Patty Cacak, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. She was born on June 2, 1954 and was 55 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Marguerite Klenck Lovejoy, passed away on Monday, January 4, 2010 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on July 21, 1922 in New York, New York and was 87 years of age and a resident of Bainbridge Island since 2007. Services will be private. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
Gary Wilfred Garrett, passed away on Friday, January 1, 2010 at Martha and Mary Health Care Services in Poulsbo, Washington. He was born on August 2, 1947 in Syracuse, New York and was 62 years of age.Gary was a resident of Bremerton, WA. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Dennis Robert Kuntz, age 63, passed away unexpectedly on January 1, 2010.
Denny grew up in Dayton, Ohio and moved to Seattle to earn a B.S. in Oceanography from the UW. A resident of Bainbridge Island since 1975, he built a house for his family and worked in all aspects of design, construction and finish carpentry. Denny was at home in the outdoors, loved music and cherished his friends.
Preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Glendola Kuntz, he is survived by his children, Matthew and Allison, their mother Christine Coyne and his sister and brother in law, Karen & Tom Kuhl of Dayton, Ohio. Denny was a loving father to his children, Matt and Allie and a devoted caregiver to the family cats. Services private.
Capt. Robert O'Daniel Deschamps, born in Seattle in 1920. Attended St. Margarets, Seattle College H.S., Queen Anne H.S., Seattle College. He was preceded in death by Pauline, his wife of 57 years. Survived by their children Jeanne, Paul and Suzanne. A member of the Masters, Mates & Pilots Union and the Council of American Master Mariners. Veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, he retired from the Puget Sound Pilots in 1985. At his request there will be no services. Remembrances may be sent to St. Cecilia Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island. Arrangements by Cook Family Funeral Home.
Brien B. Ray, passed away in Seattle Washington on December 23, 2009, after a short battle with an undiagnosed liver disorder.
Brien D Ray was born March 31,1966 in Santa Clara California. The family made their home in the San Jose and Antioch area until relocating to Moore Oklahoma when Brien was 12. He attended Moore High until his sophomore, when he achieved his GED. He worked for the Coca Cola Company and in the oil fields until 1986. During this time he met and married his first wife Wendy Baker on September 29,1984. In April 1986 they welcomed Lisa Danielle Lee Ray. In November 86 he joined the United States Navy and became a torpedo man, on the USS Nevada, he was stationed at Sub base Bangor in Poulsbo Washington. The couple divorced in 1990. Brien was temporarily stationed in San Diego, in March 90 he was discharged. He relocated in Kingston Washington when he married Gayle Long in August 25, 1990. In 1991 he was accepted in the apprenticeship program for NW Sheet metal Union Local 66. He turned out as journeyman in 1996. From 1996 he worked for Holaday Parks Inc. until he injured himself and was pensioned in 2006. Brien also had a son, Jonathan Ray in 1992, and another daughter Nika Ray in 1997. He kept busy taking care of his kids, and dabbling with cars with his son, he enjoyed camping, fishing and most of all Nascar, attending several races with his dad and brothers, and family. He was a joker at heart, but a devoted family man, and attended church at Kingston Christian Church. Mark Martin was his all time favorite driver, he felt he had a lot in common with Mark.
Brien is survived by his wife Gayle, his daughters Lisa Mckenzie and her husband Caleb, Nanika Ray, and his son Jonathan Ray, His mother and father, Nora and Willie D Ray, his siblings Willie D Ray III, Shelly, Larry, Carey, Jeff Ray. Grandchildren Joshua and Kaylee Mckenzie. And many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter Victoria Diane Ray. He was a truly unique person. He will be missed.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Saturday, January 2, 2010 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Cook Family Funeral Home [Directions], and the Memorial Service on Monday, January 4, 2010 at 6:30 pm at Kingston Christian Church in Kingston, WA. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to U of W liver research foundation.
Charles Theodore Croy, a retired high school teacher, passed away in the company of his loving wife and children on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at Island Health and Rehab on Bainbridge Island, WA. He was 70.
Born on May 31, 1939 in Dayton, Ohio, Chuck was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church and the Kiwanis Club. For many years, he and Mary caravanned with local Airstream clubs throughout the Pacific Northwest. The couple moved to Bainbridge Island from Troy MI in 1998 after retiring from Detroit Country Day School where he taught math and coached various sports for 24 years.
Chuck loved to mentor kids and often bragged about his students' successes. He was their number one fan. Chuck will also be remembered for his many hobbies including snow and water skiing, woodworking, playing the piano, organ and accordion as well as singing in the church choir. He enjoyed his wood shop in his retirement and made beautiful wooden toys for his grandchildren and cribbage boards which he sold at the Bainbridge Island Farmer's Market. Chuck loved the mountains and since he and Mary were school teachers in Michigan they frequently took their motor home "out West" in the summertime and visited numerous National Parks with their children. Chuck loved being surrounded by mountains here in the Northwest and knew all the peaks of the Olympics. His neighbors, friends and family knew Chuck as an eternal optimist with an uncanny ability to always crack a joke. He brightened peoples' lives.
Chuck is survived by his wife Mary Kazmaier Croy of Bainbridge Island, WA, children; Jonathan Croy and wife Monica Croy of Seattle, WA and Susan Croy Roth and husband Scott Roth of Bainbridge Island, siblings; Judy Hendricks of Dayton, Ohio, John E. Croy of Newport, Rhode lsland and grandchildren; Jackson and Cooper Croy and Gabriel and Sylvie Roth. There are also seven nephews and five nieces.
Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the Memorial Service at Bethany Lutheran Church on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 2:00 pm. A reception will follow at the church hall. A private family graveside service will take place at Port Blakely Cemetery on Bainbridge Island prior to the Memorial Service. Memorial contributions can be made to: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780. Contributions can also be made to Bethany Lutheran Church Music Program
Louis Phil Maheu, passed away on Monday, December 21, 2009 at his home in Poulsbo, Washington. He was born on February 25, 1939 in Manhattan, New York and was 70 years of age.
Louis had previously lived in Canada and in Kingston, WA. He graduated from North Kitsap High School in 1958. He later worked for Montreal Insurance for 20 years and the Port Gamble Mill for 15 years. He was a member of the Catholic Church and attended St. Peter and St. Olaf.
He is survived by his beloved wife Gisele Maheu of Poulsbo, WA, children Christiane Maheu of Port Hadlock, WA and Robert Maheu (Vicki) of Kingston, WA. He also leaves behind his brother Ron Carlson of Poulsbo, WA, cousin Louise Maheu of Poulsbo, WA, grandchildren; Stephanie Schaff of Seattle, WA, Mathew Schaff stationed in Hawaii, Eliana, Samuel and Danielle Maheu of Kingston, WA, his aunt Rita Maheu White of Montreal and many loving friends. He was preceded in death by his step-dad Glen Carlson and his mother Laurence Carlson.
Louis was a very hard worker throughout his life and things needed to be just right. He loved his family much. He was devastated when the Port Gamble Mill closed as it had allowed him to work and release all of the energy he had. He was always ready to help anyone and was very honest. He was stubborn but enjoyed joking allot!
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Recitation of The Rosary starting at 10:30 AM and the Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:00 AM on Monday, December 28, 2009 at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Poulsbo, WA. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to: GROUP HEALTH HOSPICE, 1420 5th Avenue Seattle, WA 98101-4032, (206) 326-4430.
Willard Naylor Nelson, passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2009 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on August 28, 1914 in Eureka, California and was 95 years of age. He was a mason for 50 years and a member of Franklin Lodge No. 5, F & AM, Port Gamble, WA. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Martin.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service at The Messenger House on Friday, January 8, 2010 at 1:30 PM.
Helen Chun, passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on February 11, 1933 and was 76 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Thomas Carncross, died of respiratory failure at Providence Medical Center on 12/15/2009, with his family by his side. He was 56.
Born on 7/30/1953 in Princeton, NJ, to William Carncross and Eunice Amundsen, Tom showed an early interest in math, science, building, and inventing. While still in grade school, Tom built a functioning air conditioner out of a fan and an air conditioning box containing ice and water.
During Tomís early years the family lived mainly in the southern USóin El Paso, Texas, Alexander City, Alabama, and Marietta, Georgia. Tomís parents, who met at Princeton Choir College, were choir directors and worked in the music ministries of area churches. As a toddler, Tom sat under the piano while his mother gave lessons and learned a lifelong love of music.
The family moved to Kirkland, WA and Tom entered high school at Lake Washington High School. Tom attended St. John Episcopal Church in Kirkland. He was confirmed when he was 15 and served in the church as an acolyte.
After Tomís parents divorced, he moved briefly to Seattle where he lived with his mother, his sisters, and his brother. At that time he focused on music and attended rock concerts whenever he could. He saw some of the greatest rock musicians of the time perform live in Seattle area concerts in those days. In 1969 he attended the legendary Gold Creek Rock Festival with 50,000 fans in the Gold Creek Park in Woodinville. The rock festival lasted three days and included groups such as Santana, the Byrds, Chicago Transit Authority, Bo Diddley, the Doors, Itís a Beautiful Day, Led Zepplin, Spirit, Ten Years After, Ike and Tina Turner, Vanilla Fudge, and the Youngbloods.
Tomís mother remarried, and Tom and his family moved to Kennewick, WA where their stepfather, O.W. Priebe, worked for Bechtel. Tom continued his involvement with music, often writing songs, and playing the guitar in a local band.
After Kennewick, Tom lost his focus on school. He didnít graduate from high school. He moved back to Seattle where he worked odd jobs and ended up working nights as a security guard in a city building in downtown Seattle. There he met two nocturnal whiz kids who loved computers and were working nights on a programming project. Tom made friends with the pair and played chess with one of them when things got slow and they were waiting for their programs. Tomís friendship with the young chess-player turned into a life changing relationship. They had many discussions about philosophy, mathematics, science, and the future. Tom didnít win many chess games but Tom was inspired by his chess-playing friend and began reading textbooks: mathematics, chemistry, physics. Tom went back to school and worked hard for the credits to apply to college.
Tom graduated from UC Berkeley with majors in Applied Mathematics and Physics. After graduation, with a wife and young son, Tom started his career as an optical engineer at Optical Coating Lab, Inc. (OCLI) in California. After his second son was born, Tom moved his family back to the northwest where he worked at Alcon in Bellevue, WA. Tomís status as an inventor was established while working at Alcon. He was named in patents related to improvements in bifocal intraocular lenses in 1992 and 1993.
In 1987 Tom married Karen Crossan Wiborg at St. John Episcopal Church, Kirklandówhere he was confirmed 22 years earlier. Karen was his best friend and the love of his life. They worked hard together to raise their blended family of five children in Kirkland. During these years, Tom enjoyed camping, cooking, Sudoku, chess, and boats, and made every effort to pass his interests on to his children.
Tom knew he possessed the gift of a mathematical and scientific mind, and sought to encourage young people who were studying math, chemistry, and physics in high school or college by offering to tutor them at any time. Tom attempted to tutor his own kids, but had much more success tutoring their friends and other young people in the neighborhood. The tutoring Tom did was a great source of satisfaction to him.
After Tomís father died in 2003, Tom and Karen moved into his fatherís house on Bainbridge Island. Life was quieter there. Tom enjoyed living on Bainbridge Island and was making plans to accomplish his lifelong dream of restoring and building boats.
Above all, Tom loved spending time with his family. He was so proud of his two daughters and three sons. He was happiest at family gatherings, especially when everyone played games like Scrabble, Pictionary, and cards. And if there were an opportunity for him to cook a big pot of curry or spaghetti with anchoviesóthen life was perfect!
Tom is survived by his wife of 22 years, Karen, daughters Narnia Wiborg and Allegra Wiborg of Seattle, sons Geo Carncross (Tracy) of Easton, MD, John Carncross (Mahrya) of Seattle, and Gabriel Wiborg (Porntip) of Kenmore, WA, and granddaughter Melissa Rose Carncross of Easton, MD. He is also survived by sisters Chris Corazon McKenzie of Stanwood, Julia Carncross Roscher of Mt. Vernon, and brother Eric Carncross of Everett, WA. He leaves first wife Lori Carncross of Texas. Tom also leaves a beloved extended family including numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at St. Barnabus Episcopal Church, Bainbridge Island, on Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Tomís name to a charity of your choice, or to the interium (memory garden) at St Barnabus Episcopal Church.(Directions).
Patricia Stenman, passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, Washington.
She was born on January 3, 1933 in Duluth, Minnesota and was 76 years of age. Patricia was a resident of Poulsbo, WA. Prior to her marriage, she lived with her parents in Minnesota, Texas, California and Alaska. She graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in Juneau, Alaska. She worked in civil service with the US Army from 1953-1959. She was married to her beloved husband Gordon Stenman for 50 years and was a "homemaker extraordinaire" from 1959 until her death.
Patricia was a member of the Poulsbo First Lutheran Church and the Martha Circle at the Church. She served as the financial secretary for the church for over 20 years. She was named "Mother of The Year" by her children for 46 consecutive years. Patricia enjoyed baking and taking care of her family. She also enjoyed crosswords, reading, beating everyone at Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, vacations to Maui and cruising the high seas.
She is survived by her loving husband Gordon Stenman of Poulsbo,WA, children; Kristan Stenman and Brent Stenman (Jeanna) all of Poulsbo. She also leaves behind her siblings; Charlotte Carroll-Irwin (Steve) of Juneau, Alaska, sister in law Susan Schwab of Annapolis, MD, grandchildren; Emily Wildung, Curtis Wildung, Jacquelyn Stenman, Kasey Stenman and great-grandson Devin Allen all of Poulsbo. Also, nephew Patrick Carroll and wife Linda, and niece Erin Carroll of Juneau, AK. Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; Clarence and Dorothy Carroll, brother and sister in-law; Larry and Joan Carroll and brother Curtis Carroll.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service at First Lutheran Church, 18920 4th Avenue NE in Poulsbo on Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 2:00 PM. Private interment will take place at the First Lutheran Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to First Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 825, Poulsbo, WA 98370, or Martha and Mary Skills Center, P.O. Box 127, Poulsbo, WA 98370 and Gideon's International, P.O. Box 909, Poulsbo, WA 98370.
"We'd like to thank you for being the best and most loving wife, mom, silbling, grandma, friend etc. in the whole world. We know you are in a better place, but you will be missed dearly and forever. We love You!"
Jennifer Blunt, passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at The Harbor House in Poulsbo, Washington. She was born on February 6, 1930 and was 79 years of age. Private family services will be held. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
Douglas W. Haven, age 88, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, brother-in-law, and friend, Doug Haven passed away peacefully on December 8th. Doug was born in Spokane, Washington on February 7th, 1921. He was raised in Seattleís Ravenna area and graduated from Roosevelt High School. After attending the University of Washington, Doug enlisted in the U.S. Army. As a First Lieutenant in the 10th Armor Division, Doug was a shining example of the ďgreatest generationĒ participating in the second wave of the Liberation of France during WWII.
After coming home from the War, Doug began his long career in the American car business. He worked in his early years for Lincoln-Mercury where he met his wife Shirley. They eventually moved to Poulsbo, and together they bought and successfully ran Budget Rent-A-Car of Kitsap County which they sold in 1998. During his retirement, Doug was able to pursue his passions of gardening, hunting and fishing. He was well-known for his ability to fix anything.
Doug will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know him. He is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Shirley; son and wife, Doug and Jan Haven; daughter, Holly Brassington; daughter, Shirley Macleod; grandchildren, Pam, Kirsten, & Robert; great grandchildren Tatum and Logan; Sister-in-laws, Carmen Steele and husband John, Nannette Buren and husband Lou; nieces, Lisa and Michelle; and nephews, Josh and Sam.
A private family service will be held to celebrate Dougís life and all the joy he brought to each of us. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to Union Gospel Mission, P.O. Box 202, Seattle, WA 98111; or Kitsap Hospice.
Stanford William Olsen, was born June 12, 1937 at Olympic Hospital; Port Gamble, WA; to Karl Stanford and Marie Thelma Olsen. He graduated from North Kitsap High School in 1956; upon graduation he left to go to work in Alaska for Aleutian Cold Storage which began his love for Alaska. From 1956 till 1982; first working in cold storages to being a commercial fisherman and cook on fishing boats; including fishing boat DEAN out of Poulsbo, WA.
When not fishing he worked in construction for companies such as Century Construction Co. and Prime. Stanford was a member of Laborersí International Union of North America Local 252 from March 1964 till his passing.
In 1962 he married June Marie Olsen whom was his wife and partner for 35 years until her passing in February 1997. Stan loved the outdoors; fishing, camping, and boating where him and his wifeís pastime every weekend. He loved playing cards, country music and cooking.
His son Dennis Olsen; introduced him to others as Stanley; he had a laugh that could be heard across a crowded room and a heart as soft as butter even though he came across as a stern man; this his son will miss.
Stanford is survived by his son Dennis Olsen of Bainbridge Island, WA, two brothers; Lawrence Olsen of Port Orchard, WA, David Olsen of Port Townsend, WA, and a sister, Mary Pickens of Suquamish, WA, along with six nieces and nephews.
At Stanfordís request no funeral service will be held; instead he asked that donations be made to Childrenís Orthopedic Hospital, Seattle WA, to help the children and their families through difficult times.
Doris Funicello, passed away on Monday, December 7, 2009 at Martha and Mary Health Care Services in Poulsbo, Washington. She was born on April 30, 1918 and was 91 years of age. Funeral Services and interment will take place in New York. Local arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home. Arrangements with Jordan Funeral Home in Sinclairville, New York.
Maria Soriano Tabafunda, Maria Tabafunda Island, Washington. She was born on May 12, 1916 in the Philippines and was 93 years of age.
She was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island and The Filipino Community. When Maria arrived to Bainbridge with her husband they made a historic mark as the first Filipino married couple to arrive Bainbridge Island. Her passions were farming animals, vegetables and berries; and taking care of her family.
Maria is survived by her children; Linda and Bobby Tabafunda, also her grandchildren Diony Garcia, Ronnie Garcia, Patrick Garcia, Melanie Elenez and Bob Tabafunda. She also leaves behind her great-grandchildren Janeen, Jade and Justina Garcia; Devin Maama, Dylan and Dustin Garcia; Savannah Bogan, Isabelle and Jayden Elenez and Evan Garcia. Maria was preceded in death by her husband Gualverto Tabafunda in 1991.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Thursday, December 3, 2009 from 5-7 PM, and the Rosary at 7 PM, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 4, 2009 at 2:00 PM at the church. Interment will follow at Seabold Cemetery on Bainbridge Island.
A reception will be held following graveside services at The Suquamish Community House, 7235 NE Parkway, Suquamish, WA 98392. (Directions). Memorial contribution can be made at American Marine Bank to: Linda & Bobby Tabafunda.
Adele Louise Mills, died of complications from liver cancer on Nov. 27 at Island Health and Rehabilitation. She was 87.
Louise was born in Seattle, August 30, 1922 to Col. Marmion Mills and Adele Hoppock Mills. She spent her early childhood in Birmingham, a suburb of Detroit. She graduated from high school in Evanston, Ill., and moved to the west coast with her parents in the 1940s, to live in Seattle. She graduated from the University of Washington, and later from a business college in Seattle and began work as a secretary.
One of her first jobs was organizing USO shows at Fort Lewis, where her father was the officer in charge of transportation, during WWII. After the war she lived and worked in San Francisco, then returned to Seattle, working for Sunset Magazine and for a travel business. She became a travel agent, and subsequently traveled all around the world, scouting the best hotels and adventures for her clients. Some of her favorite places to visit were Turkey, Madeira, Spain and Portugal.
As a teenager, she learned the bagpipes, and performed with a pipe band in Seattle and Washington, D.C. She once soloed for half-time entertainment at Husky Stadium. Her parents moved to Bainbridge Island in the mid-fifties. While Louise worked in Seattle, she was a frequent visitor on the weekends and became good friend with the neighbors, Carl and Corinne Berg. Louise was fond of giving regular parties at her parentsí home in the area know as ďthe Green SpotĒ on Murdon Cove. Many of the guests were talented singers who would perform with Corinne Berg, a music teacher and accomplished pianist.
In 1956, Louise and Corinne organized a public performance of the musical ďDown in the ValleyĒ with their local singing friends, to be held at the Bainbridge Grange. With the proceeds from the show, they put together the Islandís first community theatre companyó Bainbridge Light Opera Association (BLOA). In 1978, the company changed to its current name, Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA). Louise was always interested in fashion and from the gift of a trunkful of fine dresses, she began to assemble, through gifts and flea market purchases, an impressive collection of haute couture finery, many of them one-of-a-kind designs by the best know designers in the clothing industry, and spanning most of the 20th century. Louise produced fashion shows, raising money for various musical and artistic organizations, including BPA, Bainbridge Music and Arts, and even the Seattle Art Museum, displaying the gowns on her many friends who acted as models on the runway.
During the 1980s, Louise and Corinne, teamed with Michele McCrackin, to produce a number of successful fund-raising musical revues, featuring local talent costumed in some of the fashionable gowns from Louiseís collection. In 1991, a capital campaign for BPAís new theater building was kicked off by an anonymous donation from a Bainbridge resident, in honor of Louise and Corinne, and there is a plaque in the garden of the theater, commemorating them.
In 1994 Louise produced her favorite play, "The Play's the Thing", and with the cast and crew of the successful venture, she donated the proceeds of the show as seed money to start a smaller theatre company called Island Theatre that would focus on more adventuresome plays for adult actors and audiences. Louise was a long-time member of the Bainbridge Church of First Christ Scientist on Madison Avenue and Bainbridge Music and Arts.
She is survived by her nephew, Mark Turnham and wife Rita, of Camas; god-daughter, Adele Berg-Layton and husband David and their two daughters, of Bainbridge Island.
A memorial event has not yet been arranged. As a memorial to Louise, her fashion collection is being catalogued and prepared for preservation as a community resource. Memorial contributions for this purpose may be sent to Adele Berg-Layton, 4558 Old Mill Road, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Cook Family Funeral Home will handle burial arrangements.
Josephine Hitt, passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2009 at Martha and Mary Health Care Services in Poulsbo, Washington. She was born on May 7, 1909 and was 100 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Dorres Iola Taylor, passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. She was born on October 4, 1921 and was 88 years of age. She was a long time resident of Bainbridge Island, Washington. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Laila Paus, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 21, 2009 in the evening at Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, Washington with her loving family around her.
She was born on October 6, 1931 in Oslo, Norway to Asbjorne Andresen and Inga Bunes Andresen. She was 78 years of age. She was a resident of Bainbridge Island, WA for the past 15 years. They had moved from Wilton, Connecticut where they had lived for many years.
Laila was raised during WWII and grew up directly affected as a child experiencing bombing raids and the horrors of war. In 1939, when she was eight years old, the Germans invaded Norway. They occupied Norway for the next six years until the war ended. During that time the Germans took over all schools forcing the children to be moved almost everyday to any open place. She was in a class of twenty-five students. Laila was a witness of the atrocities of WWII. If any family blinds were open just a bit you could easily get arrested. "All the time", she said, "I heard people being shot". Her father and older brother were in the underground trying to spread information about the war. Her father was captured and sent to an internment camp that would be his home for the next year. Finally after six painful years the war was over. Laila remembers parties all around.
She was married to her husband Jack Paus in Niagara Falls, New York at age 21. They were together for 57 wonderful years. Throughout their life together, they lived in New York, Tennessee, West Virginia, Maine, Ohio, Connecticut and Geneva, Switzerland. She was a homemaker.
Laila is survived by her beloved husband Jack Paus of Bainbridge Island, Washington, her children; Lisa Paus Rose of Bainbridge Island, WA, Mark Paus of Norwalk, CT, Linda Paus Floyd of Fort Collins, Colorado and Michael Paus of Issaquah, WA. She also leaves behind six grandchildren, many loving friends from the Wing Point Country Club and her dear family and friends in Norway.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 1:00 PM at Rollingbay Presbyterian Church on Bainbridge Island, Washington. A reception will follow at Wing Point Country Club at 2:30 PM.
Memorial contributions can be made to The Helpline House on Bainbridge Island,WA.
William Otis Reynolds, passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2009 with his family by his side.
Bill was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1923, the youngest child of Roy and Augusta Reynolds' two children. He graduated from Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington. Soon thereafter he enlisted in the United States Navy. After becoming an officer and training as a fighter pilot, Bill was stationed at Wildwood NAS in New Jersey. There he met and later married Carmen Rodriguez, a Navy Wave. After his separation from active duty, Bill and Carmen moved to Albuquerque where he attended the University of New Mexico. Bill maintained his flight status as a pilot in the Naval Reserves and was a part time Deputy Sheriff for the University. He later worked on an atomic research operation for the Sandia Corporation. While in Albuquerque, he helped establish and build a new church, which, in later years, became the Regina Caeli Catholic Church.
In 1953, Bill took a job in civil defense in Spokane, Washington in order to be closer to his Seattle roots. A few years later Bill and his family moved to the Seattle area where he worked with the Boeing Airplane Company. Bill and Carmen settled in Bellevue, Washington with their 6 children. While raising their children, Bill was a very active volunteer at Sacred Heart Church, the Overlake Knights of Columbus, the Boy Scouts, the Girls Scouts, along with numerous other activities, that his children and wife were constantly volunteering him for. Never one to sit around, Bill had no time to himself as he was always helping others.
After the trials and tribulations of raising their 6 children, 31 years with the Boeing Company as an Engineering Supervisor, and 27 years in the Naval Reserves, Bill and Carmen retired to a family property in Kingston, Washington, where Bill built, almost by himself, their "new" home.
In retirement Bill got busy. As an active member in the Kingston Community, Bill started the Kingston Historical Society, was elected as a commissioner for the port of Kingston, was a past Commodore of Kingston Cove Yacht Club, a Grand Knight and Faithful Navigator of the Knights of Columbus, President of the Kingston Cemetery Association, and a former President of the Kingston Seniors Center. He helped fund raise for Kingston's annual 4th of July celebrations. He was also an active member of St. Olaf Catholic Church. Someone once asked, "Where is 80 year old Bill?" The answer, "he is down the street helping the old folks". Bill had a long list of friends, widows and elderly that he always helped, be it plumbing, electrical, fixing, repairing, or building something. He would take them where they needed to go and had keys to a half-dozen houses, so he could take care of them too. All this volunteer work took its tole on Bill, during an argument with a table saw he managed to lose the tops of two fingers. Bill had a sideline engraving business that never quite seemed to make a profit. He engraved plaques, name-tags, trophies, signs and anything anyone needed, usually with no charge.
Bill is survived by his wife, Carmen; having celebrated 64 years of marriage this last April. In addition to 6 children: Son, William Reynolds (Jeanne); Daughter, Patricia Larson (Robert); Son, Richard Reynolds (Dorreene); Son John Reynolds (Brenda); Son, Robert Reynolds (Cristine); Daughter, Teresa Ellis (John); Bill has 8 Grandchildren, 3 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great-Great-Grandchild.
Memorial Services are to be held at St Olaf's Catholic Church, 18943 Caldart Ave. N.E. Poulsbo, Washington 98370 (Caldart off Lincoln), at 1:00pm on Saturday, the 5th of December, 2009.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Kitsap Fire & Rescue Household Fund at 26642 Miller Bay Road N.E. Kingston, Washington 98346.
James MacMillan Piper, passed away on November 18, 2009 with his family by his side. Jim was born in Spokane, WA on March 9, 1923.
He moved to Seattle and finished his senior year at Broadway High School. During his senior year, he got a job at Swedish Hospital, where he ran the elevator. Since he also needed a place to live, he slept in the mattress room at the hospital. He was a soldier in the 84th Infantry and served our country in WWII and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Upon his return from the war, Jim attended the University of Washington, where he met his first wife, Jackie Elliott. Jim graduated with a degree in zoology and was a member of the Psi Upsilon Fraternity. After college, Jim worked for various companies in the transportation and equipment industries. He quickly developed relationships with the major railroads by salvaging cargo from rail derailments, which then led him to found MacMillan-Piper in 1969. Under his leadership, he built MacMillan-Piper into the largest transloader and container freight station in the Pacific Northwest. Today, MacMillan-Piper is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in global trade.
On his daily trips to work from Bainbridge to Seattle, Jim noticed the homeless that were present on the Seattle streets. He took note of them in the mornings on his way to work and again on his way home in the evenings and he knew he wanted to help. He got support from Grace Episcopal Church on Bainbridge, and Jim and a small group began handing out sack lunches to the homeless. His efforts grew into donations of clothing and blankets and hot dinners. People outside of the Church began to help as well. The program, "Streets of Seattle", continues today with many people lending a hand from the Seattle area.
Jim and his wife, Zona, made their home on Bainbridge Island, as well as their most recent residence at Aljoya on Mercer Island. Together, Jim and Zona were founding members of Grace Episcopal Church on Bainbridge Island. Over the years, Jim made many lasting friendships playing golf at Wing Point Golf and Country Club on Bainbridge. Jim and his family were enthusiastic skiiers, and Jim had many happy memories of skiing up at Stevens Pass.
Jim was a man of many gifts. It gave him great pleasure to quietly do things for others. He made friends easily with people of all ages, and his choice to treat all people with dignity and respect brought out the best in everyone he met. He had a terrific sense of humor. He not only enjoyed telling jokes, but he had perfected the fine art of "pulling your leg". His love and appreciation for music led him to take violin lessons as a boy, and in his late 60's he took mandolin lessons.
Jim passed away hearing the voices of his family as they joined together at his bedside to sing his favorite song, "Edelweiss". He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Zona, and their children: son Jim Piper and wife Suzie, daughter Mary and husband Steve Diederichs, daughter Sue and husband Dave Lindsey, daughter Janet and husband Tim Jorve, son J.T. Kearney and wifeTam-me Bosler, son Jack Piper and wife Jinks, and daughter Patty and husband Steve Stivala. Along with his 7 children, and his many years running MacMillan-Piper, Jim was most proud of his 14 grandchildren.
Memorial service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church on Bainbridge Island, Saturday, December 5 at 2:00p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Bainbridge Island Fire Dept., 8895 Madison Ave. NE Bainbridge ĀIsland, WA 98110; or Grace Episcopal Church, 8595 NE Day Road, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110; or Operation Nightwatch, P.O. Box 21181, Seattle, WA 98111.