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Brunhilde Ida Neff (Oma) Memorial
Brunhilde Ida Neff (Oma) Memorial

Brunhilde Ida Neff (Oma)

Brunhilde Ida Neff (Oma)

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Brunhilde Ida Neff (Oma) peacefully passed away on January 16, 2018, in Everett, Washington with her loving family by her side. She was born October 9, 1932, in Goldach, Switzerland to Anton and Ida Buschor. Family was important to Oma from the start, she loved the country that she came from and visited frequently. After receiving a business degree, she married Jacob Neff, her husband of 62 years, on June 1, 1954. They traveled shortly thereafter to America, where they settled in Washington State, dairy farming. Opa and Oma continued to pass on the Swiss traditions to their family through Swiss dancing, playing cards, and listening to Swiss music. She owned Smokey Point Travel, where she made many friends and shared her love of traveling. Opa and Oma traveled around the world and enjoyed their life together. She never knew a stranger and was known for her feisty nature. She taught us through example of dedication, love, kindness and family. Oma enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, hiking, traveling, visiting with friends, and family trips to Spectacle Lake. Family get togethers were most important to her, including weekly lunch dates with her kids and grandkids (the more the merrier).
She is survived by her five children: Jacob (Carrie) Neff, Marcus Neff, Simon (Cherene) Neff, Heidi (Steve) Atterson, Gretchen (Guy) Jones, and Valerie Neff. She is also survived by her wonderful grandchildren, Jacob (Rachel) Neff, Melissa (Andrew) Albert, Emily Neff, Christoph (Felicia) Neff, Jennifer (Kreig) Holland, Amanda Neff (Steven), Marcus Neff (Anke), Jessica (Dan) Ely, Nicole Neff, Simon Neff (Allison), Andrea (Kenton) Childers, Alex Neff, Steve Atterson (Robyn), Chrissy (Jeremy) Didrickson; along with 14 great grandchildren, and her best friends, Angie and Matthias. She was also survived by her siblings, Doris Stubi, Peter (Lydia) Buschor, Jurg (Marcella) Buschor, and Anni Buschor, together with many loving nieces and nephews, all from Switzerland. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jacob Neff; her parents and her brothers, Anton Buschor, Rudy Buschor and brother in law, Karl Stubi.
Thank you to Simon’s family for opening their home to Oma and Opa for many years. Services will be held Friday, January 26, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Arlington, with reception to follow. Donations can be made to St. Jude Hospital, SSCT Swiss Kids Kamp, or the Monroe Swiss Colony.


  • Ruth & Ernst Luthi Santa Fe NM

    We have wonderful memories of playing cards and just spending time with Brunhilde and Jake “uf em Aelpli” in Silvana for many years.
    We are so glad to have had the chance to visit with Brunhilde at the Monroe Swiss Hall last May on our road trip to Washington.
    Our sincere condolences to the family.

    Ruhe in Frieden liebe Brunhilde.

  • Deb Jeans

    So so sorry to hear of Boonie Butts passing. She was a true friend and we had so much fun together from playing Mega everyday, slots at our favorite casinos, I was always included in her family get togethers which were so much fun and our road travels and talks. She was a true inspiration and I learned so much from her. She had a super personality and was just so much fun to be around. Dave, me and Boonie will forever be the “Three Musketeers” as we were always together when we could be which was a lot. Heidi was such a fantastic daughter and always made me feel so welcome and would catch us playing Mega. Gretchen I only got to meet a couple of times when I was picking Boonie up at the door place to head to BJ in fife to play Mega but you could tell the love she had for her mom. Oh jake he was a funny guy and always had a smile whenever I had the pleasure to see him. Boonie Butt thank you for being my friend you will always be cherished and loved. A part of my heart is forever broken. I love you RIP my friend

  • Felice Buschor

    Liebe Family
    Brunhilde hat ihre letzte Reise angetreten und unsere guten Gedanken und lieben Erinnerungen begleiten sie. Ihr unvergesslicher Humor und Ihr hellwaches Wesen bleiben für immer in unseren Herzen. Sie hat all Ihre Aufgaben mutig angenommen und mit viel Schöpfergeist und Tatkraft erfüllt.
    Wir wünschen Euch und all Euren Lieben Mut und Zuversicht auf Euren Wegen.
    Herzliche Grüsse aus Bern