Leslie Anne Boswell Henkel, 62, a resident of Bellevue for the past 40 years, passed away on June 4, 2007, in Bellevue, WA after a sudden illness.
Leslie was born on August 19, 1944, in Wenatchee, WA to Brooks and Dorothy (Brittain) Boswell. Leslie spent her early life in Peshastin, WA, where she attended school.
After graduation from Peshastin-Dryden High School in 1962, Leslie graduated from Wenatchee Valley Community College. She then attended Central Washington University. After college, Leslie was one of the first female engineering technicians employed by the Washington State Department of Transportation. She worked in their Seattle and Mercer Island offices, predominantly on the 1-90 projects. On November 6, 1971, Leslie married Brian Henkel in Peshastin, and set up residence in Bellevue. Together Leslie and Brian enjoyed hiking the Cascades and sailing in Puget Sound and the Gulf Islands. They frequently visited Brian’s home of Australia. These trips were interspersed with journeys to Mexico, Europe, and the South Seas. Later in life they traveled in their RV around Canada and much of the U.S., including New England. Leslie enjoyed many hobbies; she loved her horses and family mountain pack trips and was very interested in genealogy. She traced her lineage to their arrival in America through research and travel. Also, Leslie loved making porcelain dolls, and the many display cases in her home illustrate her artistic abilities. Leslie will be remembered for all of her charitable activities for nieces, nephews, children, grandchildren and foster children. Leslie actively volunteered for the Overlake Service League and her love of the outdoors was shared with all. Leslie will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her. Leslie is survived by her husband, Brian Henkel of the family home in Bellevue; two sons, Jim Henkel of Bellevue and Peter Henkel of Williamstown, Australia; sister and brother-in-law, Claudia and Keith Wiggins of Wenatchee; brother and sister-in-law, Brooke and Sandra Boswell of Cashmere; sister-in-law, Dolores Boswell of East Wenatchee; grandchildren, Mary and Bert Henkel and Morgan Bonifant; several nieces; nephews; and good friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Barbara Bonifant; and a brother, Tim Boswell. A Memorial Service of Commemoration to celebrate the Life of Leslie Henkel, will be held on Saturday June 9, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. in the Ward’s Funeral Chapel in Leavenworth with Pastor Greg McPherson officiating. Private Family Inurnment will be in the Peshastin Cemetery at a later date. Ward’s Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth is in charge of the arrangements.