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.
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!"
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.
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.
David Allen Johnson, was the born to wonderful parents Robert and Boots Johnson, in Seattle, WA. He grew up in Woodway, WA and made many lasting friendships with folks who are left with some crazy and wonderful memories. He was an athlete and went to State while a wrestler and also enjoyed cross-country.
He started his own siding company and made a name for himself by doing some of the best work in the state. It was at this time that he met his wife Traci, and he proceeded to sweep her off her feet. They married in January 1993. After much moving around, they finally settled in Indianola where they would build lifelong friendships.
Daveís true love, besides family, was his love of music. He could play anything that could make rockíníroll rhythms and harmony from guitar and drums to the harmonica. He passed his love for music on to everyone who knew him, but mostly his children.
He will be remembered for his love of music, extraordinary kindness, fast wit and sense of humor, and incredible love of family. His memory lives on with his brothers Rob and Tom, thru his wife Traci; his five children, Amanda, Brian and wife Emily, Paul, Jenna and Kayla; and grandson, Sampson.
Patricia A. Harper, passed away on Monday, November 16, 2009 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on August 7, 1927 and was 82 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Mary Louise Fiander, Mary Louise Fiander passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, Washington at age 81. She was born on February 25, 1928 and has lived happily on Bainbridge Island since 1974.
Mary Lou attended the University of Washington where she met her husband Bill Fiander. They embraced their passions of skiing and sailing together and with their five children. Mary Lou was known for her variety of projects and hobbies. She was a master bridge player and was the director of the bridge program at the Bainbridge Island Senior Center. She was a talented seamstress and wonderful cook and applied these skills to creating a variety of novel gifts to which her children and grandchildren looked forward to receiving each year. She never stopped learning and was always willing to take on something new. Whether it was her hobby of gardening orchids, expanding her sewing skills through the use of advanced computer technology or researching the family genealogy. She loved sharing these passions and incredible knowledge with her family and friends. Family was the center of Mary Louís life. She will be loved and missed by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, dog Casey and her community of friends. We will remember her for her passion, strong sense of self and unconditional love.
Mary Lou is survived by her sons Murray (JoAnne), Bruce (Kathy) and Killorne (Kelly), daughters Barbara and Sabrina (Pete). As well as her Grandchildren Mina, Justin, Samantha, Patrick, Alexa, Morgan, Shannon, Owen and Audrey. She also leaves behind her Great Grandchildren Caleb and Arabella.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to atttend the Memorial Service on Friday, November 13, 2009 at 12:30 PM at Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church on Bainbridge lsland. Memorial contributions can be made to the Bainbridge Island Senior Center, Harrison Hospital of Bremerton, WA or The American Cancer Society.
Robert Lewis, passed away on Monday, November 9, 2009 at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on April 9, 1944 to Avanelle Vera Lewis and Kenneth Leslie Lewis. He was 65 years of age.
Robert lived in Tacoma, WA and Portland, Oregon, graduating from Franklin High School in 1961. He went on to graduate from The University of Puget Sound in 1965 with a degree in Political Science. He met his wife Betsy Larkin in Denver, Colorado. They married in 1967, and lived in San Francisco, California and Tacoma,WA, eventually moving to Seattleís Capitol Hill neighborhood. Robert worked in finance throughout his career. He started at Dean Witter, then First Interstate and ICM Asset Management. He semi-retired in 2005 and went to work at Eagle Harbor Asset Management. He enjoyed travel, wine-tasting, dinners, fishing, reading and boating.
Robert was Preceded in death by his mother, Avanelle Groves Clemenson and his aunt, Grayce Winchester. He is survived by his wife Betsy Lewis and his daughters Wynne and Meredith Lewis.
Gary M. Peterson, was born August 6, 1949 in Seattle to Anker and Helen Peterson. He left our loving care on November 8, 2009 after a valiant battle with brain cancer. He passed away in the Bainbridge Island home which he crafted, with his wife Kathryn Kindgren by his side.
Gary graduated from Bishop Blanchet High School in 1967. He pursued his ham radio passion throughout those years. He then studied science and engineering, and traveled the world for pleasure as well as for his work in research, oceanography, and consulting. His love of the outdoors included sailing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, and golf.
Gary will always be remembered for his warmth, quick wit, and as an exceptional host and chef. Gary had an incredible collection of friends, co-workers, and extended family who loved him dearly. There was a tremendous outpouring of support and love as he battled his illness.
Gary was preceded in death by his sister Arlene Meehan and his beloved Portugese Water Dog, Orca. He is survived by sister Louise Peterson of Shoreline, niece Carol, husband Jason and grand nephews Taylor, Parker and Reed Viydo of Seattle, nephew Paul, wife Pam and their children Zane, Zoe and Zuri Meehan of Corvallis, Oregon, and brother-in-law Don Meehan of Shoreline.
Friends are invited to a celebration of Garyís life at 5:00pm Sunday, November 15 at the Wing Point Golf & Country Club, Bainbridge Island.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Washington Water Trails Association.
Mark Richard Arvila, beloved son, brother, uncle was taken from us suddenly in the early morning hours of Oct 31.
Mark having spent his entire life in Kingston knew many people. He could often be seen walking the beach in Indianola or shooting a game of pool downtown. He was most noted for laying tile, something he learned at the young age of 16, but he was capable of anything he put his mind to.
Mark is survived by his mom Ramona Ludwig and step dad Chuck Ludwig of Bremerton, father Robert Arvila of Alaska, sister Jennifer Clark of Poulsbo and brother Phillip Arvila of Bremerton. Mark was very loved and will be missed by all that knew him.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the celebration of his life on Saturday November 14, 2009 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm at the The Kingston Community Center, 11212 State Hwy 104 in Kingston. Mark was very loved and will be missed by his family.
Donations can be made at any Bank of America Branch to the ďMark Arvila Memorial Scholarship FundĒ.
William Q. Thornburg, was born Dec 28, 1932 in Des Moines, IA, he was 76 yrs old when he died Fri, Oct 30, 2009 in Bremerton, WA. He spent most of his adult life in Sacramento, CA, but moved to Bainbridge Island, WA in 2006.
Bill earned an Engineering degree at Iowa State Univ. and was an avid swimmer. After college he served on a Navy minesweeper, traveling the world by sea. His passion for swimming led him to be trained as a Navy (EOD) diver.
He worked for PacBell for many years, and retired early to pursue his passion, Astronomy. He was very proud of the Masters in Physics degree he earned from UC Davis in 1992; joking that his classmates could be his kids. This led to a second career as a Lecturer of Astronomy and Physics at Sacramento State Univ. He was a long time member of both the Sacramento Valley Astronomical Assoc. and the Congregation Beth Shalom. He remained a strong swimmer in his adult life and participated in many Masters events including a relay swim across Lake Tahoe. He was passionate about nature and particularly arctic exploration. He enjoyed a trip with his son nearly to the North Pole in 2003. His love for animals and the sea led him to spend time in the San Juanís tracking whales, and in Spain tracking dolphins with EarthWatch. He also helped raise puppies for Canine Companions. Bill struggled with Alzheimerís near the end of his life, but remained eternally positive.
Bill is survived by Jeb and Belinda Thornburg (son) and their daughter Annika of Bainbridge Island, WA; Nan Huffman (daughter), and her children Lauren, Emily and Ben of Sacramento, CA; Sarah Thornburg (daughter) of San Diego, CA; and Ann Jensen (sister) of Tucson, AZ.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 2:00 PM at The Battle Point Park Observatory/Planetarium on Bainbridge Island, WA. (Directions). Memorial contributions can be made to PAWS of Bainbridge Isl. or the Battle Point Astronomical Assoc.
Wilford Henry Blain, passed away on Thursday, October 29, 2009, at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington, with his family by his side. He was 65 years of age.
Wil was a loving husband and brother, great dad, beloved grandfather, avid outdoorsman, loyal friend, and mentor to many of his co-workers. He was passionate about his family, friendships, hobbies, and career. He will be fondly remembered for his warmth and humor, his kindness, and how he treated all he met with dignity and respect.
Wil was born May 12, 1944, in San Diego, California, to Wilford Hoyett Blain and Bonnie Lou Blain. He met his wife-to-be, Lynda Killingsworth, in high school geometry class. She was 15 and he was 16 when they met. Wil and Lynda married in 1964. He graduated from Mission Bay High School in 1962 and San Diego City College in 1965, with a degree in business. Wil moved his family to Bainbridge Island, Washington, in 1977.
Wil loved to hunt, fish, camp and shoot trap. He was a regular at the Bainbridge Island Sportsmanís Club, where in recent years he enjoyed Friday morning trap shoots with other retirees and his son, Wesley. He always looked forward to fall hunting trips to Eastern Washington or Idaho. Wil also enjoyed tinkering with, or building, engines. In his 20s in California, he built several dune buggies from scratch. His children have fond memories of camping and dune buggy trips to the deserts east of San Diego. Wil once bought a dismantled motorcycle in an antique trunk and quickly turned it into a running motorcycle.
While in California, Wil began what would be a long and successful career in the construction industry. He began as a carpenter, initially working on projects such as the Coronado Bridge. He steadily worked his way up to foreman and project superintendent. Over the past two decades, he ran numerous multi-million dollar commercial construction projects, including the extensive remodel of Saint James Cathedral in Seattle and several complex bio-tech research facilities in or near Seattle. In 2006, his employer, Lease Crutcher Lewis, created the Wil Blain Mentorship Award, to honor his contributions to fostering talent and mentoring employees at the company. He retired from Lease Crutcher Lewis in 2006.
Wil valiantly fought cancer for nearly six years. He should have been with us much longer. The family would like to thank the staff at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattleóespecially the RNs and PCTs on the 15th floor, Dr. Aboulafia and his staff, and the RNs and PCTs in the Oncology Infusion Centerófor all that they did to help Wil and his family in this battle. The family would also like to thank Kitsap County Hospice for their help during the last two weeks of his life.
Wil was preceded in death by his parents Wilford and Bonnie. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Lynda; son Michael Blain and daughter-in-law Julie; daughter Shelley Reimer and son-in-law David; daughter Kimberly Cole and son-in-law Jeremy; son Wesley Blain and daughter-in-law Amber; grandchildren, Leo and Sadie Blain, Ashley and Jaden Cole, Djemilah Birnie, Jordan and Emily Reimer; sister Wanda Taylor and husband Dave; nieces Kathy Anderson and Anita Mason; and nephew Chuck Taylor
Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of his life Sunday, November 29, 2009 from 2:00pm til 4:00pm at Island Church on Bainbridge Island, WA. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation www.multiplemyeloma.org.
Marcia Elizabeth Tarabochia, Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!
Marcia Ė the Early years From, at the age of 8, pulling the fire alarm on the power pole near her home on Shelby St. in Seattle (which was followed by the Fire Chiefís visit and promise to send her to the ďHoosegowĒ should she repeat her offense) to, at the age of 9, crossing over the Montlake Bridge, clinging to the outside, adoptive parents Bea and Harold Swendsen knew they were going to have their hands full with their daughter, Marcia Elizabeth (or Shona as she was called by her younger sister, Mary). Early childhood memories included her best friend Ginny who lived across the alley on Hamlin St. They shared secret messages in a matchbox that passed between their bedroom windows. Summering at Pt. White, the Swendsen family made Bainbridge Island a permanent home in 1936. Marcia was in the last graduating class of the Pleasant Beach School.
At Bainbridge High School life-long friendships formed with BFF Medal, Betty, Rokie, Ginger, and Flo, just to name a few. Marcia discovered a growing interest in the theater and enjoyed Drama Club. Graduating in 1944 she attended the U.W. focusing on her interest. Illness forced her to leave school, but her love of the Performing Arts remained. She worked in Seattle for D.K. MacDonald and on the Island ďback when the bankís vault door was a padlocked sheet of plywood.Ē
Marcia Ė the Married years
Who is that handsome man I see? None other than Jack Tarabochia! Married during a blizzard in 1950, theirs was the first interfaith ceremony performed at St. Cecelia. Children David, Barbara and Steven joined the family and Marcia accepted her greatest role as mother and homemaker (with a brief appearance as a hostess at a local restaurant, a role which was cut short when she ordered a Rob Roy instead of a Roy Rogers for a young patron). Growing up during the Depression & WWII, Marcia learned a life-long habit of saving and reusing things Ďtil they wore out, (or just inventing new uses for them). Brownie Scout fieldtrips, summer picnics at the family home, Crazy Rummy parties, football games, mixed up spaghetti, making jewelry, sewing, arts & crafts, gardening, garage sales, traveling; Marcia made memories to last a lifetime.
Marcia Ė the Golden years
On her own again in 1995 after her husbandís passing, Marcia became the queen of recycling and joined the Bainbridge Island Senior Center, enjoying trips and activities. She continued her interests as her health allowed and rekindled her love of the Arts. Marcia was so proud of Davidís kids, her grandchildren, Dominic and Nicole. Great granddaughter Chloe was the apple of her eye. Marcia loved keeping in touch with her many nieces, nephews & their children as well as the kids of her adult friends.
After her parents died Marcia searched for her birth mother. ďI just wanted her to know that I was all right.Ē That was Marcia, cheerful & always thinking of others. A supporter of Helpline House and an IVC volunteer Ďtil she was 80, she was one of those rare individuals who sincerely gave of herself, not for praise or self-gratification, but because she truly cared about the well-being of others. Her hand-made lavender sachets brought a smile to many a face. At the age of 83 she contributed to the soon-to-be-published Let it Go, Louie.
Marcia was born April 10th, 1926 to Frances Coon. Others say she led a meaningful life, but when asked, she said she wished she had appreciated others more. She passed from this world on October 28th 2009 in her home of 50+ years, surrounded by family and lifelong memories. She requested no cards, flowers or memorial service, "but to remember the fun times we had together".
Marcia was so thankful for the many senders of memory cards and caring calls received during her final weeks. ďI never knew Ďtil now just how much a Ďthinking of youí card means.Ē Marciaís neighboring families of Bev/Lee, Ardie/Herb & Barb/Tom will be long remembered for their loving friendship shared with her over the years.
Richard E. Schooley, passed away on Sunday, October 25, 2009 at the Hospice of Kitsap County Care Center in Bremerton, Washington. He was born on October 14, 1941 and was 67 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
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