Louise "Lou" (Wagstaff) Kinzel

July 6, 1934May 19, 2013

Lou Kinzel passed away peacefully at her Medina, WA home of 47 years on May 19, 2013 at the age of 78 from cancer. Lou was born on July 6, 1934 in Seattle, WA to Bernice and Melvin Wagstaff.

Raised in the Montlake district of Seattle, Lou graduated from Garfield High School in 1952. She graduated from the University of Washington in 1956 where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. While at the university Lou met her future husband, Bill Kinzel. They were married in December, 1957 when Bill was in law school and celebrated their 55th anniversary this past December.

After raising their two children Lou and Bill enjoyed time together on Hood Canal and in Palm Desert CA. Lou was a member of Overlake Country Club, Medina and Monterey Country Club, Palm Desert.

Lou is survived by her husband, her son and daughter in law Douglas W. and Ritva Kinzel of Yakima WA, her daughter and grandson, Katie Ann Larchick and Kyler W. Larchick of Snohomish, WA, and her sister Marilyn Lloyd of Tacoma, WA.

There will be a Celebration of Lou's Life at Overlake Country Club, 8000 NE 16th Street, Medina, WA 98039 on Thursday May 30, 2013 from 3 to 5 PM. Remembrances may be made to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center or the Children's Orthopedic Hospital Seattle.

Lou’s final place of rest will be next to her parents at Acacia Memorial Park, Seattle, WA.


  • Celebration of Life Thursday, May 30, 2013

Louise "Lou" (Wagstaff) Kinzel

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Mary Kring Hoefel

June 1, 2013

I received word of Lou's recent passing. She was a wonderful neighbor and another mother to me while I was growing up. She was a kind woman and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers extend to Bill, Katie, Doug and their families.

Bill Kefauver

May 30, 2013

Louise & Bill were two of the most loyal & dedicated people that I have ever known. They would make weekly trips to Dad's grocery store which was located just south of Lake City. They were living on the east side. Louise's Mom & Dad also patronized our store on a weekly routine. Both of our families grew up in Montlake. I'am very sorry to hear of her passing.

May 29, 2013

It is not going to be the same, looking over the golf course and not seeing you and Lou reading the paper on your patio or walking your dogs.
Jim and Joan Marshall

Diana Hill

May 27, 2013

Brad and I are stunned and saddened to learn of Lou's passing. She sparkled with fun...enjoyed her sense of humor...will miss her. Saw her out so often walking the dog...she always greeted us with a smile and a wave. Rest in Peace, Lou, you will be missed.

Gordon Wilcox

May 22, 2013

Lou's raucous laugh, rib-poking humor and core of kindness have been a joy for years and will be a fond memory. She kept those fine qualities going even when very sick, which is a measure of their depth and hers.

Gordon Wilcox

Arthur Brueggeman

May 22, 2013

I only met Lou on a couple of occasions, having worked with Bill on a professional basis for nearly 20 years. Her upbeat attitude and quirky sense of humor were apparent from the first moment. She clearly adored Bill, and was a true companion in life. In the unlikely event Bill received a call to his unlisted home number from his Lawyer-life side of things, Lou would deflect the call, saying he was at Ernst Hardware. Bill was always at Ernst. At least that's the way I remember it. It was her way of protecting Bill, insulating his very active and intense legal practice from his refuge, and personal time with her. Whenever Bill spoke of Lou, the gentleness and love in his voice was clear. She will be missed.