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Sad news tonight as we share news of the passing of two former floating home residents:

Elaine Eigeman 1943 - 2019

Elaine was born a twin with her brother, Larry, in Great Falls, Montana, April 23 in 1943 to Dorothy Eleanor (Dardis) and Robert Lawrence Eigeman. Elaine peacefully passed April 24, 2019 at home in Seattle due to complications of lobular breast cancer

Most floating home residents know Elaine Eigeman and Daniel Schalke, who for decades have been prominent real estate agents representing our community, and longtime supporters of the FHA. They participated in our fund raisers; they attended meetings; they were generous with advice. 

Twenty years ago, Elaine was diagnosed with a very serious breast cancer. In the ensuing years, Elaine has had a lot of problems with lymphedema -- a problem with swelling due to the inability of lymph fluids to flow properly, because lymph nodes are taken out to diagnose the spread of cancer. One of the main treatments is to wear compression garments -- but which are NOT covered by Medicare! Always the creative problem solver, Elaine fought hard in the ensuing years to get some bills through Congress to get this basic coverage. She and other advocates are close, but not quite there.

Characteristically, she used her last energies to raise money to get the lymphedema bills finished and signed. You can contribute to the cause at, and read the full obituary from the Seattle Times here. The memorial for Elaine will be held at the Mountaineers Club on Sunday, July 14 from 1pm to 4pm. 7700 Sandpoint Wy NE. Seattle.

Beverley J. Mattson 1926 - 2018

Beverley J Mattson, aka Bev, Mum, and Lady of the Lake, born May 14, 1926 to Agnes and William MacKenzie, passed with grace on October 31, 2018 surrounded by her family. Bev lived aboard a floating home on Dox Co-op from 1985 until 2013, where all were welcome in her home and all were encouraged to join her for a swim. Bev's optimism and laughter were contagious, and her vibrance, warmth, and uncanny ability to riff the blues will be remembered and treasured by all who knew and loved her. You can read the full obituary on the Seattle Times here.  

Board Meeting Minutes - The minutes of the April 3rd FHA Board Meeting have been posted to the FHA website. You can read them here. Our next meeting will be the first week in June. Please reply to this email if you have questions, comments or suggestions for the Board.

Floating Home Services - Did you know we have a page on our website for people to advertise services available to floating homes? One of the most recent additions is Seascapes Milfoil Removal. You can get their information and that of the other advertisers who keep the FHA website afloat here. If you know of other companies who may be interested in advertising on our site, let me know.

Eastlake News:

City Council Candidates debate (District 4) — Tues., May 14  6:30 p.m. at Agora Conference Center, 1551 Eastlake Avenue E. (note location change from previous publicity). This open seat is hotly contested by a large field of candidates as the August 6 primary draws near.  Come quiz them and see how they interact with one another and with the public.  And please send to ECC your suggested questions, to  On how to register to vote:

Citywide Emergency Hub drill – Sat., June 1  9 a.m. to noon, Rogers Playfield.  For background on the ECC emergency preparedness web page, click here.

Public meeting on crime and safety in Eastlake; and planning for crowds and traffic of Independence Day – Thurs., June 13 6:30 p.m. at TOPS-Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. For background on the ECC web site, click here.  Sponsored by ECC.

All the best

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