Addie Inge Pattie, beloved child of God, went to her heavenly home on November 27, 2020. She will be so greatly missed by all those left behind who knew and loved her.
Adelinde Gertrude Hella Groeneveld was born on November 5, 1933 in Dike Iowa. She was the second daughter of Hinderk and Hella (Stroman) Groeneveld, from Germany. Born into a deeply Christian home, she said that she accepted Jesus into her heart at 4 years of age, fully understanding that He was her Savior, and that her life was in His hands. In 1938, the family moved to a dairy farm in Sultan, WA. Here, Addie spent happy years attending Sultan schools where she enjoyed being involved in many activities. With her family, she regularly attended Sultan Christian Reformed Church, then later Monroe Christian Reformed Church. Addie also took great joy in being allowed to teach Bible school
in the Methodist Church as a teen. Addie’s faith was always foremost in her life, so when in high school she attended a Billy Graham Crusade, it was only natural for her to go forward and formally dedicate her life to serving God.
Addie graduated from Sultan Union High School with a scholarship to Everett Junior College where she eventually received her degree in nursing. During this time, she met U.L. Sonny Inge, from Texas, who was stationed at Paine Field with the US Air Force. ?The two were married in 1956. They lived in Everett where Addie worked at Everett General Hospital, first in medical, then surgical nursery, then finally as head nurse of maternity. Their first son, Steven Roger, was born premature, and sadly died six weeks later from SIDS. This was the first tragic loss in Addie’s life that tested, and yet strengthened her faith walk. In 1958, the couple was blessed with their second son, Gary Thomas. Then, in 1962, Sonny was suddenly taken from Addie and Gary in a terrible cattle truck accident. Addie was again challenged to understand what God’s plan was for her life, and yet remained steadfast in her belief
that God still carried her, and Gary, in his hands, finding great solace in the Bible passage Romans 8: 28-32.
Taking some time away from her nursing career, Addie and Gary traveled to Texas and then Germany to stay with family and friends. Upon her return, Addie’s nursing took a new direction as she was led to take a position as school nurse and preschool teacher at Liberty Christian School in Everett. Here, she found great joy in service to God through nurturing and teaching children. Addie went on to work for LCS for over 30 years. Even during her summer breaks Addie, along with sister Gretel, continued to nurture and share her love of God, by teaching Bible classes, and hosting Good News Club camps in Addie’s Everett home.Addie was well-loved by everyone who had the privilege to know her. She was kind-hearted, and truly interested in others lives. She also had a great sense of humor, loved a good joke, and had an infectious laugh that drew others into her joy. Addie also loved to travel and see new sights. This, along with her desire to stay connected with family and
friends, led to summer road trips that ultimately took her to every state in the US!
Addie’s dedication to serve others eventually moved her to care for her aging mother, as well as her younger sister Lilly as she struggled with cancer. She also provided nurture and assistance to Lilly’s husband Brad and son Neal. After Lilly’s passing in 1989, Addie continued to help care for Neal over the next six years, establishing a bond between Addie and Brad that eventually turned into a love for each other, and finally
marriage in 1996. Together, Addie and Brad shared almost 20 years, enjoying family events, camping, travel, and extensive involvement in their church community at New Hope Fellowship in Monroe. Addie was also blessed with a trip to the Holy Land, where she could walk in the footsteps of her beloved Savior.
In 2009, Addie tragically lost Gary to a fatal truck accident while he was on a job in Alaska. Once again, her faith sustained her through the deep sadness and loss of her remaining child. Then, in 2016, after an extended battle with cancer, Brad was also taken from Addie. And yet, Addie’s thoughts were never for herself. Instead, she turned her heart to her older sister, Gretel, moving into Brookdale Retirement Home to be Gretel’s roommate and helpmate.
This past September, Addie suffered a stroke that led to complications that ultimately resulted in her passing on November 27th, just three weeks after her 87th birthday. Addie had finally fulfilled her life mission. Her service complete, she went home to be with her Lord. Addie is survived by: sister Gretel Groeneveld, and brother Wiard (Jean) Groeneveld; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters- and brothers-in law; numerous nieces and nephews; cousins; and countless extended family and friends both near and distant. In addition to Stephen, Sonny, Lilly, Gary, and Brad, Addie was preceded in death by her father Hinderk (73), mother Hella (93), and brother Henry John (17). A private family graveside service was held for Addie on December 9th. A celebration of her life will be planned for a future time when all who want to attend can do so. Donations in her memory can be made to her church, New Hope Fellowship Monroe, or Child Evangelism Fellowship.