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James J. Walters, passed away on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Wesley Healthcare Center in DesMoines, Washington. He was born on October 14, 1931 and was 86 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Dagmar  Selfors, passed away on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Liberty Shores in Poulsbo, Washington. She was born on November 22, 1935 and was 82 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Lorraine Roberta Gross, passed away on Friday, February 16, 2018 at her residence in Bremerton, Washington. She was born on July 12, 1927 and was 90 years of age.

Graveside Services will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 2:00 PM at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Bremerton, Washington. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Jack Calvin Bunn, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. He was born on October 28, 1937 and was 80 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Carlie Mathey Miller, passed away on February 13, 2018 at her residence in Seattle, Washington. She was born on March 23, 1985 and was 32 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Dolores Frances Garner, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2018 at her home in Poulsbo, Washington. She was born on June 3, 1934 and was 83 years of age.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Saint Olafs Catholic Church in Poulsbo, Washington. Interment will follow at Cherry Grove Cemetery in Poulsbo. Please sign the online guest book for the family. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Carol  Jefferson, passed away on Friday, February 9, 2018 at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, Washington. She was born on September 7, 1922 and was 95 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Sylvia Grace Wicks Palmer, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at Swedish Medical Center/First Hill in Seattle, Washington. She was born on September 24, 1925 and was 92 years of age.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the memorial service on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 3:00 pm at the Bremerton performing arts Center in Bremerton Washington. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home. Please sign the online guest book for the family.

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Larry Wayne Swanson, a lifelong resident of Poulsbo, passed away surrounded by his children on his birthday, February 1st, 2018. Larry was the oldest of five siblings born to Vernon and Bernice Swanson.

Larry is survived by his four children: Erik Swanson, Tasha King, Talon Swanson, and Trevin Swanson, and his three grandchildren: Hailey, Anna, and Emily. He is also survived by his three brothers: Bruce, Ron, and Steve Swanson. Larry’s wife Solveig and his sister Merrilee preceded him in death.

The son of an artist, Larry was a lifelong supporter of the arts. He joined the North Kitsap Arts and Crafts Show committee when he was in high school, and served there for many years. More recently he served on the Cultural Arts Foundation Northwest board for over ten years. He delighted in purchasing original artwork and in helping to sort and price artwork for the Bainbridge Island Rotary auction...always keeping his eyes open for a great find.

Larry was also an avid chess player, pianist, antique shopper, and poet. His love for cars was also well known. Larry entered the field of technology shortly upon leaving his brief service in the Air Force. He worked as a computer programmer at the Keyport naval station until he retired in order to assist in computer programming challenges as a contractor prior to Y2K.

Larry met the love of his life at the airport, when his grandmother asked him to go to Sea-Tac to help pick up a young Norwegian lady that she was sponsoring to work in the United States for a year. The two were married before the year was out. He called Solveig his “sunny way” (a play on a direct translation of her name).

A memorial service for Larry will be held on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 2:00 pm, at Poulsbo First Lutheran Church. Those who so desire may make donations in memory of Larry to the Scholarship Fund of the Cultural Arts Foundation Northwest. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.

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Dolph F. Jaeger, passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at The Foss Adult Care Home in Seattle, Washington. He was born on April 18, 1925 and was 92 years of age.

Dolph was a resident of Bainbridge Island, Washington for over 30 years. He shoveled coal on the Great Lakes during his summers while in high school and later joined the Navy at age 17. He retired as a Lieutenant Commander, and also worked as a real estate agent and broker.

Dolph was a member of the Association of Naval Aviation-Olympic Squadron, Poulsbo/North Kitsap Rotary Club, Martha and Mary where he enjoyed driving a van for senior citizens, Sons of Norway, Eastern Star, 32nd Degree, a Shriner and Scottish Rite. He was also a member of the Port Townsend Aero Museum and enjoyed collecting vintage model planes.

Above all else, Dolph loved his wife Rosie and family, and his golden retrievers, Parade and Angel.

He is survived by his wife Rosemary Jaeger of Seattle, WA, daughter Susan Baylor (John) of Keizer, Oregon, step-daughter Judy (Robert) Shore of Seattle, WA, step-son Michael Reha of Marysville, WA, grandchildren: Emily and Evan Pickett, great-granddaughters Aria and Cadi Pickett and nieces Ann (Bill) Steiner of Southlake, Texas and Nancy Jaeger of Huntington Beach, California. He also leaves behind friends John Paine, Tommy Thompson, Leo Vasaitis, Marti Vandagriff and Cy and Kathy Butler. Dolph was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Frances Anderson Jaeger.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Port Madison Lutheran Church on Bainbridge Island, WA. Refreshments will follow in the church hall. Memorial contributions can be made to Port Townsend Aero Museum in Port Townsend, WA or Fishline in Poulsbo, WA. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.

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Marie Ellen Gallagher, unconventional. Independent. Maverick. Re-inventing. Entrepreneur. To us, she was Mom. Most others knew her as simply Marie. Far from the east coast and Lebanon, PA where she spent her youth, Marie left us on January 29th. Between her youth and her recent passing, a story with many full and rich chapters was lived.

While many people chose a more traditional path, Marie made her own. Her path did not define her; it was an embodiment of who she was. In 1937 Lebanon, or if you are from there you would pronounce it Leb-a-nin, was a town of 25,000 (which is similar to its current population) nestled in the southeastern part of Pennsylvania. The youngest of seven children born to Henry and Lizzie Thierwechter, Marie was favorably influenced by Lizzie; who like Marie did not let conventional wisdom stand in the way of living a full life. Marie shared many stories of her youth with us, and as child when you would visit Lizzie’s house, history and nostalgia filled every space. To us, these times were a mix of wonder, awe, a firm hand and lots of laughter. To the daughter, this was her home and time with the mother who raised her right, which Marie was proud to share with her family.

A small town can only hold someone with a more adventurous spirit for so long. So Marie took her many memories of home, her stellar grades and being Miss Street Fair for Lebanon to attend Penn State University. There she maintained her high academic achievements that included the study of genetics and being President of her sorority. While at Penn State Marie became the first college graduate in her family. And as can often happen in college she also fell in love with a handsome man from another small town in Pennsylvania named Vince Gallagher, whom she married.

The following years and chapters of her life included six states, nine cities, four children and many houses. Each stop along the way allowed opportunities for Marie to explore her abilities. You would have a hard time drawing a straight line in a career that connects a social worker, a pre-school teacher, a County Home Economist (with her own TV program), a real estate agent, a real estate broker and a bank director, and yet Marie did. Each step was an opportunity, some based on conditions and others based on her vision for a better life.

Not all career steps hold the same success or touch the same number of people. When the Gallagher family landed on Bainbridge Island in the mid-70’s, it was another opportunity for Marie to re-invent herself. She found consistent success as a real-estate agent. She later rented a small office just off Winslow Way, and with Erin by her side and some used office furniture, started Marie Gallagher & Associates where she continued her successful run in helping others fulfill their dreams of home ownership. This small office continued to grow. She later became associated with Coldwell Banker and at its height had over 30 agents in 2 offices. She sold this business and periodically would still sell a property up until a few years ago.

As her mother’s kitchen was before hers, Marie’s kitchen was always warm and vibrant. Anything could come out of her kitchen, and a lot of amazing things did, with one notable exception, except we won’t bring that one up. Baked, broiled, steamed, stir-fried, braised or boiled; the methods varied while food and the kitchen, as a place that brings people together, remained the same. There is a Pennsylvanian Dutch saying the goes, “food should be cooked with butter and love,” and while butter may have given way to olive oil now and again, love remained a staple of Marie’s kitchen.

Another legacy from Lizzie was success in the garden, which Marie has passed on to her children. Marie could coax seeds into becoming plants. From the high altitude of Flagstaff, Arizona to the moist conditions of the Pacific Northwest, flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables were part of the landscape of each house she had.

To say that Marie was active and social would be a bit of an understatement. There were bridge parties that went late into evenings. She wanted to ski and the Arizona Snow Bowl in Flagstaff, AZ is where the entire family learned. Later after moving to Washington many weekends were spent on the slopes at Stevens Pass. Another favored pastime was watching the Mariner’s, and while watching a game with Marie on television was lively, it did not come close to spending an afternoon or evening with her at Safeco Field.

There were those activities that she enjoyed and then there were some others that she had a passion for. One was golf. Playing it, watching it, playing it and one could even say playing it. She was captivated by the skill of the game when played well and enjoyed the competition against one’s self in addition to others. Boating was another. She loved boating, the journey to somewhere scenic, meeting other boaters and those quiet times that come with being on the water. And by this point in your reading, a consistent theme of Marie not being demure to a challenge is apparent. This also applied to boating where, Marie obtained her Captain’s license.

Then there was music and dancing. While they can be observed as separate passions they were complementary twins for Marie. Concerts, clubs, street musicians, recorded music, even her son-in-law Richard, playing his guitar would get her on her feet and moving. And when she danced, her eyes brightened and there was always a smile on her face. Her taste in music was quite broad as her CD collection is a testament to. The Blues held a special place with its impassioned storytelling and music that enhances those stories. As kids, we grew up with Mom and her Neil Diamond 8-track tapes and some Dave Brubeck on vinyl. She even once tracked down an artist that she heard on a Hawaiian radio station after she called the station and it was the artist itself who answered the phone.

Marie loved traveling. Seeing different places and interacting with different people. She was not a restless spirit as every home she had was much more than a collection of rooms with a roof; she simply saw that the world held many places that she had yet to see. There were family trips (four kids, a station wagon, roof rack and cross-country travels – ask any of us about it). Some were trips with spouses and there were others with friends. There were even trips by herself. Some were by car, some by plane, a whitewater raft, others by boat and still others by ship. The mode made no difference as what mattered was where she was going, what she would experience and who she would experience it with, with one exception.

Marie had a special relationship with her oldest grandchild, Tiana. Not only did G-ma play an influential role in Tiana’s life, they were also close friends who took a few epic trips together. Some may even describe them as Partners In Crime. Although no crimes were actually committed, many rules were definitely broken.

Later in life Marie once again fell in love. This time it was with a place. And after the many cities and countries that she visited (some on multiple occasions) Hawaii captured her fancy like no other place. Sure, originally golf was a draw, yet that gave way in importance to just being there. In the past years, as she grew tired from the cancer that while kept in check would never leave her body, she still traveled to Hawaii by herself. And, once she got there, you could hear more energy in her voice, more spirit and greater peace. Ua ola loko i ke aloha.

The spirit of aloha was not just when she visited Hawaii. Her travels to and from normally resulted in an interesting new friend or acquaintance. To be open to others and genuinely learning about them was one of Marie’s traits. It is not that she was fearless, which to some extent she was. She was genuinely curious about others and interacting with people. While she held firm to her convictions and opinions, she was open to hearing a different perspective.

As you have come to understand by reading this, Marie was an original in her own way, someone who touched and shaped many lives. For Marie, there was always something more. Not materially. There was more to do, more to experience, challenges to be conquered and life to be lived; these were the “more” that Marie personified. Throughout her life she was someone who would not allow the current conditions of her life to define her possibilities.

Even with a body that was failing her, Marie’s love for family and friends remained steadfast. In lieu of flowers, reach out to someone you love and tell them so in a meaningful way, then tell them “Marie would have wanted me to share this with you.” Do that and she will raise a glass to you with that sparkle in her eye and the warmth of her spirit.

Marie is survived by her daughters Kelly Franklin (spouse Mike), Laurie Maltman (spouse John), daughter Erin Whitson (spouse Richard) and son Sean Gallagher (wife Alisa). Her grandchildren are Tiana Gallagher, James Maltman and Simone Gallagher. Her friends are many.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to Marie’s caregivers at Martha and Mary and Angel Next Door, all of whom aided both body and spirit. We are grateful.

A celebration of a life well lived will be held on Saturday March 17th at 2:00pm at Wing Point Country Club on Bainbridge Island, WA. Please sign the online guest book for the family. Arrangements entrusted Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Nicholas  Gilham, passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2018. He was born on March 28, 1994 and was 23 years of age.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM and the funeral service on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 11:00 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - frontier building in Silverdale, Washington. Private interment will take place at Tahoma National Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Jesse  Ledbetter, passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, Washington. He was born on December 10, 1928 and was 89 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Mildred S. Parker, passed away on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at her residence on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on November 26, 1925 and was 92 years of age. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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William David Noble, passed away on Wednesday, January 24 2018 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on September 3, 1940 and was 77 years of age. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Steven Bart Lowe, passed away on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at his home in Poulsbo, Washington. He was born on January 22, 1956 and was 62 years of age.

Steve loved to draw and paint as a young man, channeled that energy into writing as he got older. Steve loved to read, mostly mysteries and autobiographies. He loved his daughter and step-children and adored his grandchildren. He was a man of faith and loved to take every possible opportunity to laugh. Steve graduated from BYU and Eastern Oregon State. He worked in sales marketing and consulting. Steve served a mission for his church in Mexico City.

Steve is survived by his wife Alarie Call Lowe of Poulsbo, WA, daughter Shannon Lowe of Portland, Oregon, stepchildren Cynthia Fisher (Eric) of Terre Haute, IN, Jill (Garrett) Gibbons of Puyallup, WA, Stephen Andrus (Megan) of Richmond, WA and Ross Andrus of Poulsno, WA. Steve is survived by six grandchildren and was preceded in death by his parents Jasper and Hildegard Lowe.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on, Friday, February 2, 2018 from 9-10:45 am and The Funeral Service at 11:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Poulsbo Building. Interment will follow at Port Blakey Cemetery on Bainbridge Island,WA. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.

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Stephen Joseph Jennings, passed from earth to heaven on January 24, 2018. He fought heart disease valiantly, but died of cardiac arrest at Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton with his wife and friends at his side.

Stephen was born December 7, 1935 in a log cabin in Sweetwater, TN, the only child of Paul and Margaret Jennings. While he grew up on a farm, he was thrilled when his parents moved to Northern Illinois in 1948. He attended Purdue University where he was elected Freshman Class President, and joined Sigma Pi fraternity. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the USMC in 1958. He later earned a Master of Arts in Technology of Management from American University in 1969.

In 1958 he married Madelyn Wright and together they had two children, Kevin and Kimberly. They divorced in 1976.

July 2, 1977, Stephen married Kathleen Larkin Schwartz, who became his best friend, business partner and soul mate. They laughed, worked and travelled throughout 40-plus years of happy marriage.

In the Marine Corps, Stephen’s expertise was logistics and information systems. His was the concept behind what became the first real-time, on-line distribution system in the military. The majority of his assignments were at Headquarters, Marine Corps. His last two billets included Combat Service Support Officer, 1st FSSG, and finally Commanding Officer, Base Material Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Kathleen surprised him at his retirement/change of command parade by having the Marine band play Hail Purdue as they passed in review. He was famous at Camp Pendleton for leading his supply troops on monthly “hikes”, to include firing the machine guns and other artillery, and was the first Camp Pendleton commander to take his own battalion, including the women Marines, through the live fire combat course. His buddies saw him run 10 miles a day on the Camp Pendleton hills, sometimes accompanied by his troops who needed to improve their physical fitness test scores by running with the boss until they could beat him.

Never one to sit idle, Stephen launched a corporate career with the software group of McDonnell Douglas and later with a defense electronics company, moving quickly to senior management roles in consulting and marketing. In 1989 he joined Kathleen’s career management coaching firm in Orange County, CA, serving as CEO, Chief Problem Solver and general all-around expert for The Jennings Company. He started and led 4 professional networking groups, cementing relationships for the long term. In between he was a commercial avocado grower.

When the Pacific Northwest beckoned with its clean air and gorgeous landscapes, Stephen and Kathleen relocated to Bainbridge Island in 1997. They designed and built a special home high on a hill overlooking Elliott Bay. He reveled in projects for landscaping, constructing fences and stairways, and growing his fruit orchard. You could find him any day on his lawn tractor “checking the acres”.

During this time he and Kathleen travelled, from local eagle sighting and tulip festivals to serious cruises to Europe, Asia and Australia. He especially enjoyed driving the scenic byways of the country, and made many cross-country trips on those blue highways.

Stephen participated seriously as a member of his church. In California, he served on the vestry and was Senior Warden for St. Margaret of Scotland Episcopal Church, San Juan Capistrano. He was a board member of the Episcopal Service Alliance of Los Angeles, and on the board of St. Margaret’s School.

On Bainbridge Island at St. Barnabas, Stephen served on the vestry, managed a major commercial kitchen installation, and was a key member of various parish functions. He had a ready ear for people with problems, and was known as a leader and teacher. He was the perfect “idea to project management” professional, ready to evaluate all options, hear all opinions, and then find the best solution. His family knows him for his silly jokes, hearty laughter, and love of Western and WWII movies.

Stephen was devoted to his family, cherished his wife, and rejoiced in his children and their children. He is survived by his beloved wife Kathleen and four children: Kevin (Patty) Jennings, Kimberly (Kevin) Wallien, Harvey (Mary) Schwartz, and Heidi (Tony) Franklin. He will be missed by 8 grandchildren: Shelby, Rachel, Collin, Derek, Jeffrey, Devin, Stefani, and Zoey, as well as two great-granddaughters Anya and Venice. He also leaves many cousins and aunts, and numerous good friends across the country.

Private graveside services with military honors will be at Tahoma National Cemetery. A Memorial Service at St. Barnabas is scheduled for Monday, February 19 at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to The Marine Corps Association Foundation, or to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, designated for Capital Projects. Please sign the online guest book for the family. Arrangemnets entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.


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Erin O'Brien Mead, Bainbridge High School graduate and community volunteer, died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle at the age of 46.

She was born Jan. 5, 1972 in Bellevue, and moved to the island with her family in 1981. She grew up on Pleasant Beach, next door to her grandparents Robert and Dorothy O’Brien.

Erin was an active student and athlete at Bainbridge High School, earning 10 varsity letters in softball, basketball and soccer. After graduating in 1990, she went on to study at Willamette University in Salem, Ore., where she played soccer and was a member and president of the Delta Gamma sorority. She met the love of her life and best friend Jeff Mead during their freshman year. Erin graduated in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, and went on to earn a master’s degree in teaching in 1995.

Erin and Jeff married on July 22, 1995, and moved to Kingston, where they lived for 14 years. Erin taught special education for six years at Poulsbo Junior High School. Their children Cayley and Joshua were born in 2002 and 2005. In 2010, the Meads moved to the family property at Pleasant Beach.

Erin volunteered with numerous community, school and service organizations throughout North Kitsap, including Kiwanis, Rotary, and Optimist Clubs, and the Kitsap Humane Society. She helped to organize dozens of fundraising events, often working tirelessly and quietly behind the scenes. Most recently, she was an instrumental contributor to the last several Blakely Elementary School auctions, and enjoyed hosting events for Rotary.

Erin was born with an innate desire to give and possessed a truly altruistic purpose. Her generosity was boundless, and she gave her love and support to family, friends, strangers, and animals without a desire for recognition. Erin’s personality shone through a unique blend of easy-going kindness, inspiring enthusiasm, and a brilliant sense of humor. Her graciousness and ability to make others feel special were defining character traits, whether she was welcoming friends into her home or giving a warm smile or a hug in Winslow.

Erin is survived by her husband of 22 ½ years, Jeff; daughter, Cayley; and son, Joshua; her parents, Bob and Jan O’Brien; her sister, Cori O’Brien; brother-in-law, Jess Goldwater; and nieces, Clara and Alyssa; all of Bainbridge Island.

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Erin’s life at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at Grace Episcopal Church on Bainbridge Island. A reception will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, Erin’s family greatly appreciates memorial contributions to the Erin O’Brien Mead Memorial Scholarship Fund through Bainbridge Community Foundation [Click here], which will help give opportunities to Bainbridge Island youth interested in post-secondary education. In honor of Erin’s love of animals, contributions may also be made to the Kitsap Humane Society [Click here].

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Sean Kristian Ellison, Petty Officer First Class, STS1 SS, passed away unexpectedly in Bremerton, Washington, on Sunday, January 21, 2018. Sean, 30, was the beloved husband of Rachael Anne Manning Ellison and doting father to their daughters, Mary and Keyra. At the time of his passing, Sean was on active duty, ashore at the Naval Submarine Base in Bangor, Washington.

Sean was born in Laie (on Oahu), Hawaii, on February 24, 1987, the eldest of Ronald and Jean Ellison's five children. Soon afterwards, the family moved to Port Orchard, Washington, and then back to Laie, Hawaii (his beloved "Aina"), when Sean was 11 years old. The family relocated to Oregon just in time for Sean's senior year, and he graduated from Tillamook High School. Sean loved participating in the Boy Scouts, and earned the rank of Life Scout while in Hawaii. Sean is remembered by his brothers and sisters as the “Best Big Brother in the World.”

Sean and Rachael were high school sweethearts and were married in Tillamook, Oregon, on November 18, 2006. Shortly after Mary, their eldest daughter, was born, Sean followed in his father's and grandfather's footsteps and entered the U.S. Navy. Keyra was born 19 months later, while Sean was training to be a Submarine Sonar Technician. Sean and Rachael, active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, were sealed together in marriage for time and all eternity in the Seattle Washington Temple in October 2010.

Sean was a dedicated family man. He was happiest when surrounded by his wife and daughters. He also cherished time spent with his parents, and his brothers and sisters, and their families. Sean was instrumental in bringing everyone together. A pursuer of many hobbies, Sean loved kayaking and hiking with his family. In addition, he was a music and film buff, an avid reader, a cheese connoisseur, an amazing collector of trivia, and a video game fanatic. Sean was also a loyal Seattle Sounders and Mariners fan, and always hoped for the Sonics to return to Seattle.

Petty Officer Ellison served on the USS Michigan, SSGN727, where he earned his submarine “Dolphins” qualification badge. While aboard, he served as a religious lay leader, Leading Petty Officer and Sonar Supervisor. On board the Michigan, Sean earned five Navy and Marine Corps Commendations. Sean loved his job in the Navy and loved being on a submarine at sea.

Besides all of his other titles, Sean was a man of God. Sean served in many capacities in his church and was totally committed to his Heavenly Father and to everything he did while on this earth. He had a heart of gold and was selfless, doing anything for anyone. Sean put God first, his family second, followed by duty to his country.

As Sean returns to his heavenly home, he joins his paternal and maternal grandmothers, Sandy and Cathy, and his “Auntie Rita.” Sean's family and friends cherish fond memories of his short life well lived, and he will be greatly missed by his wife, Rachael; his daughters, Mary and Keyra; his parents, Ron and Jean; his younger brothers, Marcus and Erich; his younger sisters, Ke’ilani and Kainani; extended family; other cherished loved ones; and fellow shipmates.

In lieu of flowers, donations to a GoFundMe account in the name of his daughters, Mary and Keyra, would be gratefully accepted: https://www.gofundme.com/help-sean039s-daughters-mary-amp-keyra

Funeral services will take place on Saturday, January 27, at 11 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 11070 Old Frontier Road NW, Silverdale. All are welcome to attend.

Interment will take place at Tahoma National Cemetery.

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Erick  Vincent, passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. He was born on September 18, 1959 and was 58 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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John Lewis Voll, passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at The Madison Avenue Retirement Center on Bainbrige Island, Washington. He was born on August 11, 1921 and was 96 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Donna Charlotte (Courtright) Norem, passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Martha and Mary Health Care Services in Poulsbo, Washington. She was 99 years of age.

Donna was born on April 13, 1918 in Newark Illinois, the fourth of 5 children. She was raised there through the difficult depression years but still had fun in the Glee Club and played guard on a basketball team that you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley.

She left that 3 year school when she was 17 to finish her final year in DeKalb, Illinois. At that point she went to work at Montgomery Wards in Aurora where one day a Navy Lieutenant walked in and asked her to a movie. Can't blame him, she cleaned up pretty good. She had known Quentin Eugene Norem from her school days and respected him and his family, so she accepted. Fast forward, they were married where Dad was stationed in Pensacola, FL not long after.

Daughter Julie came along a couple of years later while "QE" was flying bombers in WWII out of Attu Alaska. After the war they settled back in Newark where son Robert came along and her pilot made a 3 point landing in the Farm Implement business. Primarily a stay at home Mom, she did a great job of raising the 2 kids and as it turned out, in the same home where she grew up. For those who remember the Saturday Evening Post and the Norman Rockwell covers that depicted the wholesome American lifestyle at that time, that is the life she and her husband provided their family. Thank you Mom and Dad.

Our Mom was very social and enjoyed entertaining. While her siblings were alive and still living in the area, there wasn't a week that went by when breaking bread with some of them didn't happen. Usually a highly animated hearts game followed dinner and later in life, Mexican Train. She never thought of herself as a great cook but her style was UPOD, under promise and over deliver. We kids always thought she was a good cook and we never went to bed hungry and never had trouble cleaning our plates. We are still using her recipes and trying to duplicate the results.

She had some extracurricular activities along the way which took up most of her free time. She was active in the church, singing in the choir, working at "Lady's Aid" and "Willing Workers," she would sew cloths for herself and Julie, knit and was on a bowling league for a time and a Girl Scout Leader. And more often than she would have liked, finished Rob's paper route when bad weather would have meant a tardy Rob at school. She was even a Detasseling (Google it) crew chief several summers where Julie was part of her crew.

Later in life, Quentin went back to college for a Masters in Math and then began teaching in Blue Island IL and later in Geneva IL. They developed new friendships and enjoyed life there until Dad's retirement. At that point they moved to Bainbridge Island where Julie and her husband resided. They enjoyed traveling in a 5th wheel trailer and were both active in the community. They celebrated their 50th and had 8 more years together until Quentin's passing in 2000. Mom then moved to assisted living and for the past 6 years has lived at Martha and Mary nursing home. Marginal health and dementia set in and her final couple of years weren't the happiest. But the care she received at Martha and Mary was exceptional and she was loved by her care givers and will be missed by them.

Donna is survived by her Daughter Julie Lightfoot of Bainbridge Island and son Robert Norem (Diana) of Sunriver Oregon.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Port Madison Lutheran Church on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Inurnment will take place at Kane Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family welcomes memorials to Port Madison Lutheran Church, PO Box 4787, Rolling Bay, WA 98061. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Virginia M. Redfield, passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at her residence on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on February 28, 1934 and was 83 years of age.

Virginia attended Montana State University and received a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. She married her husband Arthur in 1956. She left the field of nursing and focused on raising her family on Bainbridge Island. She was a volunteer at Bloedel Reserve and also enjoyed giving her time at the local senior center and Helpline House. She was an avid reader and a member of two book clubs. She also enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of two local bridge clubs.

Virginia leaves behind many family and friends who will miss her kindness, honesty and genuine ability to make one feel loved and acknowledged. She was a remarkable woman and everyone was truly blessed to have known her.

She is survived by her husband Art Redfield of Bainbridge Island, WA, her son Daniel A. Redfield (Sherry) of Arkansas, daughter Gayle Redfield of Wisconsiin, grandson Daniel K. Redfield of Anchorage, Alaska and great-granddaughter Ava Redfield of Anchorage, Alaska. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter Amanda Redfield.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, WA. Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 5:00 PM at Port Madison Lutheran Church on Bainbridge Island, WA. A reception will follow. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Ann K. Barnes, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2018 at Clear Brook Inn Assisted Living in Silverdale, Washington. She was born on June 17, 1930 and was 88 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Herbert Alan Armstrong, Herbert Alan Armstrong, passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at his home in Kingston, Washington. He was born on April 3, 1935 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota to Fairbeorn Henry and Betty Renny Armstrong.

He married the love of his life, Elda Nordheim, on June 8, 1958 in Walla Walla. He was 82 years of age. Herbert received a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from Washington State College in 1958. He worked as a civil engineer in Washington and Arizona, a professional land surveyor in Washington and was a partner in Roats Engineering and co-owner of ADA Engineering (both in Poulsbo).

Herb was well known as Poulsbo City Engineer for 28 years. He was an avid farmer of organic fruit and vegetables, livestock, oysters at Dungeness and Christmas trees at St. Mick’s Christmas Tree Farm. He was also a US Army Veteran. Herbert was an active member of the Poulsbo Lions Club, Sigma Nu Fraternity, ASCE, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Audubon of Kitsap County and the Dungeness Beach Association. Herbert was an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed the great outdoors and natural areas for hiking, backpacking, bird watching, clamming and crabbing.

He played a significant role in the Poulsbo Lions Club Park, Raab Park Nature Trail and Shelter, Poulsbo Boardwalk, Camp Leo, Nelson Park, "Hooked on Fish" children's fishing derby, Lions Eye Bank, Lions Pancake Breakfast and Lions Flags. Herbert was co-owner of ADA Engineering of Poulsbo for 52 years. He also owned and operated Saint Mick's Tree Farm of Kingston for 40 years and his organic farm stand for 12 years. He enjoyed singing in the choir at First Lutheran Church.

Herbert was well known to friends and family for his amazing sense of humor, kind words, tales of his adventures and storytelling. He and his wife Elda enjoyed traveling to Europe, Scandinavia, Alaska and the Artic Circle, Iceland, Africa and the British Isles. He was a former 4H leader, former King Lion and Lions Club International Melvin Jones Fellow award winner. He also was a performer in the Bainbridge Light Opera. He enjoyed collecting bird specimens for the LA County Museum.

Herbert is survived by his loving wife Elda Armstrong of Kingston, WA, sister Elizabeth Krause (Gary) of Boise, Idaho, son Greg Armstrong (Joan) of Lacey, Washington, daughter Ann Armstrong of Poulsbo, WA, son Mike Armstrong (Lisa Kastner) of Bainbridge Island, WA, grandchildren; Nathan (Courtney), Ryan (Cassie), Jennifer(Mikio), Tyler, Mary, Corinna, Langholm, Finnegan and Kinsley. He also leaves behind his great granddaughter Lillian. There are also numerous close friends and family. He was preceded in death by his father and mother and his brother Howard Armstrong.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the First Lutheran Church in Poulsbo, Washington. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family. Memorial contributions can be made to The Poulsbo Noon Lions Club or Poulsbo First Lutheran Church. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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