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Private services for Sallianne Lauman, 83

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Sallianne Lauman, 83, died peacefully of natural causes in Seattle, WA on February 2, 2016.

Sallianne was born Sally Ann Jones on September 4, 1932, in Gary, IN, to William and Elizabeth “Betty” Jones.

She attended Emerson High School in Gary, and was an avid dancer, having spent a season with the San Francisco Ballet as a teenager and performing in various revues and club acts throughout her youth. She also ran her own dancing school for many years.

Sallianne lived in Chesterton, IN, for over 30 years prior to moving to Lynnwood, WA, in 2007. While in Chesterton, she and her late husband, Dwight, owned and operated Broad Horizons Travel agency from 1984-2002. She and Dwight had many wonderful travel adventures together, having set foot on six continents and going on numerous cruises around the world together.

She also loved music and to sing, especially big band music and American Songbook standards. Additionally, Sallianne was an avid University of Notre Dame football and NFL fan and was a voracious reader. Sallianne attended Holy Rosary Church in Edmonds, WA and was an active member of the Edmonds Senior Center.

Though she had many jobs and played many roles over the years, she considered her greatest to be that of mother.

Her family and friends will greatly miss her humor, amazing recollection of song lyrics, and her zest for life. They would like to extend their sincere thanks to Evergreen Home Health Services and the Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center, especially Dr. James Schlenker and his staff.

Survivors include: her daughter Lisa (Lauman) Downs and husband Chris of Redmond, WA; son Michael Bilski and wife Chris Jaeggi of Arlington Heights, IL; daughter Sally (Bilski) Parker and husband Bret of Cypress, TX; stepson Bradley Lauman and wife Dina of Rockford, IL and step-grandson James Lauman; sisters Elizabeth “Betty” (Jones) Burns of The Villages, FL; Janet Jones of Scottsdale, AZ; and brother Bill Jones of Merrillville, IN. She was preceded in death by her husband Dwight Lauman, her granddaughter, Colleen Gannuch, and her sister, Shirley (Jones) Zaradich.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in Sallianne's name to the Wounded Warrior Project ( or to the American Cancer Society (

Sallianne's body was donated for research to the University of Washington Medical School. A private celebration of her life will be held in Lynnwood, WA.

Memories of Sallianne may be posted at



Posted 2/12/2016




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