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Mount Rainier loses one of its best known visitors

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on June 4, 2010 at 2:05 pm with No Comments »
June 4, 2010 2:05 pm

Sad to report that we just received an obituary for Ake Sundstrom. Only his wife, Bronka, and the glaciers spent more time on Mount Rainier.

Ake Sundstrom passed away peacefully on May 31, 2010.  Ake was born in Jameten, Sweden, on March 4, 1917.

Ake is survived by his cherished Bronka, wife of 64 years, his son Allen Jack Sundstrom (Robin), and grandchildren Chloe and Grover.
Ake was proud to be a heavy construction worker for Tucci and Sons for 26 years, and a member of Local 252.  Ake had an exquisite sense for harmony and environmental balance, reflected in the fine craftsmanship of the beautiful home he built on the banks of the Nisqually River, in Ashford.

Ake was equally at home deep in the wild backcountry or high on the pristine alpine snowfields of Mt. Rainier.  The quintessential cross-country skier, admired for his grace and balance, Ake was also a ski jumper as a young man in Europe. An inseparable pair, Ake and Bronka forged many lasting friendships on the slopes of Mount Rainier, friendships that have woven an expanding network of interconnecting friendships, based on a love of Mount Rainier National Park.

Ake and Bronka’s life story is a remarkable tale of survival and enduring humanity, of courage and renewal.  Ake was a rare man of exceptional quality, as was immediately recognized by anyone who had the honor of meeting him – a man of stature, a vanishing breed.

A celebration of life will be held in the coming weeks, date to be announced.  In lieu of flowers, any memorial contributions should be made to the charity of one’s choice.  Online condolences may be left at

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