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Alice  Childs, passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at The Wyatt House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on January 11, 1920 and was 97 years of age. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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James Ring Gibson, passed away on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at The Foss Home in Seattle, Washington. He was born in Seattle on April 6, 1941 and was 76 years of age. He grew up in Magnolia, where he attended elementary and junior high school and then Queen Anne High School (class of 1959).

His parents, Frank and Elsie Gibson, both founding members of the Mountaineers (which later became REI), were without any doubt responsible for instilling in him his love for the mountains and his lifelong passion for skiing.

In 1962 he decided to enlist in the army (since he would have been drafted anyway), when his ski coach had told him that the army had a Ski Patrol in the Bavarian Alps, and if he volunteered he could choose which country he wanted to be sent to and hopefully join this Ski Patrol.

But before this came to pass he was stationed in Würzburg, Germany, and because of his military training in the Signal Battalion as a radio operator, mainly Morse Code in those days, he was "banished" (at least in the eyes of his sergeant) to a small hut on a lonely mountain top with a monastery. But the sergeant didn't realize that the monastery also ran a hotel and a beer brewery, and what was best of all: there was a small ski lift right outside his little hut.

This is where he met Elke, his future wife, who had come there with a group of
university students for a nurse helpers course during their vacation.
Well, as they say: the rest is history.

He eventually made it to that Ski Patrol in Garmisch in 1964 and was released from the army and came back to Seattle in the summer of 1965.
Elke joined him there a few months later and they were married 3 days later (on New Year's Eve) at Sacred Heart.

Their daughter Sonja was born in 1968. Together they often traveled to Europe to see family and friends and visit many countries, but especially those with mountains.
In 1989, out of the blue, while studying in Urbino, Italy,their daughter Sonja was killed in a car accident, and life never was the same.

At that time Jim was finishing the house he was building on Bainbridge Island, where he and Elke lived until 2002. They moved to a condo in North Seattle, and again, to be closer to the mountains, they also bought a cabin near Stevens Pass.

He always enjoyed good company and good food and drink with our wonderful friends and loved being an "adopted grandpa" for many of their grandchildren like Brandon and Nina, Dylan and Magnus, Natalie, Eivin and Nolan, and Nava.

He is survived by his wife Elke and his sister Heidi Gibson Renz.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Graveside Service on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Kane Cemetery on Bainbridge Island, WA. A reception will follow to celebrate his life at the Port Madison Lutheran Church on 14000 Madison Ave NE, Bainbridge Island.

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Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home on Bainbridge Island, Washington.


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Rae C. Cheney, passed away on Monday, August 14, 2017 at her residence on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on August 9, 1920 and was 97 years of age.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the memorial service on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Grace Episcopal Church on Bainbridge Island. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Virginia Mae Elmore, goodbye, from all your family and friends—which after nearly 96 years are many and varied. Always your very own person, you lived your life and departed that life in your own way leaving a lifetime of memories and stories for those left behind.

You grew up in Hoquiam with strong family support and in 1942 you met our Dad (Marion Edward (Ed) Elmore), the love of your life, at a dance to support the servicemen posted to the area. You had a girl, a boy, and another girl—who grew up with you and Ed as examples of what it means to be the best people they can be.

Grandchildren became part of the mix and again you were a cornerstone of their lives and an example of how to live strong. More recently, a couple of great grandchildren were added to the mix and it is up to the rest of us to continue to set the example you so strongly demonstrated for them.

You were courageous—embarking on a cross-country trip with your first daughter along with many other service member wives—adventurous—twice living in the Philippines, braving the snowstorms in the Copper Canyon of Mexico and the Grand Canyon in Arizona, and sailing across a mountain lake in the high Sierras—so smart—master bridge, crossword puzzles, current events, and financial management—and always busy. Everyone who ever met and got to know you has a special memory and there’s no question that while we will miss your presence you will always be there in our memories and our daily lives.

Jeanne’s journey through life ended on August 12, 2017. She is survived by her daughter Vicki and her children, Paul, Pat, and Jessica; her son Mark; and her daughter Rebecca and her children Galen (wife Jagoda and daughter Sophia) and Kyra (husband Nathan and son Andrew).

In Jeanne’s last years, Island Volunteer Caregivers, were an important part of her life and support system. Donations to this organization will help support the work they do for others.

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Mary Catherine Hirschkorn, passed away on Friday, August 4, 2017 at her residence in Poulsbo, Washington. She was born on December 8, 1947 and was 69 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Ronald J. Brager, passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on March 27, 1952 and was 65 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Larry  Maggert, passed away on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at Cypress Gardens Care Center in Bremerton, Washington. He was born on March 9, 1941 and was 76 years of age. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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James  Snyder, passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at his residence on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on February 11, 1943 and was 74 years of age. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Larry Duane Long, passed away on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, Washington. He was born on March 8, 1934 and was 83 years of age.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Eagles Lodge in Poulsbo Washington.
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Anna  Lundberg, passed away on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on June 22, 1934 and was 83 years of age. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Mary  Albertson, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, Washington. She was born on May 7, 1942 and was 75 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Christiane Helene Gauthier, 87 died on July 18th at the Madrona House on Bainbridge Island Washington.

She was born in Paris on July 20th, 1929 and married Henri Gauthier on March 20th, 1948. She became a window in 1993 after the passing of her husband Henri. She loved working in her garden and had great pride in her dahlia’s and vegetables. You could always find her walking around Battlepoint Park and feeding the ducks.

She is survived by her 3 children, Dominique (Mrs. Stephen) Bemis of Bainbridge, Francois Gauthier of Suquamish and Daniel Gauthier of France ; two grandchildren and one great grandchild.

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Jacques Louis Alloin, passed away on July 17, 2018 at Harbor House - Liberty Shores in Poulsbo, Washington. He was born on March 12, 1928 and was 89 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Kimiko  Matsumoto, will be remembered by all who knew and loved her for her kind, generous, and loving nature. She had many pets throughout her long life and had a magical way with animals and wildlife. Her home was a jungle of house plants, and she enjoyed Japanese flower arrangement. Kimiko loved art and music, and was always singing. She learned to play koto and piano while growing up in Japan, and taught her grandchildren Japanese folk songs. She had many artistic talents, including ceramics, painting, and sewing. She was a wonderful cook, and always welcomed her children’s friends into her kitchen with good food and laughter.

Kimiko was born on September 8, 1920 in Shizuoka, Japan. Her parents were Nakasaku and Mon Mochizuki, and she was the youngest daughter of nine children. She attended college in Tokyo and taught high school economics in Osaka, Japan. She met her husband Roy Matsumoto during the Occupation Period after WWII. He was an American soldier and they were married in 1947. They remained happily together for more than 67 years.
Kimiko first came to America with her husband and daughter Fumi in 1952. They lived in Berkeley, California, where Kimiko’s second daughter, Karen, was born in 1953. Kimiko was very active in the Japanese American community and in her local Japanese church and choir. They later moved to Fort Story, Virginia, where Roy was stationed, returning to Berkeley after Roy’s retirement from the military. They moved one last time to San Juan Island, Washington, to be near their grandchildren and to enjoy a quiet retirement.

Kimiko passed away peacefully on the morning of July 17, 2017, at Madrona House on Bainbridge Island. She had lived there since early 2015 following a debilitating stroke. She was in Hospice care for over six months before her passing.

Kimiko is survived by her two daughters, Fumi Matsumoto (Richard Cormack) and Karen deChadenedes (John), and three grandchildren, Annie, Nik, and Bryan. We will all miss her kindness, grace, and gentle loving care for everyone she knew.

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Ethelyn Ruth Williamson, (Ethie) passed away July 17, 2017 at her home on Bainbridge Island.

She was fiercely independent and remained that way even as she got older. She was a gifted artist and for decades championed local arts causes and advocated for Bainbridge artists. She was born October 13, 1938 in Longview, WA and grew up in nearby Kalama. She graduated with a degree in fine art from the University of Washington in 1960, married Ron Williamson in 1962 and lived and worked in Seattle. They moved to Bainbridge Island in 1969 about which she said, “It was the best idea we ever had with a great location, great schools and great friends.”

She owned and operated The Gingerbread, an art supply store in Winslow, and went on to manage Bainbridge Arts and Crafts for many years. Recently reflecting on her life she wrote, “The thing I am most proud of apart from our children is my book Baker’s Clay published in New York in 1976. I also had work featured in several national magazines, but some felt I was too avant-garde.” In more recent years, she loved to travel especially to Mexico where even cobblestones couldn’t slow her wheelchair.

She is survived by her children Jennifer and David Williamson, her son-in-law David Forster, grandchildren, Grant and Lauren, and preceded in death by her husband Ron and daughter Emily.

A memorial service and “crab feed” will be held at Seabold Hall on August 5, 2017 at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, bring a salad or make a donation to Island Volunteer Caregivers, ivcbainbridge.org. Please sign the online guest book for the family. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Richard  Lane, passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2017 at his residence on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on January 26, 1948 and was 69 years of age.

Memorial donations can be made to the LAPRA - Los Angeles Police Relief Association, 600 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 674-3701. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Lucia Alexsandra Unite, (Infant) passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. She was born on the same day. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Linda Lou West Johnston, sui generis, passed away on July 15, 2017 from ovarian cancer

Linda was born on April 21, 1946 in Kansas City, Missouri, and was adopted as an infant by Dr. Robert Kenneth West and Louie Lucille Gooding West.

Linda grew up in Kansas City, Chicago, and Shreveport, Louisiana. On Bastille Day in 1962, she met Stanley Warren Johnston and they were married in 1966. They were madly, passionately, totally, and irrevocably in love for the rest of their lives.

Linda earned a degree in Mathematics from Centenary College of Louisiana, and a Master’s in Statistics from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She worked as a computer programmer, statistician, financial analyst, business analyst, and manager for Western Electric and AT&T in Princeton, Basking Ridge, and other locations in New Jersey and New York City.

Linda was an avid reader of all sorts of fiction and non-fiction. She enjoyed, and was good at, crossword puzzles, Scrabble, Jeopardy, and other word and trivia games. She enjoyed many kinds of music, from classical to country, but as a rule preferred things composed at least fifty years ago. She enjoyed travel and made hundreds of trips both nearby and across the globe; Switzerland and New Zealand were two favorite places. She loved gardens and gardening, and always knew the correct Latin botanical names of all her plants.

Linda’s primary lifelong avocation was sewing. She made most of her own clothes, many useful and beautiful items for the home, and countless gifts for others. She enjoyed learning new techniques and teaching others. She was an active member of several sewing organizations including the American Sewing Guild, Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas Clothing and Textile Advisors, and Kitsap Quilters.

At age 47, Linda and Stan simultaneously requested leaves of absence from their employers, and subsequently took early retirement. Having researched for several years where they wanted to live in retirement, they chose Bainbridge Island, Washington, and bought land there in 1993. In 1995, they moved there and built a house of their own design, where they lived happily ever after together.

A memorial service will be held at Kiana Lodge (14976 NE Sandy Hook Rd. Poulsbo, WA) on Thursday July 20 at 11:00 AM. Memorial contributions would be appropriate to either the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (www.fredhutch.org) for research on ovarian cancer, or Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas Clothing and Textile Advisors (www.kop-cta.org) to teach sewing skills to the next generation.

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Thornton Powers Percilval, passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, Washington. He was born on February 19, 1945 and was 72 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Mary Ruth (Elliott) Giddens, a lay minister who composed poetry and songs of worship for six decades, died peacefully on July 10, 2017 on Bainbridge Island, Washington, following a courageous battle against cancer. A loving mother and grandmother, she passed at the age of 82 in the embrace of her family.

Mary was born in Pueblo, Colorado, in 1935 to J.R. Elliott, a traveling encyclopedia salesman, and Josephine (Crenshaw) Elliott, a former school teacher. She attended Central High School in Pueblo until her senior year, when the family moved to Denver. She graduated from Denver’s East High School in 1953.

Mary was married twice, first to George N. Hunt, a radar systems engineer, and second to Ralph C. Giddens, a refinery manager. She lived in Manhattan Beach, California, for more than 30 years, where she raised five children and worked as an area adviser for the South Bay Daily Breeze. She and Ralph retired to Vista, California, where he died in 2005.

Called to minister as a young adult, she preached the gospel in prisons and on L.A.’s skid row, and conducted weekly worship services in nursing homes for nearly 50 years. A gifted poet and composer, she wrote thousands of hymns and praise songs.

Mary is predeceased by her daughter, Rebecca Suzanne Hunt, Timothy Hunt, and her son-in-law, Bradley Louis Crawford. She is survived by her children, Steve Hunt (Luanne) of Apple Valley, California; David Hunt of Holly Springs, N.C.; Debbie Crawford of Carthage, N.C.; Mark Giddens of Bainbridge Island, Washington; and Jonathan Giddens of Bothell, Washington; and her grandchildren, Amanda Crawford of Raleigh, N.C. and Scott Crawford of Carthage, N.C.

There will be no service. She will be cremated and the ashes of Ralph, Mary and their beloved Chihuahua “Chi Chi” will be scattered in the Ocean. Her motto was - “Go tell what great things the Lord hath done for you!”

One of her favorite bible verses was, “He hath not dealt with us according to our sins, but according to his love and mercy.” She said that she experienced that love and mercy her whole life.

She has gone home to be with Jesus and the loved ones gone before.

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Gertrude Rose Stover, born in Chicago, Illinois on December 1, 1921 passed July 10, 2017 in Poulsbo, WA at the age of 95.

Preceded in death by her husband Earl R. Stover, Sr. and son Earl R. Stover, Jr. Gertrude was the eighth of 12 children born to George and Pauline Wojtyna. She and Earl lived in Chicago with her family until moving to Silverdale, WA in 2002.

Gert worked at various secretarial positions in Chicago prior to the birth of her 3 children, Barbara (William) Burke, Maureen (James) O’Gara, and the late Earl, Jr. She was a homemaker who devoted her life to her family and quite an accomplished seamstress. She was also a Girl Scout leader, Boy Scout Den mother, volunteered at Our Lady of the Resurrection Hospital in Chicago, and was a long-time member of the St. Anne Sodality at St. Ferdinand Church.

In addition to her two daughters and sons-in- law, she is survived by her grandchildren, Steve (Kelli) Burke, Susie (Paul) Burke, and Elizabeth O’Gara, as well as great-grandsons Christopher Burke and Greysen McKercher. She is survived by one sister and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gertrude will be laid to rest with her husband at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside, IL. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Martha & Mary Rehab Center, PO Box 127, 19160 Front St. NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370 or the Leukemia Foundation.

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Jay Winston Mitchell, passed away July 9, 2017 at his home on Bainbridge Island. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa on January 9, 1937, the youngest child of Jay Austin and Ruth Mitchell.

Jay attended East High School in Des Moines and graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in architecture. In 1960, he married Janice Livengood and moved to San Francisco, where he completed his Naval service and practiced architecture.

Jay joined the Rex Whitaker Allen and Associates architectural firm in San Francisco, where he helped design several California hospitals, including the Mercy San Juan hospital in Carmichael and the Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. Later, he joined with friends to create the architectural firm Sabin O’Neal Mitchell. In 1973, the firm merged with Hoover Associates. Jay became president of the firm in 1983 and remained so until his retirement in 1995. He contributed to many commercial, public and residential building projects, including Bishop Ranch in San Ramon, and the restoration of the Stanford Theater in downtown Palo Alto.

Jay, Jan, and their two children, Jay Curtis and Jill, resided in Palo Alto, CA, at the time of Jan’s death in 1988. Jay married fellow widow Marilyn Price in 1990 and adopted her young daughter, Sarah. Throughout their marriage, Jay and Marilyn honored the memories of their late spouses and joyfully embraced an expanded family of six Mitchell and Price children.

Jay, Marilyn, and Sarah traveled extensively, and lived in Oxford, England for a year in 1993. When they returned to the U.S., they moved from Palo Alto to Sammamish, WA. In 2001, they moved to Bainbridge Island, where they lived in a house Jay designed to perfectly fit its location on Eagle Harbor.

A generous and kind man, Jay found many ways to give back to the community. Some of his contributions included serving as a deacon and elder at First Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto; chairing the Palo Alto Planning Commission; serving on the Board of Directors of the Overlake School in Redmond, WA; chairing the Building and Grounds ministry at Grace Episcopal Church in Bainbridge Island; and co-chairing, for a decade, the vehicle donations for Bainbridge Island’s annual Rotary Auction. A devoted Rotarian, Jay served on numerous committees and worked for many years on service scholarships for youth.

Jay is survived by his wife, Marilyn Price-Mitchell, children Jay Mitchell, Jill (Gregg) Swenson and Sarah Price-Mitchell; the extended Price family children: Sue (Bob) Gavrich, Katie (Lance) Womack and Richard Price; and grandchildren: John Jay, Lucy, Bryn, and Cooper.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Grace Episcopal Church Endowment Fund, 8595 NE Day Road E., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 or the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island Youth Scholarship Fund, PO Box 11286, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.

A memorial service to celebrate Jay’s life will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, Bainbridge Island, WA, on September 23, 2017 at 3PM, with reception to follow.


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Stephen K. Oakley, died peacefully at home July 6th 2017 in Poulsbo, WA he was 57.

Stephen is survived by his sisters Sharla (Hassan) Musabih, Marcy (Devin) Trueman, many nieces and nephews, cousins and close friends. Preceded in death by his brother Michael Oakley and parents George & Sharlene (Toppy) Oakley.

Stephen was born August 11, 1959 in Choteau Montana and attended Bainbridge Island High School class of 1978.

A memorial service is scheduled for August 11, 3pm at Cook Funeral Home with a celebration of life afterward at Fay Bainbridge State Park 4pm – 8pm.
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Lois Jean Burger, passed away on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at The Wyatt House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on January 8, 1924 and was 93 years of age.

Lois graduated from Renton High School and worked for Pacific Car and Foundry & PACC for 25 years and retired at 65 years of age. Her life was her family and friends. She enjoyed walking her best friend "Maddie" the Corgi for years around Winslow.

Lois is survived by her children; Wendy Welch of Bainbridge Island, WA, Michael Burger of Seaside, Oregon and Scott Burger of Chatteroy, Washington. She also leaves behind six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and son-in-law Taylor Welch.

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Joseph  Hruska, passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at his residence on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on April 23, 1968 and was 49 years of age.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend Joe's celebration of life at 3:00 on Friday July 14 at Grace Episcopal Church 8595 East Day Road Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Arrangements are entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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