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Vada  Young, passed away on Friday, July 8, 2011 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on September 3, 1920 and was 90 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Carol Whitney Crull, passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2011 in Bellevue, Washington. She was born on August 10, 1915 and was 95 years of age. Carol was the oldest and last surviving member of the Dr. Harry Carroll Whitney family. She was a resident of Seattle and Bainbridge Island, WA. Carol was approaching her 96th birthday.

She tried to remain active until the end of her life. Carol was president of her high school class and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She then graduated from USC where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Carol was of the first class of WAVES to enter Smith College; North Hampton, Mass. for officer's training. She was stationed at the office of port director, NYC where she worked in encryption and decoding. Carol was a member of the Seattle Tennis Club. She was a member of Ryther four and twenty, St. Nicholas Guild as well as the altar guild at Epiphany Church in Seattle where she will come to rest with her husband, Commander Ford Reginald Crull.

She is survived by her daughter Whitney Hines and her husband Richard as well as her grandchildren Greer and Blakely and son Ford. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home on Bainbridge Island.

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Georgia W. Montgomery, passed away on Friday, July 01, 2011 at Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton Washington. She was born on September 09, 1918 and was 92 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Martin B. Harris, passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton Washington. He was born on January 14, 1954 and was 57 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Mark  Perrigo, passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at Hospice of Kitsap County, Bremerton Washington. He was born on February 25, 1942 and was 69 years of age.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Mass on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 11:00 am at St. Cecilia Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island, WA. A reception will follow at the church.

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Ronald David Haskins, was born in a leap year on February 29, 1964 in Limestone, Maine.

He graduated from Mount Ararat High School in Topsham, Maine in 1982. It was during high school that he first cultivated interests in the areas of Fine Arts, the Culinary Arts, Music, and Sports (like Soccer, Track, Lacrosse). After graduating high school Ron joined the Army where he was trained as a military policeman or MP, assigned to the 118th Military Police Company (Airborne) at FT Bragg NC. As an MP he participated from October to December 1983 in Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada, West Indies. Ron later volunteered and was accepted into the Army Special Forces (Green Berets), where he passed the Special Forces Selection Course, and was then accepted and trained for 2 years as a Special Forces Medic—the most demanding and multi-skilled military specialty within Special Forces. He worked in Asia and the Pacific Rim on numerous assignments during his time with the 1st Special Forces Group in FT Lewis, Washington.

After his tenure in Special Forces, Ron left the Army to form his own company that specialized in training law enforcement Special Operations personnel and personal security units in close quarter combat, hostage rescue and hostage recovery operations. He was also an instructor for Department of State for the Anti-Terrorism Assistance program for 3 years, working with foreign law enforcement and special operations personnel in anti-terrorism operations.

Ron held numerous law enforcement and homeland security teaching certifications with both Federal and State agencies, teaching in all aspects of physical and personal security.

After 9-11 Ron became an instructor with the US Air Marshal program, where he was heavily involved in the development of new curriculums for the greatly expanded Air Marshal program. From 2004-2005 he worked for Triple Canopy in Iraq in conjunction with the State Department as a Personal Security Agent for the Coalition Provisional Authority. Upon his return, Ron continued working numerous assignments training law enforcement, security and military personnel throughout the United States.

Ron earned an Associate’s Degree from Pierce College in 1995. His military training and education were extensive, with military diplomas from the Basic Military Police Course, the Airborne Course, the Special Forces Selection Course, Special Forces Medical Course, the Malaysian Jungle Survival Course, the US Army Jungle Survival School, the Special Forces Waterborne Infiltration Course, the Close Air Support Operations Course, and the US Army Jumpmaster School.

His military awards and decorations include the Army service ribbon, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal w/1 oak leaf cluster, the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Special Forces Tab, the Non-Commissioned Offier professional Development Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal w/3 addendums, and the Korean Parachutist Badge.

A special mention must be made of Ron’s background and experience in martial arts. At the age of 12 Ron started Wing Chun Kung Fu Training in Canada, attaining the level of Brown Belt in 1980 at the age of 16. He subsequently trained at a school in Brunswick, Maine with Renshi-Shihan-Kaiden Al S. Gardner in the arts of Shotokan Karate, Chinese Internal Arts, and Ju-Jitsu. Al was a wonderful, warm-hearted person who made a huge impact in Ron's life, for in addition to martial arts, they had similar interests in music, art and philosophy. Ron attained the level of Black Belt with Al in 1981, then from 1982 to 1994 he went to study Shodan Chinese Goju Ryu, under Sifu Vincent J. Atripaldi, attaining the level of second degree Black Belt in 1993. Ron started instructing Military Combatives and civilian self-defense techniques in the mid 1990s, later transforming all his experience with Martial Arts into his own unique martial arts form, and sharing his expertise with thousands of students over the last 16 years. It was during a civilian self-defense lesson that he met his wife Joanna. After their courtship, Joanna and Ron were married at Fay Bainbridge State Park on September 18, 1999.

Ron had a deep interest in and a passion for music. He played the Clarinet as a child and later the Drums as a teenager. In his adult life he began composing music, later discovering the guitar as an instrument he wanted to master; he was well on his way to reaching that goal.

Ron is survived by his wife Joanna, his brother Bruce, his sister Debbie, his mother Nora, and his father Charles.

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Patricia  Haldeman, passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at Martha Mary Care Center, Poulsbo, Washington. She was born on October 18, 1930 and was 81 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Jane Ann Fleetwood, passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at her home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on November 29, 1951 in Maryland. She was 59 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Adele Olga Duprey (Kolesar), died peacefully at her home on Bainbridge Island, Washington, June 21, 2011, in the loving care of her family.

Adele was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on January 21, 1923 Her parents, John Paul Kolesar and Anna Pinka, were both immigrants from what is now the Slovak Republic, and Adele spoke Slovak as well as English in her early years.

During the Depression the family left Allentown to settle near relatives in Yonkers, N.Y., where they made a home on Cook Avenue as the family grew and the children grew up. Adele was the eldest of five children, a role that she embraced throughout her life, caring for and staying in touch with her brothers and sister.

Adele left high school early and went to work with her mother in a local rug factory. In 1943 she volunteered for service in the Navy by joining the WAVES. She always treasured the friendships, skills, and independence that she discovered during that period of her life. It was near the end of her service, at a dance in Bridgeport, Connecticut where the Tommy Dorsey Band was playing, that Adele met her husband, Louis Duprey. They married in September, 1945 in Yonkers, at the church Adele had attended for many years.

Adele excelled as a mother, as she raised three children and sometimes worked two jobs to provide for them. The family moved frequently around the northeast, at one time living in Montreal for four years. Through those changes, including her husband’s early death in 1966, Adele was the mainstay of the family, devoted to her children.

After she retired Adele spent many years in Marshfield, Massachusetts, helping her daughter, Cynthia, to raise three grandchildren. She worked part time at the town library, was active at the Senior Center and her church, and developed many wonderful friendships.

In 1995 Adele moved to Bainbridge Island, WA, to be near her son, Donald, and his family. When her daughter Kathy later moved to the island, Adele was able to be part of all her grandchildren’s lives. She volunteered at the Bainbridge Public Library for several years. Her favorite place to spend time was the Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center, where she made many friends, enjoyed trips, learned tai-chi, marched in the Fourth of July parade, and was a member of the Evergreen Singers.

Adele was an avid and skilled knitter, and outfitted her family many times over with sweaters, scarves, gloves, hats and socks. She baked a famous lemon meringue pie and holiday cookies from recipes passed down to her, which she in turn passed to her grandchildren. She loved to read, to sing, and to travel, and was able in her retirement to visit Alaska, Hawaii, Austria, Hungary, the Slovak Republic and France.

Adele especially loved the times she had with her family. We will all miss her company and her unstinting love. She is survived and celebrated by her children, Don Duprey (and his wife, Rita Belserene), Cynthia Baxter (and her husband Francis Baxter), and Kathy Duprey; her grandchildren – Jeffrey Baxter, Elizabeth Grindle, Kate Bernard, Laurel Rohwer, Bethany Ford, Josh Ford, and Joseph Duprey, and seven great-grandchildren; by her brothers, John Kolesar and Daniel Kolesar (and his wife Lois Kolesar), and her sister, Virginia Moynihan; and by five nieces, seven nephews and their families.

A memorial service will be held at the Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, Friday, July 8, followed by a celebration of her life at the Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center. In remembrance of Adele, her family requests that donations be made to Bainbridge Island Senior Community Center or to Hospice of Kitsap County. Sign the online Guest Book for the family.

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Warren Major Hudgens, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2011 at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Thanks to you, my family and friends, I have had a life full of love and joy. I wouldn’t trade places or times with anyone.

I was born in Grandview, Washington in 1950 to Leland and Mathilda. I was an Eagle Scout, raised pigs and liked school. Moving to Seattle in 1965, I attended Shoreline High School, where I enjoyed debate and drama. I joined the Army in 1970, receiving 18 months of training as a Vietnamese linguist. While in-country, I volunteered for several missions and saw ample evidence of the evils of war.

From 1973 to 1975, you could find me at the University of Washington. Upon graduation, I worked for Arthur Andersen & Company before I began an eight-year involvement with investment banking. In 1982 I was presented with my greatest opportunity, meeting the wondrous Sharon Murphy. Between 1985 and 1991 we had 5 sons. I was fortunate to spend 11 years as an at-home dad. I did laundry, changed diapers, volunteered at school, and coached baseball and soccer.

In 1997, we were sent to Bainbridge Island. In 1999, I returned to work as a senior accountant for King County. The work was stressful but my co-workers made it worthwhile. In 2003 I experienced a change in health and in March 2005 I was diagnosed with melanoma.

In the ensuing years, I received many gifts of love. My wife guided me through a confusing world of hospitals and possible treatments, dedicating her energy to fighting alongside me. I was blessed to have the attention of three deeply caring doctors, Gregory Keyes, Henry Kaplan, and Walter Urba who have been extraordinary over these past few years. Each moment I have been given was a gift and without my wife and these doctors I would have been quickly lost.

Our understanding of our biology is small and, while growing, is largely incomplete. I have enjoyed these days, with a keen appreciation for each moment with my wife and sons. I am confident that my sons will travel further in life than I ever dreamed.

My wife, Sharon, and my children, Michael and his wife Taryn, Nick, Jordan, Ben and Kramer survive me. There are, of course, many other friends and relatives. My Catholic faith provided me a vehicle for expressing all that I believe about God’s earth. As Father Godley said, “It’s in God’s hands.” So it is and will always be.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 11:00 AM at St. Cecilia Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island. Funeral arrangements are in care of Cook Family Funeral Home. Please sign the online the Guest Book for the family.

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Michael Ross Peel, of Bainbridge Island, Washington passed on peacefully at his home in West Port Madison on June 6, 2011, at the age of 76.

Born in Dillon, Montana to Emil and Alberta Peel, he had a colorful childhood in Big Sky Country. He lived in Columbia Falls, Somers, and Whitefish before attending St. Vincent Catholic School for Boys in San Rafael, California. Enlisting in the Army, he served in Seoul, Korea, following the war. On his return to the United States, he met his future wife, Rosalys, in Sacramento where he attended Sacramento State College.

In 1967, he became a Special Agent for the U.S. Treasury/ Bureau of Customs. He initially worked undercover doing drug work on the docks in San Francisco. He was later appointed to the Bureau in Los Angeles. In this position, he served on numerous national and international drug tasks forces. During this time Mike and Rosalys resided in San Pedro, California where they have fond memories of living for 17 years.

The family moved to Seattle in 1986 where, in 1989, Mike concluded his 22 years of service with US Customs as Special Agent in Charge of the Office of Internal Affairs.

Mike was an active member of St Barnabas Church. He was past president of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of Former Customs Special Agents.

In spite of having been diagnosed 10 years ago with Alzheimer’s, Michael lived those years to the fullest. Always with Rosalys by his side, and often joined by family members, he explored Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Hawaii and traveled in their beloved ‘92 Westfalia camper across the U.S. and back. Mike was able to conclude his life’s journey at home thanks to friends and family. He enjoyed watching the passages of his children’s lives and the weekly time with his grand daughter. The constancy of Mike’s good will, courage, and laughter remains a comfort to those who loved him.

Mike is survived by Rosalys, his wife of 45 years, his son Patrick, his daughter Kathleen and granddaughter, Riley.

Family and Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Celebration and Service on July 23, 2011 at 3:30 at St Barnabas Episcopal Church with internment after the service at the church’s Interium. A reception will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St Barnabas Church, 1187 Wyatt Way NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, to the National Custom Museum Foundation (NCMR), 7222 Ludwood Court, Alexandra, VA 22306, or to Hospice of Kitsap County PO Box 3416, Silverdale, WA 98383.

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Morgan Dale Van Aken, passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at The Veteran's Administration Hospital in Seattle, Washington. He was born on April 24, 1942 in Los Angeles, California and was 69 years of age.

Morgan was a US Navy Veteran and worked as a scientist in cancer research. He is survived by his wife Vikki Van Aken, children; Peter, Brad and Patrick Van Aken, also Ashley Frandsen and Alicia Van Aken. He also leaves behind his mother Mary Jane Van Aken and siblings; Mary Lou Swim, Rex, Kenneth, David and Mike Van Aken. There are 13 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Kenneth D. Van Aken and son Ryan D. Van Aken

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral Service on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Bainbridge Island Ward, 8677 Madison Avenue NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. A viewing will precede the funeral in the Relief Society Room from 1:00 - 1:45. Interment will take place at Seabold Cemetery on Bainbridge Island. Please sign the online Guest Book

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Donald Howard Moe, of Bainbridge Island, Washington passed away peacefully on Friday, May 27, 2011 at the age of 84. He was the youngest of two brothers and two sisters born to Einer and Ethel Moe in Wenatchee and raised in Entiat, Wa(r)shington.

Don worked as a forest service lookout during World War II and quit high school to enlist in the Navy in 1944. The military sent him to radio school, Southeast Missouri State College and Oberlin College in Ohio. He also went to flight school and became a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve. Don attended the University of Washington (UW) until a family illness led him to return home to help his family and take jobs with the U.S. Forest Service and Bonneville Power Administration. He returned to complete his Bachelor of Science degree at Washington and began working for a British import / export firm before joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Don temporarily retired from the FBI to help his father manage his trucking business, support the family finances, and relocate his parents during the construction of the Rocky Reach Dam that flooded his boyhood home. He rejoined the service and worked for 24 dedicated years as a special agent. Over his career he worked and/or lived in Ithaca and Watertown, New York; Denver, Colorado; San Francisco and Modesto, California; Seattle and Bainbridge Island, Washington. After his second retirement in 1978, Don built a house, performed background investigations to support personnel security clearances, and worked as a finish carpenter. Over the years, Don was an active member of the Bainbridge Island Rotary, Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, the Boy Scouts of America, and the Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church. He was a great storyteller who kept his family and friends entertained. He was also a skilled woodworker. Above all he was a devoted husband, great father, and strong role model for his kids.

Don is survived by his wife Beverly of 59 years, his brother Robert Moe, and kids Diane Wallingford (Bob), Kirsten Steiert (Mike), Eric Moe (Claire Younker), Julie Burke (Eric), 11 grandchildren, and too many nieces, nephews, and extended family to count. He is preceded in death by his brother Arnold, and sisters Beryle and Velma. Prior to his death he enjoyed spending time with his family; teasing his wife, kids, and grandkids, reading history, watching baseball, and writing stories from his days growing up.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church on Bainbridge Island at 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 18, 2011. A reception will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bainbridge Island Rotary Scholarship Foundation P.O. Box 11286, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 or the charity of your choice. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.

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Ida  Crater, passed away on May 26, 2011 at Liberty Shores Care Center in Poulsbo, Washington. She was born on February 7, 1926 and was 85 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Fred C. Feiten, Fred C. Feiten passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at The Hospice of Kitsap County Care Center in Bremerton,Washington. He was born on November 28, 1916 and was 94 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Edward McElroy Gardiner, "Mac", a 30-year resident of Bainbridge Island, passed away on Friday, May 20, aged 92. He was born in Albany, New York, on December 20, 1918, the son of the late William and Edith Gardiner.

Before moving to Seattle, where he graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1936, he and his family lived in Minneapolis. When he was nine years old, he spent one of the most memorable years of his life living with his father who was in charge of the construction of the Diablo Dam on the Skagit River.

He attended Dartmouth College and then graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1941 with a degree in engineering. The same year he married Helen Elizabeth Burkheimer, and they lived in Schenectady, New York, where he worked for General Electric. In 1945 he was offered a position at Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, and spent the rest of his professional career (43 years) working in their aerospace division.

Mac and Helen moved to Bainbridge Island in the early 1970's. Here he was active in many groups including the Bainbridge Library Association, the Men’s Breakfast Group, the Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, and the Battle Point Astronomical Association which he founded with two of his retired Boeing colleagues.

He is remembered for his love of the mountains, hiking, boating, tennis, astronomy, and, above all, his active intellect on a variety of topics and interests.

For the last eight years, he has lived at the Wyatt House Retirement Home on Bainbridge Island where he has thoroughly enjoyed the care and support and company that they have offered him.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, and his daughter, Elizabeth. Survivors include his son, Michael, of Los Angeles, and his two granddaughters, Dr. Kris (Gardiner) Barry of Mt. Shasta, California, and Lauren Gardiner, of Los Angeles.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm at Eagle Harbor Congregation Church on Bainbridge Island. Local arrangements are being handled by the Cook Family Funeral Home on Bainbridge.

He will be interred with his wife and her parents and his daughter, Elizabeth, at Acacia Memorial in Bothell. Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, the Bainbridge Library, or the Battle Point Astronomical Association. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.

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Jon Richard Countryman, passed away on Friday, May 20, 2011 in Bremerton, Washington. He was born on August 29, 1946 in Everett, Washington. He was a resident of Bainbridge Island, WA and was 64 years of age.

Rick graduated from Mt. Rainier High School and later joined the Army. He graduated from Oregon State University. Rick met and married Kathy Woodman in 1981 and they purchased their future home and business, Countryman Stables. Over the thirty years at the stables, he trained horses and riders alike. Many of his students went on to achieve championship status. Rick mentored many children who saw the stable as a second home. He cared for each one of them, as much as they adored him. Rick had a wonderful sense of humor and he loved teasing the kids as much as they loved to tease him.

He was a beloved husband, father and friend and will be missed. He is survived by his wife Kathy Countryman, children; Katie Countryman-Starks of Kingston, WA and Kevin Countryman of Bainbridge Island. He also leaves behind his brother Rodney Countryman of Bothell, WA and his beloved grandchildren; Daniel, Justin and Kayla. Rick was preceded in death by his parents Marion and Eugene Countryman.

Memorial donations can be made to The Center Valley Animal Rescue -

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Friday, June 3, 2011 at 2 pm at the Bainbridge Island First Baptist Church at the corner of 305 and Madison. A reception will follow. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.

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Lawrence Duane Faille, 80 Years Old - passed away on Thursday, May 19th 2011 at the age of 80, surrounded by his wife Mary (Kingston), two daughters Kathy (Kent) and Toni (Everett), son Jim (Bonney Lake), six grandchildren, Jenni, Dani,Brian, Lauren, Anne and Jack, and his first grandchild Sadie.

Larry was born in Devil's Lake, North Dakota on September 16th, 1930 to Lawrence and Violet Faille. When he was around 8-years-old, Larry and his family relocated to the Seattle area. After graduating from Franklin High School, he met and married Mary McQueen in 1951. While working as an Engineer for The Boeing Company, Larry also attended the University of Washington in the evenings and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business in 1954.

Larry had a passion for history, travel, and architecture. After 38 years of work at Boeing, he retired and toured the world with his wife Mary, visiting various cities and countries. Combining his love of travel and history, he dedicated a large part of his golden years to tracing his family linage through the US, Canada and France.

Known for his great stories and loveable sense of humor, Larry's greatest joy in life was his family. He spent much of his time camping, fishing, travelling, and playing cards with those closest to him. On the day of Larry's passing, all of his children and grandchildren quickly gathered together to celebrate the life and mourn the loss of a man who meant so much to each and every one of them; a true testament to Larry's commitment to his family.

Larry is survived by his wife, Mary; his sister Margo; his daughter Kathryn and her children Anne and John Thomas; his daughter Toni and her children Jennifer and Lauren; and his son James with his wife Denise and their children Brian and Danielle along with Danielle's husband Xaviour their daughter Sadie.

A Rosary will be held at 10:30AM Thursday, May 26th at St. Cecilia's Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island, followed by a funeral service at 11:00AM. A reception will follow in the church hall In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Catholic Relief Services at Please sign the online Guest Book.

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Elane Summers Hellmuth, died on Bainbridge Island on May 18, 2011, of natural causes.

In the summer months on Bainbridge Island, from the mid-1970s through the mid-1990s, Elane Summers Hellmuth was ever-present in her pink sundress, leather sandals and floppy straw sun hat. She stood outside the entrance to Town and Country market, greeting her fellow island residents with a smile on her face and a petition in her hands. She canvassed commuters at the ferry terminal, urging them to vote for liberal candidates and pro-environmental ballot propositions.

She knew practically everyone who ever wandered into Pegasus Coffee House for a cup of coffee. She knew their politics, their family and the environmental issues affecting their island neighborhood. Elane’s phone tree had 20 rings, one for each year she spent alerting islanders to health and environmental issues associated with: local drinking water quality; the harmful effects of a proposed microwave radio tower’s emissions; the use of pesticides for roadside spraying; the contamination of Eagle Harbor by the Wyckoff Creosote Plant and subsequent clean-up efforts authorized by the EPA; the dumping of 400,000 gallons of creosote waste at the Vincent Road landfill; the use of pesticides on school grounds; the proposed construction of a second bridge to/from BI; the ill effects of strip mall development; and the preservation of the Bainbridge Island’s wildlife habitats and rural character. Elane’s rumpled, dog-eared, tea-stained, heavily annotated copy of the Bainbridge Island telephone directory is a symbol of direct democracy, deserving of a place in the Smithsonian along side Woody Guthrie’s guitar and Pete Seeger’s banjo. In 1978 Elane and her husband Jerry founded the Association of Bainbridge Communities, a network of island neighborhood groups dedicated to identifying and working on environmental concerns. In 2000 she was nominated for and received the Washington Environmental Council’s Citizen Environmental Heroes Award. Like our current president, Elane was a community organizer.

She was also a wife and mother. Elane and her husband Jerome Hellmuth had four daughters. The youngest, Darien, was born with severe brain damage, a setback that motivated Elane and Jerry to open Bucklin Hill School for the mentally handicapped. In operation from 1969 to 1979, Bucklin Hill was a working farm run by live-in students and staff. A fascinating experiment in special education, lessons included tending to horses, cows, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, and a large vegetable garden. Elane lived at Bucklin Hill until 1993, when it was sold to representatives of Hyla Middle School, thereby preserving the tradition of progressive education that she and Jerry helped create.

From 1958 to 1967 Elane and her family resided in Seattle. In the mid-1960s, at age 47, she enrolled in the drama department at the University of Washington where she excelled, appearing in numerous student productions. In addition to raising four daughters, it should be noted that Elane’s duties during this period included helping to care for the family wolf, Kunu. The subjects of Jerry’s first book, published in 1964 and appropriately titled “A Wolf in the Family,” Kunu and the Hellmuths were known throughout Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood.

Elane spent her late twenties and thirties in NYC living with Jerry in Greenwich Village, on Jane Street and Bank Street. She gave birth to daughters Jana, Thane and Darien at New York Hospital. Their young family summered in Vermont. It was a magical time. Elane’s first child, Karen, was born in Chicago in 1941, the year Elane and Jerry were married. Curiously enough, their romance began on paper when Jerry, who lived in Chicago, began writing Elane’s roommate at Rockford College in Rockford, Illinois, where Elane studied modern dance. To wit, the young Pole penned a peck of poetic paragraphs and sent them through the post. The roommate, however, was not impressed and instead of answering Jerry’s tender missives, she shared them with loveletter-struck Elane. Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Hellmuth would spend the next 49 years together.

His death in 1990 was the last of four profoundly felt losses in Elane’s life. Her third daughter Thane, a gifted poet and artist, died of leukemia in 1972 at the age of 24. Elane cherished her daughter’s art. She displayed Thane’s paintings and sculptures throughout her home, sharing them with all who came to visit. In 1936 Elane’s older brother Thane Summers left Seattle to join the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain. He was killed a year later fighting against the fascists in that country’s civil war. His sacrifice deeply influenced the social and political beliefs Elane held throughout her life. Like her brother, she was a doer, unafraid to stand up for causes she felt were just. Elane’s mother Hazel was a musician, singer, pianist and composer who loved her children as much as any mother ever did. Elane was 10 when Hazel died of acute nephritis. From her Elane inherited a lifelong devotion to music, art, poetry, nature, and family. After a brief return to Vermont in the mid-1990s, Elane spent the rest of her life on Bainbridge Island living with her daughter Darien.

Elane Summers Hellmuth was born in Seattle on November 16, 1919, the third child of Lane Summers and Hazel Thain. She died on Bainbridge Island on May 18, 2011, of natural causes. She is survived by daughters Karen Hellmuth, Jana Thurner and Darien Hellmuth, nine grandchildren and an increasing number of great-grandchildren. A video featuring images of Elane Summers Hellmuth and her family can be found on Youtube. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.

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Olive  Carey, Olivia Carey, age 48, passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by loved ones on May 18, 2011. Her life was cut short by ovarian cancer. Olivia was born in Dublin, Ireland to Margie and John Carey. She is survived by her Mam (Margie), her brother Paul, and sisters Tina, Madeline, Johanna, and Margaret.

From the beginning Olivia shook off the safe route through life and moved to Greece when she was 19 years old to live in a small town outside of Athens for 5 years where she became fluent in Greek, looked for the perfect white sand beach, and formed lasting relationships with the family she worked with. While in Greece, Olivia met her former husband at a dance and they married shortly after. It is easy to understand how he would be smitten--watching Olivia Carey dance was to witness a fluid force of nature leaving the crushed and the enchanted in her wake.

Shortly after moving to Poulsbo, her marriage ended, but it didn’t take long for Olivia to make her way to Bainbridge Island where she was soon embraced by her new community. She continued her training as a fitness professional and eventually became one of the best personal trainers in the region, in large part because she elevated her weight lifting programs to a powerful combination of spirit and the body to implement change. On an upper body workout, for example, she would ask her clients to ‘push’ the dark and the challenges away, and with the next set to ‘pull’ in the light and abundance. The results were astonishing--muscles formed, the heart followed, each workout was a training session for life. Olivia worked with abused women in shelters in the Seattle area for many years, touching lives and helping to send them out in the world equipped with a resiliency they’d forgotten they had.

Olivia believed all people, but women especially, needed to ‘be in their skin’ and love their bodies no matter the shape or size. She celebrated the beauty and life in movement and music and dance. She believed sensuality was everyone’s birthright. Olivia taught young girls to defy our culture’s incessant barrage of stick thin models and opened their worlds to the beauty of muscle, the glory of pure physical power. She created and taught a wildly popular Exotic Aerobics class where she hung curtains on the doors, cranked up the music and taught the kind of dance moves your mother forbade, with tips for practicing at home.

Over the years Olivia trained handicapped children and adults for the Special Olympics, worked with clients at no charge who could not afford her, and met with women who were experiencing transitions to offer support and protection. Olivia was one of those rare, radiant forces who touches lives and alters them with her acceptance of all people, her indiscriminate love, her strength, her dazzling Irish smile that felt like the sun when it landed on you.

When Olivia was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006, she was determined to beat it, and she did. She used this shattering experience to help others with cancer. She and her boyfriend and partner Jose Lugo began Reclaim, a program individually tailored for people challenged with progressive illnesses to reclaim their health and vitality using techniques she had shaped for decades, but had recently re-tailored with her own life experiences.

In July of 2010, the cancer Olivia had forced out of her body five years earlier returned with deadly force. For 10 months she fought long and hard, refusing to surrender. Five days before her death she was still working with her clients, cracking the whip on more weight and reps, as uncompromising and unwavering as ever to cultivate change. Through it all she never complained and made the most of each and every moment.

Olivia Carey navigated the world with her uncommon heart. She coached us all in her wake to follow. Her path was always about the heart. It is her legacy and imperative.

There will be a celebration of Olivia’s life at IslandWood (4450 Blakely Ave. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110) on June 5, 2011 at 6:00 PM. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Arms Around Bainbridge: Olivia was the seedbed and inspiration of this foundation. Please sign the online Guest Book.

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Donald A. Christensen, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on March 25, 1932. He was 79 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Simon  Schwartz, died on May 8, 2011 at Madison Avenue Assisted Living Facility, Bainbridge Island, Washington, after a long struggle with heart failure. He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the fifth of six children all of whom predeceased him. He grew up in Detroit Michigan, where he developed his lifelong love for baseball, and as a teenager, worked as an usher at the Detroit Tiger baseball stadium. His favorite duty there was to warm up the relief pitchers in the bullpen. His family moved to Brooklyn NY, in 1937; his apartment had a view of the Ebbets Field outfield. Prior to WWII, he actively worked with the American Jewish Committee, photographing German spies in New York City, and photographing Erika Mann, daughter of Thomas Mann, who was trying to raise awareness of the situation in Germany in 1939.

He joined the Army Air Corps in 1941, serving his country as a flight instructor and bombardier during WWII, initially stationed at Biloxi, Mississippi, where the met Ida May Page, the love of his life, who he married in 1942. He finished his service as a Captain. Post WWII, he matriculated Southern Methodist University and graduated with a degree in business, even though his mentor, Dr. Edmund Muzon deemed him a mathematical genius. While at SMU, he played freshman baseball with Doak Walker, and played bridge with Aaron Spelling. During college he continued military service as an Air Force Reservist. In 1952, he was recalled into service, working for the auditor general during the Korean War at Carswell Air Force Base (SAC headquarters); he was officially commended for developing a new auditing tool.

His marriage to Ida May lasted for 64 years until her death in 2006. They had three daughters: Judith (Hopewell,NJ), Claire (Bainbridge Island, WA)and Alice (Houston, TX), all of whom survive him. He leaves 8 grandchildren, Ned and Will in Ohio, Elizabeth, Matt and John in Texas, and Laura, Rachel, and Nick in Washington, and two great-grandchildren, Edward and Oliver. He is also survived by his beloved niece and nephews, Edmund Grossman, Seth Jaffe, and Carol Lynne. Sam was a 33 Degree Mason and a member of the Shriners. He spent many hours while in failing health as a volunteer with Helpline House and Bainbridge Island Senior Center._

Sam had an amazing combination of sports ability and high intellect. He was truly an original. Underneath a gruff exterior, there was a soft heart, social consciousness, and love for his family, who will dearly miss him. Interment took place at Tahoma National Cemetery. Please sign the online guest book for the family.

Please join his family and friends for a celebration of his life at the Bainbridge Island Commons, 370 Brien Av, Bainbridge Island, Washington on July 29 at 1:00pm.

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Theodore  Lefkowitz, passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. He was born on January 10, 1959 and was 52 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend a celebration of Teddy's life on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 from 3:00 - 8:00 PM at Teddy and Nicci's home on Bainbridge Island. We will share memories, food, fun and laughter - Teddy style!

On Thursday 5/19/2011 from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm and on Friday 5/20/2011 from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm the family will be receiving friends and relatives at 11508 Colt Terrace, Silver Spring, MD. At 5:00 pm on Thursday we will be having a Remember Ted service followed by the evening prayers at sundown.

Donations may be made to:

One Call for All
P.O. Box 10487 Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Habitat for Humanity International
121 Habitat Street
Americus, GA 31709-3498

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Lee Donald Scott, 64, passed away on May 4, 2011.

He was born in Allegheny, PA on June 19th, 1946 to the late Ruth Rose Melcher and Donald Lee Scott.

Lee graduated from North Allegheny High School in 1964 and later went on to receive his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from Carnegie Melon.

Lee was well known for his cabinetry business Island Design and impressive projects throughout the Island and Seattle. He was also an active boater with some of his most notable adventures including the San Juans and the Alaskan coast with his son.

He is survived by his two children Sarah Rose Scott and Brandon Lee Scott, along with his brother, Jay Scott and former wife, Jannie Scott.

A life celebration will be held at Island Center Hall on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 3pm. Please join us by bringing your stories and fond memories of Lee as we remember his unique and unforgettable life.

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Charles Christopher Creagh O'Morchoe , M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., died peacefully at his home in Poulsbo, Washington on April 18th surrounded by family and friends after a 14 year battle with prostate cancer. He was born in Quetta, India (Pakistan) on May 7th, 1931 to Niall and Jessie (Joly) O’Morchoe. He married Patricia Jean O’Morchoe, M.D. on September 15th, 1955 in Dublin, Ireland.

Dr. O’Morchoe received his undergraduate education at Dublin University, Ireland and obtained his medical degrees from Trinity College, Dublin University School of Medicine, Ireland and a postgraduate medical degree (M.D.) by thesis and oral examination in 1961. He earned his Ph.D. (1968) and D.Sc. (1981) from Dublin University. He trained in Medicine, Surgery, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Halifax general Hospital in Halifax, England. He was then appointed as a Lecturer in Anatomy at the Dublin University School of Medicine (1957-61 and 1963-65), also as a Lecturer and later Associate Professor of Physiology (1966-68). He was a Visiting Lecturer in Physiology at University of Maryland School of Medicine (1961-62) and Instructor in Anatomy at Harvard Medical School (1962-63). He served as Associate Professor, Professor and subsequently Acting Chairman at the Department of Anatomy at University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore (1968-1974). Charles served as a Consultant on Medical Education as Visiting Professor of Physiology for the World Health Organization with the S.M.S. Medical College in Jaipur, India (3 month appointments in both 1967 and 1971). He then served as Chairman of the Department of Anatomy at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, IL (1974-84). He subsequently became Regional Dean at University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign, as well as a Professor of Anatomical Sciences and of Surgery, until his retirement in 1998. At the time of his death, he was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Medicine (Division of Oncology) at University of Washington, Seattle.

Throughout his academic career, Dr. O’Morchoe maintained an active research program related to the study of renal lymphatic flow and its changes in various pathological and physiological conditions. In total, he authored over 182 papers, chapters and books, many of which were in conjunction with his wife Patricia Jean O’Morchoe, M.D. He served on over 51 committees and boards, including as Chairman of the American Association of Anatomy, as President of the International Society of Lymphology and as President of the North American Society of Lymphology. He was editor of six peer-reviewed journals. During his career, he received numerous honors and awards for excellence in teaching and research.

Beyond the academic environment, Charles enjoyed many other enriching activities and hobbies which brought him great joy. He loved pleasure boating on many U.S. water ways and taking great care of his collection of classic cars. He was an active member of the Rolls Royce Owners Club in which he most recently enjoyed driving on the Oregon Experience tour with his family. Charles also enjoyed fine woodworking, filling the homes of family and friends with picture frames and decorative pieces. He enjoyed working in his garden and maintaining extensive stamp and coin collections.

After retiring in 1998, Dr. O’Morchoe moved with his wife to Poulsbo, Washington where he was an active parishioner at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church on Bainbridge Island. Charles was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Patricia, and is survived by his brother, David, of Gorey, Ireland; his two sons, Charles (Susan), of Gurnee, IL, and David (Patrice), of Poulsbo, WA; and his four grandchildren, Katherine, Brendan, Caitlin and Christopher.

Funeral services will be held on May 7th at 3:00 PM at St Barnabas Episcopal Church, 1187 Wyatt Way, Bainbridge, WA, 98110.

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