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.
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.
Ryleigh Una O'Connor Muma, passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at the Seattle Children's Hospital in Seattle, Washington. She was born on February 23, 2006 in Seattle, Washington and was 3 years of age.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 1:00 PM at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church on Bainbridge Island, WA. (Directions).
Alexander Bruce Myers, passed away October 21th at his home in Port Ludlow with his family by his side.
Alec was born in Seattle to Harold Brown Myers & Alura Dumas Myers, both from Washington Pioneer Families. Graduate of Garfield High School in 1954, Graduate University of Washington 1958, member of Phi Kappa Psi. Retired Captain US Army Infantry.
Alec spent his career as an Insurance Agent, CEO Alexander Myers Insurance Agency Inc. Member CPCU, WA and King Co Agents & Brokers. Loved gardening, camping, boating and fishing. He was a founding member of Grace Episcopal Church on Bainbridge Island. Past member of Eagle Harbor Yacht Club and Current member Port Ludlow Yacht Club.
Raised in Seattle, spent summers on Bainbridge Island as a child. Lived on Bainbridge Island from 1961-2005 and in 2005 moved to Port Ludlow.
Alec was preceded in death by his parents Harold & Alura and sister Susan Campbell. He is survived by his beloved wife Jeanette of 48 years, son Alexander ďLex,Ē daughters Diane Harris (Steve), Cheri, and Deborah (Tim Petersen) , two Grandsons, Armor & Archer, sister Janet Stewart and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Friends and family are invited to attend his memorial service Saturday November 7th, at 1:00 pm, Grace Episcopal Church, E. Day Rd, Bainbridge Island, WA. Reception following at the Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, Memorials suggested to Grace Church Landscape Fund, Helpline of Bainbridge Island, or Jefferson County Hospice.
John Stuart Fox, 83, long time resident of Bainbridge Island, died October 21, 2009.
He was born October 18, 1926, in Seattle , WA to Irvin and Laura Fox. He moved with his family from Lake Washington to Bainbridge Island in 1937 and graduated from Bainbridge High School .
On Sept. 15, 1951, he married Muriel Ekstedt of Keyport at the Keyport Bible Church . They took their honeymoon in Victoria B.C. traveling on board the Blackball Ferry ďMV Chinook.Ē They lived at Central Valley until moving to Bainbridge Island , where he resided until his death.
Mr. Fox started working for Blackball ferries at the age of 13 on the Bainbridge - Seattle route working on various venerable ferries such as the Elwha, Klahanie, Kahloken and the Quinault, just to name a few. After serving in World War II in Okinawa he returned to Bainbridge Island and worked for Foss Tugs. He also worked at Bangor Sub Base, the Keyport Torpedo Station, the Seattle Steam Plant, and from 1992 until his death he ran his own business, Fox and Associates, selling boiler treatment.
Survivors include his three sons: John and Michael, both of Bainbridge Island , and Duane of Seattle, two daughters: Randina Chaffin and Michelle Coyle, both of Poulsbo, three grandchildren: Amy Carpenter, Christopher and Andrea Coyle; and two great-grandchildren children: Moses and Lanie.
The funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, November 7th at the Keyport Bible Church , with a viewing between 12:30 p.m. Ė 1:15 p.m. Internment will be at Island Lake Cemetery . A reception will follow at the Keyport Bible Church.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up to help the family pay for funeral expenses. Deposits may be made at any American Marine Branch. Please make checks payable to Michael Fox noting on the memo line ďJohn Fox Memorial Fund.Ē
Melissa Ruth Berg (Kabelac), born Oct 10th, 1956 passed away on Oct 20th, 2009 at Harrison Memorial Hospital in Bremerton, WA. She was 53 years young when she lost her life to aggressive renal cancer. She passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family.
She is survived by Lesley Ann Kabelac (Mother), Jerry Berg Sr (Husband), Jerry Berg Jr (Son), Kristina Jay Blackwell (Daughter), Austin Ray Blackwell (Grandchild), Brennen Louis Blackwell (Grandchild) and Deborah Vedin (Sister).
She was an amazing wife, mother and friend and will always be remembered as a loving, caring and selfless individual. She always worried about her friends and family before herself and would always steer people in the right direction when they were feeling down or lost.
Services will be held to celebrate her life at Chico Alliance Chruch (3670 Chico Way NW Bremerton, WA 98312) on Oct 24, 2009 (Sat) at 1pm. I have established a donation collection to help with final expenses at (http://tinyurl.com/missyberg). She lead an amazing life and touched this world; now she is at peace with her heavenly father Jesus.
J. Robert (Bob) Sutthoff, born May 10 1916 in Cincinnati, Ohio, was called home to the Lord on October 19, 2009 at the age of 93.
Bob attended his first year of secondary education at Xavier High School, and the next three at Elder High School. After graduation from Elder he went on to attend Saint Gregory, and Mount Saint Mary Seminaries. He continued to cherish time spent with his priest friends throughout his life. After leaving the Seminary, Bob enlisted in the Army Air Corps at Patterson Field, Dayton Ohio on June 9, 1942 and spent over 3 years with the 19th Repair Squadron, receiving an Honorable Discharge on October 16, 1945 and earning the rank of Staff Sergeant. After leaving military duty, Bob worked two years with Catholic Charities at Fort Scott Camp, Cincinnati. On February 17, 1947, Bob began a twenty-eight year career with the F.B.I., retiring in 1975. From 1975-1982, he worked as a Security Representative with the Seattle Sonics.
After retiring, Bob spent time pursuing two of his favorite past times: fishing and boating. He will be remembered for his affection for baseball, keen wit and sense of humor, extraordinary kindness, great faith and incredible love of family. When asked recently by one of his daughters what he considered his greatest achievement in life, he answered: "Nabbing your mother!" Other loves of Bob's were animals and nature. He routinely hung fuchsia baskets around his homes in Kirkland and Hansville to attract hummingbirds, as well as feeders and baths for other birds. A nature lover, Bob took his children on trips to Mount Rainier and the Cascades, picnics by the river, and fishing in Puget Sound.
Bob is survived by his wife of 59 years, Frances, and his six children: Anne, Margaret, Connie (Kelly), Catherine (Slaton), Elizabeth (Weyer) and James. He also leaves behind ten grandchildren and his dearest dog "Pug".
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM with the Recitation of The Rosary at 11:30 AM and the Mass of Christian Burial at 12 Noon at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Poulsbo, Washington. Interment will take place on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 1:00 PM at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bobís name may be sent to Mount Saint Mary Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio.
We would like to extend a special thank you to the entire staff of Kitsap Hospice Care Center in Bremerton for their wonderful care of our father. Their compassion made each of Dad's days that much more enjoyable, and for this we are in their debt.
Paula M. Crumbley, passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2009 at her home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on May 10, 1934 and was 75 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Edna Barksdale, passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at her daughter's home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on August 1, 1918 and was 91 years of age. Services and interment will take place in Winter Park, Florida. Local arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
Marilyn L. Hirschfeld, passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, Washington. She was born on August 2, 1935 and was 74 years of age.
Marilyn lived on Bainbridge Island for 21 years. She was originally from Berkeley California. Mom worked as a legal secretary and a paralegal for the attorney general's office first at Washington State and subsequently for Child Protective Services. Marilyn retired 11 years ago and has since travelled extensively with her husband and was active with the home owner's association at Bill Point. Services will be private.
Marilyn is survived by her husband, William G. Hirschfeld, Jr; her two children Mary Hirschfeld and Stuart Hirschfeld, her sister Janet Schwab, and three grand-children. Memorial contributions can be made to The American Cancer Society.
Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
Wilbert Deflyer, passed away on Friday, October 16, 2009 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on November 27, 1934 and was 74 years of age. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
Dorothy Whiteside, passed away on Friday, October 16, 2009 at her home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on April 15, 1921 in Ogden, Utah and was 88 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Olga Summers, was born on March 4, 1926 in Belgrade, Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia) the fourth of eleven children (and second oldest daughter) of a local shoe factory owner and his wife. Her childhood was quite carefree since the family was well off and her father was a respected businessman. All of this changed with World War II when the Germans occupied the city. An accident involving a German transport truck left Olga temporary blind until she had surgery after the war. By then the communist regime was firmly in power and had confiscated her fatherís factory. Shortly afterward, Olgaís mother, Angelina, went to work as a telephone operator to help support their large family. Life at that time was all about having enough food in the house to feed everyone and Olga did her share to ensure this happened.
Her life took a dramatic turn in 1950 when she met a perennial bachelor, James Summers. Family lore has it that they met while James was with the Embassy guard service in Belgrade and became acquainted with Olgaís sister, Dragana who also worked at the embassy. One night Jim had extra tickets to the opera and offered them to Dragana because he knew she had a large family and could potentially use them. Jim didnít speak much Serbo-Croatian and Olga spoke no English so Dragana spent much of that evening translating for the two of them. Well, the rest is history - they fell in love and began a three year courtship that culminated in their wedding in 1953. By then, they could understand each other much better but kept a dictionary nearby just in case!
Olga came to the United States in 1953 as the wife of a career military man, James Summers but soon had her own loyalties to her new country. As soon as she was able to, she applied and became a US citizen. During their life together Olga and Jim lived in California, Hawaii and Nevada. While in Southern California, Olga joined the foreign press association and wrote articles about local celebrities for her hometown paper. She also sponsored her two sisters and three brothers to come to the US to live. Olga wanted her siblings to share in the good fortune she had found in her adopted country. She also made sure that her mother and the siblings who stayed behind were taken care of, and had the opportunity to visit the country she had come to love.
The happiest years of her life were spent in Hawaii when Jim was stationed there. She loved the people, the weather, and the culture. In later years, she often reminisced about those years and visited when she could. Once Jim got orders for Vietnam, Olga came back to Southern California to be near her family while she raised their only child, Dora.
Upon Jimís return, they lived in Anaheim where he finished his Marine Corps. career at El Toro. Later, she went to work for Disneyland as a retail clerk to help put her daughter through college. She eventually retired from Disney and had more free time to do as she pleased. Unfortunately by then, Jim had developed Alzheimerís disease so the next ten years of Olgaís life was spent as his primary caretaker- which she never begrudged and willingly took on. This also involved a move to Las Vegas when Jim finally had to enter a nursing home. They were fortunate to celebrate 48 years of marriage shortly before Jamesí death in 2001.
Olga continued to live in Vegas up to June of this year when her failing health brought her to Messenger House to be nearer her daughter and son-in-law. She is survived by her daughter Dora Summers-Ewing, son-in-law Larry Ewing, and four brothers: Milan, Voja, Rade and Ceda Vlatkovich. By her own request, there will be no formal service and she will be cremated and have her ashes returned to the waters off Hawaii. This was also Jimís request so they will make this final journey together.
Helli A. Tetri, passed away on Monday, October 5, 2009 at Harrison Hospital in Bremerton, Washington. She was born on March 23, 1930 in Finland and was 79 years of age. Helli was a resident of Poulsbo, WA. Services are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.