Pedro Cervin, passed away on Monday, November 15, 2010 at The Messenger House on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
He was born on January 18, 1930 in El Paso, Texas to Gildado and Teresa Cervin. He was 80 years of age. Pedro grew up in El Paso and later move to Hollywood, CA. He worked as a professional boxer in L.A. and was in the boxing hall of fame twice as a professional boxing champion. He also enjoyed many other sports and liked reading newspapers. Pedro was a U.S Veteran.
He is survived by his wife Marjie Lee Cervin of Bainbridge Island, WA and his nephew and nieces; Manuel, Norma, Liz and Marie. He also leaves behind many other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings Arture, Lupe and Alice. Services will be held in Los Angeles, CA. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.
Philip McCrudden, our Dearest Daddy passed into the loving arms of our Lord Jesus after a year long battle with colon cancer. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up on the Main Line. His fondest memories of childhood were of summers at Brant Beach on the Jersey Shore and discovery of his passion for skiing and mountain climbing while attending the Eglon Academy in Switzerland. After attending various prep schools, he left home and lived on his own during his high school years. He attended Miquon Upper School by night and was a carpenter's apprentice by day. He was also an accomplished guitarist. He left the east coast in the early 1970's and traveled around the western United States, eventually settling in Seattle for a time. He then moved north to Alaska where he lived for many years. On one of his many sojourns to the “outside” in Seattle, he met the love of his life, Judith Ann Law. They got married on a beautiful snowy day in 1985 in Homer, Alaska. They were blessed with 2 wonderful children Christina and Wyatt. Phil worked as a general contractor in Alaska and eventually bought a fishing permit that placed him on a lifelong path of working in the fishing industry with emphasis in marine regulatory and casualty work that continued until his passing.
Phil's amazing intellect, his breadth and depth of knowledge on almost any subject, made him a stimulating and sometimes intimidating friend, partner, and father. Woe to those on Jeopardy! What mattered most to our beloved husband and father was his love of Jesus, his wife and best friend, his kids and his German Short-Haired Pointers, Cody and Heidi. He also cared deeply for his friends and associates in all his many business dealings and travels through life. He leaves, in his wake, many bereft family members who mourn his premature death, but accept the Lord's ways are not their own. Thank you Jesus for saving our dear Pops. You are now completely healed, living in your heavenly hunting lodge, with a big tricked out shop in back. Love you always. Any amount of time on this earth will pale in comparison to a perfect eternity with you. Miss you. See you soon.
A gathering to remember Phil will take place December 5th from 1-6pm at Kiana Lodge, 14976 Sandyhook Road NE Poulsbo WA 98370, phone number 206-282-4633 or 360-598-4311. Bring your stories, bring yourselves, all are welcome. Fireworks at the end. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made at any Wells Fargo branch to the Philip McCrudden Family Memorial Fund to support the education of his kids. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.
Marie Bessie Fox, passed away on Monday, November 15, 2010 at the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. She was born on June 1, 1926 in Seattle, Washington to Thomas and Bessie Loftus. She was 84 years of age. Marie had lived in the Seattle area for the past 72 years. She worked as a bookkeeper for the Presbyterian Counseling Service. Marie had a passion for loving people and was a loving mother and a woman of deep faith. She celebrated life with laughter, music, friends and hunting for trilliums. She is survived by her husband Willard C. Fox of Poulsbo, WA, children; Michael Fox of Bellingham, WA, Mary Fox of Poulsbo, WA, Jeanne Fox, Joan Fox of Anchorage, Alaska, Elizabeth Fox of Seattle, WA, David Fox of Seattle, WA and Tom Fox of Belfair, WA. There are ten grandchildren. Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Mass on Monday, November 22, 2010 at 11:00 am at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Poulsbo, WA. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.
Jean Macaulay. Hart-Duling, of Bainbridge Island, Washington, died Friday, November 5, 2010, after a long battle with congestive heart failure.
Jean was born in Bellingham, Washington, September, 23, 1917, to Murry D. and Pearl N. (McLeod) Macaulay. She was 93 years of age. Jean moved with her parents and brothers from Deming to Forks, Washington in 1928. Following college and marriage, Jean and her husband, Richard Hart, moved from Seattle to Bainbridge Island in 1952; from 1957 to 1972 they lived in Long Beach California, before returning to their Wing Point home on the Island.
Jean received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Washington State College in 1938, and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California in 1961.
Jean loved her work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She began her career as an accredited counselor and child welfare worker for LA County; she then moved on to complete a state pilot project for developing state homemaker services for the state of California. For the remainder of her career she worked in administrative positions in Long Beach, Paramount, and Compton, California; including, Child Protective Services Supervisor; Deputy District Director; Head Child Welfare Worker in Licensing; and Program Analyst to assess child welfare services. After retiring from LA County, she served as Administrator for the Melton Home for Developmental Disability. Jean was a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Certified Social Workers of California and the American Association of University Women.
Jean was an active member of Eagle Harbor Congregational Church. She was an avid golfer, had been a member of Wing Point Golf and Country Club since 1952, and loved a good game of bridge. Her daughters fondly remember her and their father’s love of camping and hiking in Olympic National Park during their growing up years, instilling a life-long love of the outdoors and the Olympic Peninsula.
Jean was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard D. Hart; second husband, Lawrence (Bill) Duling; brother, Neil Macaulay; nephew, Ladd Macaulay; sisters-in-law, Margaret Macaulay and Joanne Macaulay; step-son, Larry Duling.
She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Dwight Morrison of Bainbridge Island; daughter, Pam Horton of Willow, Alaska; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia Hart and Timothy Jewell of Bainbridge Island; brother, Hugh Macaulay of Bainbridge island; grandchildren, Stephen Schick, Susan Schick, Tamara Saylor, Summer Horton and Heather Horton; nephews, Tom, Mark, Doug, Bob and Scott Macaulay; niece, Leslie Macaulay; step-daughters, Jayne Munch and Lenora Daniel; great-grandchildren, Blake Culp; Cody, Cedar and Audrey Schick; Jachin, Kayleah and Corban Saylor.
Memorial services will be held at 2:30, Saturday, November 13, 2010, at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, with reception to follow. Visitation will be 11:00-12:30 at the Cook Family Funeral Home on Bainbridge Island. Graveside services will be held for immediate and extended family, at 1:00 at the Kane Cemetery on Bainbridge.
Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Kitsap County, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, or the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Barbara Tucker Pearson, died peacefully in her home on November 3, 2010, from ovarian cancer.
Barbara was born on July 23, 1947, in Everett, Washington, the daughter of Ken and Rita Tucker, and stepdaughter of Mary Tucker. She grew up in Everett, where she went to school at Immaculate Conception School and Everett High School. As a girl, she loved the beaches of Puget Sound and the tree-lined fairways of Everett Golf and Country Club, where her father was the pro for over forty years. Whenever she had the chance, she got on a horse.
She later received degrees in history and education from the University of Washington and a Master of Social Work from Smith College.
Barbara worked all her adult life to help neglected and abused children. In the late 70s she was Director of the Child Abuse Program at the Cook Inlet Native Association in Anchorage, Alaska. In 1980 she began working in Seattle at the Northwest Adoption Exchange, a several-state agency. She became the Executive Director and continued her career there until very recently, helping to place hundreds of children with adoptive families. Over the years she received local and national recognition for her work in child welfare.
Barbara had an amazing energy and zest for life. She was a passionate horseback rider. She owned many horses and spent countless happy hours at Countryman Stables on Bainbridge Island. Her other strong interests included antiques, gardening, real estate, politics, books, art, and cats.
All her life, Barbara cheered on her family, many friends, and the children with whom she worked. “You can do it” was her mantra, for herself and others. She never doubted this.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Paul; her stepdaughters and spouses, Marin Millar and Michael Lawson, and Shelly and Joshua Masur; her grandchildren Julia, Noah, and Jacob Masur; her father, Ken Tucker and stepmother, Mary Tucker; her sisters Kathleen Tucker Brooks and Mary Tucker Helbach, and many other extended family.
Donations in Barbara’s memory can be made to Bainbridge Island Friends of the Library or Northwest Adoption Exchange.
A memorial celebration will be held on November 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Wing Point Golf and Country Club on Bainbridge Island.
Cecilia Anita Storey, died November 2nd, at age 92, surrounded by her five children. She was born in Salem, OR and grew up in Woodburn, OR.
When a sibling mispronounced her name as “Sudie” the moniker stuck with her throughout her life. Sudie attended St. Joseph’s Nursing School in Vancouver, WA and received her RN certificate in 1939. In a long career she worked at Swedish Hospital in pediatrics for many years.
In 1941 while attending a dance at the Trianon Ballroom in Seattle she met her future husband, Myron “Mike” Storey. Their marriage lasted 56 years, until his death in 1997, and produced five children, 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Sudie was a lifelong Democrat. Whenever she met someone new, her first question would be “What are you, a Democrat or a Republican?” She was partisan, but civil. Sudie loved shopping at the thrift stores and then playing the slots at the casinos. Her interests included travel, gardening, cooking and reading. She loved a good lobster, geoduck steak and PHO noodles. She was a social person who enjoyed meeting new friends. She volunteered at the Bainbridge Island Senior Center. Sudie lived in many places, including Alki Point, Grosvenor House in Seattle, Sequim and finally at Winslow Manor on Bainbridge Island.
Sudie will be remembered for her positive outlook and giving spirit. She is much loved and missed by her family and close friends. Sudie is survived by her children Susan Harader (Allen), Paul Story (Robin), Kitt Mathisen (Larry), Russell Storey (Sherry), Casey Gouevia (Mark) and her sister, Heinretta Seely of Canby, OR.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 13th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 1310 Madison Avenue, Bainbridge Island, WA. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at the Internment Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Seattle, WA.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made for Cecilia - an avid animal lover - to PAWS of Bainbridge Island, P.O. Box 10811, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.
Pauline Irene Robinson, of Bainbridge Island, WA, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 30, after a long and courageous battle with advanced stage Alzheimer’s, surrounded by her family.
She met her husband “her Sweetie” of 58 yrs, the love of her life, James Robinson, at a dance in Beaverdale, Pennsylvania. Her husband was Deputy Chief Systems Analyst for the Department of Defense and worked for the CIA. She loved and adored her daughters, Beverly and Lori.
She had careers as a seamstress specialist, key punch operator for the CIA and ultimately as a full-time homemaker.
Always happy and smiling, her life revolved around her family, and she was the perfect wife and mother. She had a vibrant, healthy and wonderful life.
She was preceded by Helen, Betty, Susan, Ann; sisters, and George Yanko; brother.
She is survived by her husband, James Robinson of Bainbridge Island, WA; daughter, Lori Robinson of Bainbridge Island; daughter and son-in-law Beverly and Jeffrey Balkus of Bainbridge Island, sister, Margaret Bononno of Glendale, CA and many loving nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to acknowledge the exceptional, loving, and compassionate care by the staffs at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, WA and Harrison Home Health care nurses.
May Pauline rest in peace and eternal light shine upon her.
The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, November 05, 2010, at 10 am at St. Cecilia Catholic Church. Interment will take place at Hillcrest Cemetery and a reception will follow.
Stanton Willard Alger, passed away on Bainbridge Island on Sunday, October 31, 2010. He was born on April 24, 1942 and was 68 years of age.
Born in Maryland, Bud honed his passionate interest in all things mechanical at the prestigious Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. During the Vietnam war, he served in Thailand as a communications specialist and worked on early television systems. His training in the rapidly developing TV technology led to jobs around the country, from NBC in California to his final job as Chief Engineer at KCTS in Seattle.
His entrepreneurial skills connected him with Stan Lee at Marvel Comics, where he worked on early 3-D films and developed patents on several aspects of 3-D technology. Later, he worked on the first in-flight film projectors for Hewlett Packard, traveling to England on the inaugural flight.
A Renaissance man, Bud's lifelong studies took him from the Berklee College of Music in Boston to UC Berkeley's Department of Philosophy. Among other interests, he loved sailing, photography, mountain rescue, the Sierra Club, and reading. Involved with scouting from boyhood, Bud was scoutmaster for his son Fred's Bainbridge Island Troop 1564 from 1997 to 2001.
Music was an early and constant thread in his life. As a child, he sang in the boy's choir at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Baltimore; during high school and college, he worked as a professional jazz musician. Up through the final day of his life, he sang with the choir at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church on Bainbridge Island and also played string bass for several jazz groups as well as Time and Tide, a folk and gospel ensemble that played at local farmers' markets and selected private engagements.
Active in his church and community, Bud wired the restored Eagle Harbor church tower for sound so the town could enjoy Christmas carols and spooky Halloween music. When cancer forced his retirement, he studied painting with local artist Claudia McKinstry, built guitars, and taught music at Madrona School. Through the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, he founded a Monday Men's Group for men with serious illness or disability, which still meets weekly at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church on Bainbridge Island.
Bud met his first wife Kathy in the Army and they enjoyed forty years of adventures before her death from breast cancer in 2003. He is survived by his son Fred (Elizabeth) and three granddaughters, and by his wife, Ann Lovejoy, and step-sons Peter and Andrew (Kate) Lovejoy, and his much loved cats.
A celebration of Bud's life will be held at Bainbridge Island's Eagle Harbor Congregational Church on Sunday, December 5th at 6 p.m., followed by a potluck. Memorial donations may be made to Bainbridge Public Library or Harmony Hill Cancer Retreat.
Nina Graybill Echols, passed away on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at Hospice of Kitsap County Care Center in Bremerton, Washington.
She was born on October 20, 1920 in Lindsey, California, where her father was a pioneer orange grower. She was 90 years of age. Nina received her A.B. degree from Fresno State College, where she majored in language and drama. During World War II, she served with the American Red Cross at Letterman Hospital at the Presidio in San Francisco. She later taught school for eleven years.
Her husband, the late Lawrence Echols, was a civil engineer with the National Parks, serving in several national parks in the west and southwest, including Olympic N.P. and Mt. Rainier N.P. They lived on the Island from 1970-1976, after his death, Mrs. Echols returned to the Island in 1987 and built her home. Since then she has been active in Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, serving as Elder and as a member of the choir. She appeared in many productions with Bainbridge Performing Arts and Island Theatre, as well as doing professional Voice-Overs.
She is survived by her daughter, Kerry Messett (Craig Messett) and a son, Nicholas of Porterville, CA, and two grandchildren, Amanda Salanga and Joel Messett.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 10 am at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church on Bainbridge Island. Memorial contributions can be made to the music department of Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, PAWS of Bainbridge Island or The Hospice of Kitsap County. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.
Douglas Michael Ostling, passed away under tragic circumstances on October 26, 2010, at the age of 43.
Doug was born on September 13, 1967 in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Even as a young boy, his amazing use of words, quick learning abilities and sharp intellect were already present. He was active in Cub Scouts and soccer during his youth. He loved his motorcross bike and would spend his afternoons riding around the family property with his friends.
Doug attended Bainbridge schools and graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1985. In his senior year of high school, he interned at Honeywell International Inc. During college, he worked at the Port Townsend Paper Mill in the Mechanical Engineering Department. A talented artist, his artwork was featured as a large wall mural in the Harborview Hospital Emergency Waiting Room, starting in 1986. He enjoyed writing poetry and published his own book of poems while in college. He graduated from Washington State University in 1993.
During high school and college, Doug owned and operated the successful Bainbridge Bicycle Repair for several years. He designed and built street and velodrome racing bicycles for himself and other bike racers. A gifted athlete, he raced in street and velodrome races, and was known for his daily bike rides in which he would travel over 100 miles. In 1988, his photo was featured in the Winning Bicycle Racing Illustrated after falling head first into a mud pit in an off-road bike race.
After college, Doug returned to Bainbridge Island, which was a place he greatly loved. He lived for four years in Los Angeles, where he always made the best out of the worst, before returning home in 2005. For the last five years, he had been very involved with his family and was an integral part of all of their lives. He had a special connection with animals and was consistently the favorite of the family dog.
Always the adventurer, his interest in flying and space compelled him to take flying lessons. Over the last several years, he renewed his interest in these areas and studied aircraft and space passionately.
He loved art, theater, writing, walking, hiking, spending time with his family and watching movies. He was an avid bicycle rider and enjoyed the outdoors. Every Friday he filled the family home with the smells of his home-made bread.
In September, Doug celebrated his 43rd birthday with a grand weeklong celebration in Washington, DC with his family.
His life was tragically cut short through an unfortunate series of events, in which all of his immediate family members were present. It is the family’s deepest hope and prayer that no other family will have to experience such a heartbreaking tragedy and loss.
Although mental illness was a struggle for him for many years, he was more than his illness. He will be remembered for his creativity, enthusiasm, love and thoughtfulness. His family, who fought so valiantly to protect and nurture him throughout his life, will greatly miss the joy he brought to their lives. His family is especially thankful for the time that they had with him and the unending love that he gave to them in his own special way.
He is survived by his mother and father, Bill and Joyce Ostling; his sisters Kimberly Cox and Tami Ostling; brother-in-law Tom Cox; and numerous family members and family friends.
The Ostling family is thankful for the members of the community who extended friendship, understanding and compassion to Doug over the years. The family is also grateful to those who accept and treat the mentally ill with dignity and respect, in every thought, word and deed.
A celebration of life ceremony for Doug will be held at Island Church on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 2:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations in Doug’s memory be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Kitsap County, an organization that works to improve the quality of life for all those affected by mental illness and advocate on their behalf. Donations can be made by mail to NAMI Kitsap County, P.O. Box 2343, Bremerton, Washington 98310. Please contact 360-405-6212 for additional information about NAMI's work in Kitsap County.
Karen Hanson, On Friday October 22nd Karen Eileen Hanson; our loving wife, mother, sister and friend ended her earthly struggle with cancer and said goodbye to those she leaves behind. She sits with her Lord & Savior Jesus until we can meet again.
Karen was born in Rapid City SD on February 27, 1948 and grew up in Newell SD on the family ranch. She attended schools in Newell and graduated from high school in 1966. She also graduated from Black Hills State College with a BS in education. Her first teaching assignment landed her in Glendive Montana at Dawson County High School where she met her husband Jack. They married in 1971 and taught in Glendive until 1982. During that time their family expanded adding Jenny and Kurt. From 1982 through 1997 they lived in Bozeman MT where Beth was born. Karen also earned her master’s degree from Montana State University and taught in Livingston. From 1997 until her death the family lived Kingston WA where Karen taught at Kings West School and in the Edmonds School District. Karen was always active in her Catholic Church communities teaching and encouraging others to grow in their faith.
Karen’s zest for life and her love of the Lord were evident in all that she did. Karen cherished her vocation as wife and mother. Always the teacher, she mentored many young people and was called, ‘mom’ by far more children than her own. Faith, family and friends, were the centerpiece of Karen’s heart. She impacted the lives of thousands and leaves behind a great legacy in those she loved.
Karen’s courageous and spiritual journey through cancer was a beautiful example of living the life God intended. Those who knew Karen, know that greatness is not in doing single great acts, but it is in the small daily acts of living Godly lives that account to greatness.
Karen is survived by her husband of 40 years, Jack; Daughters Jenn Rile, Beth Hanson, son Kurt Hanson, brothers Frank Wurnig, Steve Wurnig, and Jim Wurnig and stepmother Bobbie Wurnig and two grandchildren.
There will be a rosary at 6:30, a vigil at 7:00 pm, October 26, 2010 and a funeral mass at 11:00 am October 27, 2010 at St Olaf Church in Poulsbo, WA.
Matthew Gaphni, Our beloved son Matthew passed away on October 22 from complications from endocarditis. He was 21 years old. Matthew was a senior at Western Washington University, a place he embraced from the moment he got there in the Fall of 2007. In the three years he was there, he built a strong and solid community of friends.
From his youngest years, Matthew always had very distinct interests. In particular, was his love of history. From the time he was a little boy, he delved into various periods of time. And while majoring in history would have been natural for him, he chose instead to go the more practical route of accounting. He wanted to go into a field where he would be guaranteed to get a job. Matthew loved to travel, and had traveled in the Middle East, Europe, Nicaragua, and just this past year spent a month traveling on his own in Australia.
Matthew was one of the most disciplined and hardest working people we knew. If something didn't come easy to him, he worked and worked at it until he mastered it. He did it with baseball, tennis and math, and most recently had taken up golf. We know he would have mastered that too.
We want to thank Dr. Aldea and Dr. Cheng at UWMC and the incredible staff there (and at Harrison Hospital) who gave Matthew such loving and competent care. Matthew is survived by his parents, Robin and Israel, brother Jordan, sister Aviva, grandmother Lyn Laflin and numerous other aunts and uncles and cousins.
It will be hard for all of us to live the rest of our lives without Matthew. But we must remember and cherish our times with him, and live our lives and be happy. That is what Matthew would have wanted.
The Funeral Service will take place on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 2:00 pm at The LDS Chapel on High School Road on Bainbridge Island, WA. (Next to Ordway Elementary School). Interment will take place at Port Blakely Cemetery on Bainbridge Island. A reception will follow at the family home. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Matthew's name to Western Washington University's scholarship fund. http://www.wwu.edu/give.
Ann R. Suryn, passed away on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at Liberty Shores Care Center in Poulsbo, Washington. She was born on April 17, 1914 and was 96 years of age. Interment will take place at Oakwood Memorial Mausoleum in Saginaw, Michigan. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.
Billie Ruth Lewis Mayer, passed away on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at The Harbor House Care Center in Poulsbo, Washington. She was born on April 22, 1925 to Donald and Ella Lewis in Snow Flake, Virginia and was 85 years of age.
Billie lived in Oakland, California for 45 years and on Bainbridge Island for 18 years. She graduated from high school at age 16. After secretarial school, she went to work for a general at the Pentagon while going to school at George Washington University. She then decided to go to Hawaii with her cousin, Millie, where she continued to work for the Army, meeting her Navy husband, Bill Mayer. They were married in Washington D.C. in 1948, ending up in the Bay area in California where they lived for the next 45 years. Those years were filled with raising two children, being an executive secretary/Office Manager to the president of the Port of Oakland and the president of Chevron, among others, and traveling the world with Bill. She moved to Bainbridge Island in 1993. She met her companion of later years, Harry, and she continued to dance until the very end. She is now free to continue dancing.
Billie is survived by her children; Cheryl (Cecil) Ross of Bainbridge Island and Steve (Jeannette) Mayer of Santa Rosa, CA. She also leaves behind her grandchildren; Chy (Rhonda) Ross of Everett, WA, Jude (Mayuko) Ross of Tokyo, Japan and Rain Ross of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, great-grandchildren Jett and Tula Ross of Everett, WA and her cousin Millie Jones of College Station, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husbands; Bill Mayer and Harry Ward.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 11:00 am at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church on Bainbridge Island. Memorial contributions can be made to the Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers or the Alzheimer's Association.
Gretta Weidenhammer, a lover of people, animals, and all living things, passed away at her home on Bainbridge Island on Friday, October 15th. She was 62.
Gretta had a love of life and its playful details...She relished understanding and describing the world to all. As a very young child Gretta took in an abandoned litter of kittens and nursed them back to health in a shoebox hidden in her closet. Traveling family and friends always turned to Gretta as a considerate and gracious host who made them feel at home wherever they were. Whether it was exploring the tidal flats behind her childhood home in Southport, CT, taking in a stray or abused dog, or tending her garden, she was a steward of life in all its forms – family and friends, plants, and animals.
The first half of her life was as diverse as her conversation topics. Gretta and her family embodied the changes in American culture from the early 20th century through the 1970’s. In the golden age of radio, both her father (Carlton Weidenhammer (Warren)) and mother (Edith Weidenhammer) were professionally involved in entertainment and communications – her father being an announcer and director of WOR radio in New York City and her mother playing piano professionally on the radio and then teaching piano. As a 16 year old student at Dana Hall in Wellesley, MA, Gretta witnessed the beginning of the British Invasion attending the Ed Sullivan Show for the Beatles American premiere. Post college, Gretta lived the changing America we watch weekly in the television series Mad Men, as an employee at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising. As Gretta changed, so did the social mores of our country, trading the glamour of Madison Avenue in Manhattan for the counterculture living of California in the Bay Area in 1970.
In the late 1970’s, Gretta moved to Washington State, married, and started a family. While her life looked different, she was still involved in major conversations of the time. Her second child was born with a disability. As momentum grew in the 1980’s for the Americans with Disabilities Act, she advocated for equal education for her daughter and others in both her parenting and in her work for the University of Washington early childhood education program for deaf and hard of hearing. During this time, her mother moved to Washington State to be closer to family. Their relationship changed over time with Edith at first being a dedicated grandmother but at the end of her life, required a great deal of loving care from Gretta.
Later in life she spent time alone as a steward of her animals and her property on Bainbridge Island, connecting with others from all walks of life through long phone conversations, and practicing unconditional love on a daily basis. One of her cousins accurately captured how many felt, “Gretta was like a warm blanket and could make everything seem better.”
She is survived by her brother, John Weidenhammer, former husband, Bill Agnew, children, Lindsay Agnew and Chris Agnew, daughter in-law, Lara McCluskey, and grandson, Blue Agnew.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 1:00 pm at Grace Episcopal Church on Bainbridge Island. A reception will follow at the church.
If you want to contribute to Gretta’s memory, please send flowers to the ceremony or make a donation to either PAWS of Kitsap County or National Public Radio) of Seattle in Gretta’s name.
Ralph Roy Hangsleben, passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at his sister's home in Poulsbo, Washington. He was born on October 22, 1946 in Los Angeles, California. He resided in Sierra Vista, Arizona.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to the Memorial Service which will be announced in Arizona. Interment took place at Hillcrest Cemetery on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Russell Roy Johnson Jr., known by family and friends as Rusty, died on October 12, 2010. He was born on January 9, 1951, to Russell and Betty Johnson.
He grew up on Bainbridge Island, and graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1969. After high school he traveled extensively throughout the U.S. including Hawaii, Alaska, the east and west coasts, and then to South America. He then attended the Perry Institute in Yakima, where he earned a degree in electronics. He later attended Spokane Falls Community College where he earned a degree in prosthetics and and orthotics. He lived on Bainbridge Island where he raised his son in the Port Madision family home.
Rusty had a rye sense of humor and an uncanny sense of the absurd. He loved his family and friends, and he never spoke ill of anyone.
He is survived by his beloved son Casey Johnson, his mother Betty Johnson, his sister Patricia Pigott and her husband Bob, a niece, nephews and many cousins. Services will be private.
George F. Oakley, passed away on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at his residence in Poulsbo, Washington, surrounded by his family. He was born on April 15, 1935 in Oilmont, Montana to Leslie and Gertrude Oakley. He was 75 years of age.
A successful entrepreneur of several business including what is now Eagle Harbor Marina from 1965 to 1972, also what is now Whitehorn Farm from 1973-1975 and Dockside Sales and Service in Port Orchard from 1976-1983. He was a member of the Cousteau Society, and a Navy Veteran. George loved to explore the waters of the Puget Sound and was accomplished in harvesting its bounty.
He and his wife Toppy lived for many years on their beloved yacht the Kalu III docked in Eagle Harbor. He was a master Mechanic and enjoyed working on boats. Hero to many a stranded boater, his kindness and concern stretched across the Puget Sound.
He is survived by his children; Michael Oakley of Gig Harbor, WA, Stephen Oakley of Bremerton, WA, Sharla Musabih of Poulsbo, WA and Marcy Trueman of Poulsbo, WA. There are 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. George was preceded in death by his beloved wife Sharlene (Toppy) Oakley, brother Leslie Oakley Jr. and his parents.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Reception on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at Eagle Harbor Marina on Bainbridge Island from 10am - 2pm. Private interment took place at Port Blakely Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Kitsap Mental Health in Bremerton, WA.
Loyal E. Edgren, ended his battle with cancer on October 10, 2010. Loyal was born on April 15, 1931 at Hollywood Hospital in Glendale, CA to Emil & Sena (Myreboe) Edgren. He moved to Poulsbo in 1938, and graduated from North Kitsap High School in 1949 and later Western Washington College with a degree in Education. Loyal married Patricia (Acheson) on September 20, 1952 in Kent, WA, just before he left for service in the Army during the Korean War.
After serving in the Army, Loyal was a schoolteacher for 8 years before he began his career in insurance. He and his wife Pat owned and operated Edgren Insurance Agency for 35 years. He received Safeco’s Award of Excellence for nearly 2 decades before retiring in 1998. Loyal was a member of First Lutheran Church and was active in the Poulsbo Noon Lion’s Club, Poulsbo Volunteer Fire Dept. & Ambulance, American Legion, Sons of Norway, and Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce. He loved spending his free time in the outdoors fishing, skiing, golfing, camping and hunting with his family. Until his final days, he was still finishing his daily crossword puzzles in record time each morning and cooking the best dinners on Lemolo Shore each night.
Loyal’s smile, his larger-than-life personality that matched his height, his enthusiasm for living, and his dedication to his family stood out to everyone who knew him. He will be deeply missed by his devoted wife of 58 years, Patricia; his children Christine (Howard) Kreps of White Salmon, WA and Brian (Cathy) Edgren of Poulsbo; and his 3 grandchildren, Aaron Kreps, Kelsey Edgren, and Eric Edgren.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Loyal’s memory to First Lutheran Church in Poulsbo.
A celebration of life will be held on Monday, October 18, 2010 at 11:00am at First Lutheran Church. A reception will follow at the church.
Beverly Bodner, age 63, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family following a four month battle with cancer. She was born January 6, 1947, in Renton, Washington to John and Helen Bialek. She graduated from Issaquah High School and then went to Green River Community College where she met her future husband, Tim. She went onto Central Washington College graduating in 1969 with a teaching degree. JoAnne and Tim were married in 1968 celebrating 42 years of Marriage this June. After graduation she joined her husband in Heidelberg, Germany, where he was stationed in the US Army. JoAnne enjoyed her life in Europe and was able to travel to places she had only dreamed about in school. JoAnne and Tim moved back to Poulsbo in 1977 and she got a job at the elementary school as an aid and this rekindled her passion in teaching children in special education. She spent the following 23 years teaching at the Poulsbo Middle School.
JoAnne dedicated her life to her family, school and the family church, First Lutheran of Poulsbo. She was instrumental in numerous social outreach programs, Thrivent, quilts for needy children, missions in Romania and community meals. Since 2000, she owned and operated an antique and collectibles shop in Poulsbo.
In addition to her husband Tim, she is survived by her three sons, all born in Heidelberg: Charles T. Bodner (Manuela) of Enterprise, Alabama; Karl R. Bodner (Sandy) of Lacey, Washington and Christopher L. Bodner of Poulsbo; a granddaughter, Ashley Bodner of Lacey Washington. Everyone will miss her infectious smile and happy laugh, but her family is uplifted with the knowledge she is with her Lord and all will be joined together in the future.
JoAnne was buried beside Tim's parents in Washington Memorial Park, Seattle, Washington, on October 15, 2010.
A Celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 2 pm at The First Lutheran Church in Poulsbo. We invite all who knew her to come and celebrate her life with us.
Barbara Stoddard Cunningham, of Bainbridge Island, passed away October 6th from complications due to a fall and pneumonia. She was born on March 5, 1920 in Cambridge, MA to Elizabeth and William Stoddard, the second of four children. She spent her childhood growing up in Belmont, MA and spent many enjoyable summers at Camp Kiniya on Lake Champlain in Vermont.
Barbara attended Smith College during World War II for two years. In 1942, she married Robert Cunningham and together they raised three children in Winchester, MA. While the children were in school, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a teacher and went back to college at Tufts University graduating in 1965. Barbara had many wonderful years teaching elementary school in Lincoln, MA. After she retired, she worked as a volunteer for several years with the organization WAND – Women’s Action For Nuclear Disarmament.
In 1987, she moved to Providence Point in Issaquah, WA where she formed many friendships, and was involved in a variety of activities and projects, including tutoring at the Literacy Council. She moved to Bainbridge Island in 1996, and was actively involved in caring for her two young granddaughters. Barbara also discovered the joys and challenges of gardening in the Northwest. She was an avid reader and wrote a memoir detailing her life growing up during the 1920’s and 30’s.
For eleven years Barbara confronted the challenge of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma with optimism and a positive attitude. Her family would like to extend their profound gratitude and thanks to Barbara's oncologist, Dr Henry Otero at Virginia Mason Medical Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband, sister, Elizabeth Jenkins, and two brothers, John and Bill Stoddard. She is survived by one son and two daughters and their spouses – Scott and Kim Cunningham of Hancock, N.H., Marjie Cunningham and Glenn Roberts of Seattle, and Ellen Cunningham Weaver and Richard Weaver of Bainbridge Island, as well as two granddaughters, Emma and Sophie Weaver.
Barbara is also survived by her two sisters-in-law, as well as a large extended family. At her request, there will be no service. Remembrances may be made to Helpline House and the Bainbridge Public Library.
Kimberly Dubek, passed away on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at her home in Suquamish, Washington. She was born on September 5, 1958 in Richmond, California to John and Lillian Lewis. She was 52 years of age.
Kimberley retired after working for many years as a line driver for Puget Sound Energy. She enjoyed camping, cooking, gardening and spending time with her family and friends. She loved nature, people, animals and living life to it's fullest.
She will be greatly missed and is survived by her daughter Sarah Anne Dubek of Millbrae, California, son Jacob Lewis Dubek of Suquamish, WA, step-daughter Stacy Dubek of Kingston, WA and companion Ronald Wayne George Jr. of Suquamish, WA. There are six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Timothy James Dubek, her sister Ellen Harger and her parents.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 11am - 2pm at the Suquamish Community Center. A potluck reception will take place.
Carisa Barles, passed away on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at her home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. She was born on May 22, 1958 to Edward Barles and Venera C. DiBella Barles. She was 52 years of age.
Carisa graduated from Bainbridge High School. She worked as a funeral counselor, an optometrist technician and various administration positions. She loved the beauty of life and wanted so much to touch it all. Of her many accomplishments, she was proudest of her two children and valued their relationships as well as her relationships with her elder sister and her parents. Music, travels and her paintings revealed her passions. She had a fine eye for treasures and always a good sense of unique style.
Carisa showed a precious loyalty to her family and friends and left us all with fond memories. We will always miss our special Carisa; she fought the good fight against her strife-ridden life.
Carisa is survived by her parents who reside on Bainbridge Island, her children, Julian and Isabella Frawley of Bainbridge Island, sister; Gina Barles of Los Angeles, California, niece; Alexia Stezel of L.A.,CA and the children's father Peter Frawley of Bainbridge Island. She was preceded in death by her brother David Barles.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Celebration of Life on Sunday, November 21, 2010 from 1-4 pm at: 9212 NE Sea Ray Ct on Bainbridge.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Bainbridge Island Fire Department/EMT at: 8895 Madison Avenue NE, B.I., WA 98110 or The Helpline House.
Stuart W. Turner, passed away on Monday, October 4, 2010 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, WA. He was born on February 27, 1921 and was 89 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.
Robert Martin Snellman, What through the radiance which was once so bright Be now for ever taken from my sight, Though nothing can bring back the hour Of Splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower, We will grieve not, rather find Strength in what remains behind; In the primal sympathy Which having been must ever be; In the soothing thoughts that spring Out of human suffering; In the faith that looks through death, In years that bring the philosophic mind.
Bob, passed away on October 3, 2010 and was laid to rest by his beloved Barbara’s side Thursday, October 7th, 2010 at Blakely Cemetery, Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Robert Snellman epitomized the Finnish concept of “Sisu”: the strength of will, perseverance, and determination to act rationally in the face of adversity. “Sisu” is not momentary courage, but the ability to sustain that courage. It is a measure of integrity that surpasses the hardship and sees through to the end. It is the character that allows the Finns to laugh at disaster, pay their war debts in full, and do what must be done regardless of cost.
Robert was the son of Finnish dissidents who made their way to the Northwest via Canada. His father was forced to flee Finland after refusing to bow before an arrogant Russian crossing a bridge. In the 19th century Robert’s ancestor Johan Vilhelm Snellman was ennobled for his activist statesmanship on behalf of Finland. He is credited with modernizing Finnish into a civilized language of nation building, culture and academia.
Robert inherited “Sisu” at an early age from his indomitable mother. He learned to work hard by watching her support the family as a single mother. Although times were spare he remembered his childhood as a period of great freedom. Raised in Kelso, Astoria and Seattle he and his younger brother Don played hard and worked hard. They became tough outdoorsman with skills at negotiation and leadership. In the Snellman tradition of intellectual thought Robert became an avid and broadminded reader. He loved the classics and collected antique and first edition books. He always had a newspaper or business magazine in hand. Intrigued by the puzzles of a mystery, Robert’s library was filled with the complete works of Agatha Christie and Louis L’Amour as well as the stories of detectives Maigret, Poirot and many others.
After reading “Mein Kampf” as a teenager Robert realized World War II was inevitable. He hated the thought of soldiering in the tropics of the South Pacific so he enlisted at the age of 18 in the Washington National Guard. He was assigned to the 205th Coast Artillery Unit Battery B “Res Verae” where he made lifelong friendships. In September 1942 Robert’s cadre was reassigned to the 461st Anti‐Air‐Craft Artillery Battalion where he made rank of Staff Sergeant. In anticipation of the D‐Day invasion of France the battalion was reassigned to the Army V Corps. The 461st landed at the inferno of the Omaha Beachhead on D7. The battalion fought with V Corps through the hedgerows of Normandy, the Falaise Pocket, the Bridge at Remagen, the Siegfried Line, and the Battle of the Bulge. In March 1945, the 461st joined the Fighting 69th Infantry Division as it became the first Allied force to link with the Soviet Army at Torgau on the Elbe River. Recalling the historic event Robert remembered the Soviet troops as being the toughest people he had ever met.
Robert’s military service as an American of Finnish descent gave him profound personal pride but the excesses of war challenged his deepest convictions. He believed in the duty of service to one’s nation yet questioned the morality of the Vietnam War. Although a strong proponent of free enterprise Robert remained a lifelong democrat.
Following World War II Robert returned to Seattle and attended the University of Washington where he graduated with a degree in Business. He began his post‐war career as a traveling salesman. Over the years his Finnish “Sisu” combined with his passion for business, shrewd yet ethical dealings and meticulous record keeping led to considerable financial success. Robert did not flaunt his hard earned wealth. Instead he began his lifelong philanthropy for the Arts and Education. His fierce and outspoken personality sometimes overshadowed his generous and genuine support. (Please reference fyaya.com on the web). He supported public libraries, school music programs, the Seattle Symphony, the early days of the Sun Valley Symphony, Seattle Opera, Seattle theater companies and he quietly assisted friends and acquaintances in need. He was an active board member of the Bellevue Triangle Athletic Club.
As a prominent Seattle businessman Robert joined the Washington Athletic Club. A member for over fifty years, he earned the designation of “Member for Life” even following several memorable hell‐raising disturbances with brother Don. Robert also joined the UW Husky Alumni Association and became a rabid Husky Football fan. The decisions of the UW Athletic Department could stir him to praise or profanity depending on the season’s results.
Although Robert traveled extensively, he was proud to call Seattle home. One of his favorite pastimes was walking the great streets of his favorite city. During these years Robert’s son Eric and daughter Heidi were born. Grandchildren Ryan, Natascha and Ruben followed. At times his Finnish stoicism may have restrained him from tender expressions of affection yet his actions on behalf of his family proved a fatherly love and concern for all of his children. He always had a warm lap for a grandchild and a twinkling chuckle watching their antics.
In the area of education Robert Snellman’s generosity was unmatched. Every child and grandchild was given the opportunity and support to seek higher education. Equal generosity was extended to his stepchildren and their children.
Robert survived the loss of his beloved first wife Helen. He remained on cordial terms with his second wife Patricia. He found romance, adventure and commitment with his greatest love, Barbara, whom he married in 1984. From their home base on Pleasant Beach they launched a rich life together of travel, culture and friends. From Paris to the Shipwreck Trail of Vancouver Island; London to the rapids of the Grand Canyon; New York to the slopes of Sun Valley; Music, Theater, Opera and epicurean delights; parties with friends, sailboats, gallery openings, library fund‐raisers to dinners at Canlis; Grandchildren soccer games, graduations and concerts to Conductor Circle Symphony Galas, their lively tales provided never ending entertainment for their friends and family.
During Barbara’s long struggle with declining health Robert was her constant companion and aid. He never ceased doting on her and did his best to keep her from harm. Barbara’s passing in February 2010 quenched his will to live. He missed her with all of his powerful Finnish heart and soul, and he longed for the day he would be reunited with her.
“Time for me to cease my singing. Tie my tongue up in a knot…. I’ll wind my verse up in a ball… Stow it in the storehouse loft…. Many have complained to me, Cursed my verse or damned my accent…. But still in all, at any rate, I have broken trail for others, Set the course and cleared the way For better, more prolific singers For the younger folk, For the rising generation.” (From the Finnish Epic “Kalevala”)
Robert Snellman is survived by beloved son Eric, Janni, and grandchild Ryan; beloved daughter Heidi, grandchildren Natascha and Ruben; beloved niece Cynthia, Jim; John Davis, Jenny and grandchild Cassidy; Robin Davis Harren, Patrick, and grandchildren Laura, Sean and Nora; Hollace Davis Bamford, Mike, and grandchildren Kevin, Greg, Peter and Matt.
Heartfelt thanks to the caring hands supporting Robert during his final days. A special thank you to John Davis for fulfilling his duty to protect and implement the final wishes of Robert and Barbara Snellman. Thanks to Betty, Linda and David of Abiding Care for their ethical and kindly care of the Snellmans. Thanks to Lisa and Heidi of the Harrison Hospital ICU. Thanks to Cook Family Funeral Home of Bainbridge Island. In keeping with the value he placed on a literate citizenry remembrances in Robert Snellman’s name may be made to a school reading program of choice.
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