Tashio Fujioka, passed away on Monday, February 15, 2010 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on August 22, 1912 and was 97 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Auntie Earlma Martin, passed away peacefully at her home, in Suquamish, Washington, on Valentine's Day morning. She was born in Comanche, OK and raised across the Red River in Burkburnett, Texas. Her passions in life were her pets, playing bingo, and sewing.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur & Mabel Strickland, her brothers, Glynn & William Strickland, and her only nephew, Billy Strickland. She is survived by her 3 nieces and her sister-in-law, Cheryl (Leroy) Cooper of San Leandro, Calif., Cindy (Terry) Ellis of Suquamish, and Glenda Medeiros & Leona Strickland, who were her caregivers here in Suquamish.
She also leaves 9 great nieces/nephews in California, Washington, NY, & Minnesota, but it was the great-great nieces/nephews (15) that feel so very blessed to have her in their lives for the last 6 years of her life. A lot of family history has been passed on from her.
Her last spoken words were, "I love you all........thank you!" We were blessed by the Lord in being able to care for her.
Per her final wishes, there will be no formal services.
Passionately devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend set sail on her celestial journey February 13, 2010. She leaves ashore her beloved Finn, Mr. Robert V. Snellman, and Max, her cherished Jack Russell. Bidding her safe passage are her three surviving children and their families; Hollie Davis Bamford, her husband Mike and “Grams Bestest Boys” Matt, Pete, Kevin, Greg and his wife Tricia; Robin Davis Harren, her husband Patrick, Laura, Sean and Nora; John W. Davis, his wife Jenny and Cassidy. She was preceded in death by her son “Berk” Robert Berkeley Davis, Jr., and by her loyal pets Molo, Punky, 99, Beauty, Fred, Charlie, Bustifer, Pokey, Chester and Louie Louie.
Born in Chicago in 1928, she spent her early childhood in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Sherman, Texas. The hard times of the Great Depression and the Dustbowl of the Midwest forced a move to Santa Rosa, California financed by her elder sister LaDane, a successful vaudevillian dancer. She was a true “Okie, traveling to California crammed into the family “Hupmobile”, and ridiculed at school for addressing her teachers as “Ma’am”. Yet she and her family were resilient.
Although her father had lost his position as an insurance accountant, her formidable mother “Moni” Maybelle Robberson supported the family by taking in boarders and running a hotdog stand adjacent to the local Ice Rink. She shared a room divided by a sheet with her sister LaDane and her brother Jack. She learned to appreciate what she had even if it meant her Christmas wish for a doll was granted instead with a pair of socks. She frequented the local matinee, swooned over Nelson Eddy, squirmed through the crowd to get a glimpse of FDR, discovered her musical gifts by studying piano with her WPA teacher and playing violin in her school orchestra, excelled in school and grew into a beautiful and vivacious redhead.
Following the attack on Pearl Harbor she lied about her age and finagled employment as a typist at the Vallejo shipyards near San Francisco. In cahoots with her best friend Chloe, she would paint false seams on the back of her bare legs, sneak out to the rollicking military swing dances, and wow the sailors with her showmanship and skill.
Barbara continued her musical career as the glamorous organist and vocalist at the elegant “Topaz Room” in Santa Rosa, and as an accompanist for her sister’s dance school and the colorful county fair and rodeo. She loved and lost and gave birth to her firstborn daughter Hollace Jane in 1948. A few years later she embarked on her marriage to high school classmate and crush Robert “Bob” Davis, U.S. Air Force. She joined Bob in Libya, Africa with her small daughter for a three-year post ending with a sports car tour of a rebuilding Europe. By 1956 another daughter, Robin Frances, arrived as Bob completed training to join United Airlines as a pilot. In 1958 her son Robert Berkeley, Jr. “Berk” was born in Anaheim, California.
She heard the call of the Northwest in 1962 and moved with her family to Normandy Park, Washington where she gave birth to her youngest child, John William. For the next several years she dedicated herself to raising lively children—introducing them to Royce’s Sailing Illustrated, Snoqualmie and Hyak, the Seattle Symphony, Bassett hounds and rescue pets, Kalaloch, Schwinn bikes, the Okanogan, and Christmas popcorn strings. She fell in love with the beach and resolved to find a waterfront homestead. In 1974 her dream came true, and she moved with Bob Davis to Pleasant Beach, Bainbridge Island where she enjoyed the rest of her life.
In 1982 Barbara lost her son Berk in an aviation accident and her marriage to Bob Davis. It was a terribly difficult time for her until she met the love of her life, Robert Snellman, at the Washington Athletic Club. “They touched on the dance floor and they knew” was their favorite description of the moment they fell in limitless love. Their passionate marriage endured for over 25 years. With Bob as her mate Barbara enjoyed a life of culture, adventure, friendship and fun. Their philanthropy public and personal was generous and genuine. For many years Barbara and Bob supported the Seattle Symphony, the Seattle Opera, children’s music programs and the Bainbridge Island Library. Their hiking tales of the Shipwreck Trail and the Crazy Ladies are legendary. They kayaked, skied, biked and hiked. Their modest and shipshape condo in Sun Valley became a second home to them and they were frequent guests at “The Pioneer”. They traveled extensively in Europe and loved nothing better than people watching in Paris with a good glass of French wine.
Living on “The Beach” gave Barbara an endless source of contentment. She and Bob welcomed an array of colorful friends into their lives and home. She befriended and cared for the many elderly members of “The Beach Telegraph” as well as “Badfoot” the crippled Seagull. In 1971 she became “Grams” and for the next 29 years doted, cajoled, and reigned over her eight grandchildren.
Barbara’s last years were spent quietly on the beach although she remained a rabid fan of Husky football. She maintained close ties with her children and grandchildren never losing interest in their love lives, jobs and schooling. She was a cheerful friend and neighbor.
During Barbara’s extended illness Bob’s love was steadfast and gentle. As her physical energy waned he never left her side. Our family is eternally grateful for his constant love and support.
The family of Barbara invites her friends to a Celebration of Life Memorial Reception will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2010 from 2-4 PM at The Bainbridge Commons.
In lieu of flowers please send a donation to your local public music school program. The family would like to thank the following people for their kind care during Barbara’s final days: the staff of Island Rehabilitation, Lisa the physical therapist, Joyce and Linda of Abiding Home Care, Chris Adams, Theo and Linda.
Richard Palmer Hollis, 77, of Bainbridge Island, died peacefully in his sleep on February 11, 2010.
Richard was a man of solid values and integrity. He could be counted on for anything. His word was his bond.
Richard was a kind and generous man – a gentleman of humor and warmth to everyone he met. He was dearly loved by his family and friends who miss him very much.
Richard was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Mary Louise and William Palmer Hollis. As a teenager he played for his high school football team and had a lengthy stint in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he developed a love for bodysurfing and Portuguese cooking.
Richard earned his bachelors and masters degrees with honors in electrical engineering at the Newark College of Engineering and at Northwestern University. It was there he met Barbara Louise Norby, whom he married on November 23, 1955. They were married 54 years and had three sons and seven grandchildren.
Richard served in the Army Scientific and Professional Corps. He went on to work on highly advanced research and design projects for ITT Corporation, and later for the Watkins-Johnson Corporation in Palo Alto, California, where he worked for 30 years and rose to become vice president. His job took him around the world several times over, including Japan, India, Turkey, Greece, Pakistan, Sweden, Germany and back to his beloved Brazil.
At age 62, Richard retired and moved with Barbara to Bainbridge Island, where he became active in the church and community, enjoyed vacations to Hawaii and hosted warm and wonderful family gatherings.
Richard was a gifted musician and tenor with a lifelong passion for music that ranged from classical to bluegrass and bossa nova to singing in the Rolling Bay Presbyterian choir. He played organ, piano and guitar, and was accepted to the Julliard School. He infused a deep appreciation and love for musicianship in all of his three sons.
More than anything else, Richard was a wealth of wisdom that always rang true. We will always miss him.
Richard is survived by his wife, Barbara, his sons Charles, James and John, his daughters-in-law Rosa, Leisa, Joan and Cara, and his grandchildren Laura, Stephen, Madeline, Ryan, Kyle, Abigail and Kaya.
Memorial Service will be 2/17/10 at 2PM at the Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, Bainbridge Island, WA. www.rbpres.org. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Rolling Bay Church Choir Fund.
Edward Loverich, passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2010 at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington.
He was born on September 23, 1948 and was 61 years of age. Edward lived for 30 years on Bainbridge Island, WA and 31 years in Everett, WA. He worked for the Washington State Ferry System from 1977-2007. He retired as Chief Engineer. He was a proud member of the National Rifle Organization.
Edward loved photography, building telescopes, Harley Davidson Motorcycles, reading books, taking trips to Mukilteo beach and eastern Washington, telling jokes and really enjoyed spending time with his family. He served in the US Air Force as a Weapons Specialist. He was a Vietnam Veteran and served in Phu Cat. He was honorably discharged.
Edward is survived by his parents; Francis and Elaine Loverich, children; David, Danny and Thomas Loverich, brothers; Gary (Betty) and Wayne (Mari) Loverich and grandson Aiden Loverich. He also leaves behind his nieces and nephews; Sarah, Jessica, Tom, Eric, John, Mike and Laura. Private family services have been held.
Eva Maria Gabrielle Gerdts (Szelenyi), died on February 4, 2010, after a 13 month struggle with Non Small-cell Adenocarcinoma. She was just a few days shy of her 61st birthday.
Eva was born on February 18, 1949, in Langenargen, Germany, which in near the Austrian and Swiss border in southern Germany. She was the only child of Bela and Liesel Szelenyi. She emigrated from Germany with her parents in January of 1952, becoming a naturalized US citizen on June 3, 1957. Her family lived first in New Jersey and then moved to Maine, where she graduated from the St. Joseph’s Academy in Portland, Maine, as the Class of 1967 valedictorian. She attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, majoring in Art History and Creative Art. There she met her husband, George Gerdts, during freshman orientation in the fall of 1967. They were married in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in September 1970.
Eva was a fashion model after graduating from Brown in 1971. She dabbled in photography throughout the 1970s, developing a love affair with the camera that continued throughout her life. Her only child, Caitlin Elisabeth Gerdts, was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in September of 1980.
Eva became a full-time Mom after Caitlin was born. George and Eva moved to Seattle in 1982 and settled on Bainbridge Island in October of 1983. Eva fully embraced the Bainbridge community, becoming active in BPA, The Montessori Country School, and other organizations that catered to the needs of children.
When Caitlin entered third grade, Eva took a job with the United States Postal Service here on Bainbridge Island so that she could be home when Caitlin got finished with her school day. Her willingness to go the extra “mile” in providing service to her customers, along with her wonderful smile and endearing personality made her a cherished “mail woman”!!
She would cite being with the founding group of people who started Hyla Middle School as one of the top experiences in her life. She was a natural dreamer who had visions of how things could be. Her creativity and enthusiasm for education and all its potential has been realized in the amazing community of learning that Hyla Middle School has become.
After retiring from the USPS in 2004, she pursued her life-long love of photography, traveling with her family to Hawaii, Texas, the Grand Canyon, New England, Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Africa, and Europe.
She loved taking long walks on the Island, always with her camera ready at hand. Community service was also dear to Eva, and over the past few years she worked with BITV and the Sound Food’s Farmer’s Market.
She is survived by her father, Bela Szelenyi, from Bainbridge Island; her husband, George Gerdts; and her daughter, Caitlin, a PhD student in Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley.
Funeral arrangements are being made by the Cook Family Funeral Home. There will be a Funeral Mass at St. Cecelia’s Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 6:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the Lung Cancer Alliance. The address is:
Lung Cancer Alliance 888 16th Street NW Suite 150 Washington D.C. 20006 Website: lungcanceralliance.org
A Hopi Prayer, (adopted)…."Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glint on snow. I am the sunlight on the ripened gourd. I am the gentle autumn’s rain. When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am soft stars that shine at night. I am the flute-song of the Hermit Thrush at dawn. After a storm, I am the rainbow that paints the sky. Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there. I did not die….em>
Richard W. Manuel, “Dick”, passed away February 1, 2010 after a struggle with lymphoma. He was 82 years old.
Eldest son of Emma Softy and Charles Nelson (both deceased), he is survived by his wife Marjorie, two sons, John and Bill, daughter Pat Saboda (Jeff), grandsons Matt and Kyle, and his brother Thomas and family in Bryn Mawr, PA.
Dick made the local Sea Cliff News as the first baby born in the new wing of Glen Cove Community Hospital in Long Island, NY, in 1927. The first of three children (Kathryn and Thomas), he grew up in Sea Cliff, on Hempstead Harbor on Long Island Sound where the Manuel family resided for two generations. Dick developed a love of sailing which he pursued his entire life.
After graduating from Sea Cliff High School in 1945, Dick enlisted in the Merchant Marine and graduated as a chief warrant officer. World War II hostilities ended before his first assignment but he continued under the War Shipping Association, sailing to the east coast of South America on ships owned by the Grace Line. After completing his service requirement in 1947, he entered Lafayette College, obtaining a degree in Chemical Engineering. He participated in track, soccer and intercollegiate sailing, and was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. In his senior year he met his future wife, Marjorie and they were married after his graduation in 1951. That same year, Dick joined Colgate Palmolive’s international division, beginning a career that lasted into the ‘80’s. Dick was called into the Army in 1954 and assigned to the Army Chemical Center at Edgewood, MD. Two years later he returned to Colgate and in 1957 received his first overseas assignment in Lima, Peru as plant manager.
During this assignment he traveled extensively throughout South America. He and the family found time to absorb the culture and even pursue his passion for sailing at the local yacht club in Lima.
In 1962, Colgate promoted Dick to General Manager of the Japan branch in Tokyo where he spent the next 12 years expanding sales and production in Japan. He and the family adapted well to the new environment and developed friendships that lasted for many years. Dick was active in the Yokohama and West Tokyo communities, serving as Commodore of the Yokohama Yacht Club and in the West Tokyo Union Church.
The family returned to the US in 1974 and settled in Ridgewood NJ. Dick was named a Director in the Colgate Engineering Group, playing key roles in the integration - and later divestment - of various companies which Colgate had acquired over the years. In 1986 Dick took early retirement from Colgate and made the transition with his wife from NJ to Shelter Island, NY.
He had first visited the island on a sailing trip in the early ‘50s, and it proved to be a very special place which he kept returning to with the family every couple of years. Now in retirement and living in the summer house they built in the ‘70s, Dick and Marjorie were able to spend time with old and new friends, work in the garden, and travel – sometimes on their sailboat “Mermaid”. He was very involved in the community and was active in the Shelter Island and Menantic yacht clubs, served on the local Waterways Council & Silver Beach Association, and as an elder in the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church.
In 2005, Marjorie and Dick left Shelter Island and moved cross-country to Bainbridge Island, WA to be closer to daughter Pat and her family, and to their 2 sons who are also in the west.
A memorial service will be held at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church on May 22nd, 2pm. Burial of his ashes will follow after the service. Donations in his name can be made to the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church.
James D. Estes, passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on December 2, 1937 and was 72 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
June Muriel Mathisen, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2010 at her home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on February 8, 1917 in Vancouver, British Columbia - Canada to George Edwin Butcher and Lucy Maude Muggeridge. She was 92 years of age.
In June's youth, she moved to Seattle and attended school. She started coming over to Bainbridge Island when she was a young woman and worked as a nanny in exchange for room and board.
June, was known for her beautiful roses, cooking, baking, (especially her famous pies), sewing and quilting. She loved chewing gum, her many sweatshirts and listening to KOMO radio. June was a steady customer at the Hallmark store where she purchased greeting cards to send to her many family and friends. During her years on Bainbridge she cleaned homes at the country club and took in many foster children. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church on Bainbridge Island.
June is survived by her children; Harold Mathisen, Jr. (Ellie) of Poulsbo, WA, Muriel Beach (Ken) of Bainbridge Island, George Mathisen of Belfair, WA, Larry Mathisen (Kitt) of Bainbridge Island, Cindy Amo (Jerome) of Bainbridge Island, her grandchildren Mikal Mathisen (Stephanie) of Bainbridge Island, Kenny Mathisen of Suquamish, Becky Mathisen of San Francisco, Patrick Mathisen of New York, Jon Mathisen of Bangkok, Haley Mathisen, Madison Amo and Molly Amo all of Bainbridge Island . She also leaves behind her great-grandsons Jakob and Nathan Mathisen of Bainbridge Island and her brother William Butcher of Snohomish. June was preceded in death by her husband Harold Miller Mathisen.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM followed by the funeral service at 2:00 PM at Bethany Lutheran Church, 7968 Finch Road on Bainbridge Island. Interment will follow at Port Blakely Cemetery on Bainbridge Island.
Memorial contributions can made to Hospice of Kitsap County or a charity of choice. The family would like to thank Kelly, her dedicated caregiver, the staff at the Wyatt House and Hospice for all of their love and care to June.
Barbara Van Nortwick, passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2010 at her home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born in Sydney, Australia on October 5, 1937 and was 72 years of age.
Barbara came to the US as a young woman where she met Bill, her husband to be. Barbara was an accomplished watercolor artist specializing in themes she was passionate about - flowers, birds, landscapes and seascapes. She will be greatly missed by her extended family and friends in the US and Australia.
A service will be held at 1:30pm Sunday, Feb. 28th at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church (Bainbridge Island) to honor and remember Barbara and her husband Bill who passed away on Nov. 22, 2009. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in their names to the Sierra Club.
Eloise J. Robinson, passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2010 at The Hospice of Kitsap County Care Center in Bremerton, Washington.
She was born on February 24, 1933 in Bellingham, Washington. She was 76 years of age. Eloise had lived in Bellingham for 18 years where she graduated from Bellingham High School in 1951. She also lived in Seattle, Bremerton and on Bainbridge Island for 44 years. Upon graduation, she attended the Simpson Bible Institute in Seattle for two years. Eloise was a home maker and also worked as a library secretary for Blakely Elementary School on Bainbridge Island. She later worked as the manager of the Hallmark store in Winslow.
She is survived by her children; Steve Robinson of Bremerton, WA, Mark Robinson of Bellingham, WA, Roberta (Bobbi) Robinson of Seattle, WA and her sisters; Genevieve Klineman and Karen Lofton both of Bellingham, WA. There are seven grandchildren. Eloise also leaves behind her two daughter-in-laws Cindy Robinson and Colleen Haggerty. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert R. Robinson, father Forest Umphenour, step-mother Frances Umphenour and her mother Vivian Umphenour.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 4:00 PM at Crossroads Neighborhood Church, 7555 Old Military Road NE, Bremerton, WA 98311.
Memorial contributions can be made to: CAMA Services - (http://www.camaservices.org/giving.php) or Children of the Nations, P.O. Box 3970, Silverdale, WA 98383 (http://www.cotni.org/opportunities/55).
Patty Cacak, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. She was born on June 2, 1954 and was 55 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Harold Burns, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at Martha and Mary Health Care Services in Poulsbo, Washington. He was born on December 23, 1921 and was 88 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Marguerite Klenck Lovejoy, passed away on Monday, January 4, 2010 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on July 21, 1922 in New York, New York and was 87 years of age and a resident of Bainbridge Island since 2007. Services will be private. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
Gary Wilfred Garrett, passed away on Friday, January 1, 2010 at Martha and Mary Health Care Services in Poulsbo, Washington. He was born on August 2, 1947 in Syracuse, New York and was 62 years of age.Gary was a resident of Bremerton, WA. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Dennis Robert Kuntz, age 63, passed away unexpectedly on January 1, 2010.
Denny grew up in Dayton, Ohio and moved to Seattle to earn a B.S. in Oceanography from the UW. A resident of Bainbridge Island since 1975, he built a house for his family and worked in all aspects of design, construction and finish carpentry. Denny was at home in the outdoors, loved music and cherished his friends.
Preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Glendola Kuntz, he is survived by his children, Matthew and Allison, their mother Christine Coyne and his sister and brother in law, Karen & Tom Kuhl of Dayton, Ohio. Denny was a loving father to his children, Matt and Allie and a devoted caregiver to the family cats. Services private.
Capt. Robert O'Daniel Deschamps, born in Seattle in 1920. Attended St. Margarets, Seattle College H.S., Queen Anne H.S., Seattle College. He was preceded in death by Pauline, his wife of 57 years. Survived by their children Jeanne, Paul and Suzanne. A member of the Masters, Mates & Pilots Union and the Council of American Master Mariners. Veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, he retired from the Puget Sound Pilots in 1985. At his request there will be no services. Remembrances may be sent to St. Cecilia Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island. Arrangements by Cook Family Funeral Home.
Brien B. Ray, passed away in Seattle Washington on December 23, 2009, after a short battle with an undiagnosed liver disorder.
Brien D Ray was born March 31,1966 in Santa Clara California. The family made their home in the San Jose and Antioch area until relocating to Moore Oklahoma when Brien was 12. He attended Moore High until his sophomore, when he achieved his GED. He worked for the Coca Cola Company and in the oil fields until 1986. During this time he met and married his first wife Wendy Baker on September 29,1984. In April 1986 they welcomed Lisa Danielle Lee Ray. In November 86 he joined the United States Navy and became a torpedo man, on the USS Nevada, he was stationed at Sub base Bangor in Poulsbo Washington. The couple divorced in 1990. Brien was temporarily stationed in San Diego, in March 90 he was discharged. He relocated in Kingston Washington when he married Gayle Long in August 25, 1990. In 1991 he was accepted in the apprenticeship program for NW Sheet metal Union Local 66. He turned out as journeyman in 1996. From 1996 he worked for Holaday Parks Inc. until he injured himself and was pensioned in 2006. Brien also had a son, Jonathan Ray in 1992, and another daughter Nika Ray in 1997. He kept busy taking care of his kids, and dabbling with cars with his son, he enjoyed camping, fishing and most of all Nascar, attending several races with his dad and brothers, and family. He was a joker at heart, but a devoted family man, and attended church at Kingston Christian Church. Mark Martin was his all time favorite driver, he felt he had a lot in common with Mark.
Brien is survived by his wife Gayle, his daughters Lisa Mckenzie and her husband Caleb, Nanika Ray, and his son Jonathan Ray, His mother and father, Nora and Willie D Ray, his siblings Willie D Ray III, Shelly, Larry, Carey, Jeff Ray. Grandchildren Joshua and Kaylee Mckenzie. And many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter Victoria Diane Ray. He was a truly unique person. He will be missed.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Saturday, January 2, 2010 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Cook Family Funeral Home [Directions], and the Memorial Service on Monday, January 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm at Kingston Christian Church in Kingston, WA. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to U of W liver research foundation.
Charles Theodore Croy, a retired high school teacher, passed away in the company of his loving wife and children on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at Island Health and Rehab on Bainbridge Island, WA. He was 70.
Born on May 31, 1939 in Dayton, Ohio, Chuck was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church and the Kiwanis Club. For many years, he and Mary caravanned with local Airstream clubs throughout the Pacific Northwest. The couple moved to Bainbridge Island from Troy MI in 1998 after retiring from Detroit Country Day School where he taught math and coached various sports for 24 years.
Chuck loved to mentor kids and often bragged about his students' successes. He was their number one fan. Chuck will also be remembered for his many hobbies including snow and water skiing, woodworking, playing the piano, organ and accordion as well as singing in the church choir. He enjoyed his wood shop in his retirement and made beautiful wooden toys for his grandchildren and cribbage boards which he sold at the Bainbridge Island Farmer's Market. Chuck loved the mountains and since he and Mary were school teachers in Michigan they frequently took their motor home "out West" in the summertime and visited numerous National Parks with their children. Chuck loved being surrounded by mountains here in the Northwest and knew all the peaks of the Olympics. His neighbors, friends and family knew Chuck as an eternal optimist with an uncanny ability to always crack a joke. He brightened peoples' lives.
Chuck is survived by his wife Mary Kazmaier Croy of Bainbridge Island, WA, children; Jonathan Croy and wife Monica Croy of Seattle, WA and Susan Croy Roth and husband Scott Roth of Bainbridge Island, siblings; Judy Hendricks of Dayton, Ohio, John E. Croy of Newport, Rhode lsland and grandchildren; Jackson and Cooper Croy and Gabriel and Sylvie Roth. There are also seven nephews and five nieces.
Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the Memorial Service at Bethany Lutheran Church on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 2:00 pm. A reception will follow at the church hall. A private family graveside service will take place at Port Blakely Cemetery on Bainbridge Island prior to the Memorial Service. Memorial contributions can be made to: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780. Contributions can also be made to Bethany Lutheran Church Music Program
Louis Phil Maheu, passed away on Monday, December 21, 2009 at his home in Poulsbo, Washington. He was born on February 25, 1939 in Manhattan, New York and was 70 years of age.
Louis had previously lived in Canada and in Kingston, WA. He graduated from North Kitsap High School in 1958. He later worked for Montreal Insurance for 20 years and the Port Gamble Mill for 15 years. He was a member of the Catholic Church and attended St. Peter and St. Olaf.
He is survived by his beloved wife Gisele Maheu of Poulsbo, WA, children Christiane Maheu of Port Hadlock, WA and Robert Maheu (Vicki) of Kingston, WA. He also leaves behind his brother Ron Carlson of Poulsbo, WA, cousin Louise Maheu of Poulsbo, WA, grandchildren; Stephanie Schaff of Seattle, WA, Mathew Schaff stationed in Hawaii, Eliana, Samuel and Danielle Maheu of Kingston, WA, his aunt Rita Maheu White of Montreal and many loving friends. He was preceded in death by his step-dad Glen Carlson and his mother Laurence Carlson.
Louis was a very hard worker throughout his life and things needed to be just right. He loved his family much. He was devastated when the Port Gamble Mill closed as it had allowed him to work and release all of the energy he had. He was always ready to help anyone and was very honest. He was stubborn but enjoyed joking allot!
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Recitation of The Rosary starting at 10:30 AM and the Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:00 AM on Monday, December 28, 2009 at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Poulsbo, WA. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to: GROUP HEALTH HOSPICE, 1420 5th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101-4032, (206) 326-4430.
Willard Naylor Nelson, passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2009 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on August 28, 1914 in Eureka, California and was 95 years of age. He was a mason for 50 years and a member of Franklin Lodge No. 5, F & AM, Port Gamble, WA. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Martin.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service at The Messenger House on Friday, January 8, 2010 at 1:30 PM.
Thomas Carncross, died of respiratory failure at Providence Medical Center on 12/15/2009, with his family by his side. He was 56.
Born on 7/30/1953 in Princeton, NJ, to William Carncross and Eunice Amundsen, Tom showed an early interest in math, science, building, and inventing. While still in grade school, Tom built a functioning air conditioner out of a fan and an air conditioning box containing ice and water.
During Tom’s early years the family lived mainly in the southern US—in El Paso, Texas, Alexander City, Alabama, and Marietta, Georgia. Tom’s parents, who met at Princeton Choir College, were choir directors and worked in the music ministries of area churches. As a toddler, Tom sat under the piano while his mother gave lessons and learned a lifelong love of music.
The family moved to Kirkland, WA and Tom entered high school at Lake Washington High School. Tom attended St. John Episcopal Church in Kirkland. He was confirmed when he was 15 and served in the church as an acolyte.
After Tom’s parents divorced, he moved briefly to Seattle where he lived with his mother, his sisters, and his brother. At that time he focused on music and attended rock concerts whenever he could. He saw some of the greatest rock musicians of the time perform live in Seattle area concerts in those days. In 1969 he attended the legendary Gold Creek Rock Festival with 50,000 fans in the Gold Creek Park in Woodinville. The rock festival lasted three days and included groups such as Santana, the Byrds, Chicago Transit Authority, Bo Diddley, the Doors, It’s a Beautiful Day, Led Zepplin, Spirit, Ten Years After, Ike and Tina Turner, Vanilla Fudge, and the Youngbloods.
Tom’s mother remarried, and Tom and his family moved to Kennewick, WA where their stepfather, O.W. Priebe, worked for Bechtel. Tom continued his involvement with music, often writing songs, and playing the guitar in a local band.
After Kennewick, Tom lost his focus on school. He didn’t graduate from high school. He moved back to Seattle where he worked odd jobs and ended up working nights as a security guard in a city building in downtown Seattle. There he met two nocturnal whiz kids who loved computers and were working nights on a programming project. Tom made friends with the pair and played chess with one of them when things got slow and they were waiting for their programs. Tom’s friendship with the young chess-player turned into a life changing relationship. They had many discussions about philosophy, mathematics, science, and the future. Tom didn’t win many chess games but Tom was inspired by his chess-playing friend and began reading textbooks: mathematics, chemistry, physics. Tom went back to school and worked hard for the credits to apply to college.
Tom graduated from UC Berkeley with majors in Applied Mathematics and Physics. After graduation, with a wife and young son, Tom started his career as an optical engineer at Optical Coating Lab, Inc. (OCLI) in California. After his second son was born, Tom moved his family back to the northwest where he worked at Alcon in Bellevue, WA. Tom’s status as an inventor was established while working at Alcon. He was named in patents related to improvements in bifocal intraocular lenses in 1992 and 1993.
In 1987 Tom married Karen Crossan Wiborg at St. John Episcopal Church, Kirkland—where he was confirmed 22 years earlier. Karen was his best friend and the love of his life. They worked hard together to raise their blended family of five children in Kirkland. During these years, Tom enjoyed camping, cooking, Sudoku, chess, and boats, and made every effort to pass his interests on to his children.
Tom knew he possessed the gift of a mathematical and scientific mind, and sought to encourage young people who were studying math, chemistry, and physics in high school or college by offering to tutor them at any time. Tom attempted to tutor his own kids, but had much more success tutoring their friends and other young people in the neighborhood. The tutoring Tom did was a great source of satisfaction to him.
After Tom’s father died in 2003, Tom and Karen moved into his father’s house on Bainbridge Island. Life was quieter there. Tom enjoyed living on Bainbridge Island and was making plans to accomplish his lifelong dream of restoring and building boats.
Above all, Tom loved spending time with his family. He was so proud of his two daughters and three sons. He was happiest at family gatherings, especially when everyone played games like Scrabble, Pictionary, and cards. And if there were an opportunity for him to cook a big pot of curry or spaghetti with anchovies—then life was perfect!
Tom is survived by his wife of 22 years, Karen, daughters Narnia Wiborg and Allegra Wiborg of Seattle, sons Geo Carncross (Tracy) of Easton, MD, John Carncross (Mahrya) of Seattle, and Gabriel Wiborg (Porntip) of Kenmore, WA, and granddaughter Melissa Rose Carncross of Easton, MD. He is also survived by sisters Chris Corazon McKenzie of Stanwood, Julia Carncross Roscher of Mt. Vernon, and brother Eric Carncross of Everett, WA. He leaves first wife Lori Carncross of Texas. Tom also leaves a beloved extended family including numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at St. Barnabus Episcopal Church, Bainbridge Island, on Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Tom’s name to a charity of your choice, or to the interium (memory garden) at St Barnabus Episcopal Church.(Directions).
Helen Chun, passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on February 11, 1933 and was 76 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
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