Press Release


Superior Court Judge Frances P. Chmelewski

Kittitas County, WA - 06/11/2018 - Announcing the sad news of her passing.

It is with great sorrow that the Kittitas County Superior Court announces that Judge Frances P. Chmelewski passed away on June 9, 2018, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  Judge Chmelewski loved people, the law, and serving others in any way possible.  An attorney since 1989, “Judge Fran” left her mark on our community as a Judge of the Superior Court of Washington for Kittitas County from December, 2011 through January, 2017.  Judge Chmelewski personified compassion, wisdom, and honor.  She was loved by many during her life, and the memory of her spirit and tenacity will  always grace us as we soldier on.  Our thoughts and prayers abide with her husband Mark and son Stephen.

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Contact: Sarah Keith, Superior Court Administrator
(509) 962-7533