Aase Helga Malones died peacefully at her home in Coupeville on Oct. 30, 2017, with her daughter Anita at her side. She was 84 years old. Born in Ulsteinvik Norway to Halvdan and Alvhild Saunes, she was the youngest of eight siblings. Her childhood was far from carefree as she grew up in Norway during the German Occupation of World War II. After high school graduation, she met and married Asbjorn K. Malones (Karsten) from nearby Andalsnes. It wasn’t long before he whisked her off to the U.S., settling in Ballard in 1955. After 15 years on 9th Avenue, they moved to their Richmond Beach home that Karsten built. While making a home and raising a family, she also cooked countless Norwegian meatballs for their fishermen friends from the “old country.” Aase worked for many years at the Sears store on Aurora Avenue as the jewelry department manager.
Aase was a member of Sons of Norway for 39 years, transferring from Bothell Lodge to Leif Erikson Lodge in 1988. She received her Golden membership in 2006.
Aase and Karsten purchased a lot in Admirals Cove in the early 1970s where they built a weekend retreat. Commuting between two homes became difficult so eventually they enlarged their cabin and became full-time residents of the island.
Aase loved skiing in her younger years, music, dancing and socializing with her many friends in the Ballard and Seattle area. She was a loving mother, a wonderful grandmother (“Mormor” to her two granddaughters and great grandson), and always looked forward to spending time with her great grandson. Aase is survived by her sister Molla Tennfjord of Tenfjord, Norway; her daughter and son-in-law Anita and Mark Needler of Oak Harbor; two grandchildren, Lisa Needler of Atlanta, Ga., and Sarah Needler of Pensacola, Fla.: and one great grandson, David Asbjorn Rosa of Pensacola, Fla. Aase was preceded in death by her husband Karsten and her son Steinar Malones.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at Oak Harbor Lutheran Church. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and condolences at www.wallinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home & Cremation, Oak Harbor.