Saturday, May 14, 2011

Washington Obituaries 05/14/2011


Almeda Cruse

Almeda CRUSE Born February 15, 1921 Taloga, OK passed away April 15, 2011 Federal Way, WA. Almeda was preceded by husband Wilke. Almeda is survived by son Keith Gilchrist (Barbara), daughter Karen Carpenter (Chuck) and son Kendall Gilchrist (Bonnie) and 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.



Andrew Zanchi

Born Andrija Zanki December 28, 1919 in Komiza, Island of Vis, Croatia. Sponsored by his aunt and uncle, Nick and Fannie Vitaljic, Andrew came to Bellingham in June, 1936. He passed from this life in his Bellingham home on May 11, 2011. Andrew loved his many years working as a commercial fisherman and equally loved, and was proud of, his years worked at Intalco Aluminum. His crowning glory and his life's passion was his garden. Andrew's old country ways will be missed by those that remain. He was part of a culture that is nearly gone from this area. Andrew was preceded in death by Rose, his wife of 67 years, on August 5, 2010. He is survived by his son Andy, daughters Rozanne and Romayne, and Mitch Kink, his best friend from the time Andrew came to Bellingham as a young man. Andrew is also survived by his brother, Luka, and sister, Katarina of Croatia. At Andrew's request, there will be no service. Memorials may be made to Whatcom Hospice. Our special thanks to nurse Dave Wilbur for truly caring. To Andrew's caregivers, Kathy Rau, and Julie Adams, thank you for showing so much heart and soul. Westford Family Funeral Home & Cremation Broadway at Eldridge



AnnaBelle Arneson

AnnaBelle ARNESON Born on May 17, 1916 in Niobrara, NE; moved to Kirkland, WA in 1956; died on March 6, 2011 in SeaTac, WA. Survived by her loving children Linda, Judy, Trudy, Edwin; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandsons. Funeral Service today, Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 2:00PM at Yarington's Funeral Home; 10708 – 16th Avenue SW, Seattle with Viewing one hour prior to service.



Asa D. Keep

Asa D. KEEP Born in Red Bluff, CA, Asa was the youngest of 11 children. Asa was raised in Lorane, OR, and graduated from Lorane High School. He then spent 4 years in the U S Navy, where he met his beloved wife, Jacqueline. The couple moved to Seattle, WA, shortly after they were married in 1953, and Asa went to work for the Boeing CO., where he worked for 38 years. Asa was an avid fisherman and an excellent golfer. Asa is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Ward Keep, sons Kim (Laurie) Keep of Burien, WA., Mark Keep of Billings, MT, daughter Brenda (Chuck) Burks of Oklahoma City, OK, brother Jerry Keep of Springfield, OR,six grandchildren, one great granddaughter, and numerous nieces and nephews. Viewing May 14, 2011 at 3:00 p.m; Services at 4:00 p.m., both to be held at Marlatt Funeral Home, 713 Central Ave N, Kent WA, 98032. Remembrances may be made to Franciscan Hospice, Tacoma WA.



Barbara Thurmon

Barbara THURMON Barbara Arlene (Higley) Thurmon, born July 29, 1936 in Seattle, passed away peacefully May 5, 2011 at Hospice Care Center of Kitsap County. Only child of Marjorie Ceis Higley and Robert Higley. Barbara is survived by husband Val, son Glenn, daughters Valerie, Laurie and Lynn, also 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Reception will be Sunday, May 29th, 10 - 6:00 pm at 3570 Schultz Rd NW, Bremerton. To see the complete obituary and to sign the online guest book go to



Betty Jean (Wolff) Eastman

Betty Jean Eastman (Wolff), 85, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2011 in Vancouver, WA with her family at her side. She was a 1943 graduate of Everett H.S. She met her husband, Jim, at the Redmond's Hall USO in 1946 and they enjoyed ball room dancing throughout their marriage. Betty was a fine seamstress and made many pretty clothes for herself and family., She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Jim; and her son, James., She is survived by her daughter, Jean Eastman, of Beaverton, OR; grandchildren, Vaughn Stocker and Crystal Cole; and great- grandchildren, Rebecca and Hannah Stocker and Olivia Cole., No services are planned.



Beulabel Elliott Ray Watkins

Beulabel Elliott Ray Watkins passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at the Everett Care and Rehabilitation Center in Everett, WA. Beulabel was born June 20, 1923 to Earl and Lena Elliott in Bronson, KS. She resided in Portland, OR until 2008 when she moved to Garden Court Retirement Community in Everett where she had made her home for the last three years., Beulabel was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Lena Elliott, of Chanute, KS; a brother, Roger E. Elliott, Chanute, KS; husbands, Jesse S. Ray, Portland, OR and Joseph Watkins, Portland, OR., She is survived by two nieces, Marilyn Matlock, Bremerton, WA and Linda Carder, Everett, WA; two nephews, Roger L. Elliott, Chanute, KS and Marvin L. Elliott, Silverdale, WA; and several great-nieces and nephews., A memorial in honor of Beulabel will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 15, 2011 at Garden Court Retirement Community, 520 112th Street SW, Everett, WA where Beulabel had been a resident for the past three years. Following the memorial at Garden Court the family will receive friends at Solie Funeral Home, 3301 Colby, Everett, WA from 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. Monday, May 16, 2011 the family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Mount Scott Funeral Home, Mount Scott Blvd, Happy Valley, OR. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, May 16, 2011 at the Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery, 11801 SE Mount Scott Blvd., Happy Valley, OR., Memorial contributions may be made to Providence Hospice of Snohomish County Foundation, 2731 Wetmore Avenue, Everett, WA., Arrangements are under the care of Solie Funeral Home, Everett, WA.



Beulabel Elliott Watkins

Beulabel Elliott Ray Watkins passed away on Tues., May 10, 2011 at the Everett Care & Rehabilitation in Everett, WA. She was born June 20, 1923 to Earl and Lena Elliott in Bronson, KS., Beulabel is survived by two nieces, Marilyn Matlock and Linda Carder; two nephews, Roger L. Elliott and Marvin L. Elliott., She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Roger E. Elliott; and husbands, pastors Jesse S. Ray and Joseph Watkins., On Mon., May 16, 2011, the family will receive friends, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., at Mount Scott Funeral Home, Happy Valley, OR. Graveside services to follow, 3:00 p.m. at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery., Please sign Beulabel's guest book at:



Bull, Leland LeRoy "Lee"

Saturday, May 14, 2011 2:00 AM 

YAKIMA - Leland "Lee" LeRoy Bull ("Babe" to his parents and brothers), 87, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Saturday, May 7, 2011. ..... 



Carole Sue Petersen

Carol was the last surviving child of Howard and Effie Montgomery, she was welcomed in Heaven by all her loved ones who preceded her in passing. She takes many long-lasting friendships with her., A woman of God who instilled the joy of the Lord in all who knew and loved her. She loved unconditionally, always available to lend her ear and give a comforting word. Her humor will be forever missed!, She was the best she could be for her children, Pam Holte (Ralph), Richard Parfitt (Terry), Kristi Mabus (Bob), Jodi Nance, Raymond Brown (Meg), and Judy Brown; she loved her grandchildren and nieces and nephews with all her heart., Our family is forever changed and she is greatly missed., A celebration of life will follow. Please see Sunday, May 15 paper for more information.



Charles Ray Southard

Charles went to be with the Lord at 58 years old on April 30. He passed away at home with his loving family by his side. He was born in Everett, WA on April 19, 1953., He is survived by Stephanie Gillem and their two boys, Ben and Dylan; with grandchildren, Nevaeh and Jacob and baby on the way; also Charles' first wife, Cindy; and their children, Diana, Chuck, Sarah and Tiffany; and 11 grandkids., He will never be forgotten. A celebration of life will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on May 15, 2011 at Tailgaters, 1805 Hewitt Ave., Everett, WA. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., May 19 at The National Cemetery, 18600 Se 240th St. Kent, WA.



Cornelius W. Fry

Born April 2, 1917 at home near Worley, WI, Cornelius W. Fry passed away August 26, 2010 in his home near Lake Stevens, WA., Neil, as most folks knew him, had a full life. He grew up on a farm with school at a one-room schoolhouse where most of his brothers and sisters were being taught, too. It undoubtedly added to his sense of importance where family was concerned., He and his family were musically gifted. He loved singing, was a wonderful tenor and was able to play any stringed instrument he ever picked up. He enjoyed singing at Trinity Lutheran Church on Sundays and beamed after a Saturday with the Snohomish Blue Grass group., He joined the, to protect the nation he loved during, . He became a pilot for the Army Air Corp, was assigned B24s and sent to the South Seas campaign. Many of his crew and friends never made it back to the States. Upon his return to America, he soon met and married June, mother of two sons and two daughters and a close friend for over 60 years. One son, Mike, and one daughter, Joyce, also served with honor in the armed forces., He became a carpenter and retired from that trade. Another son, Pat, followed him into the carpentry trade where they had many opportunities to work together. After officially retiring from carpentry, he helped many of his neighbors with home repair projects as well as always being available to help with family home improvements., He loved playing cards and played most of his life. In his later years, he got together with a group of friends each week and played. The last few years of his life his daughter Jean and his friend June enjoyed a few hands with him every Sunday after supper., The celebration of his life and honoring of his service to the USA will be held Friday, May 20, 2011, at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent at 12:30 pm. We will be gathering together at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2324 Lombard Avenue in Everett at 3:00 p.m.



Dale E. Shintaffer

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Daniel Carlton Snodgrass

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David Christian Gerlach

Dr. David Christian Gerlach, PhD, age 55 died Sunday, May 8, 2011, at 5:00am at UW Medical. David was born June 29, 1955, in DelRio,Texas, but has lived all over the world. David resided in Richland, Washington, for the last 18 years with his registered domestic partner, John Stark. David was raised in a loving home by Oscar and Mary Elizabeth Gerlach, who were both active in the U.S. Army. During his youth, David was involved in the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the status of Eagle Scout. David received his Ph.D. (Geochemistry) in 1985 from MIT, a proud moment for his parents. David was preceded in death by both parents., Dr. Gerlach published 32 times with 42 abstracts of his research. His awards and honors include the University Scholar Award, Trinity University; Geological Society of America Penrose Grant, 1979; NERC postdoctoral fellowship, University of Leeds; and three Outstanding Performance Awards, PNNL., At PNNL Dr. Gerlach performed research and held responsibilities in support of national/homeland security; nuclear safeguards, arms control, and non-proliferation programs; as well as funding/ sponsorship from both national and international sources. David also worked at Charles Evans & Associates, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), DTM (Carnegie Institution of Washington, DC), MIT, University of Leeds (England), and Rice University., David and John loved to travel throughout Europe and spend time on their property in Whidbey Island. David also donated time and energy Vista Youth Center in the Tri Cities. David and John donated to the Seattle Men's Choir., Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 2:00pm at Memories at Sunset Event Center in Richland, WA. Viewing will be held prior to the funeral service beginning at 12:00pm., Express your thoughts and memories on our online Guestbook at



David Joseph Shore

David Joseph Shore passed away following an extended illness. He was a devoted and treasured husband, father, grandfather, and friend., He was born in Portland, OR on August 14, 1918 to David and Margaret Shore. Immediately following his graduation from the, in 1942, he married his high school sweetheart, Harriet Bryant. After a brief period of travel with the military, they settled in Seattle in 1946. They had four children. In 1955, they moved to Mukilteo where they lived in the family home until 1979. Upon retirement, Decatur Island became home for ten years, where they shared the joys of island life with family and friends., Dave practiced dentistry for 45 years. He was dedicated to his profession and belonged to several study groups throughout his career ever advancing his dental stills which he so loved., Dave's life was always full of family adventures which included extensive skiing, sailing on the Shor-e-nuff, camping and fishing trips and golf. He was very active at the Everett Golf and Country Club. From being a past president of the Washington State Golf Association to being recognized in 2008 with a perpetual trophy established in recognition to his putting expertise (and luck). These are examples of his love for golf and the associated fellowship., Dave was preceded in death by the love of his life and best friend, Harriet. He leaves behind a loving family: his children, Peg Hollandsworth, Betty (Neil) Martinson, Dave (Blake) Shore and Bill (Julie) Shore; grandchildren, Jodie Bisenius, Karl, Paul and Peter Martinson, Brennan and Cassidy Shore and Amanda and Alex Shore; and great-grandchildren, Jacob and Emily Bisenius. He also leaves his lifelong friend and business partner, George (Amy) Youngstrom; and extended family, Sharon (Bob) Richer, Sean (Mary Ann) Edwards and Greta, Elizabeth (Jen) Moran and Ashley, Ellie, Peyton, Ryan and Quincy., Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2011 at Purdy & Walters with Cassidy.



Delmont "Del" Ulrich

Delmont "Del" ULRICH Age 92, passed away on Friday, April 22. Del was born at home in 1919 in Connell, Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington and then attended the University of Minnesota Medical School. Del received specialty training in Internal Medicine at Milwaukee County Hospital where he earned his first paycheck as a doctor - 25 cents! During WWII Del served in the US Army Medical Corps at Madigan General Hospital. Following the war, he interned at Harborview Hospital where Del met Swanie, the love of his life. They were married in 1946. Del set up medical practice in Seattle. He often said, "I love practicing medicine." Del treated his patients with integrity and compassion. He was also active in the Washington State Society of Internal Medicine, Washington State Medical Society and King County Medical Society. Del taught clinical medicine at the UW Medical School for 33 years. He enjoyed the intellectual stimulation of interacting with medical students. Del was an avid Husky football fan. Del and Swanie shared extensive world travel. They enjoyed skiing, hiking, mountain climbing, camping, tennis, and boating in the San Juans. An annual highlight was getting together with relatives and going salmon fishing at Neah Bay. Del took great pride in barbequing the salmon that he had caught. In 1983, Del retired and took up another career - being a grandfather. With his grandsons, he enjoyed many outdoor activities - salmon fishing, camping and skiing. Del took a genuine interest in their activities and academic pursuits. Del was a faithful member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Laurelhurst. He and Swanie attended for 60 years. Del's deep love and devotion to his faith, family and friends was paramount in his life. Del was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him, especially their three children, Bev Allen (Jim), Jim Ulrich (Cyndy) and Dean Ulrich and their five grandsons, Paul (Iva), Mark, Eric, Ryan and Aaron. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 26th, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in the Chapel, 4805 NE 45th St, Seattle. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Endowment Fund of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church or a charity of your choice.



Don R. Moore

Friday, May 13, 2011 2:00 PM 

Don went to his heavenly home on May 11, 2011. Don was born on May 19, 1927, in Cameron, MO to John and Neva Moore. He grew up in Cameron with his two brothers, Charles and Glen Edward, and sister, Doris. At the young age of 14 years, Don joined the Civilian Conservation Corps to earn money to help his parents.



Douglas E. Barton

Doug married Amy Krenik in 1989 and they had two children, Mike and Jadie; they later divorced and in 1994, he married Cindy Renfroe, becoming father to Gentry Mills, and a couple years later Colton was born.



Duane Ash Jr.

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Edward R. Christensen

Edward R. Christensen, 91, of Everett, WA passed away May 3, 2011., He was born February 1, 1920 in Somers, MT where he resided until the early 1940's when he entered the US, Air Corps in early January, 1942. He served in England as a member of the 38th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group of the 8th Air Force. He returned to Everett after the war and went to work for Sound Casket Co., retiring as manager in 1987. He was a longtime member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist of Everett., Ed is survived by his wife of 24 years, Lois; and his son, William (Sandra) Christensen of Henderson, NV; granddaughters, Debbie (Matt) Wolanski of Euclid, OH, and Kathy Christensen of Henderson, NV; son, John (Maxine) Christensen of Lake Oswego, OR; grandson, William (Sabrina) Christensen of Lake Oswego, OR; and granddaughter, Becky (Chris) Burink of Colorado Springs, CO; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews., At his request there will not be a memorial service.



Eric Bernard Kennedy

Eric Bernard Kennedy, beloved father and devoted husband, left us to be with the Lord on May 5, 2011., Eric leaves behind his wife, Laurel; children, Lucas 18 months, Mia 5, and Damon 11; mother, Virginia; two sisters; and two brothers. He is preceded in death by his father, Charles Kennedy., Eric was born on April 5, 1978, and resided in Lynnwood with his family. Eric had a very successful career as a Branch Manager for Citi Financial. Eric had a great love of American History, the outdoors and a serious love of baseball and football., Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Overlake Christian Church at 10:30 a.m., at 9900 Willows Road NE, Redmond. Reception to follow in Everett at the home of his sister, Megan Folkman-Bingaman.



Evelyn Mae (Ulmer) Harris

Evelyn Mae (Ulmer) Harris peacefully passed into the arms of her dear Lord Jesus on Friday, April 29, at Whatcom Hospice House. Born September 19, 1932 in Edmonton, Alberta she moved to British Columbia with her family as a young child. She married her husband, Edward Harris Jr., July 3, 1964. He was stationed in Spain, where they lived during the late 1960's. Edward passed away in 1978. Evelyn moved to Bellingham in 1980 where she became a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church in worship and served in many capacities. She was employed as a bookkeeper, and did tax preparation services before she retired. Traveling, reading and cooking were some of her passions. She was also an excellent knitter/crocheter, having made many afghans for the Bellingham community. Family members preceding her in death are brother Marvin, and parents Jacob and Emilie Ulmer. She is survived by her sister Sandra Ratcliffe of West Kelowna BC. Evelyn was a gracious and loving soul with a great sense of humor. She will be missed by her family, her friends and her fellow members at Trinity Lutheran Church. A celebration of Evelyn's life will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St, Bellingham. Evelyn requested that memorials be given to Trinity Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, 119 Texas St, Bellingham WA 98225 or Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots, PO Box 480167, New Haven, MI 48048. You may share your thoughts and memories of Evelyn in the online memorial guest book at



Franklin Dale Davis

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Gary Lee Brateng

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Helen M. Reed

Helen M. REED In loving memory May 23, 1938 ~ April 16, 2011 Sadly missed by her husband Marty; daughters Jeannie, Terri, Tami, Richelle and Audra; 7 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren; many friends and her beloved dogs Celebration of Life May 29, 2011 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm Lake Goodwin Community Club 17323 42nd Ave NW Stanwood, WA 98292



Henry P. Rehder

Of Newport, WA, Passed away May 11, 2011 at his home in Newport., Henry was born November 26, 1929 in Missoula, MT the son of Henry Jacob and Marion (Anderson) Rehder. Henry grew up in the Missoula area graduating from Cold Springs Grade School and Missoula High School. He obtained a Master's Degree in Nursing Administration and Education and taught Med Surg Nursing in Great Falls, MT. Henry Married Joanne Sweet in Spokane, WA in 1954. He spent 25 years at Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane as Director of Nursing Services and 4 years as the Patient Care Director at the Newport Community Hospital. Since retiring he has been a volunteer with the Newport Hospital Board, the Crime Victims Board and a CASA Volunteer. For 13.5 years he has built bird houses with kindergarten classes at five regional schools. Recent estimates have Henry building approximately 4000 birdhouses., Henry is survived by his wife Joanne at their home in Newport, one daughter Suzanne of Vancouver, WA, two granddaughters Amanda of Scappoose, OR, Ashley of Newport, WA and his brother John of Missoula, Montana. He was preceded in death by his son Tim., A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, May 14th at 11AM at the Newport Cemetery with a Memorial Service to follow at 1PM at the Dalkena Community Church 425961 Hwy. 20 Newport, WA. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 13th from 10AM-5PM at the Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Newport., Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Newport is in charge of arrangements. Family and Friends are invited to sign the online guest book at



Hildred Jean Wilant

WILANT, Hildred Jean, Passed away peacefully May 10, 2011. Born to John and Hildred Manning June 16, 1922 in Indian Valley, Idaho, she was the second of four children. Jean attended grade school in Indian Valley and graduated in 1941 from Enterprise High School in Enterprise, Oregon. Jean worked for three years and attended business school part time in Portland, Oregon. In 1944 she joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed at Patuxent River, Maryland assigned to Communications with the Naval Air Transport Service. She was decorated with the American Campaign Ribbon and the Victory Ribbon for her outstanding contributions to Air Naval Operations. Jean married Walter Wilant in 1946 in Hempstead, New York and in 1953 moved to Spokane, Washington where she lived for over 40 years. Jean had a successful career of more than 20 years as the office manager of a regional insurance company. She was also an active member of the First Baptist Church in downtown Spokane. Jean and Walter had three children, Beverly, Keith and Kenneth. Walter preceded her in death in 1990. Jean moved to Melbourne, Florida in 1994 to live near her two grandchildren, Penny and Byron. Jean is survived by her three children, Beverly (Bob) Palm, Keith (Debbie Davis), Kenneth (Won); and grandchildren, Penny and Byron Wilant. Other survivors include her sister, Lucile (Richard) Higgins; brothers-in-law Herb Elrod and Walter Ehlen. Funeral Services will be at 10:00 am on Monday, May 16, 2011 at HAZEN & JAEGER FUNERAL HOME, 1306 N. Monroe St. in Spokane. Entombment will follow at Greenwood Memorial Terrace.




Janice L. Perkins, 81, a resident of Burlington, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Where the Heart Is., Born May 10, 1930 in Seattle, Washington, she was the daughter of Russell and Mabel Davis., She was raised in Seattle, Port Townsend and Lopez Island. She graduated from Bellingham High School in 1947 and received her BA in Education from Western Washington College of Education, (now Western Washington University) in 1951., On December 18, 1955 she married Gerald A. Perkins in Seattle. The Couple made their homes in Tacoma; Barstow, CA; Germany; Anacortes; Lopez Island and moved to Sedro-Woolley in 1987 where she lived until recently., Janice was a member of Central United Methodist Church since 1987., Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard & Tammy Perkins of Vancouver, WA and Frank & Tanya Perkins of Goodyear, AZ; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Kathryn & Mark Sutton of Sedro-Woolley, WA and Susan & Dewayne Seese of Burlington, WA; six grandchildren; and one great grandchild., She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband., At her request, no services will be held., Remembrances are suggest to Helping Hands Food Bank in Sedro-Woolley., Arrangements are under the direction of Hulbush Funeral Home, Burlington.



Jack W. Anderson

Jack W. Anderson, 73, of Ephrata, WA died Sunday May 8, 2011 at Central Washington Hospital after a brief battle with cancer., Jack was born April 22, 1938 the son of the late Maurice and Clara Anderson of Marysville, WA. He was the second oldest in a family of 11 children. As a young man he worked with his father doing dirt work, then in 1964 Jack bought his own truck and started J.W. Anderson Trucking. For 45 years he worked for local contractors and builders. He also worked with his brother, Bernard, doing dozing and clearing. In later years he was hired to help pave most of the roads in Snohomish County., On December 19, 1959 he married the love of his life, Andrea Himes, in Everett, WA. They made their home in South Everett for 46 years where they raised their three children. Jack's enjoyment was his dump truck. He could be found on Sunday's servicing, washing, polishing and adding chrome. For a number of years Jack was a member of the Washington Dump Truck Association. In 1980 he was the President for the Snohomish Chapter and was member of the year. Jack was always good for sponsoring Little League Baseball and could even be found, in younger years, umpiring. Jack loved snowmobiling, attending grandchildren's activities and camping. In 2004 Jack retired and shortly after he and his wife, Andrea, moved to Ephrata and took up the hobby of mini-farming. He could be found running his backhoe, driving his little dump truck or brainstorming his youngest daughter's next renovation project. For their 50th wedding anniversary he took his wife on a six state camping road trip. He enjoyed the Copper Mine and the Grand Canyon the most and was looking forward to a return trip., Jack was preceded in death by his father, Maurice Anderson; mother, Clara Anderson; brother, Bernard Anderson; and grandson, Tristan Rupard., He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Andrea; his daughter, Kimberly and Ken LeBlanc (Heather, Joseph, Nicholas, Jack), of Lake Stevens, WA; son, Mark and Ginger Anderson (Alyssa), of Snohomish, WA; and daughter, Jackie and Ranie Rupard (Justin, RJ, Danica), of Ephrata. Jack's siblings include brothers, Merle (Weselene), Dave, Rick (Diane), Harold (Patti), Dean (Lori), Dan and Dale (Dawn); sisters, Diane (Bill) Mumaw and Julie Oksness (Richard); and numerous nieces and nephews., Jack will always be remembered for his smile, twinkling blue eyes, quick wit, cowboy boot shuffle and love for his family., We love you Grandpa, you will be in our hearts forever., All family and friends are invited to a luncheon celebration of Jack's life which will be held Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Ephrata Recreation Center, 112 Basin St. SW., Ephrata, WA, 98823., In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the, or your local Little League.



Jack W. Mathews Sr.

Born August 28, 1925, he passed peacefully with his family at his side on May 5, 2011 in Stanwood, WA., "Handsome Jack" served honorably in the, in the South Pacific during, . He was a proud member of ILWU Local 19, and retired as a longshoreman in Seattle., He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Helen; siblings, Helen, Dan and Floyd., He is survived by his son, Jack, Jr. (of the family home); grandchildren, Jacki Wilson (Jim), Teri Doster (Chuck) and Jack W. Mathews, III. Plus one more "to be announced" in November, 2011. He has six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild., Memorial for family and friends at the family home, Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 1 p.m. in Stanwood. E-mail for more information.



Jane M. Mellor

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Jerome "jerry" Marr

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John T. Furugori

John T. FURUGORI John Tatsumi "Tats" Furugori, 81, died May 2, 2011 at his homein Seattle. Tats was born onJune 9, 1929 in Seattle. He graduated from Garfield High School in 1948 and attended the University of Washington. In March 1954,he married Esther Toshiko Hirabayashi. Tats will be remembered for his presence at Imperial Lanes, where he was a long-time league bowler, bowling league secretary and assistant manager until he retired in 1993. Tats is survived by his loving wife, Esther; daughters Kimberlee Furugori, Kristin (Tim) Sullivan, and Leanne Furugori; and grandsons Kerry and Brendan. A memorial service will be held on Sunday May 22, at 1:30 Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church in Seattle, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association , 100 West Harrison Street, N200, Seattle, WA 98119; Blaine Memorial UMC, 3001 - 24th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144; or Nikkei Horizons, 1601 E Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98122-5640.



Judith E. Rioux

The memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at Mills & Mills Funeral Home, 5725 Littlerock Rd SW, Tumwater, WA. 



Judy Stickler

Judy Stickler died on May 1, 2011 in Calistoga, CA. Judith Irene (Taylor) Stickler was born in Antioch, California on October 19, 1963 the youngest child of Gerald V. Taylor and Dorothy Irene (Kraft) Taylor. Her siblings are William V. Taylor, Douglas W. Taylor, Caroline V. Taylor, who died shortly after her birth, and Susan D. (Taylor) Chard. The Taylor family lived in Antioch then in 1964 they moved to Sunnyvale, California. They moved to Everett, Washington in the summer of 1967. Judy was very blessed to grow up in the same house until she went off to college, surrounded by a loving family and wonderful neighbors and friends. Judy attended Jefferson Elementary School, Eisenhower Middle School, Cascade High School (class of 1981), all in Everett, Washington, then college at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington where she was a proud member of the Cougar marching band and became a dedicated and loyal "Cougar" for the rest of her life. Judy graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology, cum laude. After college, she volunteered and worked at the Woodland Park Zoo. In 1988, she was hired at the brand new Indianapolis Zoo in Indianapolis, Indiana as a zoo keeper and was there for one year. Then Judy worked at Boeing from 1989 until 2000 as a manufacturing engineering planner. Judy met Patrick Stickler in 1990 when they both worked at Boeing. They were married on June 18, 1994 in West Seattle and lived there for nine years until their moved back to Everett. Judy went back to work at Boeing in 2006. She loved to travel with Patrick, especially to historic sites and National Parks and she loved WSU Cougar football, animals (especially dogs), music, reading, camping, holidays and family gatherings. Judy always felt blessed by the Lord and had a very wonderful life. Now she is with Jesus praising God for all eternity., Judy is preceded in death by her parents, Gerald and Dorothy Taylor; and sister, Caroline., She leaves behind her beloved husband, Patrick Bickford Stickler; brother and sister-in-law, William and Sue Taylor; brother, Douglas Taylor; sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Mike Chard; three nephews and one niece-in-law, John and Vanessa Taylor, David Taylor and Andrew Chard., The memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Northshore Christian Church, 5700 23rd Dr. W, Everett., In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Judy's name to Providence Hospice of Snohomish County Foundation, 2731 Wetmore Avenue #500, Everett, WA 98201 or at, Arrangements entrusted to Purdy & Walters with Cassidy, Everett.



June H. Hanson

Resident of Spokane, WA passed away peacefully at Sullivan Park Assisted Living Community in Spokane, WA on May 5th, 2011. June was born and raised in Van Hook, North Dakota ., She was one of three children born to the late Thelma and Halvor Kravik. June will forever be remembered by her devoted sisters Dorothy Steele and Arlene Wilhite, beloved children James Hanson (Dee), Gloria Bendewald, Douglas Hanson (Terri), Brian Hanson and Rose Hanson Salomone (Tony). She was preceded in death by her children Ronald Hanson and Sharon Hanson. Her love will be missed by her treasured grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews, and countless friends who were blessed to know her. June thrived when she was caring for others. She worked as a nurse's assistant for several years and managed several apartment complexes in the Spokane area for many years. She developed deep friendships with many of the tenants., June touched the lives of many people with her smile and generosity. Hazen & Jaeger is handling her final arrangements; however, per her request no services are planned.



Karl Ohler

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Karl Ohler suddenly passed away, at age 59, on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, and has joined his Heavenly Father in eternity. He was born on February 8, 1952, in Belicia, Croatia; his family immigrated to the Wenatchee Valley area in 1959, where he grew up and graduated from Eastmont High School in 1970.



Ken Bailey

Daddy, where has 10 years gone? You are always in my heart and always on my mind.



Kenneth Botts

Passed away on May 12, 2011 in Davenport, Washington. He is survived by his wife, Betty, his three children: Susan Trzcinski of Anacortes, WA, Nancy Bargar of Port Angeles, WA, and Allan Botts of Bellingham, WA; three step children: Janet Linder of Orofino, ID, Jeanne DeBord of Lincoln, WA, and Jeri Madison of Davenport, WA; nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren, one sister: Bessie Benson of Pocatello, ID as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Opal and his parents. He was a member of the Creston Christian Church. He was also involved in Boy Scouts, Creston City Council, Creston Community Club, and Habitat for Humanity. He was a member of the Creston Volunteer Fire Department and a former Wilbur, member. He served on the board of the Lincoln County Housing Authority. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, May 16, 2011 at Creston Christian Church, Creston Washington at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Don Hoffman will officiate. Concluding Services and Vault Interment will follow at Creston Cemetery, Creston, Washington. Memorials may be made to the Creston Christian Church, the Creston Ambulance, or to the Lincoln Hospital Foundation., STRATE FUNERAL HOME, Wilbur, WA is caring for the family.



Kenneth Roland Eakright

Kenneth Roland EAKRIGHT Kenneth Roland Eakright, age76, born 10/6/1934 in Spokane Wa to Arnold and Bernice Eakright, raised in Seattle, graduated from Roosevelt HS, He spent 4 years in the US coast guard service traveling overseas on an Ice Breakerto north and south pole. He met his loving wife Nancy of 53 years in Minn. moved back to Seattle. Raising 3 children, Craig Eakright, Marcie Eakright, Wendy Skrinski now includes a daughter in law Bobbie Eakright and 3 grandchildren Bryan, Jeffrey, and Shane Skrinski. He worked for Crowley Maritime as a mechanic, Foreman & Manager in Alaska and Seattle for 35 years and a member of the local 302 operating Engineer retiring in 1996. He enjoyed racing stock cars for many years at Aurora, Sea-Tac and Evergreen Speedway and was a huge fan of Nascar. He is a life time member of the Lake City Elks,Shoreline American Legions post 0227, past president of N Seattle Eagles 4122. Was an active member of the 1800 wheeler RV club. He and his wife enjoyed traveling in their Motor home all over the US and Canada and Mexico. He was a great husband, father and grandfather and loved spending time with his family. He was fighting emphysema for many years and lost his fight on 5/7/2011 with his family by his side, He was a very giving man and well liked by all, He loved life and will be dearly missed. Love you Ken we miss you. A Private graveside burial will be held Saturday, May 13 at Washelli Funeral Home. Along with a US Coast Guard tribute. Celebration of Life memorial May 20th, 1-4 @ Lake City Elks Club. The family would love to hear stories or remembrances about Ken. Please visit / sign in to the guest book.




Lyda "Charly" Robison, a longtime resident of La Conner, died in Mount Vernon on Monday, May 9, 2011 after a brief illness., Lyda was born March 23, 1906 to Edward and Barbara (Hegner) Brockman in Cincinnati, Ohio. She had one brother, Frank Brockman who predeceased her in 1985., Lyda's mother passed away when she was three years old and she went to live with her grandparents. After the death of her grandmother, Lyda was raised by her beloved Aunt Lyda and Uncle Will., Upon completion of her basic education in Cincinnati public schools Lyda went on to receive her Liberal Arts degree from The University of Cincinnati, and a Master's Degree in Library Science from Columbia University in New York City in 1929. Following graduation from Columbia Lyda came west to Seattle to accept employment at Seattle Public Library., Lyda met Raymond Robison at a dance in Seattle and they were married in 1933. They lived on a houseboat near the, . This was during the depression and Ray, although having graduated from the University's College of Engineering, was unable to obtain regular employment so he and Lyda operated a nautical shop near Coleman Dock in Seattle., Lyda and Ray retired to La Conner in 1971 and were very active in the restoration of the Gaches Mansion and the local dance clubs in the Skagit Valley. Lyda resided at the family home on the Swinomish Channel in Shelter Bay until 2005 when she moved to The La Conner Retirement Inn., Lyda is survived by her son, Brock Robison and his wife Frankye of Richmond Beach; her daughter, Bette Browne of Anacortes; her granddaughter, Lorie Robison of Seattle; and her niece and nephew, Jean and Bill Brockman and their children., A memorial service for friends and family will be announced at a later date., Memorial donations may be made to the La Conner Library, POB 370, La Conner, WA 98257 or to the Humane Society of Skagit Valley, 18841 Kelleher Road, Burlington, WA 98233., Arrangements are under the care of Kern Funeral Home.



Lang Allen Wilson

Lang Allen Wilson passed away peacefully in the early hours of May 10, 2011., Lang was born January 17, 1932 in rural Oklahoma., After moving to the Pacific Northwest, Lang went to work for the Boeing Company and owned and operated the Friendly Tavern in Everett. He was an avid outdoorsman, living his life for the weekends of fishing, hunting and mushroom picking. He spent many of his summers in the garden tending to his vegetables. Lang enjoyed his tads, Swisher Sweets and chats in the Boys Room., He was reunited in death with his loving wife of 51 years, Gloria Wilson., He is survived by his children, Clark (April) and Tanya (Ray); grandchildren, Gina (Trevor), Julie (Jeff), Andrew, Megan and Jesse; and by his great-grandchildren, Christopher, Kaylie, Joshua and Ella., No memorial services will be held, as per Lang's wishes.



Lawrence Dale Wicken

Lawrence Dale Wicken of Marysville, WA passed away May 10, 2011., He was married to Jean Wicken for 59 years. Jean passed in March 2007. Father to Mark Lawrence Wicken, who passed in January of 2007; daughters, Donna Westom and Gail (Warren) Verdun; sons, Scott (Pam) Wicken; and daughter-in-law, Jerrie Wicken. He also leaves behind grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and a brother, Doug, and his wife, Mary Lou Wicken., Dale was born July 1, 1922 in Minnewaukan, ND. At an early age his family moved to the Darrington, WA area where he grew up and served a hitch in the Navy coming home from, to marry Jean Lampley Wicken on July 1, 1947. They lived in the Darrington area where they raised their family., There will be no services.



Lawrence Hewitt Kucera

Lawrence Hewitt Kucera died April 28, 2011 at the age of 86 of congestive heart failure at his home in Everett, WA., Larry was born January 22, 1925 in Sydney, NE. He graduated high school at St. Patrick's Academy, Sydney, NE. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 - 1945 in Artillery Survey and participated in the Normandy invasion that hastened the end of, . Larry graduated in 1952 from Western Washington College, Bellingham, with a Bachelor's Degree in Arts and Education., Larry's teaching career carried him from Bellingham to Willapa to Gold Bar where he was Principal and Head Teacher from 1959 - 1966. He later taught in the Everett School District at Garfield Elementary and Evergreen Middle School, retiring in 1988 after 32 years of teaching service to appreciative students., In his younger years, he enjoyed dancing though, after retirement, he spent more time caring for his yard, tinkering with his vintage Model A, acquiring a garage full of tools from garage sales, keeping up with his Army buddies from WWII, and playing with his many grandchildren who brought him great joy in his later life., Larry was preceded in death by his mother, Ann Claire Seda Kucera; father, James V. H. Kucera; brother, Frank; and sister, Mary Ann., His surviving family includes his sisters, Doris Carlson and Irene Hand; his children, Larry (and wife, Evonne), Greg (and mate, Larry Yocom), Denise (and husband, Bob Bishop), Kevin (and wife, Carrie), and Jennifer (and husband, Erik Schmidt). His grandchildren are Brian (wife, Claire), Diana (husband, Tristan), Steven (wife, Laura), Paul (wife, Jennifer), and Kucera "Cera" Bishop, Mikayla Jennings, Julianna, Jennise, and James Gaines; and his great-grandchildren are Landen Bishop and Rhys Kucera., A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, 2509 Hoyt Avenue, Everett, Washington 98201. A reception will follow immediately after the service.



Leonard C. Rowicki

Passed away Monday, May 9, 2011 after a short fight with pancreatic cancer. He was born in Erie, PA., to Casimir and Stephania Rowicki on January 21, 1941., After graduating in 1959 from Melbourne High School, he attended Brevard Florida Technical College. He worked at Cape Canaveral with NASA, as a computer technician until joining the, in 1961. He was assigned to the Army Security Agency (ASA) and stationed in Okinowa where he met his wife, Toyoko. After reaching the rank of SSG, he left the Army in 1967 and worked with the California School District as a computer consultant. He retired from the Santa Rosa School District as one of their Chief Computer Technicians in 2007; moving to Spokane to be near family., Leonard is predeceased by his parents Casimir and Stephania Rowicki of Spokane; he is survived by his wife of 45 years, Toyoka at the home, a daughter Hiromi (Takafumi) Sasaki of Seattle, WA, brothers John (Lynn) Rowicki, Frank Rowicki, Michael Rowicki, sisters Celine Rowicki, Deborah (Fred) Wayne and Mary Jane (Tim) Fitzgerald all of Spokane, WA. He will be missed by all as a loving husband and father and a dear brother., Memorial Services will be held on Sunday at 2:00 p.m., May 15, 2011 at the Spokane Community Center, 8019 W. Sunset HWY, of Spokane, WA. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery at a later date.



Leslie Wayne Johnson

Passed away at home peacefully May 9th, 2011 and was treasured by all who knew him...Les was born to Carlos and Christina Johnson October 15th, 1917 in Pocatello, Idaho. Les was a, Veteran serving in the, Air Force from July 23, 1942 until March 17, 1946 on a B24 as a nose gunner. He spent most of his life in Spokane as a sheet metal worker and had many, many other interests. He knew an awful lot about many things and enjoyed creating and repairing, always saying it's never too late to learn. He leaves behind his beloved wife Elsa Johnson; and his three sons, Eugene, Howard, and Roger Johnson. His marriage to Elsa brought a family which included Bud, Steve, Tommy Thomas and Carla Smith. The family branched off with many grandchildren and great- grandchildren...Les was known for having oh so many friends over the years that he cared for and shared much with. Special thanks to the two angels who held his hand and worked so hard to make his passing gentle. The funeral will take place Friday, May 13th at Heritage funeral home all inclusive starting at 10:00.



Lola Camilla Sagen Erickson

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Lucile S. Willey

Lucile S. Willey, former resident of Bellingham, passed away on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 in Lakewood, WA. She was 92. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Moles Bayview Chapel in Bellingham. You may share your thoughts and memories of Lucile in the online memorial guest book at



Luella E. Martinson-Tilson

Of Coeur d'Alene passed away quietly in her sleep on Thursday, May 5, 2011., Lu was born in Ford, Washington (on the Spokane Indian Reservation) on January 16, 1921 to William and Sophie O'Conner. Lu graduated from North Central High School in Spokane. She spent the war years working in a shipyard in San Pedro, California and in an envelope factory in San Francisco. After the war, she met Howard Martinson in Spokane, and they were married ten days later. Lu and Howard had two boys, Howard Jr. and Chris. One of the highlights of her life was in 1963. The family spent the summer just outside of New York City and several months in Southhampton, England. In London, Lu had tea with the Queen Mother., Years later, Lu re-connected with an old childhood friend, Albert (Pat) Tilson and they married. Lu and Pat spent many good years together. After Pat retired, they toured the United States in a motor home. Then they spent summers at Priest Lake, spring and fall on the farm near Deer Park and winters in Yuma, Arizona. In 2008, Lu and Pat moved to Coeur d'Alene to be closer to family., Lu is survived by her beloved husband, Pat, of Coeur d'Alene; sons Howard and wife Teresa Martinson of Coeur d'Alene; son Chris Martinson of Kennewick, WA.; grandchildren Amy Cross, Peter (Katie) Martinson, Michelle Brown, Christopher (Mary) Brown and five great-grandchildren., Lu was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Cora, Ida, Lillie, and Virgie., The family thanks the wonderful staffs at Beehive Homes and Hospice of North Idaho., A memorial service will be held at 12 noon, Saturday, May 14, 2011 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 625 E. Haycraft in Coeur d'Alene. Lunch will follow at the church. We plan a committal service later that afternoon at Fairmount Memorial Park in Spokane. Neptune Society of Spokane was entrusted with final arrangements.



Mardelle Aleman

Born June 3, 1974 to Ernie and Kathleen Aleman while they were stationed at Agana, Guam, Mardelle's life journey was colorful and complex. She attended Rogers High School until the dragonflies called to her and she moved on to live her unique life, later achieving her GED. Embracing everyone she met, she has left quite a impression on us all. She lived fully until passing peacefully away in her sleep. Mardelle is survived by her parents Kathleen and Ernie, sister Kathleen, children Alexandreea (Nathan) and Raistlin, nephew Colton, Grandma Patty, numerous aunts and uncles and many friends.



Mariana Fogg Spangler

Mariana Fogg SPANGLER Mariana Fogg Spangler, age 88 and formerly of Newark, DE and Mannington Twp., NJ died May 1, 2011 in Seattle, WA. Born in Salem, NJ, she was a graduate of Salem High School class of 1940, and Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana. Mrs. Spangler worked as a medical technician at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA and for the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Most recently she worked in Public Relations at the Winterthur Museum, Wilmington, Delaware. She was a member of Salem Monthly Friends Meeting, Salem, NJ; Salem County Historical Society; Salem County branch of the American Association of University Women; Delaware Nature Society; Delaware Art Museum; and former member of the Auxiliary Salem Co. Medical Society. Daughter of the late William H and Anna Ware Fogg, she is preceded in death by husband Ford Clayton Spangler, MD, and brother William Hildreth Fogg of Santa Clara, CA. She is survived by her 2 sons, Laurence Craig Spangler, Seattle, WA and William Fogg Spangler, Salem, NJ; a daughter, Nancy Ellen Spangler, Seattle, WA; one granddaughter, Tukwila Zimmerman and one grandson, Elijah C. Spangler, both of Seattle, WA. A Celebration of Mariana's life for family and friends will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2-4 p.m. at the Activity Center of Evergreen Court West, 11339A 8th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98125. Internment will be in the Salem Friends Burial Grounds, Salem, NJ. Mrs. Spangler has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Salem Monthly Meeting, Religious Society of Friends, Salem, NJ. Arrangements entrusted to the care of People's Memorial Funeral Cooperative.



Mary L. Dahlman

Mary L. Dahlman, 73, of Marysville, passed away Monday May 9, 2011 with her family by her side., Mary was born on April 19, 1938 in Skykomish, WA, later moving to Anacortes, WA where she graduated from Anacortes High School. In recent years she retired from the Mukilteo School District after 25 years of dedicated service., Throughout her life she enjoyed her family and friends, her pets, reading, golf, bingo and the Seattle Mariners., She was preceded in death by her father, Earl F. Conway; and her older brother, Earl Conway Jr., Mary is survived by her four children, Earl Dahlman of Mount Vernon, Deanna (Steve) Hicks of Marysville, John (Heidi) Dahlman of Langley and Steve (Pam) Dahlman of Marysville; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, all whom she loved and enjoyed very much., Mary will be deeply missed by all those that knew and loved her., At her request, no service will be held., Donations can be made in her name to a breast cancer charity of your choice.



Mary R. Widerkehr

Mary R. Widerkehr, age 95, of Bellingham, passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 in Bellingham. She was born October 4, 1915 in Yonkers, New York to Clifford and Maud (Hale) Radley. She married Andrew Widerkehr on July 25, 1942 in New York City. Before her stroke, she loved swimming, gardening, walking, playing piano, traveling and watching birds. After her stroke, she still enjoyed music, especially opera, reading and bird watching. Her determination in working to recover was inspiring. She was loved by family, friends and her caregivers. She was brave, generous, persistent, gentle, full of fun, and dedicated to her family. Mary always worked hard, loved life and paid attention to beauty wherever she found it. She had a hard but rich life. A homemaker, she graduated high school in Yonkers, NY, took some college courses, and then worked in a department store in NYC , supporting her mother and two sisters during the 1930s. During WWII, she worked as a secretary in an aircraft factory. Mary was preceded in death by her husband Andrew on December 14, 2005; and 2 sisters, Edith Rader and Helen Brod. She is survived by her son Richard Widerkehr and his partner Linda Ford; daughter Laurel Widerkehr; cousin Maud Bonnell; 2 nieces; 1 nephew; and 1 great-niece. A funeral service will be held Sunday, May 15th at 2:00 p.m. at Moles Bayview Chapel in Bellingham. Memorials may be made to the Nature Conservancy or Heifer International. You may share your memories of Mary in the online memorial guest book at



Merlene L. Ballard

Merlene L. BALLARD Merlene Lenore Ballard 'Nona' was born February 5, 1918 in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. She passed away on May 8, 2011 on Mother's Day. She was preceded in death by her parents Lucille and Ralph Cox, and her sister Audine Cantwell. Merlene graduated From Northeastern State Teachers College in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She taught elementary school, married a young doctor and together as Methodist Church missionaries they took their three young children to Pakistan. In Pakistan and then India they added two more children to their family. A busy mother, she raised the five children in the Burien area. Merlene's next career started in 1965 when returning from a European vacation; she became a travel agent for the Holiday House Travel, specializing in European travel. She enjoyed seeing the world, taking notes wherever she went so she could add special experiences to personalize her clients' trips. Merlene enjoyed a rich life that touched so many. When grand-children came along she became 'Nona' to all and was happiest when surrounded by generations of family during gatherings at Judy and Bruce Clibborn's Mercer Island home. Another great joy in her life was her cat Koshka. Over the years, she was a member at Fauntleroy, Normandy Park, and Plymouth Congregational Churches, serving variously as Sunday School Superintendent, secretary of the Plymouth Library Committee and supporter of the Housing Fund. Merlene loved the performing arts. She was active with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Volunteer Corps for many years, enjoyed the Act Theatre, Seattle Rep, Symphony and Pops. She was influential in her children's and grandchildren's appreciation of the performing arts. She is survived by her five children, daughter Judy Clibborn and her husband Bruce, son Bruce and his wife Patrice Kettner, son Paul 'Randy' and his wife Nina Morris, son Jack and his wife Barbara, daughter Jan and her partner Dan Graham, and thirteen grandchildren Matt Rohde, Heather (James), Lisa (Tim), Andrea (David), Erica, Chad (Lindsey), Collin, Dustin, Marc (Emily), Matt Gall, Mikaela, Nicole, Sophia and Anika. She is survived by seven great grandchildren Isaiah, Lilly, Whitney, Blake, Owen, Milo and Fritz. Also surviving are her beloved nephew Larry Cantwell-Cox and niece Patty Fulbright. Merlene was also 'Mom' to many exchange students over the years as she raised her family. Eric Dorff of Germany and Ingemar Blomgren of Sweden are two who have remained family friends for over 40 years. Many thanks to Alice Nelson who was a good friend looking out for Nona and Koshka at Exeter House. The family also wishes to thank the staff of Exeter House and Evergreen Hospice. A celebration of Nona's life will be held at 2pm on Saturday May 21, 2011 at Exeter House, 720 Seneca Street, Seattle. At her request her son Jack will sing Amazing Grace and we will drink root beer floats. Nona we love you, we will miss you and we will carry your stories and spirit for generations to come. Memorials may be made to: PRCN Foundation, Exeter House Employee Education Grant Program, Attention: Ami Turcotte, Exeter House, 720 Seneca Street, Seattle, WA 98101.



Michael Daniel Seale

Of Coeur d'Alene passed away May 6, 2011 unexpectedly at his home. He was born March 22, 1941 in Spokane, WA to Willard "Buck" and Maxine (Thompson) Seale. Mike attended Hutton Grade School, K thru the second grade. His family moved to Diamond Lake, WA where he attended the third grade thru freshman year of high school at Newport, WA. Mike always loved his friends from Newport and Newport itself. The family moved to Coeur d'Alene starting Mike's sophomore year in high school. He became the Senior Class President at Coeur d'Alene High School. He was starting guard for the Vikings football team and was an outstanding student as well. His senior year he was appointed to West Point Military Academy. After failing the vision test, he joined the U.S., and became a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. Following his honorable discharge, he attended San Diego State University, North Idaho Junior College and graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.A. in business., Mike's passion his whole life was aviation. He saved his money starting in his preteen years for flying lessons at the Coeur d'Alene Airport. He soloed at age 16 and had his private pilot's license when he was 18. Mike paid for his college expenses working at the sawmills, Potlatch and Atlas Tie. He also became a flight instructor during that time. His parents owned the Coeur d'Alene Drive In Theater where he worked in high school. After college, Mike was hired by Air American Airlines. He lived and flew in Vietnam and Laos for seven years. He flew in Alaska for three more years and then retired at age 37 due to a spinal injury that paralyzed his legs. He spent his remaining years reading, swimming, traveling, and enjoying friends and family., Mike was a lifetime member and a member of the board of directors of the Nez Perce Trail Foundation. He was a member of the Quiet Birdman and had also been on the board of directors of the Coeur d'Alene Airport., Mike was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his brother, Pat Seale of Coeur d'Alene; a niece, Toni Sue Caferro and her husband, Ed and their children, Olivia d'Alene and Nicholas Patrick of Spokane. The Caferros were his "shining pride". He loved them so much. Other survivors include several cousins and his Air America friends. Mike was a wonderful and interesting friend, brother and uncle. He had an unusual sense of humor and will be greatly missed., The memorial service will be 3:00 P.M. Friday, May 20, 2011 at the Yates Funeral Home, Coeur d'Alene Chapel. A reception will follow at the Coeur d'Alene Eagles Lodge. Please visit Mike's memorial and sign his online guestbook at



OBITUARY: James Oliver McMains

Saturday, May 14, 2011 3:00 AM 

James Oliver McMains died Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. He was 72.Known to family as J.O., he was born in Mankato, Kan., July 5, 1938, and moved to Idaho in 1941 where he attended schools in McCall, Boise, Lewiston and Genesee.After graduating from Genesee High School in 1956, J.O. joined the [...]



OBITUARY: Marilyn Y. Coulter Osterberg

Saturday, May 14, 2011 3:00 AM 

Marilyn Y. Coulter Osterberg, 76, of Deary peacefully entered Heaven on Wednesday afternoon, May 11, 2011, at Gritman Medical Center in Moscow.Marilyn was born April 7, 1935, at home near the town of Onaga, Kan., to Emile F. and Waunita A. Perrussel Cass during a dust storm. She attended the Pleasant Valley country school and Onaga grade school. [...]



OBITUARY: Theodore G. Ostrom

Saturday, May 14, 2011 3:00 AM 

Theodore G. Ostrom died May 12, 2011. He was born Jan. 4, 1916, in Nicollet County, Minn., to Lloyd W. and Blanch M. Ostrom. He arrived in the world as a premature baby whom no one expected to live. Ted attended the University of Minnesota sporadically as he had money to pay for it, eventually earning Bachelor of [...]



Orville Hays

Orville Hays Orville Hays, age 90, passed away on Friday, May 13, 2011 in Ferndale, WA. He was born in Bellingham on February 23, 1920 to Asahel Warner and Flota (Ambrose) Hays. He served in the U.S. Army and Air Force. A service will be held at a later date. Please share your thoughts and memories of Orville in the online memorial guest book at



Patricia Coggeshall "Patty" Dominick

Olympia, Washington became home for the family for 35 years. Patty was a compassionate and patient wife, mother, sibling and friend. Her heart was full of love and joy. That joy was infectious. Her spirit and strength emboldened those in her life. She touched the lives of many people in very real and personal ways. She was the backbone of her family and her community. While she only had three children biologically, the way she embraced the friends of her children, or other kids in the "neighborhood", the many exchange students they invited into their home or while working at Capital High School she influenced, guided and inspired many young people in her lifetime. It was difficult to know Patty without becoming a better, stronger, happier person.



Patricia Louise Anderson

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Portia Alayna Case

Passed away on May 6, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Portia was born on August 2, 1980 in Seattle, Washington to Robert and Suzanne Case. She is survived by her father, Robert Case and his wife, Susan; mother Suzanne Case; brother, Jaron and numerous family and friends. A visitation will be held TODAY, Friday, May 13 from 1:00-3:30pm at Thornhill Valley Chapel, 1400 S. Pines Road, Spokane Valley. A rosary will be held today, Friday, May 13th at 5:30pm at the Immaculate Conception Church, 614 E 5th Ave, Post Falls, ID 83854. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, May 14th at 8:00AM at the Immaculate Conception Church in Post Falls followed by interment at St. Joseph's Cemetery, 17825 E. Trent Ave., Spokane Valley, WA. Portia will be forever missed and cherished by all who knew her. Please visit Thornhill's website at, for a longer obituary that will be posted on Saturday, May 14th.




Robert "Casey" JONES 1/20/1956 ~ 5/5/2011 Free at Last Survived by father William J Jones, sisters Carol, Catherine, Kathleen, Julie, Kris, Carrie, Cindy and brothers Rod, Greg & Pat. Plus a large extended family. A gathering for Casey's friends and relatives will be held May 15th from 2-5pm at sister Julie's home 14418 6th Ave S Burien, Wa



Ray Carol Margaret Peruso Griffin

Ray Carol Margaret Peruso GRIFFIN Ray Carol Margaret Peruso Griffin of Bellevue passed away in her sleep at home after a valiant battle with the disease ALS on April 17, 2011. She was 76 years old. It is ironic as ALS is also known as Lou Gerhrig's Disease, a Yankee great, and it was Ray Carol and her father who would go watch the Yankees on Sunday afternoons. Ray Carol was born on Christmas Day in 1934 in New York City, New York, the daughter of Bernard Peruso and Nancy Leone Peruso. Ray literally grew up on the streets of New York City living in modest surroundings with her family. As noted, Ray would attend Sunday Yankees games with her father and play in the street. It was during this time that Ray truly gained her 'street smarts', something that would stay with her all her life. After high school, Ray went to work for a number of financial institutions, however it was her love of music and dancing that provided her inspiration during this time, the 1950s. A true lover of the 'big band sound' and swing music, Ray would be out all hours of the night enjoying the music and dancing. Ray could also be seen from time to time in Havana enjoying the nightlife there as well. Toward the end of this time, Ray met the love of her life, George Griffin. After dating for quite awhile, Ray and George were married on October 12, 1962. Shortly thereafter, Ray started on three journeys in life; a journey across the country from New York City to the Midwest to San Francisco and then ultimately Seattlea journey of being a wonderful wife and partner to George and dedicated mother to her children..and a journey of developing deep life-long relationships with all who entered her life. Ray's journey across the country was a whirlwind tour for a 'city girl', starting with a move in 1963 to St. Louis where daughter Nancy was born, and then to Chicago in 1965 where son Geoffrey was born. The whirlwind continued in 1967 with a move to San Francisco, and at that point, this New York City girl could not have been any geographically farther away from 'the City'. Ray and George settled down in for the next 8 years in the Bay Area. Ray loved the beautiful weather in Marin County and for the first time grew tomatoes, roses, lemons and fell in love with gardening. She also discovered the gorgeous natural wonders of Yosemite and Lake Tahoe and the family spent many vacations and holidays celebrating there. Yet another career opportunity brought Ray and George to Seattle in 1975. Now Ray was not only as geographically far away as she could be from New York, but she was now in the small city of Bellevue. It was quite common during this time that Ray's relatives would call and joke about the 'farm' Ray lived on in Seattle. Ray handled this move as she handled most things in life, with perseverance, tenacity and courage. These three attributes were key to who Ray was, and all that knew her know just how much this is true. Interestingly, Seattle became Ray's final resting spot where she created a wonderful life for herself, George and the kids. Ray loved her house and also created a beautiful home in Seattle, one that she openly shared with all the terrific people that she met and befriended. Through the years, it was Ray who was always at George's side, whether it be for business or pleasure, supporting her husband in a very special way. Ray was always an asset to his business success. Ray could always be seen during these years at Geoffrey's sporting events, supporting him in a way that only an 'Italian Mom' could and doing whatever she could to support Nancy at Law School. In addition, Ray could always be found supporting her friends and fellow members of the Rainier Club, a special place that Ray would frequent quite often all the way up to her passing. Ray is survived by her daughter Nancy and her husband Allan Anderson along with their dogs living in La Canada Flintridge, CA, and her son Geoffrey and new wife Lori and his two children Graham and Hannah in Snoqualmie, WA. Ray is also survived by her brother Bernard Peruso Jr. and his family of Pennsylvania as well as an extended family in California and throughout the East coast. Ray will always be remembered for her spirit, sense of humor and New York accent. Ray was always engaging and outgoing and made friends wherever she went. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday May 21, 2011 at 12:00 PM at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Medina. A reception will follow in the Church's Great Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: ALS Foundation, Evergreen Chapter, 6627 South 191st Place, Suite F-106, Kent, WA 98032.



Richard Eugene Fields

FIELDS, Reverend Richard Eugene "Dick", Born August 3, 1939 and went to be with our Lord peacefully May 11, 2011 in his home surrounded by his loving family. Dick became an Ordained Evangelical Minister in 1996 and volunteered his time at the VA Medical for a number of years. He was proud of the fact that he could make others be at peace with God. Dick served in the U.S. Air Force. Survived by his former wife Sharon Kay Fields with whom he was with for over 45 years; five daughters, Fawn Fields-Nelson - Mukilteo, WA, Margo Searls - Wilsonville, Ore, Shannon Stone (Tom) - Spokane, WA, Mary Fields - Allenstown, NH, Jeni Murphy (Tim) - Spokane, WA; three sons, Scott Fields (Brenda) - Spokane, WA, Matthew Francis - Kyllberg, Germany, Wade Fields - Spokane, WA; 14 grandchildren, Dru Searls (Amy), - Spokane, WA, Rachelle Searls (Orrin) - Shelton, WA, Justin Fields (Ali) - Boise, ID, Brittany Fields, Concord, NH, Shari Fields - Old Orchard Beach, ME, Michael Nelson - Mukilteo, WA, Sara Stone - Spokane, WA, Rickie Fields (Leah) -" Spokane, WA, Samie Fields -" Spokane, WA, Ashlee Nelson -" Mukilteo, WA, Dylon Fields -" Spokane, WA. Also survived by his sister Janet Byzewski (Bob) - Yorktown, VA. There were two other men in Dick's life that Dick thought of as his sons, Mike Nelson of Spokane, WA and Terry Brodbeck of Green Bay, WI. Numerous nieces and nephews. Preceeded in death by three children Tammy, Jay and Kellee Fields, his parents Samuel O. Fields and Bernice B. Anderson, his brother Wayne H. Fields and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A celebration of Dick's life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at Ball & Dodd Funeral Home.



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Roy Eldon Marsh

Our beloved husband, father and friend, Roy Eldon Marsh left this earth to be with his Heavenly Father on May 10th, 2011. He died peacefully in his sleep two weeks shy of his 78th birthday with his children and loving wife Beverly at his side. The youngest of five children, Roy is preceded in death by his parents Harvey Edward and Lydia Catherine Marsh, his brothers Louie and Harvey and sisters Helen and Lillian. Born in Morgan Acres on May 27th, 1933 he was a lifetime resident of Spokane and graduated from Mead High School in 1952. He worked at Kaiser Aluminum from 1953-1960 with a two year stint in the middle with the U.S., during the Korean War. From 1960-1988 Roy worked as a firefighter for the City of Spokane and retired a Lieutenant after a long and distinguished career. Beverly and Roy were married on November 1st, 1952 and have five children: three daughters, Cheryl (Jim) Wilson, Nola (Doug) Sewell, Judy (Dave) DeLaMatter and two sons, Ken (Connie) and Ron Marsh, all of Spokane. The couple was graced with twenty-one grandchildren and many great-grandchildren including a newborn namesake, Garrett Roy born April 7th, 2011! Roy's legacy of firefighting was passed on to his grandson Michael DeLaMatter who has been on the job since 2008. After retiring in 1988 Roy and Bev sold the home they built in 1965 and traveled the country in a motor home for several years before settling for eleven winters in Mesa, Arizona where the two adventurers enjoyed riding motorcycles in the desert, hiking the Grand Canyon and spending warm evenings socializing with friends. After spending many summers at their home in Liberty Lake, WA, the two joined their children in 2000 in building them a new home in North Spokane. There, the two filled their days with beautiful flower gardens and crafts of all kinds. Many an evening was spent watching their beloved Zags and Mariners. Roy lived a humble and selfless life completely devoted to his wife and children...nothing brought him more joy than to see smiles on our faces. We will forever feel his absence. A special thanks to Roy's brothers-in-law, Bill Starr and Duane Miles, your friendship was such a blessing! The family would also like to extend heartfelt thanks to Drs. Doug Wysham and Timothy Icenogle as well as P.A.s Dami and Radakovich...through their loving care the family was able to enjoy 16 more years with their amazing father. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, May 16th at 3:00 p.m. at Timberview Christian Fellowship, 15111 N. Howe Rd. Mead, WA 99021. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Timberview Christian Fellowship, or Hospice House of Spokane, 367 E. 7th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99202.



Ruth Elizabeth Blake "Blossom" Hammond

Ruth Elizabeth "Blossom" Blake Hammond, 95, passed peaceably into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on April 12, 2011 at Providence Hospital in Everett, Washington., Blossom was born December 11, 1915 in Barry, Illinois to Ernest Otto and Mary Gertrude (Potter) Blake. Blossom was married to Michael Glen Hammond from 1941 through 1971. Together they had five children, Michael, Steve, Mari Edgekoski - Hammond, Sharon Wandler and Tom Hammond-Doel., Blossom is survived by her sister, Sara Catherine Blake; two sons, Steve and Tom; two daughters, Mari and Sharon; a son-in-law, Steve Wandler; two daughters-in-law, Gail Hammond and Deb Doel-Hammond; nephews, Larry, Robert, John and Daniel DeWitt; nieces, Linda Patience and Sandra Slusher; six grandchildren, Joel Hammond, Janel Hammond, Eric Hammond, Rene'e Cummings, Noah Conrad and Keenan Conrad; and three great-grandchildren, Caden Cummings, Cayden Conrad and Miyora Hammond., She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister and brother-in-law, Naomi and Clyde Dewitt; son, Michael; and son-in-law, Gary Edgekoski. She is and will be deeply missed., Blossom moved to Bellingham, Washington from Quincy, Illinois in 1945 and then to Everett in 1947, where she resided most of her life. In 1972 she lived in Napa, California for one year. She was an avid poet published in multiple books of poetry, a long time member of the Catholic Daughters of America and a member of many community associations. Over the past 30 years Blossom hand-made hundreds of baby blankets and assembled layettes donated to Pregnancy Aide and Catholic Community Services., She was quite witty and had a good sense of humor to the very end. Blossom always stayed abreast of current events in the political world and was vigilant in warning of trends she saw. Blossom also did a stint as Republican Precinct Committeewoman. This was always interesting in the Hammond household as her ex-husband Mike was the Democratic Precinct Committeeman sparking many a lively debate., A memorial mass will be officiated by Father Bryan Hersey and Father Ron Knudsen at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at Immaculate Conception Church, 2509 Hoyt Avenue, Everett, Washington 98201. A reception will follow immediately after the mass at Matte Hall next to the church. All who knew Blossom are welcome to come and share in this last public celebration of her life., Blossom: Steadfast, humorous, loving., You may also visit her memorial website where you may leave your sentiments at



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Carl Schroeder, 93, died Feb. 25, 2011, in Pullman, Wash. A memorial service celebrating Carl's life will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 20, 2011, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Pullman. Kimball Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. [...]



Sandra Prety

Sandra Roadifer Prety passed away peacefully on Saturday May 7, 2011, following a long battle with cancer., Sandi was born May 24, 1952 in Deadwood, South Dakota. She graduated from Richland High School in 1970. She married her --best friend' Paul Prety Jr. on July 12, 1981., She is survived by her husband Paul at home in Rathdrum; her daughter Janet and Matt Alverson of Post Falls; her son Paul and Ranita Prety of Rathdrum; and her daughter Jamie and Gary Francis of Rathdrum; her parents Don and Julie Roadifer of Spokane; brother Bill and Betty Roadifer of Spokane; brother Dave and Gayle Roadifer of Hayden; brother Randy and Marsha of Anchorage; sister Judy Roadifer of Spokane; five loving grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother Donnie Roadifer., Services to be held at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls Saturday May 14th, 2011 at 11am.



Sheldon (Don) Ham

Sheldon (Don) HAM On April 26, 2011 at the age of 57 Don Ham died at home in the arms of his loving wife Rhonda. Don was born on May 3, 1953 in Detroit Michigan and was the 2nd son of Margaret and William Ham. Don's family moved to Oregon when he was 9 and he graduated from Grants Pass High School in 1971. He attended Oregon State University where he earned a Business Administration degree. Don and Rhonda were married in 1983 and moved to Bellevue, WA in 1987. Don was a kind, caring, compassionate, and intellectual man who always showed respect for everyone with whom he came in contact. Hewas a consummate team player and treasured his family and many friendships. He enjoyed organizing family gatherings and bringing people together to simply enjoy life. He wanted everyone to feel welcomed and included. His infectious smile and dry wit will be missed. He loved to participate in and watch sports and he had a passion for cars, planes, animals and history. Don always took pride in his work whether at a work facility for disabled adults, a software company or an electronic manufacturing company, but he longed to be his own boss. In 2004 he became the proud owner and partner of a successful Wild Birds Unlimited store in Burien, WA. During Don's last days as he battled his illness, he said to look to the sky because he was becoming a Sky Runner. Don is survived by his wife, Rhonda, his Step-Mother Nadine Ham (Grants Pass, OR), his siblings Steve Ham (Marsha) of Corvallis OR, Megan Autry of Issaquah, Chris Ham (Michelle) of Blodgett OR, his step-siblings Pam Griggs (Charles) of Grants Pass OR, Laurie Glantz (Donald) of Salem OR, Mike Curry (Julia) of St. Helens OR, Jeff Curry (Julie) of Scapoose OR, and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, an aunt and uncle and loving in-laws. He was preceded in death by his parents. A service celebrating his life will take place on May 28, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at St Andrews Lutheran Church, 2650 148th Avenue S.E., Bellevue, WA. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to Bridge Ministries, Evergreen Hospice, or a local Audubon chapter.



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