Alice Mae Nelsen, passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at The Hospice of Kitsap County Care Center in Bremerton, Washington. She was born on May 20, 1935 in Portland, Oregon. She was 75 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Lois Andrus, Lois Andrus passed peacefully at home, with her family, on December 4th after a brief illness.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Lois lived in both Denver & San Francisco before she and Lew brought their family to the Northwest in the 1960s where they both loved Bainbridge and forever called it home. Lois was a tireless advocate for issues in education, serving on the Bainbridge Island School Board from 1970-1989 and the executive committee for WA State School Directors. She fought successfully to expand funding for Bainbridge schools from housing developers and was involved in Vocational Education policy at the state level. Lois was also devoted to improving transparency and accountability in the management of the growth of Bainbridge Island through groups such as ABC, Murden Cove Preservation Society and the League of Women Voters.
Lois delighted in the ever-changing natural beauty of the Northwest and especially enjoyed owls, otters and hummingbirds. Never content to sit idle Lois followed news into the digital age and battled daily with Microsoft Excel. She loved jigsaw puzzles and the occasional heated political debate. Lois is survived by her children Ross, Joel, and Heather, by her grandchildren Sam and Zoe, and by her cat Lucy.
A small gathering is being planned for early January, please contact the family for details.
Corinne A. Cleveland, 63, of Poulsbo, passed away on Saturday at The Hospice of Kitsap County Care Center. She was born in Warren, Minn., to Orval and BettyLou (Ranum) Cleveland.
She moved to Poulsbo with her family in 1962 and graduated from North Kitsap High School 1966.
She was very creative and fun. Owned various businesses for years. Worked many PowWows and craft shows. Her final craft show was just last month in Suquamish. Her animals throughout the years were some of her best friends.
Corinne is survived by daughter, Taryn Gemmell and son, Sean Callaham of Poulsbo; sister Connie Cleveland of Poulsbo and brothers, Tim (Gwynne) Cleveland of Poulsbo and Tony (Karen) Cleveland of San Jose, Calif.; nephews and nieces, Jay (Katie), Ryan, Fay and Jill Cleveland. She was preceded in death by her parents, and sister Cathy Lou of Poulsbo.
At her request a celebration of her life will be at a later date. Sign the online guest book at www.cookfamilyfurneralhome.com
Thomas B. Perry, passed away on Friday, December 2, 2011 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, WA. He was born on March 18, 1946 and was 65 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
William T. Farwell, passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on December 16, 1913 and was 97 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Claude Merle George Jr., "Skip", passed away on Monday, November 28, 2011 at Martha and Mary Health Care Services in Poulsbo, Washington. He was born on February 18, 1930 in Port Gamble, Washington. He was 81 years of age.
Claude graduated from High School, attended NW Bible School and welding school. He was employed with Pope Talbot and was an Assembly of God Minister. He was a member of the S'Klallam Community Church. As a minister Claude helped many people over the years and was a man of great integrity. He enjoyed fishing, clam digging and loved his wife, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Betty A. George, children; Carman, Linda and Doug George of Kingston, WA, his grandchildren; Doug Pullen Jr. of LaPush, WA, Debbie Payne of Kingston, Norman Jones of Kingston, LouAnne Pullen of Portland, Oregon, Dale (Angela) George of Kingston, Bridgette Woodward of Kingston, Krystyn Purser of Kingston, siblings: Mary Fulton and Charlie George of Kingston, and Louella Abrahamson of Spokane, WA, Shirley Gresham, Sandy Powers, Theodore Moran and Louis Moran. There are 12 great grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Claude and Catherine George, four brothers and four sisters.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Monday, December 5, 2011 at 12 noon followed by the funeral service at 1:00 PM at the Port Gamble Tribal Gym. Interment will take place at the tribal cemetery. A reception will follow. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.
Shirley Jean Dillenberg, 67, passed away on Saturday, November 26 2011, at her home in Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Shirley was born March 21 1944 , in Shelton, WA., to John and Billy Dillenburg. Shirley was very outgoing, loving, caring, giving and friendly to all she met through her life.
Shirley went to Irene S Reed high school and went on to graduate from WSU to became a school teacher.
She is survived by her brother Robert and wife Patricia Dillenburg of Spanaway, sister Judy Kimball of North Dakota and verious niece's and nephews.
Friends are welcome to attend a Memorial Service on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 1:00 PM at the Bainbridge Island Commons, located next to the Senior Center. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.
Aida Guillermina Ruiz, passed away on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on June 24, 1925 in Lima-Peru. She was 86 years of age.
Aida lived in Peru for 50 years, Miami, Florida for 35 years and Bainbridge Island for one year. Aida received the Nurse Aid by the Red Cross and was also the third place winner in the Peruvian Women's Fencing in 1950.
She was a devoted wife and mother who enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, knitting and crochet. She loved to have afternoon tea with her friends or family. She loved to play cards after dinner. In her youth she was quite the athlete. She played tennis, competing at national levels, and this is where she met her husband John. She also did fencing, swimming and rode horses. Aida loved arts and crafts and reading.
She was the last of eight siblings and was the last to pass away. Aida is survived by her husband John P. Ruiz, daughter M. Rossana Muir (B. Shawn), and grandchildren Sara E. and Catherine E. Muir all of Bainbridge Island. She also leaves behind several nieces and nephews in the United States, Peru, Venezuela, Canada and Spain.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Mass on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 11:30 AM at St. Cecilia Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island. A reception will follow at the St. Monica's Room at the church. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.
Sherri Lee Burton, passed away on Monday, November 21, 2011 at her home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on July 15, 1951 in Princeton, Indiana. She was 60 years of age. Sherri worked in the finance and insurance industry and was a member of the Meadowmeer Golf and Country Club. She enjoyed fishing, golfing, boating, crabbing and being with her family.
She is survived by her husband Don Burton of Bainbridge Island, step-father Frank Buchberger of Westport, Oregon, sister Pam Merrick (Jerry) of Ferndale, WA, son Dominic Tarabochia of San Francisco, California, daughter Nicole Tarabochia of Monterey, CA, step-daughter Jamie Burton of Poulsbo, WA and step-son Sean Burton of Bend, OR, also her cousin Charles Collene of Cheboygan, Michigan. Sherri leaves behind many loving family and friends locally and out of state. She was preceded in death by her parents Kenneth Felix and Sharon Buchberger.
Services will be private. Memorial contributions can be made to the Group Health Hospice or the Harrison Hospital Foundation. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.
Jean Esther Scott, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2011 at her home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on October 1, 1924 in Kansas City, Missouri. She was 87 years of age. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
Rose Galosich, age 92, died peacefully in her sleep at home in Winslow on November 20th of natural causes.
Rose was born in Veli Rat Yugoslavia to Marijan and Antica Mirkovic on September 19th 1919. She grew up at a Lighthouse on the Dalmation Coast with three brothers and sisters. In 1939 she married Marijan Galosich and moved to the U.S. Rose and Marijan lived in Portland and Everett, Washington before moving to Bainbridge in 1943 to the home in Hawley where she lived for the rest of her life.
Rose was a stay at home Mom until the mid sixties when she went to work for Frederick and Nelson where she was employed until mandatory retirement at age 72. After retirement, Rose studied Russian and History at Seattle Community College for several years. Rose and Marijan were avid gardeners and took great pride in their flower and vegetable gardens.
She was a member of St. Cecelia’s Catholic Church. She was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved her Lord, family and friends with all her heart and will be dearly missed.
Rose was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Marijan, her parents and siblings.
She is survived by her children and their spouses Mary and Mark Ault of Los Angeles and Bob and Dale Galosich of Anchorage. Grandchildren Brian Ault, Lisa Ault, Neil Galosich, Rob Galosich, Andra Galosich Lozano and great grandchildren Ryan Ault, Eric Galosich, Bo Galosich, Dustin Lozano, Tanner Lozano and Noah Lozano.
A family gravesite service will be held on December 17th at Calvary Cemetery at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Meals on Wheels, Interfaith Volunteers Caregivers of Bainbridge Island (IVC) or your favorite charity in Roses name. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.
Frank Peabody, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2011 at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on March 20, 1927 and was 84 years of age. Arrangement are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Aimee Christy Sumner, died peacefully November 20 at Harbor House/Liberty Shores in Poulsbo, age 88. She was born Dec 12, 1922 in Seattle to Danish immigrants Harold and Elsie Christensen. The family changed its surname to Christy in 1936.
After graduation from Seattle’s Lincoln High School, she briefly attended the University of Washington before beginning a 20-year career as a research director for national advertising agencies in Chicago and then in San Francisco, where she moved in 1950.
However, in 1960 she returned to college to train to become a licensed psychologist. She graduated from San Francisco State University and eventually earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She worked professionally for many years at the Veterans Administration Hospital, San Francisco. In 1978 she established her independent practice in Daly City, Calif. and continued to see patients until she was 75.
She married Angus Sumner, Jr. in 1969 and the couple lived in San Francisco until his death in 1995. She then lived in Pacifica, Calif. until 2006 when she moved to Bainbridge Island to be near family.
Aimee was known for her strong independence and straight-forward honesty. She loved music, especially jazz, enjoyed swimming and was devoted to a series of black cats. She was a strong advocate of social justice, lessening suffering where she could, and she followed politics keenly. Aimee is perhaps best remembered for her willingness to listen carefully to and understand others, an expression of her life-long interest in what made people behave the way they do.
She is survived by her niece Susan Christy Bottles (husband Kim) of Bainbridge Island, two grand-nephews in Seattle, her nephew John H. Christy (wife Beate) of Panama City, Republic of Panama, and two grand-nieces in Berkeley, Calif.
The family would particularly like to thank the nursing staff and nursing assistants of Harbor House for the exceptionally kind and thoughtful care they showed Aimee the last two years of her life.
A private service is planned for a later date. Please send memorials to a charity of your choice. Sign the online Guest Book for the family.
Jocelyn Clise Horder, 88, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 18, at her home in Poulsbo, Washington, with her family and her beloved dog Rosie, by her side.
A third generation Seattleite, she was born August 4, 1923, to Charles and Rosalind Clise. She attended Bush School and in 1944 graduated from the University of Washington School of Art where she received the Lambda Rho Art Honorary. She later studied print making under Amelio Amero at Cornish School of Art. Her wood engravings were exhibited in many NW art shows, the Library of Congress and the Pennsylvania Art Academy. During WWII she worked as a draftsman for Colby Steel and volunteered as a nurse’s aide at Swedish Hospital.
She met her husband, Garrett Provine Horder, while racing sailboats on Lake Washington. They married in Seattle in 1949 and spent their honeymoon sailing together. With their four children, they cruised throughout the Northwest, Alaska, the Queen Charlotte Islands, Tahiti, Maine, Chesapeake Bay, the Caribbean and Scotland. She was a member of the Seattle Yacht Club and the Cruising Club of America.
An avid mountain climber, Jocelyn summited Mt. Rainier, Mt. Shuksan, Mt. Olympus and Mt. Hood. She also loved hiking, crossing the High Divide in the Olympic Mountains and leading many of her Girl Scout troops exploring deep into the Olympics and Cascades.
She had a lifelong passion for plants and developed an award winning garden which is included in the Smithsonian Archive of American Gardens and many publications. More than 4,000 visitors have toured her garden. She served as a Horticultural Judge for the Garden Club of America for five years. She created an extensive collection of bonsai. For twelve years she was curator of fern spore for the American Fern Society and Hardy Fern Foundation, exchanging spore with fern enthusiasts around the world. She was a member of numerous northwest garden clubs. She and her sister, Sylvia, spent many happy hours exploring, botanizing and arguing over the scientific names of plants.
Jocelyn lived each day with vibrance, joy and a twinkle in her eye. She was generous and unassuming. A voracious reader, she had a keen intellect and an endless curiosity. Her knowledge, love and understanding of the natural world was an inspiration to those around her. Throughout her life she strove to protect the world she loved.
She served on the boards of the Totem Girl Scout Council, the Northwest Horticultural Society, the Washington Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, the Hardy Fern Foundation and the Mountain Cabin Memorial Society, dedicated to servicemen killed in World War II.
She is survived by her four children, Rosalind Williams (Ron) of Kingston, Morley Horder (Colleen) of Bainbridge Island, Bill Horder of Seattle, and Constance Horder (John Lyndes) of Canyon Creek, Montana, her four grandchildren, Garrett Kephart (Amy), Anna, Sarah and Catherine Horder, and her sister, Sylvia Clise Duryee of Seattle. Her caregiver, Carolyn Chase, loved and cared for her in her last years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gary, and her brothers, Alfred and Charles.
She was greatly loved. Her kind ways and gentle spirit touched many people. She will be remembered and held close in the hearts of those she knew and loved.
There will be a private service. Donations may be made to the Hardy Fern Foundation, Children’s Hospital, Hospice of Kitsap County or a favorite charity. Please visit and sign the online guestbook for the family.
Phyllis Wenzlaff, passed away quietly on Friday, 11/11/11 surrounded by her loving family at Montclair Park, Havencrest Memory unit.
Phyllis loved to garden and read. She enjoyed travelling as much as possible with her daughter Pat. She often went to California with Dan to see her daughters Pat and Kitti as well as her grandchildren and took cruises to Hawaii and Alaska. She played cards since she was young and enjoyed bowling with a league in Seattle for many years. Phyllis was an active member of Silver Sneakers and declared at 92 years young that she lived that long due to exercise. Phyllis and her husband of 73 years, Dan were members of Port Madison Lutheran Church for the last 15 years.
Phyllis is survived by her husband Dan of Poulsbo, daughters Patricia Smith of Napa, Ca, E.M.Kitti Stuart of Fairfield, Ca, son Bob Wenzlaff and his wife Elaine of Poulsbo, grandchildren Lance Smith, Michelle Smith-Gilbert,Daniel Stuart, Amanda Wenzlaff,Samantha Wenzlaff-Feiring; Great grandchildren Zack Smith, Ella Smith, Jacob Smith, Conner Gilbert and David Wenzlaff. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and four sisters and one brother.
Celebration of her life will be held on Tuesday, November 15th at 11:00am at Port Madison Lutheran Church on Bainbridge Island. Donations may be made to Montclair Park, Havencrest Memory Unit in her name.
Annadine Corbett, passed away on Monday, November 7, 2011 at Liberty Shores Care Center in Poulsbo, Washington. She was born on June 23, 1924 in Downey, California. She was 87 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Phyllis Susan Nickum, passed away on Monday, November 7, 2011 at her residence in Bremerton, Washington. She was born on March 4, 1926 in Sioux City, Iowa and was 85 years of age. The graveside service and interment will take place at Riverside National Cemetery in California. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
Dorothy Audrey Nahanee Almojuela, 93, died peacefully in her sleep early November 6, 2011. A member of the Squamish Nation, she was born in North Vancouver, BC, Canada on January 25, 1918, the second child of seven born to Edward Gilbert Nahanee and Margaret Elizabeth Joe. She grew up on the Squamish Mosquito Creek Reserve on the north shore of Burrard Inlet. She attended St. Paul’s Boarding School for Indians as a day student through the eighth grade, but was unable to continue her education into high school in order to care for her mother who suffered from Parkinson’s disease.
In the early summer of 1942, at the age of 24, for her first time she joined her grandmother and other close relations on their annual summer migration to Bainbridge Island to pick strawberries. There she met and fell in love with the strawberry farmer, Thomas Corpuz Almojuela, who had migrated from the Phillipines a dozen years earlier and who rented land on Bainbridge and started berry farming. In July of that same “Summer of 42” they married. In the late 1940’s they bought their land on Day Road. They cleared the land and built the home themselves with the help of Dorothy’s younger brother, Harold Nahanee. They planted their strawberries on the land by their new home. She and Tom lived the rest of their lives on Bainbridge Island and became the proud parents of children.
Despite her own lack of a high school education, she tirelessly emphasized the importance of studying and hard work to her children. Her efforts enabled her to take great pride in that all the children were Honor Society students at Bainbridge high school and several excelled in their athletic achievements in high school and beyond. She took pride in that all her children were college graduates with three earning post graduate degrees and until her last breath was amazed that each of her children was able to fund his and her own education. Dorothy was always grateful for the help and support of the many relatives and friends of the family on Bainbridge enabling her and her family to achieve their dreams and most important of all, an immense appreciation for their happiness and for what they have.
Dorothy and Tom were married for 54 years, until his death in 1994. In addition to her husband, she is preceded in death by her brothers Raymond, Arnold, Edward, and Harold. She is survived by her brother James and sister Patricia; her children, Thomas and his wife Lorena of Santiago, Chile, Colleen of Bainbridge Island, Edward and his wife Diane of Silverdale, Benito and his wife Marie of Palm Springs, CA, and Denise of Kingston. She has six grandchildren, Anthony Neal, Justin Neal, Michelle Koppin, Monica Gaertner, Mariela Almojuela, and Tommy Almojuela. Dorothy has three great-grandchildren Dylan Neal and Owen and Simon Gaertner.
A vigil will be held at St. Olaf’s Catholic Church in Poulsbo on Thursday, November 10th at 7PM and the Funeral Mass at St Olaf’s will be at 1PM on Friday, November 11th. The Rite of Committal will immediately follow the Mass and it will be at Kane Cemetery in Port Madison on Bainbridge Island. Immediately afterwards a reception will be held at the House of the Awakened in Suquamish.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Kitsap County, P.O. Box 3416, Silverdale, WA 98383. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.
Margaret Tyler Robinson, of Bainbridge Island, passed away in her home, with her family at her side, on November 5, 2011 at the age of 95.
Margaret was born April 27, 1916 to Mary and Truman Tyler of Battlecreek, Nebraska. She graduated from University of Wisconsin at Madison with a master’s degree in library science. Margaret fell in love with her college sweetheart, William Thomas Robinson, and together they enjoyed fifty-five years of marriage.
Margaret, ‘Margo’, Robinson was a kind, generous woman who always quietly went out of her way to help others. Margo volunteered at the Children’s Hospital ‘Bargain Boutique’ for twenty years, knit hundreds of baby blankets for the neonatal unit of the hospital, donated and volunteered for her church, St. Olaf’s Catholic Church of Poulsbo Washington and St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church of Bainbridge Island Washington, her alma mater University of Wisconsin and countless charities close to her heart. Margo never spoke poorly of others and always had sparkle in her eye when she spoke of her family and friends.
Margo was a homemaker while her children were young and then went to work at the Park Ridge Public Library in Illinois, for ten years prior to moving with her husband to Miller Bay in Indianola, Washington in 1972. Margo was passionate about many things in her life but, perhaps, none more so than sports! Margo was a walking, talking sports almanac, willing to take on bets about the name of a player, coach, batting average, golf handicap or what other trivia came up during a conversation.
The Golden Years of Margo’s life was spent visiting or being visited by a constant stream of family members. Everyone loved ‘Grandma Diddie’, as her great-grandchildren affectionately named and called her. Margo loved to shop for, cook, bake and serve all types of food. Those lucky enough to be invited to join always left the table with full stomachs and smiles on their faces!
Margaret is survived by her three children, Mary Robinson Roben of Bainbridge Island, Washington, Kathleen Robinson Wilson of Napa, California and William Thomas Robinson of Kingston, Washington; her eight grandchildren, Michael Roben, Martha Roben Hathaway, Jennifer Lesser, Stacey Wilson, Nicole Burton, Heather Robinson, Starla Robinson and Vanessa Abobo; and her twelve great-grandchildren, Ryder, Jack, Kate, Emily, Brendan, Olivia, Colvin, Elizabeth, Max, Maggie, Abigail and Christopher.
A memorial service will be held at Saint Cecilia’s Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island, Saturday December 2, 2011 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Helpline House. St. Cecilia Catholic Church: View Map
Milagros Rebollido Bucsit, passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at her home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on October 29, 1934 in Candon City, Philippines to Pedro Rebollido and Ines Valdez Caliboso. She was 77 years of age. She was married to Daniel H. Bucsit on Bainbridge Island at St. Cecilia Catholic Church. They were married for 26 years. Milagros was a resident of B.I. for 45 years. She lived in Candon City and Manila, Philippines before B.I.
She worked as a Legal Secretary for the Gorozpe Law Firm (Manila) and as a Stock and Securities Administrator for Bank of America (Seattle) for 25 years. She was the founder and a former President of The Sampaguita Women's Club and a past President and long-time member of the Filipino American Community of B.I. and Vicinity.
She traveled extensively, loved to cook, go to social events and spend time with her grandchild. Milagros is survived by: Fatima, Mark and Isabella Wallin, daughter/son-in-law/only grandchild, stepchildren and their respective families: Diane Castilleja (B.I.), Jean Cabunoc (B.I.), Daniella Gonzaga (B.I.), Elizabeth Domondon (Seattle) and Daniel Bucsit Jr. (Seattle): cousins Perlitta Borge (Vancouver, B.C.) and Ophelia Gloria (Kennewick, WA) and many other extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and siblings: brothers Perfecto and Avelino Rebollido, and sisters Luz, Magdalena, and Estrella.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Friday, November 11th, 2011 from 5-7 PM followed by the Recitation of the Rosary at 7 PM at St. Cecilia Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, November 12th at 11:00 AM at the Church. Interment will take place at Hillcrest Cemetery on Bainbridge Island and a reception will follow.
Kimberly Bush, died unexpectedly yet peacefully on November 4, 2011 in the embrace of his wife, Judy. Kim was 71 years old. He was born in New York City on September 9, 1940. He lived at Winslow CoHousing on Bainbridge Island for the last ten years of his life. Kim is survived by his wife Judy Friesem; daughter Megan Bush, and grandsons Henry Skeltis and Baby Kimmy Bush of Brooklyn, NY; sister and brother-in-law Susan and Kevin O’Brien of Bolton, MA; and nieces Heather O’Brien of Maynard, MA and Kate O’Brien of Los Angeles, CA. He also leaves behind a multitude of loving and admiring friends.
Kim was a global citizen and an educator of the humanities for much of his life; he travelled widely. Kim worked in rural development in Tanzania with the Friends Service Committee in the 60’s, taught at Cotopaxi International School in Ecuador in the 70’s, and directed educational programs in refugee camps in Thailand for the U.N. High Commission for Refugees in the 80’s. In the U.S. he taught at Midland School in Los Olivos, California; the Everett School District, and most recently at West Sound Academy (WSA) in Indianola. In June of 2008 his students honoured him by dedicating their yearbook to him. And in 2010 WSA students chose to give Kim and his wife, as a couple, the first ‘Character Award’.
A dedicated advocate for human rights, Kim worked tirelessly against apartheid in the 60s and lived nine months in Guatemala in 2002-2003 as an accompanier protecting genocide survivors. He and Judy travelled for seven months in East and South Africa during 2006-2007 offering mediation trainings and connecting with peace builders. In 2007, the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights gave the Lifetime Achievement Award to Kim and Judy for their dedication to peace. Kim had an unending intellectual curiosity and was an avid reader, poet, musician, carpenter and stone sculptor. He spoke five languages.
Many of Kim’s connections to his friends were through their mutual love of nature and outdoor adventures of rowing, cycling, and hiking in the mountains or desert. At age 40 he built a wooden rowing peapod named the “Eileen R” after his mother and rowed it to Alaska. Kim remained an avid rower in the San Juan Islands and around Bainbridge, seen year ‘round pulling out of Eagle Harbor.
Four years ago Kim survived a stroke that sliced through his life, bringing an abrupt end to his independence. He was left paralyzed and with compromised vision. Instead of living broadly he now grew roots, planting himself at home surrounded by his CoHousing community and friends of all ages who visited from near and far. Though the horizons of his life were diminished, he creatively stretched into what he could do rather than mourn his limitations, always pushing the limits and surpassing the common experience. The stroke summoned his indomitable spirit revealing his patience, kindness, generosity and considerable humor. He became his highest self and lived abundantly in connectedness with the natural and human world. Kim stayed actively involved in his community, serving the Bainbridge Library Board; sitting on the Diversion Board working with at-risk youth; visiting 3rd grade classrooms to foster awareness of disabilities; and continuing to mentor students. Perhaps most profound was his light-hearted presence of joy and play, and his graciousness towards others. He was grateful for being alive. While his friends were of many traditions, Kim found nourishment in a decades-long Buddhist meditation practice.
Kim’s passing is a deep loss to the many people who loved him. He lived passionately and boldly, valuing adventure over ease and friendships above all. May his inspiration to live fully and love deeply remain with us.
Remembrances can be made to Amnesty International, the International Rescue Committee, and the Bainbridge Public Library.
A celebration of Kim will be held on Saturday, November 26th at 1:00 PM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Bainbridge Island.
Myra Ludloff, passed away on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on December 21, 1924. Myra was 86 years of age. She Grew up in Dunsmuir, California in a large family of aunts, uncles and cousins. She attended San Jose State and then worked for Stanford University until 1968. She moved to Sonoma County and worked as a real-estate agent in Sebastopol, CA.
She loved gardening, decorating, friends and travel. Myra moved to Bainbridge Island five years ago to be with her daughter. She enjoyed the Senior's Center where she tried to understand Astrology and was working on her memoirs. Myra always stayed in touch with old friends and family.
She will be interred in Corning, CA to share a resting place with her mother and father and grandparents and the rest of the Rocheford-Willaims Clan. Services will take place there in April 2012. In lieu of flowers Myra would love it if you would reach out to an old friend or family member. She is survived by her daughter Melanie Benson (Lloyd) of Bainbridge Island, grandson Charles Asper of Seattle, WA and brother James Rochford of New Mexico. Please sign the online Guest Book at: www.cookfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Susan E. Harader, Bainbridge resident for 43 years, died on Sunday, October 23rd surrounded by her family. She was 69, and had been struggling with cancer since January.
Sue was born in Seattle on December 29th 1941, daughter of Mike and Sudie Storey, and raised along with her four younger siblings in Burien. Sue married David Davies in 1962, but sadly was widowed with three young children when he was killed in Vietnam in 1966. Later that year she married Allen Harader and completed the family with the arrival of a son in 1968, the year they moved to Bainbridge. Sue and Al celebrated their 45th anniversary just 10 days before her passing.
As an island resident, Sue made a colorful impact. Her enthusiasm was infectious whether she was sharing her knowledge of alternative health and healing with customers at Soybeans n’ Such Natural Foods (a store she opened and owned from 1972 to 1982) or leading group safaris in Tanzania. (Sue purchased Four Seasons Travel in the mid-80’s and eventually morphed it into Africa Safari Specialists after becoming captivated with East Africa, a place she visited more than 20 times.) Sue was passionate about musical theater and was eagerly involved with Bainbridge Performing Arts both on stage (in the 80’s) and as a member of the board for the past 20-odd years.
Sue will be remembered as an amazing cook, an effortless hostess, and a true “foodie.” She was a dedicated patron of Winslow’s farmer’s market and could be spotted most Saturday’s toting a huge basket of organic produce. She truly appreciated the bounty of the island, and loved nothing more than picking raspberries or blueberries at local U-pick farms, tending her garden, or digging horse clams with her family and grandkids on “her beach” at Murden Cove.
Sue will be forever missed by her surviving family which includes her husband Al, her four kids – John Davies (Suquamish), Tricia Davies Nearn (London), Jill Davies Lucht (Kirkland) and Tim Harader (Seattle) - seven grand children (Emily, Evan, Cecilia, Joanna, Caroline, Charlie and Charlotte), four siblings – Paul Storey (Kingston), Kitt Mathisen (Bainbridge), Russ Storey (Burien) and Casey Gouveia (Seattle) - and one very bewildered Welsh Corgi named Griffin.
The family would like to thank the Seattle Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center in Renton, Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, and the staff of the island’s own Messenger House for her compassionate care.
A celebration of Sue’s life will be held at Bainbridge Performing Arts on Saturday, November 5th at 11:30 in the morning.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to either BPA (http://www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org/) or the Tanzania Children’s Fund (http://www.tanzanianchildrensfund.org/).
Kelly Nelson, passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at the Wyatt House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on August 18, 1927 in Spokane, WA to George Justice and Grace Kirby Justice Davis. She was 84 years of age.
Kelly lived in Leavenworth, WA for 17 years where she raised her son and daughter and then moved to East Wenatchee, WA where she lived for 28 years. She later moved to Bainbridge Island, WA to be near her daughter.
Kelly worked in the restaurant, car rental and fitness industries throughout her life. She received awards at the National Female Bodybuilding in 1998, and numerous bodybuilding awards and recognitions over a decade of competing. Articles on her bodybuilding career can be seen at: www.agelesstraining.com.
Kelly is survived by her children: Colleen Fisher and her husband Mike of Bainbridge Island, WA and Patrick O'Laughlin and granddaughter Kellie O'Laughlin both of Enon Valley, PA. She was preceded in death by her husband Jon Nelson.
Services will be private. Memorial contributions can be made to any animal charity, PETA, Paws of Bainbridge Island or the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers (IVC) of Bainbridge Island, WA. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.
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