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Colette Marie Jacquemart was born in Duelm, Minnesota, at the home of her parents, Omer and Lillian Jacquemart. The family moved to Foley, Minnesota, when she was six years old. Her siblings included Marjorie, Delhart, Darrell, Joan, and Ann. There was another sibling that only live one year and a still born baby that was buried in the backyard by Delhart. This was the Depression. Omer delivered oil in his own truck to the farms locally. It was visiting her grandparents on their farms that brought joy. She loved the round barn on the Cota farm, which became a noted Historical landmark.
Her parents decided to move the family to Seattle for job opportunities at the Boeing Aircraft plant. The family settled at the Holly Park Apartments, in 1942. Colette attended VanAsselt school before attending Cleveland High School. She graduated high school with honors in 1949.
Colette worked at Mannings Restaurant in the Pike Place Market, until she married Ormond Rustad on October 1, 1949. Colette was 18 and Ormond was 21. They moved into a small rental on the farm owned by the Joe Desmond family. The farm had vegetables that were sold at the Pike Place Market. There were fruit trees, a green house for tomatoes and cucumbers, a large flower garden, chickens, rabbits, cows, and a few pigs. There was a large draft horse that was used in the fields.
Ormond "Russ" Rustad found stable employment at Boeing. He started as a mechanic, but worked his way up the ladder. After Pamela and Christine were born to this young family, the Desmonds built an addition to the home including a half basement. The family continued to grow with the birth of Mark and then Joyce. Laundry was done with a wringer washer and then hung on the clothes line to dry. Lots of cloth diapers!
The family purchased a three bedroom home in 1957. Russ and Colette shared the garage with a boat owned jointly with Marjorie and Jerry Gregory and Cousin Ellen. Picnicking and swimming at Seward Park point and water skiing with the extended family and the Grandparents became a summertime favorite past time. Other camping trips included Twin Harbors State Park near Ocean Shores and at Cranberry Lake near Deception Pass.
As the family grew again with the births of Mary, Harold, and John, the Rustad clan moved closer to Saint Bernadette Church and Grade School into a brand new home. Life became very full. Cousin Ellen Gregory would babysit so Colette could coach the girls softball teams.
Colette had a tumor which needed to be removed by a hysterectomy at the age of 32. She had so many back surgeries, her back appear as a scar up the entire length of her spine.
In September 1974, Ormond and Colette divorced. Some in the family took sides. Catholics weren't supposed to divorce.
Colette married William Wold in July 1975. They cared for Mary Rustad until she decided she wanted to moved back with her Dad.
Grandpa Omer Jacquemart passed away and Lillian moved into an apartment near Saint Bernadette's Church and daughter Marjorie's family. When Lillian could no longer drive, Colette brought her mother to live with her and Bill. Colette was working in downtown Seattle at a Medical office for four Doctors who mainly served patients with Aids. She was the receptionist.
Before Colette and Bill moved to Morton, Washington, Lillian Jacquemart was moved into Mount Saint Vincent Assisted Living in West Seattle. The move to Morton was celebrated by Colette's 60th birthday. Fishing, gardening, and road trips to Minnesota were highlights of life.
Bill Wold passed away in 2000. Colette's brother, Delhart Jacquemart, moved in with his sister to share expenses and fun. They took a cruise on the inside passage to Alaska and made more trips to Minnesota, stopping in Montana to visit daughter Pamela and Yellowstone National Park. Visiting Aunt "Babe" Jacquemart was a priority, too. Colette loved writing to her Aunt.
Daughter Pamela flew with Colette to Hawaii in celebration of Colette's 75th birth year. They attended Mass where the priest was barefoot. After church they were served Hawaiian Punch!
By 1992, three of her children had died. Another passed away in 2012 and the fifth in 2018. Colette Wold is survived by daughters Pamela Rustad and Christine Bannister, her many grand children and great-grandchildren. Only one of her siblings, Ann Linscott, remembers how the two siblings sang "You are my Sunshine" and will carry on the family stories now.
In 2015, Colette and Delhart moved into Heritage House in Morton. Sadly, Delhart's health deteriorated and he was put in the hospital in 2016. Colette visited him almost daily. When Delhart passed away, his ashes were placed in the Veterans Cemetery south of Seattle.
Delhart's two sons, David and Michael Jacquemart, visited their dad every year while he was alive and Michael would continue to call his Aunt Colette most Sundays until January 2024.
A special thanks to Cousins Ellen Kulin and Denise Pitman for visiting Colette in the hospital when she broke her hip, to Granddaughter Mary Evans for bringing clothes to the Rehabilitation facility, to best friend Carol Benjamin for bringing blueberries, and to Jim Pitman and his family for driving to the Hospice Home on many occasions.
Colette Wold made it to 92 and lived a life full of challenges. Those who didn't know her really missed out, especially if you wanted to talk Mariners Baseball, go trout fishing, sing along to Country Western songs like The Tennessee Waltz and Strawberry Roan, or to be a part of her walk with Our Lord, Christ.