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Robert  Sharpe, passed away on Sunday, January 11, 2009 at The Harbor House in Poulsbo, Washington. He was born on March 7, 1917 in Juda, Wisconsin and was 91 years of age. Robert was a resident of Port Townsend, WA. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Marian R. Burgett, 78, of Bainbridge Island, WA passed away at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Thursday, January 8, 2009. She was born in Seattle, WA on August 29, 1930, the only child of John and Marian E. (Coe) Reccheo. She grew up in Port Orchard and graduated from South Kitsap High School in 1950. She married Wayne G. Burgett on October 29, 1950, at the First Christian Church in Port Orchard, WA. They lived in Port Orchard and then farmed in Othello, WA and had two daughters, Loretta, born in 1953, and Susan, born in 1955. She later resided in Bremerton, WA. She had been a secretary and a homemaker. She enjoyed cats and working on crafts.

She is survived by her daughters, Loretta (Daniel) Brooks of Wenatchee, WA and Susan (Richard) Buchanan of Wenatchee, WA; and grandchildren, Jennifer (Erik) Scott, Charlotte Brooks, Wayne Buchanan and Robert Buchanan. She was preceded in death by her parents. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home on Bainbridge Island, WA. Interment took placed at Miller Woodlawn in Bremerton,WA.

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Mildred May Ostrand, was born May 26, 1910, in Eagledale on Bainbridge Island. Her parents, Charles and Jennie Lundgren, were Swedish immigrants who came to Washington territory in 1888 and to Bainbridge in 1892. She was the youngest of eight children.

Mildred attended island schools and in 1928 was in the first class to graduate from the new consolidated Bainbridge High School. After attending business college in Seattle, she was employed in the accounting department of Frederick and Nelson until her marriage in 1936 to Edgar Ostrand.

Edgar and Mildred built their home at the head of Manzanita Bay on land home-steaded by his grandparents, and there they raised their family of three daughters, Jean Danielson (Donald) of Poulsbo, Joyce Start (Gene) of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Susan Stack (John) of Bainbridge Island. In addition to her daughters, Mildred is survived by five grandchildren, Lori Danielson, Gary Danielson, Sharon Oliver, David Start, and Steven Start, fourteen great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church on Bainbridge. Her interests were in gardening, bird-watching and traveling, but mostly in her family. Edgar passed away in 1990. She continued living in the family home until she was 95. For the past two and a half years, she was well cared for at Martha & Mary Health Services in Poulsbo.

A memorial service will be scheduled in the spring. Arrangements are by the Cook Family Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Martha & Mary, Bethany Lutheran Church, or the Kitsap Humane Society.

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Roy Berner Egaas, Lifelong Bainbridge Islander, passed away on January 2, 2009. He was born October 3, 1930 to Jacob B. and Selma H. Egaas.

He grew up in the Rolling Bay and Seabold areas. He graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1948 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force serving from 1948-1952. He was a test flight mechanic on the B-36 with the 8th Air Force stationed at Rapid City, S.D. He married Patricia Hockett in 1959.

In 1956 he opened and operated the Union Oil Service Station in Winslow. He operated Bainbridge Concrete Supplies from 1960-1962 and for a brief time worked as a carpenter and car agency manager before opening Roy’s Auto Specialty, Inc. at Madison and Wyatt on Bainbridge Island in 1965. He was a Michelin tire dealer and specialized in front end alignments. In 1972 he added the first self-serve gasoline on Bainbridge Island and in 1976 added the Island’s first fully automatic car wash. He retired from the auto repair business in 1992 and the car wash business in 1999.

He will be greatly missed by the family he loved. He is survived by his wife; son David Egaas (Lorrie) and grandson Matthew Egaas, of Bellevue, WA; daughter Diane Meyer (RG) of Bainbridge Island; sisters Bernice Englund of Camas, WA, Norma Wiggins of Puyallup, WA and brother, Stan Egaas, of Clatskanie, OR; six nephews and one niece.

Airplanes were his lifelong passion. In the late 1950s he was a charter member of the Bainbridge Island Flying Club which operated from Raber Field (presently the Meadowmeer area) on Bainbridge Island. He owned Cessna seaplanes which he flew from Eagle Harbor and later a land plane based at Apex Airpark in Silverdale. He enjoyed traveling to airplane museums and could name and talk about every airplane he encountered. He loved to share his flying experiences with other pilots and enjoyed hearing their stories as well.

He joined the Bainbridge Island Rotary Club in 1966, was a past President and an active member in the annual Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction. He was an excellent carpenter and remodeled his home, his business and other buildings. He and Pat enjoyed their travels to Norway to visit relatives, cruises, hiking adventures and traveling around the United States in their motor home.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2008 at 2:00 PM at the Seabold United Methodist Church. A reception will follow at the church hall.

Inurnment will be at Kane Cemetery, Bainbridge Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc. P. O. Box 451429, Atlanta, GA 31134 ( or the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 11286, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.

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Fredrick W. Harris, passed away on January 2, 2009 at his Bainbridge Island home. He is survived by his wife of 67 years: Maxine “Lida” Harris, children: Lane Harris (wife Marilyn), and Linda Papineau, grandchildren: Michael Hughes (wife Donna), Angela Lillie (husband Michael), and Tobin Harris, great grandchildren: Amanda Hughes, Katrina Hughes and Nova Hughes.

Fred was born in Pratt, Kansas, on December 7, 1916 to Mattie and Jack Harris. He was the 4th of 6 children, who all preceded him in death.

During the depression his family moved from Kansas to Bremerton, Washington, where he graduated from Bremerton High School in 1934. He married his wife Lida on March 22, 1941. In March of 1942 he enlisted in the Army Air Corp for flight training. Because he had prior flight experience he was trained as a flight instructor for B-17s. He also received training in, and flew B-29s. He remained a pilot for the duration of WWII. After his military service ended, he returned to Bremerton to rejoin his family.

Fred was a long time resident of Bainbridge Island. He and Lida moved to the Island in 1968. He leased and later owned the ARCO Service Station located near the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal. During that time he also became a city councilman and held that position for 14 years. Fred retired from the service station business in 1980 but continued on as a city councilman. In 1992 he decided to call it quits, and give retirement a try. He and Lida did some traveling, and thoroughly enjoyed relaxing around home.

Before his death, Fred stated that he had no complaints about his life. He said he would like to be remembered as a good husband, father, and a generally decent person. As anyone who ever had contact with Fred will tell you, that is just how he was thought of.

An open house in his honor will be held at the family home on Bainbridge Island Saturday January 10th from 1-4 PM. All are welcome to come and celebrate his life.

Remembrances are suggested to Hospice of Kitsap County.

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Ruth  Lord, died on Sunday, January 18 at Clearbrook Inn in Silverdale. She was 94 years old.

Ruth was born in Mapleville, Rhode Island on July 27, 1914. Her parents were Jefferson B. Kimball and Florence Nightingale Heap. Jefferson Kimball worked as a designer in woolen mills throughout New England, including Pittsfield and Damariscotta, Maine. As a youth, Ruth and her three sisters Barbara, Elizabeth and Jean were known for their musical gifts, performing for local church and community groups.

Ruth had a lifelong love of the violin. She was an accomplished violinist, and played with the University of Maine Orchestra and the orchestra of Belmont Massachusetts. Many an evening was spent playing string quartets with her friends. She enjoyed attending Bainbridge Chorale and Orchestra concerts during her later years.

A 1936 graduate of the University of Maine, Ruth taught public school before her marriage to Francis Jordan Lord of Old Town in September of 1938. The family settled in Belmont and Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, with Frank serving for three decades as an executive with the Polaroid Corporation.

In addition to her violin, Ruth loved gardening, painting, summers on Martha’s Vineyard and visiting with her friends. She moved to Country Meadows and then Clearbrook Inn in 2000 to be closer to her daughter. She had a way of making each person around her feel like the most important person in the world.

Ruth is survived by her daughters, Cynthia Lord Harrison of Bainbridge Island and Linda Lord Schmidt of Troy Ohio and their husbands, David and Miles; grandsons Ian and Charles Schmidt and Benjamin and Jordan Harrison; great-granddaughter Amaya Maye Delain Schmidt; sister Jean Larsen of Freedom, Maine and her devoted friend, Janine Krogh. Preceding her in death were her husband Frank Lord, her son Geoffrey Peter Lord, and her sisters Elizabeth Langlois and Barbara Larlee. Private services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to a charity of one’s choice.

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Kenneth  Fox, 79, of Bainbridge Island Washington died at home on December 30, 2008, of mesothelioma.

He was a naval engineer. He was born on January 18th, 1929, the second son of Herman and Gussie Fox, and he grew up in Mt. Kisco New York. He was educated in the University of Michigan and in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served twenty three years in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 1974 as a Captain. After retirement from the Navy, he worked in Richland Washington on energy projects and since 1983 in the Puget Sound area as a naval engineer. He worked for Art Anderson Associates until 1996 and then as an independent consultant, specializing in ferry design, construction and operation. He was associated with many projects involving high speed ferries. After retirement, he volunteered at Helpline House and the Bainbridge Public Library.

He is survived by two children of his first marriage, Christopher Fox of Woodinville Washington, Elizabeth Fox and her husband Gerhard Nicklas, of Kastl, Germany and Taos, New Mexico, his brother Kal in Connecticut, several neices and nephews, his frequent companion and dear friend Joan Collins, and Fergus, his Shetland Sheep dog who was his constant companion. His first wife, Jane Swift Fox, died in 1991. His second wife, Jeannette Love Fox died in 2005.

He was a communicant of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church on Bainbridge Island. He played the bagpipes in several pipe bands including The Desert Thistles in Tri Cities and The Tacoma Scots Pipe Band and he belonged to several professional naval engineering societies. His other joys were gardening, history, and the cultures of Scotland and Norway. Ken treasured and valued his friendships and he leaves many close friends world wide and especially on Bainbridge Island.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 1187 Wyatt Way NW, Bainbridge Island, WA. 98110 (Directions), on Friday, January 9, 2009 at 1:00 PM.. Inurnment will follow at the church cemetery. A reception will be held in the church hall.

His favorite charities were World Vision, Oxfam, Mercy Corps, Northwest Harvest, and The Humane Society.

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Teresa K. Jacobs, née Sisler, crossed the threshold on the night of the winter solstice, 12/20/2008, age 62. In bed at home with her husband, children, and sisters by her side, she waited for breathing to cease. During the preceding weeks, speechless and increasingly paralyzed by brain cancer, she resolved life issues, reconciled and raised her relationships, and said silent goodbyes.

Wife, mother, and homemaker for 21 years; single mom for 7 years; sister in a holy Christian order; Pan-Am flight attendant, and; child of a military step-father attending 28 schools, Teresa’s beautiful life progressed from restless motion to stillness. Hers is a loving and generous soul and her heart was always open to family, friends, and strangers alike.

A memorial gathering will take place at The Meridian, 360 Knechtel Way on Sunday January 11 between 4 to 6pm.

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Nicholas M. Rerecich, "Nick" passed away on Monday, December 15, 2008 at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was 87 years of age and born on Bainbridge Island in 1921 to Anton and Maria Rerecich.He attended grade school on the Island and graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1939. After graduation, he worked as an apprentice cabinet maker in Seattle until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII. During the war he served as Chief Electrician aboard a naval destroyer that participated in the Normandy Day Invasion.

After returning from WWII, Nick married Jean Swihart in 1946 and they resided on Bainbridge Island until her death in 1971. They had one daughter, Linda Coultas Richards. Nick later married Barbara Owyen in 1974. Nick and Barbara continued to live on Bainbridge Island in their home on Eagle Harbor Drive. He was proud of his Croatian heritage. His family operated a commercial fishing vessel, "The Liberty" out of Eagle Harbor for many years as a part of the "Croatian Fleet". He fished aboard "The Liberty" in both Alaska and Puget Sound during his earlier years.

Nick always enjoyed woodworking and started his own construction company, Bainbridge Better Builders, one of the first on Bainbridge Island. He operated the company for over 50 years and constructed many Bainbridge Island commercial buildings and custom homes. He was a member of The Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of American Union for over 65 years.

Nick enjoyed the sea and sailed much of the Northern hemisphere including Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and the Panama Canal. He was also an avid fisherman throughout his life. In fact, he was quite proud of his 3rd place prize in the local salmon derby, just three weeks ago.

Nick was preceded in death by his first wife Jean, his brothers; Tony, George and Dominick. He is survived by his wife Barbara of Bainbridge Island, daughter Linda Coultas-Richards (Guy Richards), sister Carmen Berry of Bainbridge Island, his grandchildren; Alec Coultas (Brie) and Shannon Jacobson (Eric), great-grandchildren; Haley and Emma Coultas, Finnley and Scout Jacobson. There are also many other loving family and friends.

A visitation will be held on Friday, December 19, 2008 from 4-6 PM with Recitation of the Rosary at 6 PM at St. Cecilia Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 10:00 AM, also at St. Cecilia's. Interment will take place at Kane Cemetery on Bainbridge Island. A reception will follow the graveside service at the church - Conger Hall.

Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Orpha Elizabeth Young, passed away December 14, 2008 in Bremerton. Elizabeth was born into this world on October 6, 1914 at home in New Hampton, Missouri, the fourth child of Garner Franklin Young and Ida Mae Chipp. Eventually her family would grow to 11 children.

Elizabeth’s father was a farmer by choice, avoiding the indoor offices and the threat of tuberculosis, so prevalent in his family. Mother had many sweet memories growing up in “wolf den”, an area south of New Hampton where she and her family scratched out a living on their small farm. Her vivid tales of life during this time were numerous and poured from her clear memory which gifted her up until her death.

But times were very hard during the Depression and eventually she elected to move to Los Angeles in 1936, looking for hope and a better life Her thanks will go out forever to the wonderful newlyweds who rescued her from a burned out bus in Denver, Co and drove her all the way to Los Angeles where she linked up with a worried Aunt.

On April 22, 1937 she married Russell Clifton Bradbury in San Bernardino, CA and then set up home in Los Angeles and worked until the birth of their first daughter Diane Lynne on August 4, 1939.. Eventually their family grew to include Karen Lee (August 27, 1944) and Steven Michael (November 28, 1945) Elizabeth delighted in her role as a Mother of three. She was devoted to their well-being and prided herself in every one of their accomplishments. Of particular importance to her were her children’s Christian upbringing to which she dedicated numerous hours.

She was active civically in the Ramona Women’s Club, PTA and in the curriculum taught in the local High School. She and Russ were charter members of the 30-60 Dance and Social Club which brought them many friends and hours of pleasure and satisfaction.

The Bradbury Family was large and owned and operated two grocery stores in which family members took part. Eventually, Mother was accepted and joined the Los Angeles County Marshall’s Office and worked there many years until her retirement in 1979. Her marriage to Russell had ended in 1974. This event was one of the saddest periods of her life.

Elizabeth is survived by her children; Lynne (James) Hansen of Provo, Utah; Karen (Doug) LeRoy of Bainbridge Island, WA; and Steve (Joanne) Bradbury of St. George, Utah, twelve grandchildren, and 33 great-grandchildren by which she was known as “GeeGee”.. She is also survived by her remaining sisters Mary Ellen Funk of Atchison , Ks., Lilly Waldier of Albany, MO, and her “baby” brother Robert Young of Spanaway, WA, as well as numerous nieces and nephews far and wide. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Ida and Garner, and by five brothers and two sisters.

Mother was a lady of great wit and humor, as well as a wonderful cook (her Avocation). Her family would like to thank her Doctors and Nurses of Harrison Memorial Hospital of Bremerton WA who were so kind and gracious.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend a brief graveside service on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 3:00 PM at Kane Cemetery - Layfayette Road on Bainbridge Island. A Memorial Service will follow at 4:00 PM at Rollingbay Presbyterian Church - Valley Road and Sunrise on Bainbridge Island. A reception will follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Elizabeth’s favorite charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Services entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home, Bainbridge Island, WA

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Dennis  Sponseller, passed away on Friday, December 12, 2008 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home

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Betty Irene Erickson Poole, died peacefully in her home after a brief illness.

She was born and lived her entire life on Bainbridge Island. An avid golfer, she was a member of both Wing Point Golf and Country Club and Meadowmeer Golf Club. After graduating from Bainbridge High School, she worked at I Magnin as a buyer and sales consultant.

Betty is survived by her husband of 57 years, Clayton Poole; her daughter and son-in-law, Tracie and Matthew Douglas; and her grandsons Clayton and Scott Douglas.

She was truly a strong woman who lived life on her own terms and will be sincerely missed.

Remembrances may be given to The Betty B. Nickum Guild of Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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Stephen  George, nicknamed Big Dad or brother to many, passed away December 6th, 2008 and lived all his life in Kitsap County and was a resident of Little Boston. Stephen was born on October 21, 1952 and was 56 years of age.

He was preceded in death by: father, William "Bill" George; mother, Dorothy Day George; sister, Dorothea George; neice, Kimberly Shine. Survivors: sisters Bonnie Helgestad and Loreen Mendenhall, niece Daisy Nelson, nephew William Windsor, great-niece Jennifer Baldridge, great-nephew Joshua Wooster. Other survivors: Ann Anderson (like a second mother), Russell Fulton, Lloyd Fulton, Charlie George, Jeff Fulton, cousins Donna and Marilyn, plus many more family and friends who loved him.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral service on Friday, December 12, 2008 at 3:00 PM at The Port Gamble Tribal Center in Little Boston/Kingston, Washington. A visitation will take place prior to the service from 2-3 PM at the center. Cremation will follow.

Memorial Contributions to: Bonnie Helgestad. Fundraisers: luncheon and carwash on Wednesday, December 10th at the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribal kitchen.

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Robert Arnold Patzer Jr., passed away on Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, Washington. He was born on December 6, 1944 in Riverside, California and was 63 years of age.

Robert was raised in Napa, CA and graduated from Napa High School in 1963. He immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1973. He had served as the crypto communications specialist on the Admiral's Staff during the Vietnam War. He attended Napa Community College. He apprenticed and worked as a journeyman welder, planner, progressman at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. He retired in 1994 and moved to Poulsbo, WA. Robert drove a school bus for the North Kitsap School District from 1995-2003. He enjoyed traveling, both domestic and abroad, dancing, gardening, metal artwork, working on his wife's family farm in Ashland ,OR, camping, fishing, movies, family get togethers, backyard bbq's ("master craftsman") and margaritas on the beaches of Lake Tahoe and Mexico. He was a devoted family man.

Robert was well liked by everyone who knew him. He had a generous and loving nature and was known for his positive attitude, sense of humor, Hawaiian shirts and hats. Robert bravely battled leukemia and lymphoma during the past ten years.

He is survived by his wife Nancy Lynch Patzer with whom he was married for 30 years, daughter D. Meghan Patzer of Poulsbo, WA, mother Lela Morrison and brother Gerald Patzer of Napa, CA, sisters; Gloria Scott of Clear Lake, CA, Cleo Patzer Alvarado of Vallejo, CA, Shirley Patzer of Poulsbo, WA and Crystal Patzer of Corning, CA. He also leaves behind his aunt Cleo Doughty of Odessa, Texas, twenty-nine nieces and nephews, twelve in-laws and many loving friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, December 7, 2008 at 1:00 PM at Redeemer Methodist Church in Kingston, WA, 9900 NE Shorty Campbell Rd, Kingston, WA 98346 (360) 297-4847. Attire: Hawaiian Shirts if possible.

The family would appreciate memorial donations to the American Cancer Society, PO BOX 2383 Bremerton, WA 98310 or The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072 , Pittsfield, MA 01202.

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Albert Charles Goethals, passed away on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at University of Washington Medical Center following heart surgery.

He was born in Seattle to Victor and Leonie Goethals on March 22, 1934. He attended Queen Anne High School and studied baking at technical school. Al worked at several bakeries in Seattle. He married Joanne Nestler on May 16, 1953. They later moved to Everett and started a bakery with his brother Gilbert. After a few years Al's interests turned to real-estate and he became a realtor.

In 1963 Al and Joanne purchased an old 80 acre dairy farm on Bainbridge Island on Lynwood Center Road and began the development of Emerald Heights. Working as Emerald Construction, he built many of the homes there as well as others in Kitsap County. When Al was not building, remodeling and roofing houses and building and managing the Emerald Heights Water System, he raised and showed appaloosa horses. The family won numerous state championships and national awards. He was a member of the Sportsman Club and Bainbridge Saddle Club for many years, helped to build the saddle club arena on Day Road. He was also a member of the Appaloosa Horse Club and a Washington State Horseman judge for several years.

Al enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially the many trips to remote areas of Alaska. In more recent years, Al enjoyed traveling, family gatherings, wood carving and walking on the Gazzam Lake Trails.

Al was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ronald. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years Joanne, his brother Gilbert (Lete Ray) of Auburn, sister Mary Louise Bassen (Bill) of Edmonds, sons Rick of Bellevue, Robert (Agnes) of Silverdale and daughter Cheryl Messer (Jerry) of Elma, granddaughter Ashley and grandsons Michael and Kyle and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Reception on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 8677 Madison Avenue NE, on Bainbridge Island, WA from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Memorial contributions can be made to the Bainbridge Island Fire Department.

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Barbara Marie Zinn, born July 12th, 1934, passed away quietly and peacefully on December 1st at the Hospice Care Center in Bremerton where she had been staying since August. Barbara was born in Long Beach, California where, in high school, she was a cheerleader and teen model for Buffum’s Department Store. She met her husband Robert=2 0at a coffee shop in Los Angeles in 1957 and they wed the following February.

After moving to the Island in 1975, Barbara worked variously for the School District as an assistant librarian at Commodore Middle School and as the attendance secretary at Bainbridge High School. Among her great passions were her garden--and the amazing wealth of gardening resources on the Island, especially Junkoh Harui’s incredible nursery; tennis, both as an avid player and watcher; colonial antiques, mysteries, and traveling. She also adopted her family’s various interests as her own--becoming an ardent fan of her daughter’s horse shows and her husband and son’s various exploits in the theater.

Though her husband Robert Zinn passed away in May, Barbara is survived by her daughter Ann (BHS ‘83), who lives with her husband Bruce and 2 children (Greta Rose and Emma Jean) in the Bay Area; her son David (BHS ‘87) who lives in Brooklyn; and her b rother Jim, of Long Beach, California. She did live long enough to celebrate her 50th Wedding Anniversary in February and the birth of her second grandchild, Greta Rose, in November.

Though not technically a survivor, her children would like to deeply thank Kris Carroll and her husband David Adler, who cared for mom in her last months with an incredible and family-like devotion. The Hospice Care Center also took wonderful care of Barbara in her last months, and in lieu of flowers a donation can be made in her name to Hospice of Kitsap County, PO Box 3416, Silverdale, WA 98383 (

Barbara loved Bainbridge Island, and her children are profoundly grateful to have called it home for so long. Though their parent’s passing marks the end of the Zinn presence there, it is impossible to overstate the gift that the Island gave to Barbara, Robert, Ann, and David--of community, and culture, and beauty, and tranquility. Her children are very grateful to you all.

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Lois Benjamin Sisson, passed away on Sunday, November 30, 2008 at The Hospice of Kitsap County Care Center in Bremerton, Washington. She was born on October 15, 1923 in Bremerton, Washington and was a resident of Bremerton. Lois was 85 years of age. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Marion Bridston Lofgren, was born in Grand Forks, ND May 8, 1914. She passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 27, 2008 at Messenger House Care Center on Bainbridge Island. She was 94 years old.

As a young girl she and her father and grandparents moved from Wolf Point, Montana to the Pasadena area of California where she lived until 1949. She moved to Bainbridge Island then, where she met and married Capt. Edward K. Lofgren. They were layer divorced.

In the late 50’s she attended Olympic College and received her LPN nursing degree. She then worked at Bainbridge Sanitarium, Mary and Martha nursing home and Ebenezer Rest Home where she became the supervisor. She retired and worked part time at Messenger House as a nurse then moved to the medical records dept. where she continued to work until she was 82 years old.

She had many creative outlets that included singing in the Bainbridge Chorale, playing the piano and writing poetry. She won two awards for her poetry and had one published in a book of poems a few years ago. When she was in her eighties she wrote her life story on her computer, scanned family pictures and had it printed and bound at the age of 91. She was a member of the Franciscan Order The Little Sisters of St. Clare. Marion was well known for her kind and loving spirit.

She is survived by many friends and family, her son Edward Jon Lofgren (wife Catherine Lofgren and son Fraser Soderstrom) daughter Linda Lofgren Hebert, granddaughter Darby Hebert.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, December 13, 2008 at 2:00 PM at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church on Bainbridge Island, Washington. [Directions]. A reception will follow at the church. Interment will take place at Island Center Cemetery.

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Solveig  Stoknes, passed away on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on November 21, 1916 and was 92 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Colonel Harry Thomas Sharkey, Jr., retired United States Air Force pilot and honored veteran of WW II, Korea, and Vietnam fell to a cruel enemy, Alzheimer’s disease, on November 20, 2008 in Poulsbo, Washington.

Colonel Sharkey is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Arlee Jo of Poulsbo and four daughters: Carolee (Bob) Pedersen of Bainbridge Island; Terri (Braxton) Morgan of Ormond Beach, FL; Cynthia Sharkey (George Wittler) of Poulsbo; and Christina (DeFrance) Clarke of Olympia. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren in nine states.

He was born in Coquille, OR on October 15, 1920 and moved to Montesano, WA with his family when he was five. He was 15 when he moved to Tenino, WA where he met Arlee Jo Anderson. They eloped when he was 19 and she was 17 and were married on December 8, 1939.

He earned his BS from the University of Maryland in 1963; his MS in Business Administration at George Washington University in 1970; and graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Colonel Sharkey epitomized the concept of “an officer and a gentleman” throughout his life. He will be remembered with love as long as there are family members somewhere with tales to tell of “Papa.”

Interment has taken place at Tahoma National Cemetery.

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Richard  Cleven, passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on November 19, 2008 at Harrison Hospital in Bremerton. He was 88.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 62 years, Gladys, his son, Loren (Donna), and granddaughters Coleen and Kathryn of Bainbridge Island. He was pre-deceased by his sisters Viola and Selma.

Richard was born to Nels and Alice Cleven in Lemmon, South Dakota. At age 3 his family moved to Wenatchee, WA where he graduated from high school. After 2 years in the Civilian Conservation Corps, Richard moved to Bremerton, WA to work as a blacksmith at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. During World War II he proudly served his country in the Pacific as an aerographer onboard the USS Prometheus (AR-3).

In 1946, Richard married Gladys Rone of Seattle. He later received his B.Th. from Simpson Bible College and his B.A. and teaching degree from Seattle Pacific College. The Cleven family moved to Bainbridge Island in 1957, when Richard accepted a position to teach Spanish and History at BHS. Two years later, he returned to blacksmithing until an industrial injury forced him back to a desk job. When Seattle First National Bank built their high rise headquarters in downtown Seattle, he began a 20 year career as the locksmith for “the box that the Space Needle came in”.

Dick began his involvement with the Boy Scouts of America in 1958 and continued as a Cubmaster, Committee Chairman, Scoutmaster and Unit Commissioner until 2001. He led scouts on three 50-mile hikes in the Olympics, but was best known for the more than thirty 50-mile canoe trips that he participated in or led. Generations of Bainbridge Island scouts knew him as their friend and leader and the BSA honored him as a Silver Beaver recipient and a James E. West Fellow. For Dick, the scout oath promising duty to God and country was very much a privilege. He welcomed the opportunity to showcase God’s creation and demonstrate the rewards of reverence.

His love for the outdoors and hiking also led him to join the Kitsap Monday Hikers upon his retirement. Over the past 20 years he has spent many happy hours planning and participating in their activities. Dick also participated in the Sierra Club, the American Legion and in 1985 was honored by the Bainbridge Rotary as Man of the Year.

For over 40 years, Richard was actively involved at Bainbridge Bible Chapel; serving as an elder, deacon and treasurer. Over the past 20 years he has also faithfully attended Keyport Bible Church. As he faced increasing health problems, his deep faith in God sustained and encouraged him.

Two years ago, Richard and Gladys moved from the family home in Seabold to Montclair Park in Poulsbo. More recently he was recovering from surgery at Island Health and Rehab. The family is indebted to their staffs, as well as to the BIFD 911 response unit and to Harrison Hospital Bremerton staff for their loving care of our husband and father.

A family burial took place on Friday, November 28th in Seattle. A memorial service in honor of Richard's life will take place on Saturday, December 13th at 2:00 p.m. at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church. Remembrances to the Yeomalt Cabin Project or to the Seattle Union Gospel Mission are appreciated.

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Patrick Brice Logan, was born on March 28, 1936 in Glendale, California. His life-time career in Track and Field began at Glendale High School and flourished at Occidental College from 1954-1959. Pat received his Masters of Education degree from San Jose State College.

He married Julia Ann Denman in 1960 and they moved shortly thereafter to the community of La Canada Flintridge in California where he began teaching International Studies and was an Assistant Coach at La Canada High School. With the encouragement of his wife, Ann, he accepted the position of head coach of the Cross-Country team in 1971 and to the amazement of many in the community won the CIF title that very same year.

For the next 25 years, his teams ran off with 30 League titles and 2 CIF Championships. His impressive combined record over those years was 348 wins and 41 losses including a perfect Home Record in Boys Track. It was during the summers of these years that he began to travel in Europe and "fell in love" with Austria. He continued to return to the beautiful Lake area south of Salzburg for the rest of his life. After the loss of his beloved wife in 1991, Pat retired and made the decision to move to the Northwest.

In 1993, Pat and Cindy were married in Los Angeles and moved the following year to their present home on Bainbridge Island. Missing his association with Track and Field, he volunteered at Bainbridge High School and this began another successful involvement in his favorite sport. Many of the individuals and relay teams he coached placed in the top three of the State finals every year.

His Passion, Commitment, Integrity and Inspiration are legend with his teams, his friends and the community. Above all, he was a most loving Husband, Father, Brother and Grandfather.

He is survived and will be greatly missed by his wife, Cindy, his Brother Michael Logan and his daughters, Jana Hanson, Dana Logan and Erin Renshaw and grandchildren: Alexandra, Justin and Ryan Huerter and Jordan and Eleanor Renshaw.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Mass on Friday, November 21, 2008 at 3:00 PM at St. Cecilia Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island. A reception will follow at the church - Conger Hall. Memorial contributions can be made to The American Cancer Society.

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Doris Louise Griffin, passed away on Monday, November 17, 2008 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Doris was born August 31, 1918 to Alice and Ernest Newkirk in Kansas City, Missouri. She attended schools throughout southern California and graduated from Santa Barbara High School.

During World War 2 she worked for the Bendix Company as a “Rosie the Riveter”. During the war she also met and married William Griffin. They built their first home in Van Nuys, California and Bill managed a meat market while Doris cared for their two young sons Don and Bill Jr. They started their travels from there when Bill reentered the Army as an Artillery Officer. Over the years they lived in such varied places as Alaska, Colorado, (where third son Ken was born), California, Japan, Singapore, and Seattle. While in Seattle Doris was a licensed real estate sales representative. They retired and built their retirement dream home and surrounding rhododendron garden on the shores of Hood Canal near Port Gamble, Washington.

Her husband of 64 years Bill died in 2007. A brother, Kenneth Wayne Newkirk, also preceded her in death during World War II. Doris is survived by three sons: Donald Kenneth Griffin of Eaton, Colorado, William Walker Griffin, Jr of Olympia, WA, and Kenneth Wayne Griffin of Kirkland, WA as well as 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Doris will be remembered for her love of family and friends including the residents and staff of her care facility at Messenger House. Interment will be at Hansville Cemetery in Kitsap County. (Directions)

Remembrances may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association

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Jane L. Cureton, 88, formerly of Silver City, passed away November 16, 2008 in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Visitation will be held Saturday, November 29, 2008, at 1:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Silver City with a Service beginning at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor David Goble officiating. Interment will follow at the Masonic Cemetery.

Jane was born in Santa Rita, NM to Jesse L. and Edith M. Turner. The family moved to Silver City when she was school age and she attended Teachers’ Grade School and High School. She attended Colorado Women’s College and the University of Colorado and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She was chosen to be among the first airline stewardess for Continental Airlines and was selected to be their poster girl.

Jane was married to James L. Hart, MD in 1942 and they had one daughter, Mary Edith. She later returned to Silver City and married James S. Cureton, to whom she has been married for fifty-seven years. They have two children, Sam Cureton (Nicky) and Alice Bundrant.

After her children were born, Jane returned to nursing and continued in her much loved profession until retirement. She served a school nurse for the Lordsburg School District for about twenty years. She then nursed at the Lordsburg Hospital and the local nursing home. She was known for her compassion and her ability to secure resources for those in her community. She served on the Gila Regional SWISH Board and was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Tyrone Chapter. Jane was also a member of the Hospital Auxiliary of the Gila Regional Hospital and was an active volunteer.

Jane was a member of Silver City First Baptist Church and taught an adult Sunday School Class there for many years. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Edith and Alice; her son Sam; seven grandchildren, Eda Jane and James Canniff, Chance, Erin and Paige Cureton, Brittany and Logan Bundrant; five great-grandchildren; her sister, Frieda Roach and brother-in-law, Tom Baker as well as many extended family members. She had been living near her daughters the past year in Seattle, Washington, when she departed from us.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., F1 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633.

Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 210 W. College Ave., Silver City, NM, 575-388-1911. Local arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Geraldine  Fisher, passed away on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

She was born on January 14, 1935 in Missoula, Montana to Earl Nichols Buck and Mattie Pearl Phillips Buck and was 73 years of age. She lived on Bainbridge Island for 36 years and previously lived in Seattle. She attended school at Western Mt. College in Dillons, Montana and later taught school. Geraldine later moved to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and married Don Fisher on May 20, 1960. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Geraldine enjoyed her time at the Bainbridge Island Senior Center.

She is survived by her Sister, Betty Dayton of Sequim, Washington, her nephew Randy N. Dayton of Sequim, WA, also her nieces; Sarah Sarier and Ashley Dayton and Great Niece; Emilie Sarier all of Denver, Colorado. She also leaves behind her beloved cat Oscar. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2003, also her parents and nephews Craig and Bruce Dayton.

No services will be held. Memorial contributions can be made to PAWS on Bainbridge Island or your local animal shelter.

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