SEATTLE – Our beloved daughter, wife, mother and friend passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in hospice at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, surrounded by family and friends.

Aletia was born in Missoula to Beryl and Neva Podoll on Sept. 11, 1968. She attended Hellgate High School and graduated from Loyola Sacred Heart High School. She attained a degree in business at the University of Montana. After moving to Seattle, she met and married James Cogar and they made their home there. They bought an older house and completely remodeled it over the course of several years, creating a beautiful home in which to raise their children.

Aletia’s daughters were the light of her life, her pride and joy, her highest reason for being. Over the past three years while battling cancer, she did everything in her power to ensure that her girls would be OK when she was gone from their lives. No matter how she was feeling, she attended her girls’ sporting events and cheered them on, often volunteering to keep score or help in any way she could. Aletia had an amazing silent inner strength. Throughout her long ordeal, she rarely complained. Now she is at peace and no longer suffering any pain.

Aletia is survived by her husband James; her precious children, Katie and Anna; her father and stepmother, Beryl and Faith Podoll; mother Neva Podoll; brother Beryl (Meg) Podoll Jr.; stepbrother Larkin (Tanya) Matoon; stepsister Willow Matoon; and numerous other relatives and dear friends. She will be forever missed.

High mass was held at St. John’s Catholic Church in Seattle on Aug. 8, 2015. The church was crowded with Aletia’s family and friends as they celebrated her life. A reception followed at the Elks Lodge. No local services are planned.

Donations to the family may be made at gofundme.com/2x349mf8.

“Grief never ends, but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith. It is the price of love.”

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