Glenn Farrell Vorwerk, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2012 at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on December 30, 1929 at Mount Vernon, Washington. He was 82 years of age.
Glenn graduated from Roosevelt High School and the University of Washington. He worked for Puget Sound Energy for 38 years. He was a past member of the Bainbridge Island Rotary Club, the Bainbridge Island and Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce and the Chief Kitsap Lions Club. Glenn was a fun loving person who enjoyed people and conversation. Having lived in Meyers Chuck, Alaska, Bucerias, MX and Yuma, Arizona, Bainbridge Island and the northwest was always considered "home".
He is survived by his spouse Peggy Vorwerk of Bainbridge Island, children: Van Vorwerk (Deanne) of Bothel, WA, Jama Fox (David) of Medina, WA and Nancy Hover (Adam) of Oak Harbor, WA. He also leaves behind his brother Bill Vorwerk (Madeline) of Seattle, WA. There are six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents William and Ruth Vorwerk.
Services will be private. Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of choice. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family
Esther Lauretta Osborne, eighty-eight year old sister, auntie, cousin, friend, registered nurse, cat fancier and health advocate passed away January 7, 2012. Esther Osborne was born July 20, 1923 in Upland, Indiana. She loved life, rode horseback in the wheat fields of North Dakota, cultivated her musical gifts in many church choirs, and developed her scientific skills in various educational venues and professional positions.
After the death of her mother, Mabel Stafsberg Osborne, Jud, North Dakota, Esther lived with her aunts in North Dakota and Iowa, while her father was a minister. When she was eleven, Esther rejoined her father, the Rev. Basil Osborne and stepmother Sylvia Strom Osborne, a teacher in their North Dakota hometown. Three sisters were born to the family in which Esther loved and respected. After receiving her nursing training in Idaho in 1945, she accepted the call for Army nurses during the Second World War. She worked in Alaska with the United States Health Department for six years. Upon leaving Alaska, she returned to her home in Seattle. She worked twenty-years of clinical nursing with the Veterans Administration and worked for Boeing as a clinical nurse at various sites around Seattle. She was well respected and loved for her precision and memory of medical data. From the early 1970’s she became a Siamese Cat breeder. She was proud of her Orientals and she enjoyed taking them to shows where they would win many ribbons. She was an avid member of Cat Fancy Association where she met many of her friends. Esther’s lovely voice and gracious manner was known in the choir at First Covenant Church in Seattle, Washington where she worshipped and sang.
Her three sisters are Vera Osborne Patten of Windsor, California, Polly Ann Osborne Naylor of Murrieta, California and Joy Osborne of Berkeley, California. They will miss her keen sense of humor, gift of music, and astute medical knowledge. There is a constellation of nieces, nephews and cousins that continue to honor Esther. She truly appreciated the support and love of all of her friends and helpful neighbors.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the First Covenant Church of Seattle, 400 East Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122-3616 (206-322-7411) January 21, 2012 at 10 am and internment of ashes will be near her mother in North Dakota. Any memorial gifts honoring Esther Osborne may be sent to Seattle Union Gospel Mission or Wycliff Bible Translators.
Kit S. Taylor, Kit S. Taylor passed away on Friday, January 6, 2012 at his home in Kingston, Washington. He was born on October 11, 1942 and was 69 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Inez Angeline Rogers, passed away on Friday, January 6, 2012 at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, Washington. She was born on April 24, 1942 in Centralia, Washington and was 69 years of age.
Inez worked as the senior cook for 15 years for the Port Gamble S'Klallam Elders.She loved flowers, birds, family, friends and God. Inez enjoyed watching birds feed from her bird feeders. She also enjoyed sitting at the beach with her family and laughter and peace. She was a special person who loved everyone and will be dearly missed.
Inez is survived by her children: Gary Wellman (Tracy) and Sheree Fulton (Mickey) of Little Boston, also Ronald Rogers of Seattle and Lee-Ann Rogers of Little Boston. She also leaves behind her sisters: Rose Purser and Betty George and her many loving nieces and nephews and close family and friends. She has 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Inez was preceded in death by her parents: Fred J and Inez L Wellman, brother: Fred Terry Wellman, twin sisters: Darlene Seachord and Marlene Moran and daughter Misty L. Rogers.
Family and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 1:00 PM at The Port Gamble Gym. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.
Teofilo R. Dosono, passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, Washington. He was born on July 17, 1922 and was 89 years of age.
Filo was a World War II Veteran. He enjoyed gardening, reading, music, playing the mandolin, fishing and carpentry. He was a hard worker and very religious.
Filo is survived by his wife Juanita Doliente Dosono of Poulsbo, children: Imelda Dosono (Francisco Fuentez) of Poulsbo, Natividad (Bob) Leitz of Sequim, Saturnino (Rowena) of Poulsbo/Bainbridge, Florencio (Susan) of Poulsbo, Teresita (Francis) Barcena of Poulsbo, grandchildren: Gary (Olive) Arreola of Poulsbo, Archie (Shirley) Arreola of Poulsbo, Nona Grace Arreola (Jon Fairless) of Burien, Richard Kevin Dosono of Bainbridge, Kenny Dosono of Bainbridge, Heidi Anne Dosono of Poulsbo, Lesly Marie Barcena of Poulsbo, great-grandchildren: Marck Leonard Arreola of Poulsbo, Kimberly Arreola of Poulsbo and Collin Baker of Burien. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews: Cathy, Irene, Lea, Glen, Sonya, Marco, Lorena, Josie, Jose, Ben, Rey, Felix, Elmer, Dominic, Lisa, Eddie and all grandchildren and great-grandchildren on his siblings side. He was preceded in death by his parents Edisto and Nicolasa Dosono, siblings: Pantaleon and Thomas Dosono, Asuncion Dosono Donia and Alberto and Felipe Dosono.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Friday, January 13, 2012 from 4-9 PM with the Recitation of the Rosary at 7 PM at St. Cecilia Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island. Friends and family will be welcome to share golden memories at 6 PM. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM at the church. Interment will take place at Seabold Cemetery on Bainbridge. A reception will follow at the Filipino American Community Hall. The 9th day Rosary will take place at the Hostmark apartment Community Center at 5pm. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.
Judge Theodore Ferdinand Spearman Jr., 64, died peacefully January 3, 2012 at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with his wife and family at his side. He had been hospitalized since December 7 as a result of complications from a brain aneurysm.
Born in Seattle on January 10, 1947, Ted was adopted as an infant by Theodore Spearman, Sr. (1896-1984) and Nevada Letitia Jane (Roberts) Spearman (1897-2002) of Yakima, the finest parents imaginable for this lucky baby boy. As a young track star, he won the U.S. Junior Olympic championship in the shot put. A 1964 Davis High School graduate and Eagle Scout, he attended Yakima Valley College where he met Marie Annette Mullenneix, both 19 years old in 1966. Stanford University offered a track scholarship and Marie, knowing she had found her soul mate, followed Ted and watched him graduate in 1968. They married May 16, 1969 in Palo Alto, California.
His parents’ ardent work over many decades for the NAACP guided his career of obstinate advocacy for justice. Ted received his Juris Doctor at the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor in 1971, just a few months before their daughter Simone Letitia was born. Offered a partnership in a civil rights law firm in Detroit, Ted first practiced criminal and then civil law. He also enjoyed teaching as an adjunct professor at Wayne State University Law School. As a lawyer in Michigan, Ted successfully pursued civil litigation against the Detroit Police Department in multiple police brutality cases.
In 1983 the family moved back to Washington to be closer to aging parents. While studying for the Washington State Bar exam, Ted worked a summer learning carpentry, plumbing and electrical work with Marie’s Uncle John Mullenneix. Ted’s mother, then in her late 80s, had her son to herself once again.
After two trial runs with law firms in Seattle, Ted decided to captain his own ship as a sole practitioner of civil law on Bainbridge Island. Marie worked alongside as legal assistant, bookkeeper and office manager for 20 years. Ted represented personal injury and civil rights clients, often joining as co-counsel on difficult cases around the state involving police misconduct. Making lifelong friends with many among Bainbridge Island’s “live-aboard” community, Ted was passionate in his efforts to protect their right to moor in Eagle Harbor.
In 1998, Ted was a finalist for appointment as a judge to the United States District Court, Western Division. He was also appointed by the State Supreme Court to the Capital Counsel Qualification Panel, which oversees the development of attorneys qualified for appointment in death penalty cases. In 2004, he was appointed to the Kitsap County Superior Court by Governor Gary Locke and was twice reelected, unopposed. The Kitsap County community welcomed him as their first African American judge.
The best part of being a judge, Ted often said, was formalizing adoptions and presiding over weddings. His passionate work to better his community created lifetime friendships. Through 2010, he mentored a young boy during their lunch hours, and this past November he proudly completed a four-year term as trustee with the Legal Foundation of Washington, an organization promoting equal access to civil justice for low-income people.
Ted’s love of ideas, language and contemplation nearly steered him away from the law and toward graduate studies in philosophy, a lifelong fascination that guided his desire to be vigilant, to be observant and to “be here now.” A self-described student of Dharma, he read voraciously, explored the emotional peaks and troughs of golf, loved music and the natural joys of his Island home.
Always proud of his heritage and his parents’ commitment to racial justice, Ted was foremost a member of our human race. His mother and father’s genetic roots included African, European and Native American ancestry. Only recently did he learn his own genetic heritage combined Russian Jewish with Scots-African of Jamaica, West Indies. Above all else, Ted prized the sacredness of his wife and mate of 42 years, and their family—daughter Simone Spearman, son-in-law Jason Weaver, and granddaughter Saja Spearman Weaver, of Guerneville, California. Meditative and thoughtful, persuasive and kind, Ted lived the full life of a warrior poet.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Suquamish Community House, Suquamish, Washington. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Kitsap County Juvenile Youth Fund, the YWCA of Kitsap County's ALIVE program or the Legal Foundation of Washington.
Longtime lawyer, Bainbridge Islander, civil rights champion and the first African-American to ascend to the Kitsap County Superior Court bench, died Tuesday night due to complications from a brain aneurysm. He was 64.
Appointed by then-Gov. Gary Locke in 2004 and subsequently re-elected twice to the bench, Spearman, a voracious reader, often quoted to his colleagues the principle that guided him more than any other was "to follow his bliss."
In life, he had two blisses: the family he loved and the bench on which he served. The former often shaped the latter. Spearman, who was adopted and raised in Yakima, believed that finishing adoptions was "his peak experience" as a judge, his family says, and that he felt family required love and nurturing, not necessarily genetics.
The 64-year-old, who each day talked with his daughter, Simone, by phone on his morning commute to Port Orchard, loved to reach out to youth in the criminal justice system to help them chart a new, positive course in life. And just as he worked to become a more patient and loving husband, according to daughter Simone, few judges were as compassionate as Spearman to both victim and defendant in a criminal case, according to Kitsap County Prosecutor Russ Hauge. His courtroom decorum was always one of professionalism and respect. "He was such a gentleman," Hauge said. "A consummate trial lawyer, he elevated everybody who practiced in front of him."
A graduate of Stanford University who earned his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1971, Spearman and his wife, Marie, moved to Bainbridge Island in 1983. Longtime Mason County attorney Rob Wilson-Hoss first met Spearman soon after he moved to the area. Wilson-Hoss was enveloped in a big federal civil rights case, Davis v. Mason County. At its core, the case involved a hay wagon driver who a sheriff's deputy thought was eluding him and led to a bloody confrontation.
Spearman, a national expert in federal civil rights cases, was eager to help, Wilson-Hoss said. "He really helped us figure out what the heck we were doing," he said. As he grew to know Spearman, Wilson-Hoss realized, "Ted wasn't like anybody else. This was a guy who just really got the whole justice thing," Wilson-Hoss said. "He didn't err on the side of corporations or the little guy. He just had a unique way of looking at things."
In 1997, Spearman represented a disabled woman who'd been raped by a group home employee in Yakima; the state Supreme Court ruling he won was hailed as heightening the standard of protections for nursing and group home residents.
Gerald Elfendahl, a Bainbridge Island historian, remembers when, as a lawyer and resident of Bainbridge, Spearman argued before the City Council in the late '90s about the fate of the island's liveaboard community. "We should preserve and honor diversity in our community," Elfindahl recalls Spearman as saying. On a personal level, Elfindahl said Spearman had a special way of connecting with people. "He was the kind of person that when you walked in and talked to, you felt like you'd known each other your whole lives," he said.
Spearman also taught legal courses and chaired the state bar's civil rights committee, served on its disciplinary board and served on another board that develops lawyers for death penalty cases. In 1999, Spearman narrowly missed an appointment to become a federal judge in U.S. District Court. One of three finalists for the post, Spearman was thrilled just to be considered. "I need somebody to pull me back down to earth," he told the Kitsap Sun. "My feet aren't on the ground yet."
His shot at judge would come in March 2004, replacing retiring Judge Terry McCluskey. Much fanfare surrounded his appointment as the first African-American on the bench. When it came time to run for election that fall, Spearman called Ralph Munro, former Washington secretary of state and longtime Bainbridge resident. "When I endorsed him, he was really happy," Munro said. "He told me that he 'needed' a Republican on the list. I am darn glad that I gave him that name." Munro noted that he would become the "first judge of color west of Puget Sound (and) he turned out to be a very fine judge." "I am proud of his contributions to our county," Munro said.
Washington Court of Appeals Judge J. Robin Hunt knew Spearman on a personal level more than professional as the pair were close friends on the island. Hunt spent part of her Christmas singing "Silent Night" with Spearman at his bedside. She spoke of his "zest for life, love of his family and passion for the law. When I think of him, I think of this constant twinkle in his eye," Hunt said. "His big warm smile, generous heart and his exuberant nature."
In his personal life, Spearman loved nature, played golf, and held a penchant for Native American culture, Hunt said. He meditated each morning, was a student of Dharma and kept a strict vegan diet. He also loved music and played the flute and various types of drums, studied Dharma and tinkered with his Apple devices.Spearman watched with great awe the election victory of Barack Obama, the first African-American president — an event he never thought he'd see in his lifetime.
Spearman first ran into health problems in 2008, suffering a heart attack. But he rebounded until suffering the aneurysm in December 2011.
Spearman was optimistic about the future. As the keynote speaker at a Kitsap County ceremony honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 80th birthday nearly two years ago, he reflected on King but also looked forward: "Tomorrow will be as no other day before it."
Spearman is survived by his wife, Marie; daughter, Simone Spearman; son-in-law, Jason Weaver; and granddaughter, Saja Spearman Weaver. He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore Ferdinand Spearman and Nevada Letitia Jane (Roberts) Spearman.
"His wife, Marie, was his soul mate, and her presence in his life comforted him and gave him great joy," said Presiding Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Anna M. Laurie. "His daughter was the bright light of his life. His granddaughter was the source of great pride and wonderment. His son-in-law gave him strength."
"His work as a Superior Court judge was also his bliss," she said. "We in his court family have a profound sense of emptiness from his passing."
Sandra McCollough, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2012 at the Hospice of Kitsap County Care Center in Bremerton, Washington. She was born on July 7, 1947 and was 64 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
John D. Hair, John D. Hair passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, Washington. He was born on July 27, 1925 and was 86 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Linda Akin Hook Gunby, of Poulsbo died December 27 at Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton, with her husband and son at her side. She was born in San Gabriel, CA, grew up in El Monte, CA, and lived most of her adult life in Torrance, CA. She married Al Gunby March 1, 2008, and moved to Poulsbo.
For 32 years, she taught elementary education, with special emphasis on Reading Recovery, mostly at Broad Avenue School in Wilmington, CA. Her crowning achievement was raising two young boys into adulthood as a single mom. Her many years as a soccer and Little League Mom and as videographer for high school sports earned the respect of the young athletes who called her “Ma Hook,” and when her son Alan brought his fellow USAF Academy cadets home on breaks, the “Ma Hook” title was reinforced. Her dedication to her churches was evident throughout her life, first as a youth leader at El Monte Methodist, then as a pastor’s wife in Rolling Hills, CA, and Big Bear, CA, and finally in her long service with Riviera UMC in Redondo Beach. Upon moving to Poulsbo, she was active at the Suquamish UCC.
Linda was known for her engaging smile and upbeat attitude, and demonstrated her fortitude by beating cancer twice and surviving several heart surgeries. Her motto was always, “There is hope!” She is survived by husband Al and son Mark. A family burial took place January 7, 2012, at Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.
A public Memorial/Celebration of Life will take place Sunday, January 22, at 1 PM at the Suquamish United Church of Christ, 18732 Division St, Suquamish.
Wayne M. Jacobi, 86, seafarer, journalist, former press secretary to Gov. Dan Evans, and devoted husband died peacefully surrounded by his three children, Dec. 27, 2011 from pneumonia at Harrison Hospital.
Jake was born and raised in NE Seattle's Laurelhurst neighborhood, the son of Anath and Miller “Skipper" Jacobi. He attended Roosevelt High School where one of his buddies and lifetime associates was Dan Evans. A Boy Scout in Troop 144, he developed a love for the sea and handling small boats from his father, serving in the Sea Scouts under Skipper. After graduating from Roosevelt HS in 1943 he polished his seamanship with a stint in the USN in the Pacific from 1943 to 1945.
After the war, Wayne studied at the University of Washington's School of Journalism, rowed with the vaunted Husky crew, and married nursing student, Sarah Adele Sparks. He cut his journalistic teeth at The Bremerton Sun and other papers before he and Sarah arrived in 1955 on Bainbridge Island. There Wayne came under the tutelage of famed Bainbridge Review owner/editors, Walt & Milly Woodward. He was co-editor with them from 1955 until 1960. Walt and Jake shared a love of boats and is featured in Walter’s book Big Toot “No Friends Like Boating Friends” chapter where Jake’s boat performs a Woodward “rescue”. Wayne joined St Barnabas Episcopal Church to become a lay reader and advisor to the youth group under the Rev. Vincent Gowen. In these years, Wayne and Sarah bought and remodeled their historic home in Port Madison, became active in efforts to build a new Island Library, and each fall, skippered his father's boat through San Juan and Gulf Islands.
In 1960 at the Seattle Times, Wayne mixed his love of things nautical with the profession of journalism. He covered the maritime beat and move into political reporting which led to him leaving the Times for the 1964 “Dan Evans for Governor” campaign. He was Gov. Evans press secretary in the first Evans administration. He left in 1968 to return to Bainbridge and begin working for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer covering mainly city and county politics until retirement in 1989. His last career as grandfather was probably his most enjoyable. Wayne enjoyed fishing, cross country skiing, and backpacking, was an ace crossworder and read the entire Jack Aubrey series about the Royal Navy in the days of Nelson and other volumes of seafaring lore.
Wayne is survived by Sarah, his wife of 61 years; his children Martin, Carol, and Anne and his devoted grandchildren Jennifer, Julianna, and Nathan Sackeyfio, and Andrew, Wesley, and Madeline Stone.
Remembrances can be made to: St Barnabas Outreach fund or Wolf Haven International at www.wolfhaven.org in Wayne’s name.
A celebration of Wayne’s life will be held at 1:30 PM, Saturday, February 11, 2012, at St. Barnabas Church, 1187 Wyatt Way NE, Bainbridge Island. Funeral arrangements are by Cook Funeral Home where you may sign the guestbook online at www.cookfamilyfuneralhome.com/obits.
Joseph James Russo, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at his residence in Poulsbo, Washington. He was born on November 9, 1937. He was 74 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Elizabeth Dunaway, (Betty) died peacefully with her family at her side on Monday, December 26.
She moved to Bainbridge Island in 2000 to be closer to her son, Roger and his family. She greatly enjoyed Tuesday bridge at the senior center and her friends at Finch Place. She was an avid sports fan. She loved to go to her grand-children's school and sports activities.
She was born in Decatur Township, Ohio. After graduating from high school she moved to Columbus to play basketball with her sister Lucy. After her brother Clifford contracted TB she moved to Arizona with him and worked in an aluminum plant during the war. After Clifford's death, she returned to Ohio. She married Ed in 1951 and moved to Terre Haute, Indiana, where they raised Roger. She enjoyed participating in his school and band activities. She returned to Ohio after Ed's death in 1975 to be closer to her family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Sarah (Stewart) Rogers, brothers Vernett and Clifford, sister Thelma and her husband Edward Dunaway. She is survived by her sisters Lucy Dickerson and Anna Mae Hillman, her brother George Rogers, her son Roger (Renee) Dunaway, grandchildren Kelcey, Grant and Ethan, and many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Messenger House for their kind care of Betty in her last months. Services will be in Ohio at a later date. Memorials can be made to a charity of your choice.
Marjorie A. Beer, passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at her residence on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on October 25, 1917 in Wheeler, Indiana and later moved to Vancouver, WA. She also lived in Wisconsin and Minnesota and then later returned to live in Puyallup, WA. Marjorie lived for the past seven years on Bainbridge Island. She was 94 years of age.
Marjorie attended Clark Junior College and Western Washington University where she received her Teacher's Certificate. She worked in education throughout her career. She received special recognition as the coordinator of Volunteers for Falcon Heights Elementary. Marjorie was a former chairman of various Faculty Wives Committees at the University of Minnesota, a Member of the Eastern Star, the Garden Club, St. Paul Square Dancing Club and was an active member of the Bainbridge Island Senior Center. She was an artist, seamstress, gardener, world traveler, photographer and singer. She was a loving mother, grandmother and friend and was known by her family lovingly as the "Queen Mother Beer".
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 1:00 PM at The Bainbridge Island Senior Center in Winslow. Memorial contributions can be made to the Bainbridge Island Senior's Center. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.
Bryan Bach, passed away on Friday, December 23, 2011 after a valiant and brave struggle with cancer. Wednesday evening Bryan blessed us with his trademark humor, wisdom and laughter as we shared stories during a long and beautiful conversation. Shortly thereafter he slipped into a coma from which he never awakened. His passing was peaceful and without pain.
Bryan was born in Los Angeles in 1941 and grew up in the Beverlywood neighborhood there, attending Hamilton and later University High School. He met his beloved wife Dorothy in 1959 while still a teenager. As he often said, it was love at first sight, and they married in 1963.
He graduated from California State University Los Angeles as an accounting major. Then he applied his sharp and strategic mind first as an accountant and later in financial management with many clients before pursuing his entrepreneurial vision in the fabric label business. Taking the seed his father began in 1938, Bryan took the business, later called Bach Label Co, to one of the largest of its kind on the West Coast with the loving partnership of his wife Dorothy until their retirement.
In retirement, Bryan and Dorothy enjoyed many adventures around the world on planes, trains, and automobiles ultimately enjoying the beauty of Washington and Montana on some very special recent trips.
Bryan was a generous member of Congregation Kol Shalom on Bainbridge Island. As an advocate for CKS, he and Dorothy contribute in many ways with special projects. He was especially dedicated to the gardens of the congregation with time, love, and energy.
Bryan leaves behind his beloved wife of almost 49 years Dorothy Bach, daughters Barbara Bach Garrison (son-in-law Robert Garrison) and Julie Guefen (Eric Guefen), granddaughters Gabriela and Megan, and many other friends and relatives who will miss his sense of humor, generous spirit, and joy of life.
In lieu of flowers, etc. the family has suggested donations be made to Congregation Kol Shalom in Bryan Bach's memory. Checks can be sent to Congregation Kol Shalom, 9010 Miller Rd., PO Box 11738, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Donations can also be made by logging onto http://www.kolshalom.net/aboutus/donate/ Under "item description" in the box on the right hand side of the paypal page please indicate "In memory of Bryan Bach"
Thank you for being a part of the many wonderful memories that made for a joyous and full life and sustained Bryan in his final weeks.
Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
Patricia A. Miguel, passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, Washington. She was born on November 29, 1940 in Salinas, California. She was 71 years of age.
She attended Bainbridge Island High School and graduated in 1959. She worked for Boeing, in fish processing (Seattle Food - Domsea Farms) and a school cook for the Bainbridge Island school district. Patricia enjoyed running a fry bread stand with her grandchildren at Chief Seattle Days. She also enjoyed sewing and weaving.
She is survived by her husband Ron Miguel Sr of Bainbridge Island, children: Carlos J. Miguel of Suquamish, WA, Ronald Miguel, Jr.(wife Merrilee) of Deming, WA, Toni A. Jones (Husband John) of Poulsbo, WA and Lawrence L. Miguel of Silverdale, WA. and 6 brothers Daniel Rapada of Bainbridge Island, Jerry Rapada of Bainbridge Island, Allen Rapada of Arizona, Bo Rapada of Deming, James Rapada of Bainbridge Island, Reconar Rapada of Seattle, 5 sisters Joy Belmont of Seattle, Jeannie Campbell of British Columbia, Gilda Corpuz of Bainbridge Island, Linda Hart of Deming, Juanita Javier of Pismo Beach. There are five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Honorato and Mary Rapada and her brother Sonny Rapada.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Mass on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 10:00 AM at St. Cecilia Catholic Church on Bainbridge Island. Inurnment will follow at the Seabold Cemetery on Bainbridge. A reception will take place at the Suquamish Community House in Suquamish, WA. Please sign our online Guest Book for the family.
Charles Tony Abbott, passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at The Fir Acres Adult Assisting Home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on May 3, 1921. He was 90 years of age.
Mr. Charles G. Abbott was born in New York City, New York on May 3rd, 1921 to Mr. Joseph F. Abbott and Laura C. Griswold. As a youth, he attended the Buckley School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and preparatory school at Deerfield Academy. He attended Williams College, in Williamstown, MA graduating with a degree in Economics. Tony, as his family and friends called him, enjoyed track & field while a student, and, throughout the rest his life was an avid skier, sailor and racquet sports enthusiast.
After college, and serving in the US Air Force at Wright Patterson Field during World War II as a radio test engineer, he was hired by American Airlines and worked in their reservations department. During his tenure at American Airlines, he was part of the IBM/AAL team that developed the SABRE system which became the standard for all airline reservations systems. His interest in computer technology took him next to Arthur Anderson & Co. where he specialized in telecommunications and computer consultancy for major firms in the US and abroad. Tony rose to the level of senior partner at Arthur Anderson before leaving to form his own telecommunications consulting company ending his career as a freelance telecommunications consultant. He served as the President of the Society of Telecommunications Consultants during the final years of his career. He retired to Bainbridge Island, Washington, with his wife Babs in 1989. Tony and Babs Abbott became respected fixtures in Bainbridge Island social and philanthropic life giving generously of their time and resources to the local community. Tony and Babs joined St. Barnabas Episcopal church shortly after arriving on Bainbridge and Tony came out of retirement to help with administrative duties in the Parish office.
Perhaps Tony can best be described by the motto above the door at his first alma mater, "Honor et Veritas" (Honor and Truth). These are the values by which he lived his life. Charles G. Abbott was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Florence (Babs) Abbott and brother Peter. He is survived by his son Jay and daughter-in-law Darlene Kordonowy (Bainbridge Island), son Joe (Wolcott, CO), daughter Laine and son-in-law Merv Lapin (Vail, CO), son Hal (Ft Lauderdale, FL), son Charlie and daughter-in-law Michelle Mar (San Pedro, CA) and four grandchildren, Chelsea (Lawai, HI), Beau (Vail, CO), Brady, and Jordan.
Services are planned for St Barnabas Episcopal Church, Bainbridge Island, Washington the afternoon of Friday, December 30, 2011 at 1:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Kitsap County, Interfaith Caregivers, St Barnabas Episcopal Church, Bainbridge Island, or a favorite charity. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.
Pricilla Taylor Grace, passed away peacefully at Messenger House on December 20, 2011 at the age of 95.
Priscilla was born in Boston on October 4, 1916. Her parents, John M. Taylor and Ellis Phinney Taylor moved to Villanova, Pennsylvania when she was a little girl and Priscilla would always call the Philadelphia area home. Married to Edgar B Howard in 1936, Priscilla spent the war years in Pasadena, California but eventually returned to Philadelphia after her divorce. In 1957, Priscilla married Charles B. Grace (deceased), and they spent many happy years at Ashbridge Farm surrounded by their children and friends.
Priscilla loved people, music, and travel but her grand passion was reserved for The Philadelphia Museum of Art where she was a Trustee for many years. Shortly after her marriage to Charlie Grace, Priscilla began a life-long association with the museum which not only fed her strong interest in art but also gave Priscilla very special friends who were loyal to the end.
Priscilla describes her life…
My education was a crazy combination of nannies, tutors, and travel. Oh, how I love to travel! I have been to every continent except Antarctica. I tried to climb Mt Everest once but only reached the base camp before altitude sickness did me in. I travelled to Africa before it was fashionable. At one time or another, I have lived in Paris, London, New York, Florence, Rome, Scotland, and Austria. My travel “disease”, compelled me to fall in love with art! I have never been the same since!
She is survived by her children: Edgar Howard (Elizabeth) of New York, New York, Priscilla Howard Harper (Susan Jackson) of Bainbridge Island Washington, and William Howard (Lyn) of Malvern, Pennsylvania; her step children Charles, Eugene, Brewster and Michael Grace; five grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.
Marguerite Miller, passed away on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at her home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on April 26, 1916 and was 95 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Ronald Albert Lacey, Jr., passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, Washington. He was born on January 16, 1959 in Skullthorpe, England. He was 52 years of age.
Ronald graduated from Notre Dame University with a degree in Architecture. He was self employed and specialized in church architecture. He served on the Bainbridge Island Design Review Board since its inception in 2004. He also served on the board for Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County since the fall of 2010. He was very active in the Poulsbo Community Church were he served with the worship team and Bible study small group. He was an integral part of the vision and construction of their new church facility.
Ron was a gentle, honorable husband and father and man of God. His delight was his family. He enjoyed nothing better than time spent with Ben and Colleen. His joy was founded in his Christian faith and this was evident personally and professionally. He leaves behind a professional legacy with residential, commercial and church building projects across the country. From the mid-west to the Pacific Northwest, from Alaska to Florida where his most recent church project was just beginning at the time of his sudden death. His greater legacy, however, is in the lives touched by his quick and witty humor, his approach to all things with humility and encouragement of others, his professional and personal integrity and his ever-deepening faith and trust in his Savior Jesus Christ. His wife and son hope to honor his memory by living their lives "in the faith lane" as he modeled.
Ron is survived by his wife Colleen Cameron Lacey of Bainbridge Island, WA, children; Benjamin Lacey of Bainbridge Island, Albert Lacey and Elizabeth Lacey of Granger, Indiana, parents Ronald (Sr.) and Jean Lacey of Davenport, Florida and his sisters Rose Marie Nauta of Spokane, WA and Susan Goodman of Phelps, NY. He also leaves behind his many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 2:00 PM at Poulsbo Community Church, 651 Finn Hill Road in Poulsbo. Private interment will take place at Seabold Cemetery on Bainbridge Island. Memorial contributions can be made at Kitsap Credit Union to assist the Lacey family. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.
Alice Mae Nelsen, passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at The Hospice of Kitsap County Care Center in Bremerton, Washington. She was born on May 20, 1935 in Portland, Oregon. She was 75 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Lois Andrus, Lois Andrus passed peacefully at home, with her family, on December 4th after a brief illness.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Lois lived in both Denver & San Francisco before she and Lew brought their family to the Northwest in the 1960s where they both loved Bainbridge and forever called it home. Lois was a tireless advocate for issues in education, serving on the Bainbridge Island School Board from 1970-1989 and the executive committee for WA State School Directors. She fought successfully to expand funding for Bainbridge schools from housing developers and was involved in Vocational Education policy at the state level. Lois was also devoted to improving transparency and accountability in the management of the growth of Bainbridge Island through groups such as ABC, Murden Cove Preservation Society and the League of Women Voters.
Lois delighted in the ever-changing natural beauty of the Northwest and especially enjoyed owls, otters and hummingbirds. Never content to sit idle Lois followed news into the digital age and battled daily with Microsoft Excel. She loved jigsaw puzzles and the occasional heated political debate. Lois is survived by her children Ross, Joel, and Heather, by her grandchildren Sam and Zoe, and by her cat Lucy.
A small gathering is being planned for early January, please contact the family for details.
Corinne A. Cleveland, 63, of Poulsbo, passed away on Saturday at The Hospice of Kitsap County Care Center. She was born in Warren, Minn., to Orval and BettyLou (Ranum) Cleveland.
She moved to Poulsbo with her family in 1962 and graduated from North Kitsap High School 1966.
She was very creative and fun. Owned various businesses for years. Worked many PowWows and craft shows. Her final craft show was just last month in Suquamish. Her animals throughout the years were some of her best friends.
Corinne is survived by daughter, Taryn Gemmell and son, Sean Callaham of Poulsbo; sister Connie Cleveland of Poulsbo and brothers, Tim (Gwynne) Cleveland of Poulsbo and Tony (Karen) Cleveland of San Jose, Calif.; nephews and nieces, Jay (Katie), Ryan, Fay and Jill Cleveland. She was preceded in death by her parents, and sister Cathy Lou of Poulsbo.
At her request a celebration of her life will be at a later date. Sign the online guest book at www.cookfamilyfurneralhome.com
Thomas B. Perry, passed away on Friday, December 2, 2011 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, WA. He was born on March 18, 1946 and was 65 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
William T. Farwell, passed away on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on December 16, 1913 and was 97 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
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