Rudolph "Rudy" Delphin Thomas, passed away on Friday, April 9, 2010 at his home in Poulsbo, Washington. He was born on June 17, 1932 in Louisville, Kentucky to Clarence Stanislaus Thomas and Mary Ada Norris Thomas.
Rudy attended Bishop Flaget High School and The University of Louisville, BSEE. He later worked for Westinghouse Electric as the Engineering Director for 38 years. He was a part of the development of the world's first light water breeder reactor. His final assignment was at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard overhauling ship reactor cores. He retired in 1992. He served in the United States Air Force as a Lieutenant.
Rudy was a member of the Sons of Norway and was a founding Parishioner of St. Olaf Catholic Church in Poulsbo, Washington. He served as a chairman for the North Kitsap School Board and was a strong supporter of the NK schools. He was also a member of the athletic booster club, while his children were in school.
Rudy was a disciplined jogger and took great joy in participating every year in the Viking Fest 5 mile run. He was a gentleman farmer who loved working on his 10 acre property on Scandia and tending to his garden, cows and horses.
He is survived by his wife Rose Marie Thomas of Poulsbo, WA, children; Rudolph Delphin Thomas Jr. (Catriona) of Charlottesville, VA, Joseph Hayden Thomas (Shannon) of Portland, OR, John Quincy Thomas (Paula) of San Diego, CA, Matthew Hummel Thomas (Cristina) of Tacoma, WA, Bridget Mary Brewer (Kevin) of Lynnwood, WA, Marie Julia Thomas of Martigues, France. He also leaves behind his brother Clarence "Nick" Stanislaus Thomas Jr. (Ruth) of Louisville, KY. There are 18 grandchildren.
Rudy was preceded in death by his parents and his daughters, Mary Pat and Margaret Ann.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Thursday, April 15, 2010 from 7 - 8 PM at St. Olaf Catholic Church, 18943 Caldart Avenue, Poulsbo WA 98370. The Rosary will follow at 8 PM. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, April 16th at 11 :00 AM at the church, followed by a reception in the church hall. Interment will follow after the reception at Mountainview Cemetery on Mountainview Road in Poulsbo.
Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Olaf Catholic Church or The Alzheimer's Association - alz.org The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the dedicated caregivers and friends who's compassionate care and loving presence provided great comfort to Rudy during his final years of life.
Helen Elizabeth Redmond, passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2010 at The Wyatt House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on April 21, 1926 and was 83 years of age.
She was the daughter of the late John and Vivian Nelson of Vancouver, B.C., and sister of the late John A. Nelson and Margaret N. Heeney, also of Vancouver. Betty is the widow of John F. Redmond, who passed away in 2005. Since their marriage at Vancouver in 1961, John and Betty resided in Calgary, Toronto, and Houston, and retired to their residence on Fletcher Bay in 1974. Betty resided at the Wyatt House since 2006.
She is survived by her son Gregory Nelson Redmond of Los Angeles, California, her stepson John C. Redmond and his wife Else of Lincoln, CA, stepson Daniel P. Redmond, M.D. of Silver Spring, MD and Myrna L. Redmond, widow of stepson Richard C. Redmond, of Colchester, VT. John and Betty's family includes eleven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving are nephews Rod Nelson, Michael Nelson, Barry Nelson and Brad Heeney, also niece Lisa Heeney who resides in British Columbia. Betty was a member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church where she served on the altar guild for many years. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed summers with John cruising the waters of Alaska and British Columbia aboard their yacht, the Martha C.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 10:30 AM at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church on Bainbridge Island, Washington(Directions). A luncheon will follow at the church hall. Inurnment will take place in Carthage, Missouri. Memorial contributions can be made to: St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.
Debra Helene Giller, passed away on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at the Hospice of Kitsap County Care Center in Bremerton, Washington. She was born on June 20, 1959 in Dallas, Texas and was 50 year of age.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Graveside Service on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 9:00 AM at Port Blakely Cemetery on Old Mill Road on Bainbridge Island.
James Allan Novick, 65, passed away on April 5, 2010 after a brief battle with cancer. Born March 7, 1945 in Seattle, WA, Jim was the son of George and Lottie Novick (deceased).
He graduated from East Bremerton High School and later enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves. After his time in the military, Jim worked as a radiological technician for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. He enjoyed watching professional and high school sporting events, fishing, Bible studies and services at Faith Community Bible Church, and his family.
Jim is survived by two sons, Gregg Novick of Belfair and Daniel (RandaLyn) Novick of Poulsbo; his brothers, Martin and George Novick; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Andrea Atkinson.
In a note left behind for family, Jim said, "I would like to give special thanks to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for providing me with Danny and RandaLyn's love, care, and hospitality. I would also like to thank Pastor Dan Wilson and his wife, Gloria, for their encouragement, counseling, and continued help with my spiritual growth."
Services will be private. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
Benjamin Zimney, passed away on Sunday, April 4, 2010 at Montclair Park in Poulsbo, Washington. He was born on April 7, 1919 and was 90 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Glenyce Jeanne Sears, passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2010 at The University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, April 16, 2010 at 10 AM at The Folwer LDS Chapel in Colvis, California. Interment will take place at Redbank Cemetery in Colvis. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
Maxine Elaine Jacobson, passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on December 17, 1919 in Arlington, Washington and was 90 years of age.
Maxine was a resident of Bainbridge Island. She owned a bakery in Winslow in the 1950's and was also a cook in several restaurants in Ocean Shores. She was a chef for the Washington State Senate for 16 years. She enjoyed volunteering at the Helpline House on Bainbridge Island for 10 years. Maxine was an Elder of the Snoqualmie Tribe. While employed by the state senate, she had the pleasure of meeting with and cooking for many foreign dignitaries, senators and governors.
She is survived by her son Jon Jacobson and daughter in-law Joyce of Bainbridge Island, sisters Pat Carlson of Lynnwood, WA and Lottie of Ukiah, California, also her sister in-law Delores Bertrand of Tonaket, WA. There are eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Maxine was preceded in death by her husband Eric Jacobson and children Ray and Joe Muholland .
Private family services will be held with interment in Seabold Cemetery on Bainbridge Island.
Don Chester Beemer, longtime Bainbridge Island businessman and community member, died March 30 at the age of 80 in his home at Wyatt House Retirement Center.
Don is best remembered in the community as the knowledgeable manager of Winslow Hardware from the mid-60s through the mid-1990s when he retired. Through his nearly 60 years as a Bainbridge Island resident, Don was a prominent community figure and participant. He served as a member of various Island organizations, including the Winslow Planning Commission, the Kiwanis Club of Bainbridge, the Bainbridge Library board, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, Boy Scouts of America – including several years as a merit badge counselor, and with the Bainbridge Juvenile Diversion Board.
In addition, Don was very active with the Kitsap County and Bainbridge Democratic Party – often sought by up and coming Democratic candidates looking for Bainbridge support. When U.S. Congressman Norm Dicks first ran for Congress in 1976 (and Bainbridge Island was part of that Congressional District), Dicks personally sought out Don’s support. As part of Don’s 80th birthday celebration, Dicks thanked Don for his “enormous contributions to our community and to the Democratic Party over the years.”
“People like you have made it possible for me to serve the citizens of the 6th Congressional District of Washington for the past 33 years.”
Don was born in Seattle on Oct. 20, 1929, to Chester and Lorraine Beemer, who were residents of Bremerton at the time. Through the years, his family moved several times in Kitsap County so Don attended several elementary schools. He attended and graduated from North Kitsap High School (1947) where he was active in athletics (football and track) and student government (student body vice president his senior year). Don was one of the class speakers at the North Kitsap High graduation services.
Following high school, Don served two years in the Army and married Virginia Schultz in 1949. When the Korean War started, Don re-enlisted to serve in the military police in Tacoma.
The first installment of what became a family of five boys was born – Michael – in 1950. Between military stints, Don worked for a brief time selling children’s books door-to-door, then began working for his uncle, Holger Christensen, at the hardware store he built on Winslow Way – Holger’s Hardware (later named Winslow Hardware). After Don’s final discharge from the Army, he moved the family back to Bainbridge and reassumed his work at the hardware store. Other than a short time working off the island when Holger sold the store in the mid-1960s, Don was a mainstay and ever-helpful presence at Winslow Hardware – serving as manager of the store from 1967 until his retirement in 1994.
While Bainbridge Island slowly grew in population and activity over the years, Don’s family also grew with addition of four more sons – Neil , Gary, David, and Gregory . Family activities kept the Beemers busy, and Don remained very active himself. He enjoyed participation with the Bainbridge Sportsman’s Club and league bowling in his younger years. He and Virginia loved to play cards with good friends, and enjoyed trips to the Clearwater Casino. Don was a mainstay with the morning coffee groups at Town & Country Market and American Marine Bank – regularly solving the problems of the world with the guys.
Don’s boisterous support was a fixture in the crowd at Bainbridge High School home football games and home girls’ basketball contests – watching his granddaughters play and coach with the Spartans. He was never shy about expressing his opinion regarding officiating!
Never one to fully accept the “retirement” label and forever wanting to stay involved, Don served for over a decade on the Kitsap County Board of Equalization.
Don loved the outdoors – and enjoyed hiking both in his early family years and in retirement with a few close friends. One of Don’s most pleasurable activities was spending time fishing and relaxing at the family cabin on Lake Wooten near Belfair – both with his boys and grandchildren and in times of peaceful solitude.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years Virginia, sons Michael (Sandy), Neil (Mindy), Gary (Cyndi), David (Becky) and Gregory (Jackie); 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the memorial service at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, April 10, 2010, at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church. Memorial contributions are suggested to Bainbridge Island Fire Department or Eagle Harbor Congregational Church.
Clifton B. Steele, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 28, 2010 at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Born on January 30, 1922 he was 88 years of age.
Clif attended Santa Ana High School, Class of ’39 and the University of Oregon ’43, and had been an active participant in his fraternity Phi Delta Theta for the past 65 years.
Along with his partner and dear friend Sasha Erlik he founded and co-owned California Casuals in Los Angeles, California. He manufactured and sold women’s maternity wear throughout the United States until he retired before he was 60 with every intention of enjoying the fruits of his labors.
Anyone who met Clif soon realized that his real passions in life were his family, friends, and the activities and adventures he shared with them. He always said that he never wanted to live where he couldn’t see water…that priority took him on his treasured Mexican fishing trips with his sons, surfing in Corona del Mar and the Huntington Beach Pier, dancing at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa, and also included many remodeling projects in Laguna Beach, California, Kauai, and Bainbridge Island, Washington where he lived the last 20 years of his life.
A perfect day for Clif was at least one doubles tennis match…a round of golf came in a distant second. The friends he made playing these sports were valued and cherished throughout his life.
Unable to play tennis the last few years Clif took his competitive spirit indoors and enjoyed Contract Bridge games at both Wing Point Country Club and the Senior Center of Bainbridge Island on a weekly basis. Of course he enjoyed the people as much as the game and had even hosted a rousing foursome the week before he passed away.
He is survived by his wife Stephanie Hoffman Steele, sons Michael Steele of Ashland, Oregon and Kevin Steele and his wife Sandie of Newport Beach, California, his granddaughter Jamison Steele of New York City, New York and grandson Nathan Steele of Boulder, Colorado.
Family and friends are invited to share in a celebration of Clif’s life at his home on Saturday, May 1st from 2-5pm. Memorial donations can be made to The Senior Center of Bainbridge Island, The Bainbridge Island Volunteer Fire Fighters Association who come on cold dark nights at 3am, and the always present and excellent Hospice of Kitsap County.
Dorothy V. Peterson, passed away on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on September 14, 1917 and was 92 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Donald Chapman, passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. He was born on June 7, 1927 and was 82 years of age.
Mr. Chapman was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He practiced architecture as a principal since 1956. He headed projects in Hawaii, the Pacific Basin and Far East areas, including Tahiti, Kwajalein, Midway, Guam, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Korea. His experience as principal-in-charge of projects for public and private sector clients includes commercial, resort, residential, industrial, recreational, health care and educational facilities. A number of these projects have received awards for architectural design. He was the design architect for the Arizona Memorial Visitors Center at Pearl Harbor. He was awarded the Blue Seal Award from the Department of Defense for the Arizona Memorial Shoreline Facilities, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Mr. Chapman attended Punahou School, and Admiral Farragut Academy. He graduated with a Master's Degree in Architecture from Tulane University. Don served on the State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers, Architects, Surveyors and Landscape Architects, as an appointee of the Governor of Hawaii, for 8-1/2 years. He served twice as President of Hawaii Society/The American Institute of Architects, and was an active member of many other professional and civic organizations. In 1984 Mr. Chapman was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a national honor bestowed on a select few of the nation's architects who have made significant contributions to their communities and their profession. Mr. Chapman received the Ernie H. Hara Distinguished Service Award from the University of Hawaii School of Architecture.
He was an active sailor, a charter member of the Kaneohe Yacht Club, a member of the Waikiki and Maui Yacht Clubs, and in addition to holding State Championships, sailed in both the Transpacific yacht and Congressional Cup Races. Either on his own boat or chartered, he sailed all over the world. His hobby was wood working and specifically Model Boats, which are now in the homes of his friends and families.
He is survived by his wife Carol Hartley Chapman, daughters Denice Kelly and husband John, grandchildren Michael and Jennifer, Elizabeth Lucarelli and husband Don, and granddaughters Malia and Christine.. He also leaves behind his brother Robert and wife Cara, Joe Hartley, Jeff Hartley and their families.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Remembrance Service for Don on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 2:00 PM at the family residence on Bainbridge Island. The sharing time will begin promptly at 2 PM, followed by a reception until 5 :00 PM at the home. A scattering of his ashes will be held in Hawaii at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to The Bainbridge Island Help Line House or The University of Hawaii Foundation/School of Architecture or The Ernest H. Hara FAIA Distinguished Service Award - University of Hawaii.
Henry Ford Adams, passed away on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on November 6, 1927 and was 82 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Janice Bon, passed away on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at her home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on January 16, 1956 and was 54 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Irene Daisey Purser, passed away on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at her home in Kingston, Washington. She was born on September 14, 1922 to Ellen and Peter Jack (Jackson). She was 87 years of age.
She was committed to helping family during the holidays with food basics and other necessities. Irene loved to crochet, play bingo and go to the casino. She was a member of the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe. From 1959 to 1960 she formed the off reservation Indians Organization and was Chairperson of that Organization for 6 years. She was also a member of the Indian Child Welfare Advisory Committee for 15 years. Irene was a member of the enrollment committee for the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe until her death. In addition, she sat on the housing board the tribe for 10 years.
She is survived by her sister's Rosemary Achberger and Betty Hamlin, children; Rose (Robert) Stewart, Ellen (Herman) Price, Don Purser, Ralph (Debbie) Purser, Stanton Purser, Kathy (Conrad) Purser-Sullivan and Penny Purser. There are numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren and several beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Stanley Lloyd Purser, Sister's Shirley, Grace, Hazle, brother's Lester and Ben, parent's Peter and Ellen Jack and son's Robert, Ben and Gary.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Friday, March 19, 2010 from 11AM - 1 PM, with Funeral Services beginning at 1 PM at the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribal Gym in Kingston, Washington. Interment will take place at the tribal cemetery. A reception at the gym will follow.
Memorial Contributions: Can be made to the Port Gamble S'Klallam Food Bank.
Leeann Chin, 77, an entrepreneur who founded a chain of successful restaurants in the Minneapolis area, wrote three Chinese food cookbooks and starred in a PBS cooking series, died Wednesday, March 10, on Bainbridge Island near Seattle after suffering complications from liver cancer, her family said.
A native of Guangzhou, China, Chin immigrated to Minneapolis in 1956 with her husband, Tony. A pioneering multi-tasking mom, Chin worked as a seamstress and cooked for her sewing clients. The demand for her Cantonese dishes grew as word spread of her culinary talents. She started catering and teaching cooking classes, introducing many in the area to ethnic cuisine for the first time.
Chin opened her first restaurant in 1980 at Bonaventure Mall in Minnetonka. The immense popularity of her pan-Asian cooking, along with her indefatigable spirit, her limitless energy and her intense work ethic fueled the success of her restaurant chain, which now has numerous locations throughout the Twin Cities.
"Leeann was not only the founder of our company but the pillar of our business for many years," said Linda Nelson, senior vice president of Leeann Chin, Inc. "Leeann was a humble woman of great strength, courage and knowledge. She was incredibly elegant, generous, and had a contagious entrepreneurial spirit. Her keen eye for detail and passion for extraordinary quality is a tradition that will live on with our company forever."
"Leeann was an endearing woman who touched the lives of her employees and guests with her charm and hospitality, and she will be sadly missed," Nelson said.
Chin was a life-long philanthropist, supporting such organizations as Children's Cancer Research Fund, Organization of Chinese Americans, Scout Council, Committee of 100, WAMSO and The College of St. Benedict.
She is survived by her five children -- Linda (Sandy), Bill (Esther), Laura (David), Jean (Bill) and Katie (Matthew) and her eleven grandchildren -- Siu Ping, Dai Wai, Wai Lee, Rutledge, Logan, Katie, Griffin, Evan, Kyla, Dylan and Becca. Her husband, Tony, died in 1994.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 27th at 1p.m. at Normandale Lutheran Church, 6100 Normandale Road, Edina, MN. 55436, (952) 929-1697.
Marvin Lawrence Krasnansky, of Bainbridge Island, WA passed away Monday evening, March 8, at his home.
He enjoyed a long career in journalism and investor relations, including the Easton (PA) Express, the Lancaster (PA) New Era, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Stock Exchange, Paine Webber Jackson and Curtis, Becton Dickinson, and McKesson Corporation. In 1984, as a vice president of McKesson, he was instrumental in forming CALSTAR, the California Shock Trauma Air Rescue which served California and Nevada. He served on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Zoological Society and The California Parks Foundation.
He was named an Alumni Fellow of the School of Communications at Penn State, the highest honor the university can extend among an alumni base of 450,000. In 2006, he served as editor-in-chief and creator of The Collegian Chronicles, a 383-page history of Penn State from the pages of the Daily Collegian.
He and his late wife established several scholarships at Penn State and the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA, where his wife had graduated from nursing school. He was proud of being a first-generation American and prouder still to be in a position to pay it forward to help young people attain their educational goals.
Marvin L. Krasnansky was born in Brooklyn, NY, February 18, 1930 to Anna and Isadore Krasnansky. He grew up in Brooklyn and Philadelphia, PA. He was a graduate of Central High School in Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania State University, class of 1952, where he was editor of the Daily Collegian, the student newspaper. He lived in San Francisco and Sonoma, CA for 25 years prior to his move to Bainbridge Island in 2004 to live near his daughter and her family. His wife of 50 years, Josie Krasnansky, died in 2005.
He is survived by his daughter, Melanie Jo Olson (Douglas) of Bainbridge Island; his sons, Timothy Krasnansky, D.V.M. (Dr. Loyanne Wilson) of Davis, CA, and William Krasnansky; and his grandchildren, Samantha Olson (Peter Bonoff) of Seattle, Midshipman Olaf D. Olson of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD, and Katie and Kai Krasnansky; his brother, Dr. Ed Keynes of Kiel, Germany; and his poodle, Lady Bug.
In keeping with Marvin’s concern for the least among us, donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741; Westsound Wildlife Shelter, 7501 NE Dolphin Drive, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110; or a charity of your choice.
A private family service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by the Cook Family Funeral Home, Bainbridge Island, WA.
Ted Edgar Hunting, passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2010 at The Hospice of Kitsap County Care Center in Bremerton, Washington. He was born on July 10, 1939 and was 70 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Carl Erickson, passed away on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on July 27, 1927 and was 82 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Donald Martin Erickson, of Poulsbo passed away due to brain cancer on February 26th 2010 surrounded by family and friends. He was born on November 14th, 1941 in Olympia, WA to Howard and Elsie Erickson. Don graduated from Franklin High School in Seattle in 1958.
Don and his wife JoAnn have been together since they were 14 and 15 years old. They got married in April of 1960 and had three children. Don worked for Puget Sound Energy for over 41 years working in many headquarters throughout Washington. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and what he enjoyed most was the comfortable outdoors and family. After retiring he and JoAnn enjoyed traveling to many places. Winters were spent in Arizona with many trips to Mexico.
He was preceded in death by his Mother Elsie, brothers Howie and Dale, and sister Eileen. He is survived by his wife of almost fifty years JoAnn, their three children, Lori Heins (Jim) of Poulsbo, Wade of Brewster, and Darin (Sue) of Silverdale, and eight grandchildren and a great grand child due any day.
At his request there will be a private family service and a celebration of life to follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to Hospice of Group Health or Martha & Mary Health and Rehab Center.
Donna A. McVey, passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2010, at Martha and Mary Health Care Services in Poulsbo, Washington. She was 80 years of age.
She was born on March 23, 1929, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Walter Mahonri Arnold Jr. and Mabel Isabel Hall Arnold. The family later moved to Tacoma, Washington. Donna attended High School at Stadium High School in Tacoma, and college at The University of Puget Sound. In 1951 she married George Oliver McVey, and they were later sealed together as an eternal family in 1975 in the Washington D.C. Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She was an active member of LDS Church and served in various positions over the years, including a one-year mission with her husband on Bainbridge Island, WA.
Donna enjoyed being with her family and loved music. She dedicated her life to her family and was a homemaker. She had Multiple Sclerosis for the last 40 years and Alzheimer's disease since 2004.
She is survived by her husband George McVey, sons Gary, Chris and Greg, also her daughters-in-law Paula, Kathy and Amy. There are also seven grandchildren and her many loving friends.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Saturday, March 6, 2010, from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, followed by the Funeral Service at 11:00 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints, 2138 NE Mesford St., Poulsbo. Interment will follow at Cherry Grove Cemetery in Poulsbo.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or the National Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 21269, Seattle, WA 98111-3269 or Martha and Mary Health Services, P.O. Box 127, Poulsbo, WA 98370.
Caroline Julia Mellor, died peacefully on February 19, 2010 on Bainbridge Island, WA at the age of 90.
She was born August 19, 1919 into a large and loving Italian family in St. Louis, Missouri. During the last 6 years, she made her home on Bainbridge to be near her daughter Linda Owen, son-in-law Jeff Owen, and granddaughter, Lindsey Toler.
For over 30 years, she was a saleswoman at St. Louis' leading department stores, Stix, Baer, & Fuller and Dillards. She had many loyal customers over the years who appreciated her sense of style and above all, her joyful spirit.
Generous and open-hearted, she put her family first in every way. We carry her spirit forward in the hope that we too may give to others as deeply as she did.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Angelo and Maria Pesalovo; her husband, John H. Mellor; and her dear sister, Esther Finneran. She is survived by her two daughters, Linda Owen, Pamela Mellor; her niece, Suzanne Jordan; grandson, Sean Murray; granddaughters, Cara Day, Lindsey Toler; and great-grandson Rowan Toler.
She will be buried with her husband at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Please remember her in your thoughts and prayers.
Carolyn Jo Couch, passed away on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at her home in Bremerton, Washington. She was born on August 15, 1937 and was 72 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Jerome B. Hayes, passed away February 17th at the age of 81.
Known as “Jerry” to friends and family. He was a strong family man and devout Catholic. Born into an Irish family October 12, 1928 in Eugene, Oregon to Clarence (Jack) Anthony Hayes and Loretta Marie Hayes (nee Gaeden). Oldest of three, he is survived by his youngest sister, Jacquelyn Murphy of Portland, Oregon, and preceded in death by his sister, Meredith Burton, and his granddaughter, Jennifer Rebecca Hayes. Survived by the love of his life, his best friend and wife of 54 years, Susan Grace Hayes (nee Lillie) and four children: Jerome Patrick (Pat) Hayes and his wife, Sandra Mae Hayes (nee Richardson), and their eldest daughter Stephanie Allison Hayes and their soon to be born son; Kathleen Angelique Bogner (nee Hayes) and her husband, Douglas Neil Bogner, and their daughters, Emma Claire Bogner and Sarah Grace Bogner; Jeffrey Kevin Hayes and his wife, Tamara Sue Hayes (nee Johnson), and their daughters Riley Sue Hayes and Megan Rebecca Hayes; Erin Marie Hayes and her husband, Richard Alan Berndt, and their sons, Maximilian Hayes Berndt and Alexander Hayes Berndt. He is dearly loved and will be deeply missed - leaving a void that cannot be filled.
Class of 1953 graduate of the US Naval Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1960, he attended the Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, California. He subsequently took a special assignment to the US Naval War College in 1969. While in Newport, Rhode Island he also earned a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University, in 1970.
Jerry was raised in Salem, Oregon, where he worked in the hop fields in the summers (despite being allergic to hops). During his first assignment in the Navy, he met his true love in Charleston, South Carolina. On 15 October 1955 he married Susan, daughter of Dr. Morton Lillie, USN Captain-Retired, and his wife of more than 60 years, Ruth (nee MacFarland).
As an officer in the Submarine Service during the diesel era, he served in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. He was deployed to Key West, Florida, where Pat and Kathy were born. His next assignment was in Monterey, California, where Jeff was born. He was transferred to San Diego and later was stationed in Alameda, California, where Erin was born. Jerry served on surface ships to include a tour on a US destroyer in the Pacific during the Korean War. His submarine service included his assignments as an Engineering Officer on the USS Trumpetfish and Executive Officer on the USS Catfish. Jerry then took command of the USS Quillback from 1966-1968 in Key West, Florida. While in Alexandria, Virginia, he worked on the plans for the SSN 688 Los Angeles Class Attack and the SSBN 726 Ballistic Missile Class Submarines in Washington, D.C. After he retired from the Navy in 1974, he worked for major defense contractors: Raytheon, IBM, and General Dynamics, during which time he and his family moved to McLean, Virginia. He was delighted to accept an assignment with General Dynamics Electric Boat Division to return to his beloved Northwest to become the company’s On-Site Manager for the Bangor Trident Nuclear Submarine Program. Eighteen years later, they were happy to finally reach their retirement years. Susan and Jerry often joked that now she had twice the husband and half the pay.
He was a member of Saint Cecilia Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island, Washington, since 1978 where he served in several different capacities: usher, youth ministry, and parish council. He was also active in the Poulsbo Rotary Club where he served as President (1983-1984) and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He led various fund raising efforts and hosted an international exchange student from Brazil. Later Jerry and his wife worked as volunteers for the Interfaith Care Givers ferrying patients to and from medical appointments. Also as part of Interfaith Care Givers, Jerry helped Susan, who was known as the “Flower Lady” for many years. They collected donated flowers placed at Winslow Hardware by Island residents sharing the bounty from their beautiful gardens. Jerry & Susan distributed them to the homebound across the Island. Susan wrapped the flowers in tissue and tied them with ribbons; Jerry’s job was to cut off the thorns.
He loved spending time with his family. Jerry was, at heart, a Do-It-Yourself handyman working on cars and homes alike. He particularly enjoyed homeownership and worked endlessly to improve the family home. He finished the basement and built the deck in Alexandria, constructed a fountain in McLean, and carved out his Crow’s Nest respite from their Bill Point hillside home on Bainbridge. He served on the Bainbridge Island Bill Point Tree Committee for years (deftly handling delicate negotiations between neighbors, balancing the need to maintain views of Seattle while also maintaining the natural green, which is at the heart of every Northwesterner). He loved taking care of his lawn. In fact, even in a city known for its rainfall, he installed an in-ground sprinkler system to maintain its pristine condition. His tender care paid off as the lawn at Bill Point provided hours of summer time pleasure when family would gather and play endless rounds of Bocci Ball on its level and smooth expanse. Jerry lovingly cared for their large family home in Bill Point for 25 years until they downsized to a condo at The Winslow. The condominium was not only easier to maintain but its downtown location was within easy walking distance for most of their needs.
He was a strong family man with a softspot for his pets. When the children were little he enjoyed taking them camping or to the beach. After retirement he and Susan enjoyed traveling. They took several cruises to include trips to Alaska, the Panama Canal and the Mediterranean. On their 50th Anniversary they traveled through the Black Sea from Athens to Rome. Later in life, he particularly enjoyed a short trip with Susan to Mount Rushmore. He loved music, especially classical and jazz. His favorite album was “Whipped Cream and other Delights” by the Tijuana Brass. He and Susan enjoyed golf, though people often wanted to play through. He faithfully made brunch on Sundays after church and was a master at outdoor grilling in any weather. The world over, his steaks could not be matched.
Jerry suffered terribly from the cruelty of Alzheimer’s disease. We are deeply grateful to all those who devote their life’s work to attending to the sick and dying, especially: Winslow Clinic, Alzheimer’s of Washington, Harbor House, and Hospice of Kitsap County. Donations can be made in Jerry’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Active Duty Assignments: 1954 USS Kyes (DD-787) 1955-1957 USS Trumpetfish (SS-425) 1958- 1959 USS Guavina (AOSS-362) 1960-1961 US Naval Post Graduate School 1961 USS Diodon (SS-349) 1961-1962 USS Catfish (SS-339) 1962 USS Salmon (SS-573) 1962-1964 USS Catfish (SS-339) 1964-1965 Twelfth Naval District-Treasure Island 1965-1968 USS Quillback (SS-424) 1968-1970 US Naval War College 1970-1974 US Naval Shipyard 1 June 1974 Retired
During his career, he held a FINAL TOP SECRET CRYPTOGRAPHIC Clearance
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 from 5-7 PM at St. Cecilia Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island. The Recitation of The Rosary will begin at 10:30 AM, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at the church. A reception will follow at the Church Conger Hall. Final Military Honors and interment will take place on Friday, February 26, 2010 at 11:15 AM at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA.
Arthur Nicholas Mirkovich, 68, died February 17, 2010
Art was born on August 22, 1941 and was the youngest of three children. He took great pride in his Croatian heritage and in being a life long resident of Bainbridge Island. He was involved in recording his family’s history on the Island and in the local fishing community. He graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1960. He had a career as a Civil Design Engineer with various firms in the Seattle and was an active member of the St. Cecilia Parish.
His interests included gardening, woodworking, fishing, drawing & painting and sports. He played softball for many years on the “R” Gang softball team. He enjoyed working in and around his home and completed many home improvement projects. Painting and sketching were a way for him to relax and express himself. His favorite delight was rowing his boat in Eagle Harbor.
Art is survived by his loving wife of 42 years Mary Mirkovich (Wellbrock). Together they raised three children Michele Frech (John) of Seattle, Krista Pal (Sanjay) of San Diego, CA and Douglas Mirkovich (Kathy) of Dana Point, CA. Art and Mary enjoyed raising their children on Bainbridge Island and watching them participate in sports. Art was their biggest cheer leader and never missed an event. He was a very proud “Papa” to three grandchildren and is also survived by his sister Marlene Wellbrock and his brother Martin Mirkovich (Brenda).
Art was preceded in death by his parents Martin and Christina Mirkovich and brother in-law Varian Wellbrock.
Services will be held at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Bainbridge Island. A viewing will be held on Monday February 22nd from 5-7pm followed by a Rosary at 7pm. The Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday February 23rd at 11:00am. The Burial Service will be on Wednesday February 24th at 11:30am at Holyrood Cemetery, Shoreline.
In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Hospice of Kitsap County, Bainbridge Island Ambulance or St. Cecilia Catholic Church.
Ingrid Johanna Hathaway, passed away on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at The Hospice of Kitsap County Care Center in Bremerton, Washington. She was born on March 22, 1929 in Milspe, Germany and was 80 years of age.
She was a resident of Olympia, WA. Ingrid lived in the areas of Sequim, Federal Way, Whidbey Island and Lacey, WA. She was a homemaker and a member of the Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her daughter Eva Marie Graefinghoff of Suquamish, WA, also four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Hathaway and her parents Elizabeth and Hermann Graefinghoff. Services will be private.
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