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Joan A. White, passed away on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at Providence Mount St. Vincent in Seattle, Washington. She was born on November 18, 1943 and was 66 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Avery  Peyton, member of a Spokane family with a long and varied local history, has died at the age of 88 from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Peyton was born in Spokane on April 4th, 1922, and was the son of local businessman and civic leader, Harlan Ide Peyton and Ruth Peyton. He attended Lewis & Clark High School, Class of 1940. He graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Science degree. Peyton interrupted his collegiate career to join the U.S. Navy, and served as an officer aboard the USS Bataan in World War II. Upon his return, he joined the Peyton Investment Company in 1948 where he assisted in the management of the Peyton Building, located at 10 N. Post Street. He later worked as a commercial real estate appraiser. Peyton was elected to the Spokane School Board in 1960, and was later named President. He was a member of various civic and educational organizations, including the Washington State Board for Community College Education.

In 1952, Peyton married Irena Vrbova. Irena Vrbova was a recent immigrant from Czechoslavakia at the time, a force of nature, and his loving partner until her death at the age of 67 in 1991. Peyton is survived by son Harley, daughter Karla, and four grandchildren, Jourdan, Erika, Monica, and Tess. He was an honest man, good and true. He will be missed more than words can say.

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Beverly June (Stevens) Gustavson, 90, wife of Glenn Gustavson (deceased), passed away April 28, 2010. Born to John and Karen (Salveson) Stevens May 4, 1919 in Seattle, Washington, she attended Lawton Elementary and graduated from Garfield High School in 1937.

There was no shortage of fun filled days with Beverly and Glenn as they entertained many of their friends and family in both Quilcene and Edmonds homes. Beverly always enjoyed the out of doors, gardening and fishing. Her sense of humor always livened every event.

An accomplished cellist, Beverly played in the Seattle All City Orchestra in high school and later in the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra and the Port Townsend Symphony. She also taught several cello students.

She enjoyed many years of hand weaving and was a past president of the Seattle Weavers Guild.

Beverly married her husband Glenn in 1940. During their 68 years of marriage, they traveled the world, beginning with numerous camping trips in the United States and Canada and later cruising, touring and driving in Europe, Russia, China, Indonesia, South America, Australia and New Zealand.

Leaving Seattle in 1945, they moved to the woods of Edmonds, where they built three homes. After watching the area grow from wilderness to suburbia, upon retiring, they again yearned for the wilderness and built two homes in Quilcene. They lived a glorious life on Hood Canal until 2007, when health forced their move to assisted living and later to a care facility on Bainbridge Island.

She is survived by a daughter, Karla Waterman (Gary) of Bainbridge Island and son Michael (Joan) of Southworth, four grandchildren, Andrew Waterman, Charles Waterman (Robin), J.B. Waterman and Kaaren Caraway (T.J.), great grandchildren Alexis Caraway and Cole Waterman, a brother John Stevens (Marla) and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was a charter member of Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Chimacum and later a member of Bethany Lutheran Church on Bainbridge Island.

The public is invited to her burial Service at the Quilcene Cemetery May 4 at 11:00 AM. A public memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at 2:00, at Bethany Lutheran Church, Bainbridge Island WA June 5, 2010.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Beverly may be sent to Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, P.O. Box 177 , Seattle, WA. 98111.

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Lisa Ann Jacobsen, died peacefully at her home on April 27, 2010. Lisa was born at Swedish Hospital on July 11, 1955. She resided in Seattle until 1963 when her family moved to Bainbridge Island.

Lisa graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1973. In 1973 she married Michael Dolph I. They had two children. As a single mom, Lisa attended Seattle Community College where she earned a RN Nursing degree. She worked for several years in Seattle area Hospitals including Swedish, University Medical Center and Harborview where she earned a Co “Nurse of the Year” for achievement in writing a manual for the families of brain injury patients. After retirement from her nursing career, Lisa attended Seattle University where she accomplished three years of studies in English and Social work over a period of five years prior to becoming ill. She spent the last few weeks of her life enjoying and having fun meeting new caring friends as a member of the Bainbridge Island Sr. Center, her last refuge.

She was the loving daughter of Gilbert and Martha Jacobsen, and Brother Christopher Jacobsen all of whom survived her including her children; Martha Carrie and granddaughter Kyla; her son, Michael Dolph II and her former husband, Michael Dolph I, with whom she kept a lasting friendship. She also leaves behind an extended family.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 AM on May 8, 2010 at Bainbridge Bethany Lutheran Church, 7968 Finch Rd NE. Memorial gifts may be made to the Bainbridge Island Sr. Center or U of W Medical Center.

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Luray W. Jordan, passed away on Monday, April 26, 2010 at her home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on November 12, 1914 in Seattle, Washington and was 95 years of age. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home

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Kathryn Haglun Salter, passed away peacefully on April 26, 2010 at age 91. She was a longtime Puyallup resident and had lived on Bainbridge Island for the last several years.

Kay was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and lived there throughout her childhood. She attended the University of Minnesota, where she majored in nursing education and joined the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. On her wedding day in 1943 she and husband Rev. J. Burton Salter left Minnesota to begin married life in the West. They moved to Olympia in 1950 and Puyallup in 1964.

Through the years Kay was active in the Episcopal church and she was also a longtime member of PEO. Her family was what mattered most to her in life, and she was also very proud of her Scandinavian heritage.

Kay was preceded in death by Burton and son Tom. She is survived by her sister Marjorie Bennison of Leland, Michigan; children Mary Kay (Mike) Lampert of Bainbridge Island, Ann (Mac) Reilly of Puyallup, and Joe Salter of Kirkland; grandchildren Melinda (Jeff) Ketcheside of Bainbridge Island, Lara (Anthony) Hague of Puyallup, Katie Lampert of San Diego, and Bobby Durkee of Lacey; and great-grandchildren Maddie and Caroline Ketcheside and Mason and Marissa Hague.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 1 at 11 AM at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Bainbridge Island with reception to follow (Directions). In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association.

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Dorothy M. Provine Day, beloved wife, mother, sister and aunt, passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2010 at the Hospice of Kitsap County Care Center in Bremerton, Washington after a long struggle with COPD/Emphysema. She was born on January 20, 1935 and was 75 years of age. She was a resident of Bainbridge Island WA.

Dorothy was born in Deadwood, South Dakota to William Provine and Irene Curran Provine. At the age of nine, the family moved to San Francisco where sister Susan was born, and later settled in Seattle. Known as "Dottie", she graduated from Lincoln High School and The University of Washington, having been a cheerleader at both. While at the U of W she performed in many productions at the Showboat and Penthouse theaters, as well as receiving a number of local awards and honors.

Upon graduation she moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. She quickly landed roles in numerous television shows and in films before signing with Warner Brothers. She then starred in the television series "The Alaskans", followed by "The Roaring Twenties" and roles in many films, including "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", "That Darn Cat", "The Great Race", "Good Neighbor Sam" and "Who's Minding The Mint?". Dorothy was a marvelous dancer and singer, with a sweet, but powerful voice. She recorded a number of albums and appeared on virtually every television variety show of the day including "The Tonight Show", "Dean Martin Show" and "Perry Como Show". She entertained the troops overseas with Bope Hope and the U.S.O. shows and also toured in the U.S. in a nightclub act with George Burns. She was thrilled and honored to perform for President John F. Kennedy at his Inauguration Ball.

While filming in Rio de Janiero, Dorothy met future husband, British film director Robert Day. "It was love at first sight", she would later say. After marrying, they lived in Los Angeles, where son Robert Jr. was born and she retired from acting. They later built and moved to their present home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was extremely proud of her son Rob, now a musician. Although her life after retirement was very private and mainly devoted to her adored family, she had many other accomplishments. She was a talented artist and decorator and created many beautiful needle point works. She also loved gardening and was a lifelong, voracious reader with an extensive library. Above all, next to her family, Dorothy loved animals, particularly dogs, with compassion for all creatures. A champion of animal rights, she contributed to many related charities and causes.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Irene Provine and sister Margaret Harer. She is survived by husband Robert, son Rob and fiancé Theresa Olejnizak, all of Bainbridge Island, WA, also her sister Susan Cameron of Poulsbo, WA, and Patricia Coldiron (Pete) of Paradise, CA. She also leaves behind her nephews; Curran Evans (Maureen) of Lynnwood, WA, Patrick Cameron of Poulsbo, WA, Timothy Lonctot (Roxie) of Merced, CA, nieces Meghan Evans-Smotherman (Shawn) of Edmonds, WA, Erin Cameron of Poulsbo, WA, Denise Conley (Cal) of Oroville, CA. Surviving great nieces and nephews include Katy Ewing of San Jose, CA, Kristiane and Brittany Lonctot of Northern, CA, Devin Cameron of Poulsbo, WA and new baby Quintin Smotherman of Edmonds, WA. Other survivors include her aunt, Dorothy Harbison (Lloyd), cousins and many other loving family and friends.

Services will be private. Memorial contributions can be made to an Animal Charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home, Bainbridge Island, WA.

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J. Richard Gill, passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2011 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on April 4, 1916 and was 95 years of age.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Graveside Service on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 2:00 pm at the Seabold Cemetery on Bainbridge Island and the Memorial Service on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 2:00 pm at the Island Church on Bainbridge Island. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.

Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Kyle  Bouthsa, passed away on Sunday April, 24 2011 at a friend's home on Bainbridge Island, WA. He was born on January 17, 1984 and was 27 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Visitation on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 10 am to 12 Noon at Cook Family Funeral Home, 163 Wyatt Way NE, Bainbridge Island, WA. The Funeral Service will follow at 1:00 pm at Rollingbay Presbyterian Church on Bainbridge Island. Memorial donations can be made in Kyle's name to Cook Family Funeral Home to assist with funeral expenses.

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Roy  Brown III, left us surrounded by loved ones and his loving partner; Michael Fox of 3 1/2 years. Roy was a one of a kind individual, full of laughs, smiles and a love for life.

Roy is survived by: Partner, Michael Fox; Grandfather, Roy T Brown Sr.; Grandmother, Shirley Brown; Father, Roy T Brown Jr. of Oklahoma; Mother & Step Father, Arnie & Karen Berg of Alaska; Brother, Matthew Brown, Step Sister, Connie Brown, Step Brother, Damian Brown; Aunt, Sharon Swanson, Aunt, Monet; Uncle, Mike Holman; Cousins, Tammy & Husband Dean; Bonnie, Timothy & Shelley; Second Cousins; Richard, Kenneth, Tyler, Beau, Spencer, Nicholas, Kimmie, Michael & Wife Crystal; Eddie Holman & Girlfriend Libby with Daughter Ashtyn & Roy Holman; Dog, Waylon; Cats, Oliva & Emily and countless others he touched in his short life here with us!

Roy had a passion and a great skill for baking, loved to work in his vegetable and flower gardens, enjoyed traveling and day trips to various areas of Washington and British Columbia. Most recently Roy worked for Pet Medical Center at Apple Tree Cove as a Customer Service Representative; he also was co-owner of Birchwood Landscaping, a business he start with Michael Fox, the Paramount Hotel in Seattle and the Coast Gateway Hotel in Seatac, WA.

We will always miss Roy and know that he is forever in our hearts. He brought smiles and laughter to everyone who knew him and touched everyone in someway. Roy was a one of a kind individual who can never be replaced but will never be forgotten.

A Celebration of Life / Memorial Service for Roy will be held on Saturday, May 1st between 2 pm and 4 pm, if you are interested in attending please email Michael Fox at or Shelley Timlick at justbyou79@aolcom.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established to help the family with expenses please visit Roy's Memorial website at where you can use Paypal (which accepts any major credit card) to contribute to the Roy Brown Memorial fund or make a deposit at any Wells Fargo branch into the account title "Michael Fox, Roy T Brown Memorial Fund".

We will forever miss you Roy but you will always be in our hearts until we see you again.

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Audrey J. Johnson, passed away on Monday, April 19, 2010 at Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, Washington. She was born in Idabell, Oklahoma on August 20, 1933 and was 76 years of age.

Audrey enjoyed traveling, camping, knitting, embroidering, reading, cooking and playing bingo. She is survived by her loving husband Thomas Johnson of Bainbridge Island, her children; Valerie Bellus (Brian) of Hood River, Oregon and Beverly Payne (Roger) of Forest Grove, OR. She is also survived by her brother Rex Hart of Oxnard, California and her sister Ima Richardson (Jim) of Los Gatos, CA. There are six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

No services will be held at her request. Memorial contributions can be made to The American Cancer Society or The Susan G. Komen For The Cure.

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Aileen  Greger, Aileen Marie Greger, passed away on Monday, April 19, 2010 at The Washington State Veteran's Home in Retsil, Washington. She was born on September 13, 1925 in Englewood, New Jersey and was 84 years of age.

Ailleen and her husband were residents of Bainbridge Island, WA. She is survived by her husband Francis Greger, children; Richard Greger (Linda) and David Lurie (Susan). She also leaves behind her sister, Kay Hollon and grandchildren; Heather Greger, Robert, Daniel, Lisa and David Lurie. She was preceded in death by her son Robert Lurie.

The graveside Service was held on Friday, April 23, 2010 at The Washington State Veteran's Cemetery in Retsil, Washington. Memorial contributions can be made to the Bainbridge Island Volunteer Firefighter's Association or the Bainbridge Island Housing Resources Board.

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Martha  Rossell, passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at The Hospice of Kitsap County Care Center in Bremerton, Washington. She was born on May 23, 1920 and was 89 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Katherine  Meersand, passed away on Monday, April 12, 2010 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on April 5, 1919 and was 91 years of age. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Harriet Brazier Pasquale, passed away on Monday, April 12, 2010 at her home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on July 28, 1915 and was 94 years of age.

Hattie (Tutu) made many friends in her travels from Muncie, IN to Bainbridge Island. Stops along the way included Champaign, IL for a library degree, Europe with the Red Cross, New York City, Seattle where she married Henry Pasquale and was a children’s librarian, and Honolulu where Hattie and Henry had a wonderful, supportive marriage.

She loved her volunteer time with Bainbridge Youth Services, where she was Volunteer of the Year, and elementary classrooms on Bainbridge. Hattie was preceded in death by her husband.

She is proudly survived by her son and daughter-in-law Fred and Sue Pasquale, grandchildren Marie and Eddie, niece Ann Bruns, great nephew and niece Brian and Jennifer Bruns and cousins David, Mary, Devin and Reid Parker.

Remembrances can be made to Bainbridge Youth Services, American Red Cross or American Cancer Society.

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Erwynne A. Schumann, passed away on Friday, April 9, 2010 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on August 17, 1928 and was 81 years of age. Services are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Rudolph "Rudy" Delphin Thomas, passed away on Friday, April 9, 2010 at his home in Poulsbo, Washington. He was born on June 17, 1932 in Louisville, Kentucky to Clarence Stanislaus Thomas and Mary Ada Norris Thomas.

Rudy attended Bishop Flaget High School and The University of Louisville, BSEE. He later worked for Westinghouse Electric as the Engineering Director for 38 years. He was a part of the development of the world's first light water breeder reactor. His final assignment was at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard overhauling ship reactor cores. He retired in 1992. He served in the United States Air Force as a Lieutenant.

Rudy was a member of the Sons of Norway and was a founding Parishioner of St. Olaf Catholic Church in Poulsbo, Washington. He served as a chairman for the North Kitsap School Board and was a strong supporter of the NK schools. He was also a member of the athletic booster club, while his children were in school.

Rudy was a disciplined jogger and took great joy in participating every year in the Viking Fest 5 mile run. He was a gentleman farmer who loved working on his 10 acre property on Scandia and tending to his garden, cows and horses.

He is survived by his wife Rose Marie Thomas of Poulsbo, WA, children; Rudolph Delphin Thomas Jr. (Catriona) of Charlottesville, VA, Joseph Hayden Thomas (Shannon) of Portland, OR, John Quincy Thomas (Paula) of San Diego, CA, Matthew Hummel Thomas (Cristina) of Tacoma, WA, Bridget Mary Brewer (Kevin) of Lynnwood, WA, Marie Julia Thomas of Martigues, France. He also leaves behind his brother Clarence "Nick" Stanislaus Thomas Jr. (Ruth) of Louisville, KY. There are 18 grandchildren.

Rudy was preceded in death by his parents and his daughters, Mary Pat and Margaret Ann.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Thursday, April 15, 2010 from 7 - 8 PM at St. Olaf Catholic Church, 18943 Caldart Avenue, Poulsbo WA 98370. The Rosary will follow at 8 PM. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, April 16th at 11 :00 AM at the church, followed by a reception in the church hall. Interment will follow after the reception at Mountainview Cemetery on Mountainview Road in Poulsbo.

Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Olaf Catholic Church or The Alzheimer's Association - The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the dedicated caregivers and friends who's compassionate care and loving presence provided great comfort to Rudy during his final years of life.

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Helen Elizabeth Redmond, passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2010 at The Wyatt House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on April 21, 1926 and was 83 years of age.

She was the daughter of the late John and Vivian Nelson of Vancouver, B.C., and sister of the late John A. Nelson and Margaret N. Heeney, also of Vancouver. Betty is the widow of John F. Redmond, who passed away in 2005. Since their marriage at Vancouver in 1961, John and Betty resided in Calgary, Toronto, and Houston, and retired to their residence on Fletcher Bay in 1974. Betty resided at the Wyatt House since 2006.

She is survived by her son Gregory Nelson Redmond of Los Angeles, California, her stepson John C. Redmond and his wife Else of Lincoln, CA, stepson Daniel P. Redmond, M.D. of Silver Spring, MD and Myrna L. Redmond, widow of stepson Richard C. Redmond, of Colchester, VT. John and Betty's family includes eleven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving are nephews Rod Nelson, Michael Nelson, Barry Nelson and Brad Heeney, also niece Lisa Heeney who resides in British Columbia. Betty was a member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church where she served on the altar guild for many years. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed summers with John cruising the waters of Alaska and British Columbia aboard their yacht, the Martha C.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 10:30 AM at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church on Bainbridge Island, Washington(Directions). A luncheon will follow at the church hall. Inurnment will take place in Carthage, Missouri. Memorial contributions can be made to: St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

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Debra Helene Giller, passed away on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at the Hospice of Kitsap County Care Center in Bremerton, Washington. She was born on June 20, 1959 in Dallas, Texas and was 50 year of age.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Graveside Service on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 9:00 AM at Port Blakely Cemetery on Old Mill Road on Bainbridge Island.

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James Allan Novick, 65, passed away on April 5, 2010 after a brief battle with cancer. Born March 7, 1945 in Seattle, WA, Jim was the son of George and Lottie Novick (deceased).

He graduated from East Bremerton High School and later enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves. After his time in the military, Jim worked as a radiological technician for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. He enjoyed watching professional and high school sporting events, fishing, Bible studies and services at Faith Community Bible Church, and his family.

Jim is survived by two sons, Gregg Novick of Belfair and Daniel (RandaLyn) Novick of Poulsbo; his brothers, Martin and George Novick; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Andrea Atkinson.

In a note left behind for family, Jim said, "I would like to give special thanks to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for providing me with Danny and RandaLyn's love, care, and hospitality. I would also like to thank Pastor Dan Wilson and his wife, Gloria, for their encouragement, counseling, and continued help with my spiritual growth."

Services will be private. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Benjamin  Zimney, passed away on Sunday, April 4, 2010 at Montclair Park in Poulsbo, Washington. He was born on April 7, 1919 and was 90 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Glenyce Jeanne Sears, passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2010 at The University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, April 16, 2010 at 10 AM at The Folwer LDS Chapel in Colvis, California. Interment will take place at Redbank Cemetery in Colvis. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Maxine Elaine Jacobson, passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on December 17, 1919 in Arlington, Washington and was 90 years of age.

Maxine was a resident of Bainbridge Island. She owned a bakery in Winslow in the 1950's and was also a cook in several restaurants in Ocean Shores. She was a chef for the Washington State Senate for 16 years. She enjoyed volunteering at the Helpline House on Bainbridge Island for 10 years. Maxine was an Elder of the Snoqualmie Tribe. While employed by the state senate, she had the pleasure of meeting with and cooking for many foreign dignitaries, senators and governors.

She is survived by her son Jon Jacobson and daughter in-law Joyce of Bainbridge Island, sisters Pat Carlson of Lynnwood, WA and Lottie of Ukiah, California, also her sister in-law Delores Bertrand of Tonaket, WA. There are eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Maxine was preceded in death by her husband Eric Jacobson and children Ray and Joe Muholland .

Private family services will be held with interment in Seabold Cemetery on Bainbridge Island.

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Don Chester Beemer, longtime Bainbridge Island businessman and community member, died March 30 at the age of 80 in his home at Wyatt House Retirement Center.

Don is best remembered in the community as the knowledgeable manager of Winslow Hardware from the mid-60s through the mid-1990s when he retired. Through his nearly 60 years as a Bainbridge Island resident, Don was a prominent community figure and participant. He served as a member of various Island organizations, including the Winslow Planning Commission, the Kiwanis Club of Bainbridge, the Bainbridge Library board, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, Boy Scouts of America – including several years as a merit badge counselor, and with the Bainbridge Juvenile Diversion Board.

In addition, Don was very active with the Kitsap County and Bainbridge Democratic Party – often sought by up and coming Democratic candidates looking for Bainbridge support. When U.S. Congressman Norm Dicks first ran for Congress in 1976 (and Bainbridge Island was part of that Congressional District), Dicks personally sought out Don’s support. As part of Don’s 80th birthday celebration, Dicks thanked Don for his “enormous contributions to our community and to the Democratic Party over the years.”

“People like you have made it possible for me to serve the citizens of the 6th Congressional District of Washington for the past 33 years.”

Don was born in Seattle on Oct. 20, 1929, to Chester and Lorraine Beemer, who were residents of Bremerton at the time. Through the years, his family moved several times in Kitsap County so Don attended several elementary schools. He attended and graduated from North Kitsap High School (1947) where he was active in athletics (football and track) and student government (student body vice president his senior year). Don was one of the class speakers at the North Kitsap High graduation services.

Following high school, Don served two years in the Army and married Virginia Schultz in 1949. When the Korean War started, Don re-enlisted to serve in the military police in Tacoma.

The first installment of what became a family of five boys was born – Michael – in 1950. Between military stints, Don worked for a brief time selling children’s books door-to-door, then began working for his uncle, Holger Christensen, at the hardware store he built on Winslow Way – Holger’s Hardware (later named Winslow Hardware). After Don’s final discharge from the Army, he moved the family back to Bainbridge and reassumed his work at the hardware store. Other than a short time working off the island when Holger sold the store in the mid-1960s, Don was a mainstay and ever-helpful presence at Winslow Hardware – serving as manager of the store from 1967 until his retirement in 1994.

While Bainbridge Island slowly grew in population and activity over the years, Don’s family also grew with addition of four more sons – Neil , Gary, David, and Gregory . Family activities kept the Beemers busy, and Don remained very active himself. He enjoyed participation with the Bainbridge Sportsman’s Club and league bowling in his younger years. He and Virginia loved to play cards with good friends, and enjoyed trips to the Clearwater Casino. Don was a mainstay with the morning coffee groups at Town & Country Market and American Marine Bank – regularly solving the problems of the world with the guys.

Don’s boisterous support was a fixture in the crowd at Bainbridge High School home football games and home girls’ basketball contests – watching his granddaughters play and coach with the Spartans. He was never shy about expressing his opinion regarding officiating!

Never one to fully accept the “retirement” label and forever wanting to stay involved, Don served for over a decade on the Kitsap County Board of Equalization.

Don loved the outdoors – and enjoyed hiking both in his early family years and in retirement with a few close friends. One of Don’s most pleasurable activities was spending time fishing and relaxing at the family cabin on Lake Wooten near Belfair – both with his boys and grandchildren and in times of peaceful solitude.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years Virginia, sons Michael (Sandy), Neil (Mindy), Gary (Cyndi), David (Becky) and Gregory (Jackie); 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the memorial service at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, April 10, 2010, at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church. Memorial contributions are suggested to Bainbridge Island Fire Department or Eagle Harbor Congregational Church.

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Clifton B. Steele, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 28, 2010 at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Born on January 30, 1922 he was 88 years of age.

Clif attended Santa Ana High School, Class of ’39 and the University of Oregon ’43, and had been an active participant in his fraternity Phi Delta Theta for the past 65 years.

Along with his partner and dear friend Sasha Erlik he founded and co-owned California Casuals in Los Angeles, California. He manufactured and sold women’s maternity wear throughout the United States until he retired before he was 60 with every intention of enjoying the fruits of his labors.

Anyone who met Clif soon realized that his real passions in life were his family, friends, and the activities and adventures he shared with them. He always said that he never wanted to live where he couldn’t see water…that priority took him on his treasured Mexican fishing trips with his sons, surfing in Corona del Mar and the Huntington Beach Pier, dancing at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa, and also included many remodeling projects in Laguna Beach, California, Kauai, and Bainbridge Island, Washington where he lived the last 20 years of his life.

A perfect day for Clif was at least one doubles tennis match…a round of golf came in a distant second. The friends he made playing these sports were valued and cherished throughout his life.

Unable to play tennis the last few years Clif took his competitive spirit indoors and enjoyed Contract Bridge games at both Wing Point Country Club and the Senior Center of Bainbridge Island on a weekly basis. Of course he enjoyed the people as much as the game and had even hosted a rousing foursome the week before he passed away.

He is survived by his wife Stephanie Hoffman Steele, sons Michael Steele of Ashland, Oregon and Kevin Steele and his wife Sandie of Newport Beach, California, his granddaughter Jamison Steele of New York City, New York and grandson Nathan Steele of Boulder, Colorado.

Family and friends are invited to share in a celebration of Clif’s life at his home on Saturday, May 1st from 2-5pm. Memorial donations can be made to The Senior Center of Bainbridge Island, The Bainbridge Island Volunteer Fire Fighters Association who come on cold dark nights at 3am, and the always present and excellent Hospice of Kitsap County.

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