late boss (the Dean of the University of Indonesia Law School, Prof. Melda Kamil) told me that she had 'another mother' in Seattle, which is Bu Erti.
When I arrived in Seattle, I immediately called her and visited her. She was a very caring and loving person. I regularly picked her up from her apartment on Sunday for church. She's the one that introduced me to the Logos church community. She's like a mother figure to me. Bu Erti, you will always be in my heart. My prayer is always with you.
I still have my first photo with her, when we attended the church session.
March 25, 2021
I knew Tante Ertie when I moved to Seattle, WA over 10 years ago. I loved to tease her that made her smile. We used to hangout and traveled around WA whenever we can. She is not only beautiful in person but also in her heart. I will missed her dearly and I will always treasure our friendship. This is not goodbye but see you later in our Father’s home. Loves Fay and Mike Loos