Edna Smaaladen, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at Montclair Park in Poulsbo, Washington surrounded by family.
She was born September 18, 1913 in Mcville, North Dakota. Edna was the daughter of Rasmus and Marie Knutson. She was a graduate of Williston High School in North Dakota. Edna married Arthur Smaaladen on August 19, 1934 in Shelby, Montana. They worked their way to Poulsbo where they have lived and raised their four children. She was a cook at Crazy Eric's in Poulsbo and a homemaker. Edna was an active member of the Sons of Norway Lodge 44, participating in the drill team in the early years and First Lutheran Church where she was a Sunday school teacher.
She is survived by Arthur, her husband of 75 years, sons, Aldeen (Leota), Larry (Kathy) of Poulsbo, Landis (Pat) of Bellevue and daughter Glenna (Ernie) Johnson of Poulsbo. There are eight grandchildren, Shellie, Stacey, Scott, Shellsea, Tamara, Teresa, Jim (Darshan), Karin (David), Lori (Scott) and nine great-grandchildren; Nathan, Devin, Shane, Katelyn, Sean, Mason, Bryant, Andrea and Beatrice. She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings; Ernest, Henry, Roy and Walter Knutson and Esther Cianfrani and Rhoda Knutsen.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Friday, July 30, 2010 at 11:00 AM at the First Lutheran Church in Poulsbo, Washington. Interment will be private at the church cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to The First Lutheran Church, Martha and Mary Health Care Services or a charity of choice.
Thomas Earl Nelson, passed away on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle,Washington. He was born on April 5, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois to Anton and Rose Nelson. He was 84 years of age.
Tom moved to Bainbridge Island in 1940 and graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1944. He attended the University of Washington. During his career, Tom worked as a printer for the Seattle Post Intelligencer and The Seattle Times. He was a veteran of World War II with the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged from both. He was a member of the Bainbridge Island Sportsman Club, Bainbridge Island Pee Wee Football Assoc., Knights of Columbus, Legion of Mary and the Printers Typographical Union. He was also a member of the Coffee Club of Rollingbay, a group of men he thought very highly of.
As a youngman, Tom worked as a logger in the woods of the Olympic Peninsula, Greys Harbor and Bainbridge Island. This love of woodcutting continued throughout his life. In his retirement, Tom would at times cut up to three cords of wood a week. He was very proud of his family. He was an avid sports fan, football being his favorite sport. Reading was also a passion and he maintained an extensive library. He read four newspapers a day and always had an opinion about current events and politics. The way to his heart was listening to "Ole Blue Eyes", Frank Sinatra. Frank was apart of any family function.
Tom is survived by his beloved wife Mary Medalia Nelson of Bainbridge Island, children; Thomas E. Nelson Jr. (Carol) of Woodinville, WA, Michael Nelson (Cheryl) of Bainbridge Island, Mary Ann Nelson Calles (Adolfo) of Los Angeles, CA, Gregory Nelson (Anita) of St. Charles, Illinois, Paul Nelson (Jennifer) of San Clemente, CA, William Nelson of Bainbridge Island, Joan Nelson Lockyear (Tom) of Poulsbo, WA and his dear grandchildren; Ryan, Angela, Robby, Andrew, Matthew, Peter, Julia, Fito, Christopher, Kyle, Samuel, Katelyn and Tommy.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Saturday, August 7, 2010 from 9:30-10:30 AM, followed by the Recitation of The Rosary at 10:30 AM and The Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM all at St. Cecilia Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island. Interment will be private. A reception will follow at Edna's Beach Cafe, 4738 Lynwood Center Rd NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Cecilia Catholic Church, The Seattle Children's Hospital/Uncompensated Care Fund or The University of Washington Foundation- c/o - Neurological Surgery Discreationary Fund, 815 Mercer Street, C-5, Box 358045, Seattle, WA 98195.
Ruth Mary Skelton, longtime Bainbridge Island resident, passed away on July 18, 2010 at Wyatt House Retirement Center at the age of 89.
She was born on December 16, 1920 in Chehalis, Washington to Thomas and Mathilda Kolash. She graduated Chehalis High School in 1940. Ruth married Rellen O. Skelton in LaJolla, California in November 1944.
She was preceded in death by her parents Tom and Tillie, brothers Fritz and Bob Kolash, her husband Rellen Skelton and granddaughter Corey Skelton. Ruth is survived by her loving son's Garry Skelton (Cindy), Greg Skelton (Diane) and Rick Skelton (Lisa), her five grandchildren, Garth, Sarah, Casey, Stephanie and Garrett, and her two great-grandchildren, Ruby and June. The family thanks the incredible staff at the Wyatt House Retirement Center for the outstanding care and support they provided during Ruth's last weeks. A family service will be held at Kane Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Group Health Hospice.
Dorothy Blanche Almond Noll, passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at the Manor Care Center in Tacoma, Washington. She was born on July 7, 1922 in Wichita, Kansas and was 88 years of age.
During WWII, she worked at Cessna Aircraft where she volunteered to demonstrate whether women could perform aircraft manufacturing jobs becoming one of the first women machinists from tool and die to stamping. Here she also was a bookkeeper and supported our troops by singing on the radio. She was a member of the Eastern Star, North Kitsap PTA, and the American Red Cross and was a past board member of Martha and Mary Nursing Home.
Dorothy cheerfully initiated and conducted annual reunions of the orphans of Martha and Mary. She made people happy. Her infectious smile and desire to help all made her a wonderful Mom and friend to all. She brought caring love to her husband John's medical practice that served Poulsbo for over 25 years. She made people feel wanted. At her assisted living home in Tacoma, she and her close friend George created the "happy group" welcoming all. Most of all, Dorothy loved the Lord with all her heart and soul through her service to others and her beautiful voice filling the air with His praise.
She is survived by her son John Edward Almond of Tacoma, WA, daughter Cheryl Marie Almond of Sun Lakes, AZ and son James Winston Almond of Poulsbo, WA. There are seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husbands John Clayton Almond and Axel Noll, also her daughter Dana Sue Almond.
Family and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Service on Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 2:00 PM at the First Lutheran Church in Poulsbo, Washington. A reception will follow at the church hall. Interment will take place at the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice or to Martha and Mary Nursing Home or the First Lutheran Church, both of Poulsbo, WA.
Phyllis Irene Reamer, passed away on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at her daughter's home in Suquamish,Washington. She was born on April 13, 1923 and was 87 years of age. Services and interment will take place in Michigan. Local arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
Marjory Studerus, passed away on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.
She was born on December 25, 1916 in Sultan, Washington and was 93 years of age. She and Walter moved to Bainbridge Island in 1955 when Dr. Studerus opened his dental practice. Marjory worked for the Seattle Times and also as a dental assistant for her husband Dr. Studerus. She enjoyed volunteering as a vintage clothing model for Goodwill. She was a member of the Bainbridge Coral for 35 years and Eagle Harbor Congregational Church where she was a part of the "lunch bunch" and the Circle. She was a member of the church choir for over 40 years. She enjoyed painting, music, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
Marjory is survived by her son Rolle Olsen Studeus of Orting, WA, daughter Joy Studerus Hodgin of Poulsbo, WA, grandchildren; Eric, Scott and Kim Studerus and Christopher, Amber, Matthew, Hallie, Emelie and Ethan Hodgin. She also leaves behind her great-grandchildren; Jessica and Dakota Hodgin and Jillian Studerus, also her son in-law's Steve Hodgin and Nathan Adams and her nephew Jim Rhynard and his wife Kathy. Marjory was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Walter Studerus, and Carl Olsen, also sister's Wilda Wisman and Ellen Hickman.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church on Bainbridge Island. Memorial contributions can be made to the Society for the Blind.
Frances Elizabeth Shipley, passed away on Sunday, July 4, 2010 at her home in Poulsbo, Washington. She was born on June 15, 1916 in Deer trail, Colorado to Frank W. and Mary A. Harn. She was 94 years of age.
Frances worked for many years as a school bus driver for North Kitsap. She also worked for Martha and Mary Health Care Services. She enjoyed dancing, bowling, animals and her family. Most of the people in her area knew her as Grandma Shipley. She moved to Poulsbo in 1951 where she lived her life and touched the lives of many. She will be missed by her family.
She is survived by her son Terry Shipley (Joy) of Poulsbo, WA,her adopted son Alan Bowman and his family of Bainbridge Island, WA, sister Lois Bailey and her family of Colorado and Lake Havasu, AZ, grandchildren; Michael Shipley (Angela) of Lacey, WA, Rodney Shipley (Melissa), Doug Hagen (Phyllis) of Suquamish, WA, Karla Nolen (Michael) of Poulsbo, WA, and Lori Hagen of Kingston, WA. Also great grandchildren;Josh Shipley, Ryan Shipley of Lacey, WA, Osha Hagen (Adam Dahl) of Suquamish, WA Morgan, Kaitlyn and Emilie Shipley all of Kennewick, WA, Nichol Olson, Nathan Kvinsland (Jacquelyn), Bobbie Nolen of Poulsbo, WA, Joshua Hagen (Star Ives) of Kingston, WA and Joshua and Jerome Vaughn of Hansville, WA, also great-great-grandchildren; Kallana, Eric, Nassyaha and Dayton Dahl, also Dakota, Presley and Payton Hagen all of Suquamish, WA, Brennon Hagen of Kingston, WA, Taylor Johnson of Suquamish, WA and Phoenix and Sephiroth of Poulsbo, WA. Frances was preceded in death by her husband William Ivan Shipley, daughter Alta Elaine Harman and her parents Frank and Mary Harn.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Recitation of the Rosary at 10:30 AM on Thursday, July 15, 2010 at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Poulsbo, WA. The Mass of Christian burial will follow at 11:00 AM at the church. A reception will be held after the Mass at the church hall. The crypt side service will be held on Friday, July 16th at 11:00 AM at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Bremerton, WA.
Alice Katrinne Campbell, passed away peacefully on July 3, 2010. She was tended by her husband Lynn (married for 43 years) and her daughter’s Wendy Siegrist and Kristen Boyes. Her oldest daughter Lynn Donovan preceded her in death November 26, 2003. Alice was born April 2, 1920, the youngest of 7 children, to James and Grace Havnaer in Otwell Indiana. Of her family of origin she has one surviving sister, Carol Peddle of Selah Washington. Alice’s early years were spent on the rocky buttes in Tieton Washington where the families apple orchards graced the land.
Alice and her husband Lynn owned Seattle Harbor Tours (now Argosy Tours) where she was intimately involved in running the business, and handling the public relations and advertising decisions. She had a great love and understanding of art, music, and poetry and a deep connection to the earth and her garden. She was a master of making everything around her beautiful, and touched everyone with her sense of humor, grace and compassionate heart. She will be missed by all of us.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, 105 Winslow Way NE on Bainbridge Island.
Clifford George Niederer, a long time resident of Bainbridge Island, died peacefully at his home in the Eagle Harbor Condominiums. He was surround by the love of son Cliff Niederer, Daughter-in-law, Mia Pearson and grandson Christopher Niederer.
His life was not only long, but exceptionally rich and fortunate. Clifford was born in St. Louis, Missouri on June 29, 1907. While a teenage he became devoted to music and as a young adult pursued a career in the music business as drum and marimba player. He worked in silent theaters and on the Mississippi river boats, as well as night clubs and with big bands. Although this career was fruitful and fun, by his mid twenties he was looking for a more secure and settled life. He left the music business and purchased, with family help, a newspaper circulation business in St. Louis. Still a restless young man, he sold the business and headed to Los Angeles in 1937. The fresh culture and warmth of southern California grabbed him immediate and to the dismay of his parents, he left St. Louis for good.
In 1940 Clifford married his life long love, Dorothy Firman, also of St. Louis. During the war years they both worked on government projects in Alaska. After the war, with money earned working in Alaska, they returned to Los Angeles and purchased their first home. He worked for Chevron Oil in the bookkeeping department and took business and accounting classes at night. After a number of years with an insurance company he found his final and most satisfying career with the Internal Revenue Service. He finished his career with the Service reviewing corporate audits and retired in 1974. A new life began for himself and Dorothy using their free time to travel the world and take driving trips throughout the western states. This lead them to the Seattle area and to Bainbridge Island, where they purchased the condominium in 1979. They adjusted quickly to the Island life and made many friends. Dorothy passed in 2001, and while that loss was profound, Clifford managed to live independent until the last nine months of his life and continued to enjoy his many friends and even made a number of new ones.
Clifford was a member of the Wing Point Golf and Country Club and a frequent participant in various coffee groups in the Town. He will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his only Son, Cliff and his wife Mia Pearson of Sonoma, grandsons Christopher of Memphis Tennessee and Jonathan of Sonoma and a great-granddaughter of North Carolina. He will be interred with his wife at Rose Hills in Southern California. A memorial service is planned for later in the year.
Katherine Fendler, passed away on Thursday, July 1, 2010 at her daughter's home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on October 7, 1907 and was 102 years of age. Funeral Services will be held in Spokane, WA under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home. Local arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
Joseph Myers Koch, Jr., passed away on Sunday, June 27, 2010 at the Hospice Care Center in Bremerton, Washington. He was born on June 12, 1918 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was 92 years of age. Joseph was a resident of Bainbridge Island, having lived previously in Montclair, New Jersey and Bellevue, Washington. Joseph was educated in New England schools - The Fessenden School, Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., Harvard College and Harvard Business School , where he received his MBA.
Joseph worked for the Forstmann Woolen Company in New York, as well as Mutual Benefit Life and the Boeing Company. He served his Country during WW 11 in the U.S. Navy, as Lt. Commander on a destroyer in the Pacific.
Joe was passionate about history and poetry. He loved music and gardening and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He is survived by his wife, Alice McMicken Koch of Bainbridge Island, daughters Gretchen Moores-Hooper (John),of Bainbridge Island and Caroline B. Koch of Priest Lake, Idaho. He leaves seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
His parents, Joseph M. and Bertha R. Koch, and his son, Joseph M. Koch 111, preceded Joseph in death.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Friday, July 9, 2010 at 3:00 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 1187 Wyatt Way N.W. on Bainbridge Island. A reception will follow at the family home.. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Hospice of Kitsap County Care Center, 570 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton, WA 98310.
Rosario Ganalon Sidley, "Lela" died on June 22, 2010, at home. Our mother and nana was born October 23, 1926 in San Pedro, California. She was a long-term resident of Bainbridge Island, Washington and a proud 35 year employee of the Washington State Ferries.
Devoted to her family, Lela is survived by her daughter Helen and son Paul, predeceased in death by her son Egmedio, and survived by her children's families. She leaves behind a wonderful, positive legacy for her family. Our family appreciates her love and generosity and admires her resilience. She will be greatly missed. The Lord will give grace and glory to our beloved mother and nana.
Services will be private. Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of Kitsap County.
Mary Ann Sherman, passed away Sunday, June 20, at Martha & Mary Health & Rehab Services in Poulsbo. All her children were at her side during her final days, showering her with the reflections of love she’d so richly bestowed upon them. A Bainbridge Island (Bill Point) resident for over 35 years, she was 88 at the time of her death. She joins her loving husband, LTC (Ret) Robert L. Sherman, who predeceased her in 2006. She is survived by her sisters, Casey Guptil of Minneapolis and Sally (Richard) Martie of Monticello, and by her four children: son and daughter-in-law Robert L. Sherman, Jr. and Leslie Hein (San Jose, CA), daughters Leslie Marie Sherman (San Francisco, CA), and Mary Katherine Sherman (Sonoma, CA), and son and daughter-in-law, Charles B. Sherman and Guylaine Lemieux (Bella Vista, Arkansas). She also leaves several nieces and nephews, along with many dear friends, including Judy Hartstone, her loving and beloved next-door-neighbor for 18 years. Mary Ann was born January 10, 1922, in Monticello, Minnesota to Harry A. and Agnes M. (Conlin) Gahr. She was the oldest of four children (siblings Patty, Casey and Jim). Her mother died when Mary Ann was eight and her father remarried Margaret “Babe” Cassidy, who gave the Gahr clan a new sister, Sally. Mary Ann graduated from high school in 1940 and received her R.N. license in June 1943, following graduation from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Minneapolis. She loved the pediatric unit, but also became one of the few young RN’s assigned the most dire cases, ensuring that those moving on would be attended to by a beautiful earth angel. She married Robert (Bob AKA “Papa Bear”) on October 30, 1944 in Minneapolis. He was love struck by the beauty and elegance of the young R.N. he met while visiting a girlfriend in the hospital. Mary Ann teased him by calling him her “Prussian Prince” when she saw the dashing Captain in full dress uniform.
A consummate homemaker, she was well ahead of the times by managing both a busy household and a return to nursing part-time when her children were older, but family always came first.
Mary Ann and Bob moved from Marin County, California, to Bainbridge Island in March 1975, when Bob left San Francisco for a new position with Family Life in Seattle. Mary Ann quickly immersed herself in various volunteer activities, most notably working at the Bargain Boutique in support of the Children’s Orthopedic Hospital of Seattle for many years, as well as volunteering with Helpline House, with an emphasis on supporting women and their children fleeing abusive relationships. She made many great and lasting friendships through her volunteer work and also enjoyed the friendship, love, and support of her great neighbors on Bill Point Crest. After Bob’s death in 2006, she became weaker and required increasingly more care to enable her to remain in her home with her beautiful trees. Following a stroke in May 2009, her care needs became full-time, but she was able to remain in her home with her trees until mid-April. The family thanks her wonderful team of care-givers of many years (Candi, Gail, Judi, Pei, Rheycel & Sandra), who became her and her daughters’ good friends. The family also thanks the incredible staff at Martha & Mary for the outstanding care and support they provided during Mary Ann’s last weeks.
Mary Ann loved all of her children completely and yet each one individually. We used to refer to this as her “fierce mother wolf love,” i.e., nobody better mess with her kids! All four of her kids were at her bedside during her last week. The sight of the four of her children together at her bedside brought forth a strong emotional reaction when speech had left her. She tracked us with her eyes that were filled with mother love. While at Martha and Mary, she was also visited by old friends and all of her dearly loved caregivers.
She will be remembered as a truly elegant, beautiful, intelligent, compassionate and witty woman—and a fierce Democrat! Mary Ann fiercely defended people she felt were wrongly persecuted or unfairly treated and even at 88, she would engage her children, friends, relatives and caregivers in conversations/ heated debates re: political and human rights issues. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends, but we will hold her in our hearts forever. At her request, a private family service will be held in California. A celebration of her life will be held in Bainbridge at a future date (TBA- late summer or early fall) for family and friends. Remembrances may be made to the Bargain Boutique (Children’s Orthopedic Hospital), Helpline House, or a charity of the giver’s choice. Cremation by Cook Family Funeral Home.
Heinz Walter Billing, a long time Bainbridge Island resident, passed away peacefully on June 20, 2010 at the age of 86.
Walt was born on July 18, 1923 in Gaumnitz, Germany to Walter Max Billing and Frieda Martha Knauth. He immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island in 1926 at the age of 3. He was a graduate of Queen Anne School, Seattle in 1942 and worked in Seattle as an electrician until his retirement. He enjoyed watching the water from the cabin he built in 1955 on the Sandpit.
Walt was a devoted and loving father and is survived by his three children: Christine (Marv) Campion of Bainbridge Island, Roy (Donna) Billing of Mountlake Terrace, WA and Peggy (Jim) Bennett of Pampa, Texas as well as eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. At his request, there will be no services. Arrangements will be made by Cook Family Funeral Home with interment at Acacia Cemetery in Seattle.
Margaret E. Atrom, passed away on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on October 20, 1920 and was 89 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Margaret E. Astrom, passed away peacefully on June 19, 2010. Born in Seattle, October 20, 1920 to Erick Olaf and Teckla Ada (Quartman) Astrom.
Moved to Aberdeen in 1921. Graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1938 and from Grays Harbor Business College in 1940. While there she worked as a part-time legal stenographer for attorneys Abel, Manley and Akerman. In 1941 she was employed by the Grays Harbor Office of National Bank of Commerce of Seattle where she held various positions in bookkeeping, auditor, and then commercial loan officer at the time of her retirement after 44 years in 1985. She was an 18 year member of Zonta where she served as treasurer. Also, treasurer of Grays Harbor Business and Professional Women's Club and member and treasurer of Aberdeen Pioneers Association. She was also a member of the former Grays Harbor Knife & Fork Club and Dorothy Mann"s birthday club. She was a member of the Mother Church, The First Church of Christ Scientist in Boston and member of The First Church of Christ Scientist in Aberdeen where she served as organist for 39 years.
She enjoyed working in her garden, reading, difficult cross-word puzzles, and knitting. Margaret was very fond of cats and adopted many strays. Remembrances are suggested to PAWS of Grays Harbor, Aberdeen. (*Dictated to me, L. Quartman Younker, by M 2005.) Granddaughter of Swedish immigrants who pioneered Bothell, she carried those strong notions, precise accountability, and wit to her last day. She will be interred with her mother and father at Acacia Cemetery in Bothell, WA. She is survived by numerous cousins in WA, CA, and ID.
Ivan Gregory George, a lifelong resident of Little Boston, lived a life full of laughter, whit and charm. He was famous for his storytelling, sharing stories about his adventures in life and as a soldier in the U.S. Army in WWII. He loved spending time with his family, watching baseball games and spending time with his nephews teaching them to hunt and fish. Ivan loved spending time at the beach and going for rides in the car.
Ivan was born on December 13, 1921 to William and Ellen (Sigo) George as their ninth of ten children, all of whom preceded him in death (Clara Jones, Emore George, Claude George, Sr., William George, Ralph George, Cyrene Sullivan, Juanita Purser, Jewell Makris, and LouLou Johnson). At the age of 88 Ivan achieved the status of being the oldest living Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribal member. Although he was quite the charmer, Ivan was never married or had any biological children. He was “Uncle Ivar” to literally hundreds of nieces and nephews in the Sullivan, George, Jones, and Ives families.
Ivan grew up a hard worker on his family farm in Little Boston in charge of milking their cows. After high school he worked at the local CC Camp. He spent many years working as a long shore-man before being drafted into the Army in 1942. One of the most notworthy accomplishments was storming Omaha Beach in France. He returned home in 1945 after completing his service. He finished his working career at the Pope & Talbot Sawmill.
Ivan was a man who was proud of his family. He valued education and loved to laugh, sing and dance. He loved the Mariners, hot fires and sitting in his easy chair. He enjoyed visiting with many friends and family members in his home where he passed away peacefully on June 18, 2010.
A viewing will begin at 12 Noon with Funeral services at 1:00 PM on Friday, June 25 at the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribal Gymnasium. Memorials may be made to the Port Gamble S'Klallam Foundation Veterans Fund or Hospice of Kitsap County.
David Fanning, the 48 year-old CEO of Seattle-based Theraclone Sciences, died suddenly Monday, June 14, 2010, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Fanning collapsed while walking to work to take a ferry from his home on Bainbridge Island to his office in Seattle.
Mr. Fanning was born in Boston to Irish physician parents and raised in southern Maine. He attended high school at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., where he was a nationally ranked middle distance runner, and graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. in English literature. Upon graduation from Harvard, Mr. Fanning moved to Tokyo to teach English to executives of the Nippon Kokan K.K. steel company before joining the Tokyo and later, Cambridge offices of The MAC Group/Gemini Consulting (currently, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young) as a consultant. He then received his SM in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Over the next 20 years he held senior positions in pharmaceutical and corporate management in both Seattle and elsewhere; including CoPharma, Inc. of Hopkinton, MA. and Cytotherapeutics, Inc (currently Stem Cells, Inc) in Boston. He was most recently President and CEO of Theraclone Sciences in Seattle. Prior to Theraclone, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Seattle-based Corixa Corporation.
From an early age, Mr. Fanning demonstrated a remarkable curiosity about other cultures and the people around him. As a youth growing up in Maine he prevailed upon his parents to allow him to spend summers attending a “Gaeltacht”, or Irish-speaking summer camp in the Aran Islands off the West coast of Ireland so that he could master Gaelic, a language both his parents had learned while in school in Ireland. His love of Ireland was one of his defining characteristics, and while in college he spent his summers reporting and writing the Ireland portion of the Let’s Go travel guides published by the Harvard Student Agencies Inc. His college thesis on the Irish writer Sean O’Faolain included research from an interview Mr. Fanning conducted himself with Mr. O’Faolain, and was read by the Irish poet Seamus Heaney.
He approached his seven years in Tokyo with the same enthusiasm as he did his immersion in his own Irish culture, and was notable for the unusual fluency of his Japanese.
He was known among his friends and colleagues alike for his warm manner, excitement about new ideas and skill in storytelling. He is survived by his beloved wife, Katie and adored daughter Caroline, his parents Joseph and Constance Fanning, a brother John, two sisters Fiona and Deirdre Fanning Quesada, and his three nephews and one niece.
A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held at 1:30pm on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at the Grace Episcopal Church on Bainbridge Island.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to support Mr. Fanning’s passion for finding a cure for Type I Diabetes. Arrangements by Cook Family Funeral Home.
Leif K. Pederson, (born Chicago, IL September 18, 1957 – died Seattle, WA June 12, 2010), dearly beloved son, brother, husband, father, uncle and member of both local and global communities. Leif passed away peacefully at Harborview Hospital after suffering sudden, unexpected complications from a previous surgery.
Leif attended the University of Illinois (Bachelor’s degree Computer Engineering, 1979) and the University of California-Berkeley (Master’s degree Electrical Engineering, 1981). Highlights of Leif’s professional life include 6 years at AT&T in Boulder, Colorado and 15 years as a high level manager at Microsoft. He has two US patents in his name. Since retiring from Microsoft in 2003, Leif contributed to many global humanitarian causes, and was a founding member of Ghana Together, a non-profit organization that built an orphanage in Axim, Ghana and which helps the local community with educational and social needs.
Leif was an avid photographer, drummer, boater, music aficionado and radio enthusiast, and an aspiring physicist. He loved to travel, living in Sweden for a year and visiting dozens of other countries. He made lasting friendships all over the world.
Leif is survived by his wife Sue Pederson and stepchildren Anna and Kevin Kaminski of Bainbridge Island, WA; two daughters, Kristin Pederson currently living in South Korea and Kelly Pederson of Woodinville, WA; father, Earl K. Pederson of Batavia, IL; brother Glenn E. and Mrs. Barbara J. Pederson and nephew Eric D. Pederson all of Sussex, WI. Donations in Leif’s name may be sent to Ghana Together, 808 Addison Place, Mt. Vernon, WA 98273 (GhanaTogether.org).
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Friday, June 18, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Seabold United Methodist Church on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Hilda Parsons, passed away on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at the Hospice of Kitsap County Care Center in Bremerton, Washington. She was born on March 16, 1918 in Greenwood, Arkansas to her parents Joseph and Martha Williams. She was 92 years of age.
Marie was married August 1, 1943 to Sgt. Joseph B. Parsons who preceded her in death in 1973. She was a homemaker who raised her family in Ventura County, California.
Marie is survived by her sister, Lucille Johnson Barnes of Kansas City, MO; her cousin, Mary Rice of Tourney, MO; her three children, James Parsons of Ventura, CA, Donna Coon of Rainier, OR and JoAnn Parsons of Washington State. She also leaves behind her six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Marie was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Wayne Williams.
Graveside services will be private. Interment will take place at Ivy Lawn Memorial Park in Ventura, California.
Richard Edward Tenney, our dad, was born in Spokane on September 13, 1921. He passed away suddenly June 7, at his home on Bainbridge Island, possibly of heart failure. Nearly 89 years old, he was independent, active and clear-minded; he’d shopped for groceries June 4, and made his own breakfast the morning of June 7.
Richard (“Dick”) grew up in Spokane (Franklin Elementary), Seattle (Queen Anne High), and Yakima (Yakima High, Yakima Valley Junior College), excelling in both academics and athletics. He loved many sports, though basketball may have been his favorite. He played center on the championship 1941Yakima Valley Junior College basketball team, which was later inducted into the college’s Hall of Fame. After retirement, much to his delight, Richard played on the Walnut Creek Senior Softball team (Creekers), and then on the Bainbridge Island Senior Softball team, where he was still one of their main pitchers at the age of 86. He had a phenomenal memory for sports history and statistics.
Richard also had a keen understanding of and remarkable memory for history, geography, politics, economics, and science and was, throughout his life, an avid reader in each of those disciplines. He was devoted to the ideal of individual liberty and supported organizations such as the Mises Institute, the Institute for Justice, and the Heritage Foundation. On his desk he kept copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Federalist Papers.
In 1941, Richard was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy. His class of ’45 was accelerated because of World War II. From August 1944 to October 1945 Richard served in the South Pacific as a gunnery officer aboard the heavy cruiser U.S.S. Chester, and was involved in action at Iwo Jima and other places.
In November 1946, Richard married Elizabeth Mackintosh in Yakima. They were married 55 years until her death in 2002. They lived in Schenectady, New York, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where Richard worked as an electrical engineer for General Electric, and then in Spokane, Washington and Walnut Creek, California, where he worked for Kaiser Aluminum as an industrial engineer. Richard and Betty retired to Bainbridge Island in 1996.
Richard was also pre-deceased by his parents, Ida and Robert Tenney, and his brother, Robert Tenney, all of Yakima. He is survived by his three children, a daughter-in-law, five grandchildren, one great-grandchild, a sister-in-law and her family.
Arrangements are through Cook Family Funeral Home of Bainbridge Island. A private memorial will be held at Mt. Rainier. In December the family will hold a service at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent. Dad would appreciate memorial donations to the Salvation Army.
Myrtle Benett Houston, passed away on Thursday, June 3, 2010 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on March 18, 1918 in Falls, Texas. She was 92 years of age. Graveside Services are pending. Interment will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in Renton, Washington. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
James Driscoll, "Jim" passed away on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at The Harbor House in Poulsbo, Washington. He was born on March 25, 1918 and was 92 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
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