Ursula Brigitte Choate, 86, of Anacortes, Wash., passed away Nov. 12 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Ursula Loeser was born on June 6, 1926, in Coburg, Germany, to Erwin and Elsa Loeser. As a teenager, she was conscripted into the German Youth service during World War II. She didn't talk about her experiences often, but when she did she held everyone spellbound with the hardship and courage during those early years. She met Harlan Choate, an American serviceman, in Coburg after the war and they were married on January 14, 1954. She was a military wife for many years, finally settling in Colorado. Many of those years were spent in Vail raising her two sons and assisting Harlan in their business, Big Horn Rentals, a vacation property management company. Ursula was an avid skier and continued skiing until she was in her '70s.
Ursula and Harlan moved to Anacortes in 1978. They loved their home on the water and trips on their boat, The Fishing Fool. Both shared a love of travel, visiting locations around the globe including Europe, the Far East, and Central America. Ursula truly had a green thumb, loved her beautiful garden and her flowers. A nurturer of all things, she adopted a number of pets, including a sea gull named Gimpy and several stray cats, over the years.
Ursula was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Harlan Choate, who passed away Oct. 9, 2011, and by her sister, Cristl Hansen, of Chicago. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Adrian and Betsey, of Clackamas, Ore.; son Glenn Choate, of Westcliffe; sister Iris Draper, of Colorado Springs; brother Peter Bach and wife, Heidrun, of Cologne, Germany; nephew, Ulli Hansen and wife Gudrun, of Munich, Germany; nephew Ken Adams and wife Lauren, of Breckinridge; and nephew Gordon Adams and wife Susan, of Eagle. She is missed by her good friends at the German Club who looked after her during her last year and her many dear friends in Colorado and around the globe.
At Ursula's request, no memorial service will be held. Her ashes will be interred along with Harlan's at Fernhill Cemetery in Anacortes. Memorials are suggested to the Lake Erie Volunteer Fire Department of Anacortes, Wash. We appreciate the many times they responded to medical emergencies for both Harlan and Ursula over the last few years.
Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory Inc., Anacortes, Wash., and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Ursula, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.