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Doris Hartung Clarke, age 89 of Bainbridge Island, WA, passed away on Monday, April 30, 2012. She was born to the late John Henry Hartung and Ethel Fogwell Hartung in Baltimore, MD on September 29, 1922.

Family and friends were Doris’ passion and delight. Doris grew up in Baltimore and Aberdeen, MD with her five older brothers and many life long friends. Doris married Stuart H. Clarke in 1945 and they had two children, Stuart H. Clarke, Jr. and Deborah Clarke Belichick. Stuart married Barbara Klingberg in 1986 and provided Doris two grandchildren, Sarah and Anna to love. Debby married Bill Belichick in 1977 and provided Doris three grandchildren, Amanda, Stephen and Brian to love.

Doris and Stuart lived and traveled throughout the United States raising their family, making a living and having fun. They lived in Connecticut, Maryland, Alabama and Texas and traveled to 32 other states to visit friends and relatives. Doris always considered Annapolis, MD home and she lived there for 35 years before moving to Bainbridge Island, WA to be near her son Stuart. Doris’ family are following her tradition of seeing the world as we all live in different parts of the United states and have vacationed around the world visiting Japan, Brazil, Africa and Europe.

The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for Doris during her last illness. Doris liked to end her visits with family and friends by saying “I love you”. Doris, we all love you too. And we will miss you.

Doris requested a private funeral and burial. The service and burial will be held on Nantucket Island, MA later this year. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.

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Harold W Gompf, passed away on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on November 15, 1932 and was 79 years of age. Arrangements are entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Frances A. Narte, passed away on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at Martha and Mary Health Care Services in Poulsbo, Washington. She was born on February 2, 1933 and was 79 years of age.

Frances loved to play bingo and solitaire, also enjoyed fishing, canning fruits, telling stories, painting and knitting. She is survived by her children: Adeline Parker, Jamie Narte, Debbie Smith, Phillip Narte, Tony Narte, Mario Narte, Catalina Renteria, Dante Narte and Moreno Peralta. There are 24 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind her sisters Wilifreida Paul and Margaret Hinksman and many nieces and nephews. Frances was preceded in death by her husband Jamie P. Narte and siblings Leonard Gladstone and Elieen Bello.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation and Recitation of the Rosary on Thursday, May 3, 2012 from 3:30-8:00 PM at Frances' home on Miller Road on Bainbridge Island. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM at St. Cecilia Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island. A visitation will precede the service at the church. Interment will take place at Island Center Cemetery and a reception will then follow. Memorial donations can be made to the Bainbridge Island Fire Department. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.

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Ruthe Elois Whitsell, passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on August 5, 1917 and she was 94 years of age. Arrangements are entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Charles Edward Scheibner, 
89 years old. Born on August 16,1922 in Wilbur Washington, graduated from this life to the next on April 23,2012.

He is survived by his wife, Jessie Scheibner of Little Boston Washington, his three sons Ron, Edward and Joseph Scheibner, his two daughters Anna and Joan Scheibner in Little Boston Washington, as well as his sister Barbie Scheibner of Spokane Washington. Charles has 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

He spent many years in the United States Navy who is a WWII Veteran. He was a great man of God who traveled through the Southern States as well as Mexico to preach the word of God.

Please join the family in the graduation of this life to the next on Saturday April 28th at the Port Gamble S'klallam Community Center at 1:00 pm with a reception to follow.

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Barbara Louise Richardson, passed away on April 22, 2012, in Poulsbo. Her daughters were by her side. She was 91 years of age. Barbara Louise Smith was born in Tacoma on New Year’s Eve, 1920.

(April 2013: Barbara’s family takes this opportunity to remember, honor and celebrate her life. This is the first anniversary of her passing.)

Barbara lived most of her 91 years in the Pacific Northwest, proud of her Norwegian heritage. Her great-grandparents settled in Seattle from Norway in the 1860’s. During WWII she met and married Fred Richardson while they were both attending the University of Washington. They were married for 63 years. Fred passed away in 2007.

During WWII, Barbara made her contribution to the war effort by excelling in a job traditionally held by men, “draftsman”, for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where she worked in mapmaking. Way to go, Mom! You are our own Rosie the Riveter!

Like many women, following the war she returned to working in the home and, with Fred, raised her family. Later she went back to school and earned a degree in accounting. She used her accounting degree to work in customer service for the IRS, retiring in time to spend her golden years traveling, studying tai chi, and playing with her grandchildren.

Barbara is survived by her three daughters, Sally, Ruth and Maggie, and by Maggie’s husband, Rodney Hitchcock. Barbara has four granddaughters, Kira, Keely, Caitlin and Meara, as well as four grandsons, Oak, Reed, Jeremy and Sean.

On her birthday this last New Year’s Eve, her family gathered on an island she loved to visit. For three days we celebrated Barbara’s life with stories, art projects, songs, feasts, and toasts to her life--and a polar bear plunge! We remember your sense of humor, Mom, your swims in the Sound, your stories and your love for your family. Circling forefinger to thumb, you would hold up your hand and tell us everything would work out A-OK! And it always did. We love you.

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Kathleen Anne Reid, 
loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, went to be with her Heavenly Father on April 20, 2012. She passed away from complications following surgery at the UW Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.

Kathie was born September 20, 1944 to Dorothy and Wayne Forcum in Everett, Washington. While being raised from childhood to becoming a young woman, she attended Everett schools.

She met her husband, Bob Reid, on April 7, 1963 and they were married on June 21, 1963. Kathie made her home in East Bremerton (5 yrs), Kingston (29 Yrs) and Poulsbo (14+ yrs). Her primary activities while raising her children were Camp Fire Girls, Cub Scouts and North Kitsap Little League. She also enjoyed gardening, relaxing and reading a good book, maintaining her bird watching catalog, ceramics classes, going shopping, trips to Reno and preparing for and participating in special occasions and holiday celebrations. While residing in her various homes, she established many life-long & cherished friends.

Kathie was preceded in death by her father, Wayne Forcum, mother Dorothy Joyce, step father Lorne Joyce and her brother Kevin Forcum. She is survived by her husband Bob Reid, daughter Traci (Mike) Brown, sons Bob Reid and Joey Reid, brothers Pat Forcum and Tim Forcum, nieces April Jeffries and Mackenzie Buchholz, nephews John Nickerson and Reilly Buchholz, grandsons Jesse Reid, Eiljah Fhy and Joey Robert Reid, grand-daughters Jaymie Reid, Rachel Brown and Grace Reid, and great-granddaughter Rylee Reid.

Arrangements for Kathie have been entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home on Bainbridge Island. Her online guest book can be seen, comments made and signed at www.cookfamilyfuneralhome.com.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday May 5, 2012 at 1PM. It will be held at the Charleston Baptist Church, 1302 N. Lafayette Ave, in Bremerton, with a reception will follow. Any donations in her name may be made to the Central Kitsap Food Bank or the Cancer Society.




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Shirley Iona Brookland, passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at the Madison Avenue Retirement Center on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on January 4, 1937. She was 75 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Richard  LaRoche, passed away on Monday, April 16, 2012 at the Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on March 9, 1920 and was 91 years of age. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Marian  Rhoades, passed away on Monday, April 16, 2012 at the Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She as born on June 23, 1921. She was 90 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Margaret Cecilia Randish (Waham), was born February 3rd 1927 and passed on April 16th 2012.

She was one of Bellevue’s founding families living on the family farm on 116th Ave. She was the last child born to parents George and Rose Waham, who raised chickens and produce and sold it the Seattle Public Market weekly, taking the Mosquito Fleet from Medina dock to Seattle.

Her parents immigrated to Bellevue from Lebanon after their first- born daughter Elizabeth arrived. There they raised eight daughters and one son. Margaret was the only identical twin with her sister Marion (pictured on the right). She and her many sisters helped with the family farm.

Margaret went to school in Bellevue from elementary through high school. After graduation Margaret worked in various retail jobs. She enjoyed interacting with people. She worked with cousins in a record store for Decca Records, and then worked for a local jeweler in Bellevue, where she would meet her future husband, Matthew J. Randish.

Margaret and Matt married in June of 1949 in Bellevue at the original Sacred Heart Church. They raised a family in Bellevue, first daughter Joan, and then son Matthew. There were always many family functions with plenty of sisters and brothers and many cousins, wives and husbands all enjoying the food and family time together. Most of the immediate family lived in close proximity to each other where annual family reunions would be celebrated.

Margaret enjoyed being a homemaker and a mother. She was an avid gardener and loved growing her vegetables and using them to make her wonderful Lebanese recipes. She also loved flowers and always had the most wonderful and meticulous gardens around her home.

In 1983 soon after the arrival of their first- born grandchildren, Jennifer then Christopher, to their son Matthew and wife Marie, Margaret and Matt decided to move to Bainbridge Island to be near them. They had a lovely home and garden on Yeomalt Point where Margaret could enjoy time with her grandchildren and continue with her gardening. Margaret made many friends on Bainbridge, enjoyed taking long walks in her neighborhood and getting to know them. Margaret was very close to her grandkids, which was the highlight of her life.

Margaret and Matt in later years returned back to the Eastside in Kirkland in 2000. There they downsized to a condo, which was also close to their daughter Joan. There they stayed until Matt Sr’s passing in 2004. Margaret later moved back to Bainbridge Island to be near her son and daughter in law.
Margaret always had a smile and generous heart to her friends and family, and will be greatly missed by them.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend a rosary at 9am followed by a memorial mass this Saturday at St Cecilia's Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island at 10 AM. Reception to follow. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 10:30 AM at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Bellevue, WA. Please sign the online quest book for the family.

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John Paul Sulonen, died at home on April 15, two days after celebrating his 77th birthday. Earlier that morning, he was reported to have been in fine spirits, having attended church where he sang in choir and received his annual birthday blessing.

He was born in Nashwauk, Minnesota, to Charles and Anne Midgley Sulonen. He had one brother, Richard, who preceded him in death. When John Paul was five, the family moved to Bremerton, where he attended school and eventually graduated from Silverdale High. He maintained contact with several high school friends and attended numerous high school reunions over the years.

After completing a four year tour of duty in the Navy and being honorably discharged, John Paul returned to Bremerton and enrolled at Olympic College. A talented musician who played the bass and guitar, John Paul often spoke fondly of the time he spent with "The Jolly Boys" Dance Band from the college while a student there. Among his acquaintances was Wendal Jones, who was then the college’s Director of Music. It was Wendal who introduced John Paul to his younger sister, Sally Jones, a music teacher in the Bremerton Public Schools.

After finishing an Associate degree at Olympic College, John Paul married Sally in 1959. He then attended the University of Washington, continuing at night school and eventually graduating. In the meantime, he and Sally had two sons, Kevin and Erik. John Paul was a proud, dedicated, and loving father, and he and Sally shared their love of music with their sons. Kevin and Erik remember their parents frequently playing together in a jazz duet in area restaurants and at special events.
John Paul thoroughly enjoyed all types of music, but particularly West Coast Cool Jazz. He sought out opportunities to see groups such as The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Zoot Simms, and Gerry Mulligan, and had an extensive collection of classic jazz LPs.
His work life was diverse. He was employed for 12 years at the UW Applied Physics Lab, then for three more years at the University Hospital, where he worked on a medical research team. From there, he worked for another 12 years at Honeywell before retiring. After retirement, John Paul enjoyed working in the area as a handyman. He was employed for a time at his favorite hangout and second home, the old Winslow hardware store.

A longtime Kitsap County resident, John Paul attracted many friends through his warmth, kindness, and spirit. Over the years, he was frequently seen walking around town, both Winslow and Poulsbo, often with his dogs Moppet, Tippy, Gunnar, and Buddy. John Paul loved meeting people and chatting with new friends and old alike. He had a wonderful sense of humor.

In his later years, John Paul renewed a longtime interest by earning a ham radio operator’s license. He joined the Puget Sound Repeater group and often added his voice to those of the other local hams, who he fondly referred to as the “old guys,” for the 9:00 p.m. daily check-in.
John Paul also became a grandfather, and was very proud of his grandchildren Rachel, Leah, Simon, and Ezekiel.

John Paul is survived by wife Sally; son Kevin Sulonen and daughter-in-law Jennifer Crowder; son Erik Sulonen and daughter-in-law Deanna Karnes Sulonen; and grandchildren Rachel, Leah, Simon, and Ezekiel.

The family invites you to join them for a celebration of John Paul’s life at a service Saturday, April 28, at 10 a.m., at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. A reception will follow.

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Warren Buz Bell, 78, of Bainbridge Island passed away on April 15, 2012 at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton due to complications of advanced Parkinson’s disease.

Warren was born on February 8, 1934 in Seattle and was the son of Dr. Warren W. and Geraldine Bell. He served in the United States Marine Corps. Warren began his career in commercial banking in Fairbanks, Alaska later serving as President of the Bank of Kent in Washington. He then spent 30 years as a Principal with the Seattle investment firm of Badgley, Phelps and Bell, Inc, retiring in 1999. Warren served on many community and business boards, including several years as a trustee of the Frye Art Museum and as a Director of the Crystal Mountain Founder’s Club.

Warren met his wife, Carol, in Fairbanks, Alaska where they resided with their two daughters until 1964. Warren is survived by his wife of 52 years, Carol, daughters Shannon (Hayden) Thomas of Portland and Beth (Brian) Kerr of Des Moines and three grandchildren, Claire, Lauren and Brendan Thomas. Other survivors include his sister, Virginia Brones of Seattle, nephews Mitchell and Warren Brones, and numerous extended family.

At his request, there will be no formal service. Memorials may be made to Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers of Bainbridge Island, PO Box 11253, Bainbridge Island WA 98110 or to the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation, 400 Mercer Street, Suite 504, Seattle WA 98109.

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Gerald Wayne Whitehead, (Ogema Kkezo), passed away on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on November 25, 1950 in Seattle, Washington. He was 61 years of age.

Jerry graduated from Nathan Hale High School and attended Edmonds Community College. He worked as a Journeyman Carpenter for several years alongside his father and brother in their construction firm, building homes and later restaurants (remodeling). He was the facilities director for Azteca Restaurants and most recently he worked with Smith and Greene in restaurant equipment sales. He was well known and loved throughout the industry. Jerry loved his tools and was always building both creative and practical items - one of which was an Aztec Monument displayed in the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. He enjoyed golf and cherished his time on the course with his golf buddies. He also loved to cook and was dedicated to all things BBQ.

Jerry was deeply connected to his Native American roots, and was a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation-People of the Place of the Fire. He loved drumming, beading and craftwork. He was best known for his big heart, graceful spirit, sense of humor and positive attitude.

He is survived by his wife Judy Whitehead of Bainbridge Island, children: Briana Whitehead of Bainbridge Island and Julie Kuehn (Rich) of Edmonds, WA. He also leaves behind his granddaughters: Haylie and Natalie Kuehn of Edmonds, WA, also his sister Susan Vander Hoek (John) of Indianola, WA and her sons Peter and David. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents: Alpheus and Hilma Whitehead and his brother Gary Whitehead.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Celebration of Life Service on Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 3:00 PM at the Suquamish Community House (The House of Awakened Culture) in Squamish, WA.

Memorial contributions can be made to: Citizen Potawatomi Nation Scholarship Fund (for CPN members to receive undergraduate and graduate assistance) and sent to: Greg Quinan Citizen Potawatomi Nation / 1601 S Gordon Cooper Dr / Shawnee, OK 74801 or to Demand Cures Today - The Gateway for Cancer Research: http://www.demandcurestoday.org/

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Rocklyn B. Wellman, (Rocky) passed away on April 13, 2012. He was a member of the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe and resided in Little Boston, Washington. He was a graduate of North Kitsap High School class of 1978.

He was a loving and caring son, brother, father, grandfather and friend to all. Rocky loved his baseball, the beach, fishing, music, and "The Price is Right."

He was preceded in death by his father Terry Wellman. He is survived by his mother, Loral Wellman; Brothers, Rudy and Randy Wellman, Duane (Jamie)Aikman; Sisters, Teresa Wellman-George, Penny (Richard) DeCoteau, Victoria Purser, Candace (John) Aguayo; Sons, Rocklyn Wellman Jr, Ryan Wellman, Jeffery Klatush (stepson), Daughters, Raquel Wellman, Roxanne Wellman, Shawna Jones, Tracy Bastian (stepdaughter); and numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

The Family will be having a Taco Fundraiser on Thursday April 19th from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the little Boston Tribal Center to help with funeral expenses.

Funeral Services will be held at Little Boston Tribal Center on Saturday April 21st, at 1 p.m. Donations can be made to Kitsap Bank in care of Randy Wellman.

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Dirk Floyd Drew, passed away on Friday, April 13, 2012 at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. He was born on July 13, 1954. He was 57 years of age.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 5-7:30 PM, followed by the Vigil Service at 7:30 PM at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Poulsbo, Washington. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, April 20th at 11:00 AM also at the church. A reception at the church will follow and then interment at Kingston Cemetery will conclude the services at 2:00 PM.

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Kathryn B. Clark, passed away on Friday, April 13, 2012 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on February 26, 1923 and was 89 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.








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Gisele  Maheu, passed away on Monday, April 9, 2012 at her home in Poulsbo, Washington. She was born on November 28, 1936 and was 76 years of age.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Recitation of the Rosary on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Poulsbo, Washington. A reception will follow at the church hall.

More obituary information will be posted. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Carolyn June Pearl, Longtime Bainbridge Island resident, died on March 31 after a yearlong illness. Loving family members were by her side.

Carolyn was born in Seattle in 1936 to Virginia and Irvin Baltzer. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and Spokane. Many of her teenage years were spent helping her family build a 50’ sailboat, the “Blue Jacket,” and at 17, Carolyn sailed aboard the “Blue Jacket” in the 1953 Transpacific Yacht Race. Carolyn met her husband, Richard Pearl, through sailing, and they were married in 1955. They raised two daughters, Amy and Sarah, in the Bay Area, and moved to Bainbridge Island in 1991.

A talented artist and designer, Carolyn’s sense of style enhanced everything she did. She cherished her relationships with her family and friends and will be remembered for her sweet, kindhearted nature.

Carolyn is survived by her daughters, Amy Pearl (Kurt Alameda) of Portland and Sarah Pearl (Barry Sacks) of Bainbridge Island, grandchildren, Megan Alameda (Burke Smejkal) of Baker City, Oregon, Taylor Alameda of Portland, Elliot and Caroline (Carly) Pearl-Sacks of Bainbridge Island, and great-grandson, Calder Smejkal-Alameda of Baker City. Her husband, Richard Pearl, and her grandson, Ian Pearl-Sacks, preceded her in death. Carolyn will be buried at the family plot at the Port Blakely Cemetery.

A memorial service for family and friends will take place in June, and anyone who loved Carolyn or her family will be welcome.

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Paul William Oden, passed away on Friday, March 30, 2012 at Bailey Manor Family Home, on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on February 28, 1948 in Vermillion, South Dakota. He was 64 years of age.

He attended Dartmouth College, The University of Boulder and New York University. He spoke five languages. Paul worked as a lawyer specializing in tax, wills and probate law. He was past president of the Wing Point Country Club on Bainbridge Island and the Seattle Chamber of Commerce President's Club, he was also the Centennial President of the Rotary Club of Emerald City. Paul loved golf, his family and taking pictures of his family as they grew up. He was a former Peace Corp Volunteer on Yap Island in Micronesia (1970). He returned there after law school to help write the Federated States of Micronesia's Constitution.

He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, clients and all who knew him as an intelligent, kind and consistent advocate of hard work. In his witty and reserved way, he guided his family and friends professionally and intimately with knowledge and strength. He is survived by his wife Carolyn Colvin of Bainbridge Island, children; Laura Oden of Seattle, Peter Oden of San Francisco, CA, father Robert Oden of Peoria, Arizona, sister Jane Stull of Bloomington, Minnesota and brother Robert Oden Jr., of Hanover, New Hampshire. Paul also leaves behind three nieces and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother Margaret Ardelle Armstrong Oden.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 from 4-7 PM at Cook Family Funeral Home, 163 Wyatt Way NE on Bainbridge. The scattering of ashes will take place on the 4:45 am Bainbridge ferry. The Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church also on Bainbridge Island. Memorial contributions can be made to the Rotary Club of Emerald City Foundation PO Box 21943 Seattle, WA 98111. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.

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Robert  Golding, passed away on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. He was born on April 10, 1927 and he was 84 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Virginia Rose Morgan, was born September 28, 1920 in Elmira, New York to Dora and Grant Robyler.

She graduated from Troy High School in 1937 and attended nursing school nearby. She moved to Canton, Ohio and worked briefly at Timken Roller Bearing where she met Lawrence (Pete) Morgan. They both joined the U.S. Navy and were married April 12, 1945, while on leave in Boston. The couple lived in Ohio, South Carolina, and California, before moving to Bainbridge Island in 1965. They had six children.
Virginia joined the Bainbridge First Baptist Church in 1966, where she was the pianist for more than 30 years. For a few years, she was playground attendant at Captain Wilkes Elementary School and worked the front desk at the Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce. She was an active member of the Bainbridge Island Senior Center since 1986.

She is survived by five of her children; William (Bill) Morgan currently of the Philippines, Lawrence (Larry) Morgan of Port Orchard, Kathy (Kathleen) Morgan of Seattle, Brenda Levengood of Poulsbo, Patricia (Patty) Heidemann of Bethesda, MD, 11 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete Morgan, who passed in 1988 and an infant son, Phillip, who passed in 1960.
A wonderful Christian lady, Virginia loved the Lord Jesus and her family, which included her church family and her family at the senior center. She loved to feed the chickens at the nearby co-op, she loved to take walks, she loved going to the beach to pick up rocks, she loved the sun on her face and she loved to watch baseball on television. Virginia also loved music and playing the piano. She liked to visit the Bainbridge Convalescent Center and play the piano for the residents. A gentle, sweet person, with great strength, Virginia will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She took great, loving care of her family and we thank God that she was a part of our lives.

In Virginia's memory, you can make donations to the Bainbridge First Baptist Church, the Bainbridge Island Senior Center, or send flowers for her service. Please do what you feel moved to do in her memory.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 1:00 PM at The First Baptist Church of Bainbridge Island. A reception will follow at the church. Private interment will take place at Kane Cemetery on the Island.

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Rachel Chouinard Hopkins, died peacefully at Fir Acres Home, Bainbridge Island, on March 27. She was 84. Born January 12, 1928, in Lisbon, Maine, of French-Canadian descent, Rachel over the course of her life worked as a secretary at Walt Disney Studios, ran the first group foster home for teenage girls in San Mateo County, California, and volunteered as a docent at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum.

She was married for 30 years to the late David M. Hopkins, a geologist and authority on the Bering Land Bridge. She is survived by three sons, Vincent Stanley of Santa Barbara, Calif., Christopher Stanley of Bainbridge Island, and Gregory Stanley of Vacaville, Calif.; two stepdaughters, Dana Hopkins of San Francisco, Calif., and Chindi Peavey of San Leandro, Calif. eight grandchildren, a great-grandson, her sister Doris Blackey of Chatsworth, Calif., and her brother Yvon Chouinard of Ventura, Calif. Arrangements by Cook Family Funeral Home.


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Juan  Ruiz, passed away on Monday, March 26, 2012 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on December 8, 1929 in Iquitos, Peru to his parents Manuel Ruiz and Rosamira Reategui Ruiz. He was 82 years of age.

Juan served in the Peruvian Air force as a waren officer and retired after 25 years of service. He played tennis for the Peruvian Tennis Federacion from 1950-1960. He belonged to the Lawn Tennis of the Exposicion in Lima where he ranked #2 in the National Tennis Championship in 1960 in singles and doubles. He was a workaholic, loving father and devoted to his family. He loved soccer but his passion was tennis. He started playing tennis when he was 8 years old and only stopped four years ago when his legs started to bother him. He lived in Miami Florida for many years and played tennis all year round. He gave tennis lessons. In 1972 he took a course to be a tennis coach in Washington D.C. where he met Arthur Ash. He enjoyed watching sports on TV and action movies.

He loved gathering with friends and family. He missed his wife Aida who preceded him in death. Juan is survived by his sister Rosita Ruiz of Peru, daughter Rossana Muir (Shawn) of Bainbridge Island, granddaughters Sarah and Catherine Muir of Bainbridge and many nieces and nephews in Peru, Venezuela, the United States, Canada and Spain. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Luis Ruiz and his wife.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Mass on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 9:00 AM at St. Cecilia Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island. A reception will follow. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.

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Norma Dean Kuhlman, passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, She was born on August 24, 1922 and was 89 years of age.

Interment will take place at Port Blakely Cemetery on Bainbridge Island. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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