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Donald A. Christensen, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at his home on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on March 25, 1932. He was 79 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Elane Summers Hellmuth, died on Bainbridge Island on May 18, 2011, of natural causes.

In the summer months on Bainbridge Island, from the mid-1970s through the mid-1990s, Elane Summers Hellmuth was ever-present in her pink sundress, leather sandals and floppy straw sun hat. She stood outside the entrance to Town and Country market, greeting her fellow island residents with a smile on her face and a petition in her hands. She canvassed commuters at the ferry terminal, urging them to vote for liberal candidates and pro-environmental ballot propositions.

She knew practically everyone who ever wandered into Pegasus Coffee House for a cup of coffee. She knew their politics, their family and the environmental issues affecting their island neighborhood. Elane’s phone tree had 20 rings, one for each year she spent alerting islanders to health and environmental issues associated with: local drinking water quality; the harmful effects of a proposed microwave radio tower’s emissions; the use of pesticides for roadside spraying; the contamination of Eagle Harbor by the Wyckoff Creosote Plant and subsequent clean-up efforts authorized by the EPA; the dumping of 400,000 gallons of creosote waste at the Vincent Road landfill; the use of pesticides on school grounds; the proposed construction of a second bridge to/from BI; the ill effects of strip mall development; and the preservation of the Bainbridge Island’s wildlife habitats and rural character. Elane’s rumpled, dog-eared, tea-stained, heavily annotated copy of the Bainbridge Island telephone directory is a symbol of direct democracy, deserving of a place in the Smithsonian along side Woody Guthrie’s guitar and Pete Seeger’s banjo. In 1978 Elane and her husband Jerry founded the Association of Bainbridge Communities, a network of island neighborhood groups dedicated to identifying and working on environmental concerns. In 2000 she was nominated for and received the Washington Environmental Council’s Citizen Environmental Heroes Award. Like our current president, Elane was a community organizer.

She was also a wife and mother. Elane and her husband Jerome Hellmuth had four daughters. The youngest, Darien, was born with severe brain damage, a setback that motivated Elane and Jerry to open Bucklin Hill School for the mentally handicapped. In operation from 1969 to 1979, Bucklin Hill was a working farm run by live-in students and staff. A fascinating experiment in special education, lessons included tending to horses, cows, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, and a large vegetable garden. Elane lived at Bucklin Hill until 1993, when it was sold to representatives of Hyla Middle School, thereby preserving the tradition of progressive education that she and Jerry helped create.

From 1958 to 1967 Elane and her family resided in Seattle. In the mid-1960s, at age 47, she enrolled in the drama department at the University of Washington where she excelled, appearing in numerous student productions. In addition to raising four daughters, it should be noted that Elane’s duties during this period included helping to care for the family wolf, Kunu. The subjects of Jerry’s first book, published in 1964 and appropriately titled “A Wolf in the Family,” Kunu and the Hellmuths were known throughout Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood.

Elane spent her late twenties and thirties in NYC living with Jerry in Greenwich Village, on Jane Street and Bank Street. She gave birth to daughters Jana, Thane and Darien at New York Hospital. Their young family summered in Vermont. It was a magical time. Elane’s first child, Karen, was born in Chicago in 1941, the year Elane and Jerry were married. Curiously enough, their romance began on paper when Jerry, who lived in Chicago, began writing Elane’s roommate at Rockford College in Rockford, Illinois, where Elane studied modern dance. To wit, the young Pole penned a peck of poetic paragraphs and sent them through the post. The roommate, however, was not impressed and instead of answering Jerry’s tender missives, she shared them with loveletter-struck Elane. Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Hellmuth would spend the next 49 years together.

His death in 1990 was the last of four profoundly felt losses in Elane’s life. Her third daughter Thane, a gifted poet and artist, died of leukemia in 1972 at the age of 24. Elane cherished her daughter’s art. She displayed Thane’s paintings and sculptures throughout her home, sharing them with all who came to visit. In 1936 Elane’s older brother Thane Summers left Seattle to join the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain. He was killed a year later fighting against the fascists in that country’s civil war. His sacrifice deeply influenced the social and political beliefs Elane held throughout her life. Like her brother, she was a doer, unafraid to stand up for causes she felt were just. Elane’s mother Hazel was a musician, singer, pianist and composer who loved her children as much as any mother ever did. Elane was 10 when Hazel died of acute nephritis. From her Elane inherited a lifelong devotion to music, art, poetry, nature, and family. After a brief return to Vermont in the mid-1990s, Elane spent the rest of her life on Bainbridge Island living with her daughter Darien.

Elane Summers Hellmuth was born in Seattle on November 16, 1919, the third child of Lane Summers and Hazel Thain. She died on Bainbridge Island on May 18, 2011, of natural causes. She is survived by daughters Karen Hellmuth, Jana Thurner and Darien Hellmuth, nine grandchildren and an increasing number of great-grandchildren. A video featuring images of Elane Summers Hellmuth and her family can be found on Youtube. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.

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Olive  Carey, Olivia Carey, age 48, passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by loved ones on May 18, 2011. Her life was cut short by ovarian cancer. Olivia was born in Dublin, Ireland to Margie and John Carey. She is survived by her Mam (Margie), her brother Paul, and sisters Tina, Madeline, Johanna, and Margaret.

From the beginning Olivia shook off the safe route through life and moved to Greece when she was 19 years old to live in a small town outside of Athens for 5 years where she became fluent in Greek, looked for the perfect white sand beach, and formed lasting relationships with the family she worked with. While in Greece, Olivia met her former husband at a dance and they married shortly after. It is easy to understand how he would be smitten--watching Olivia Carey dance was to witness a fluid force of nature leaving the crushed and the enchanted in her wake.

Shortly after moving to Poulsbo, her marriage ended, but it didn’t take long for Olivia to make her way to Bainbridge Island where she was soon embraced by her new community. She continued her training as a fitness professional and eventually became one of the best personal trainers in the region, in large part because she elevated her weight lifting programs to a powerful combination of spirit and the body to implement change. On an upper body workout, for example, she would ask her clients to ‘push’ the dark and the challenges away, and with the next set to ‘pull’ in the light and abundance. The results were astonishing--muscles formed, the heart followed, each workout was a training session for life. Olivia worked with abused women in shelters in the Seattle area for many years, touching lives and helping to send them out in the world equipped with a resiliency they’d forgotten they had.

Olivia believed all people, but women especially, needed to ‘be in their skin’ and love their bodies no matter the shape or size. She celebrated the beauty and life in movement and music and dance. She believed sensuality was everyone’s birthright. Olivia taught young girls to defy our culture’s incessant barrage of stick thin models and opened their worlds to the beauty of muscle, the glory of pure physical power. She created and taught a wildly popular Exotic Aerobics class where she hung curtains on the doors, cranked up the music and taught the kind of dance moves your mother forbade, with tips for practicing at home.

Over the years Olivia trained handicapped children and adults for the Special Olympics, worked with clients at no charge who could not afford her, and met with women who were experiencing transitions to offer support and protection. Olivia was one of those rare, radiant forces who touches lives and alters them with her acceptance of all people, her indiscriminate love, her strength, her dazzling Irish smile that felt like the sun when it landed on you.

When Olivia was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006, she was determined to beat it, and she did. She used this shattering experience to help others with cancer. She and her boyfriend and partner Jose Lugo began Reclaim, a program individually tailored for people challenged with progressive illnesses to reclaim their health and vitality using techniques she had shaped for decades, but had recently re-tailored with her own life experiences.

In July of 2010, the cancer Olivia had forced out of her body five years earlier returned with deadly force. For 10 months she fought long and hard, refusing to surrender. Five days before her death she was still working with her clients, cracking the whip on more weight and reps, as uncompromising and unwavering as ever to cultivate change. Through it all she never complained and made the most of each and every moment.

Olivia Carey navigated the world with her uncommon heart. She coached us all in her wake to follow. Her path was always about the heart. It is her legacy and imperative.

There will be a celebration of Olivia’s life at IslandWood (4450 Blakely Ave. NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110) on June 5, 2011 at 6:00 PM. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Arms Around Bainbridge: Olivia was the seedbed and inspiration of this foundation. Please sign the online Guest Book.

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Simon  Schwartz, died on May 8, 2011 at Madison Avenue Assisted Living Facility, Bainbridge Island, Washington, after a long struggle with heart failure. He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the fifth of six children all of whom predeceased him. He grew up in Detroit Michigan, where he developed his lifelong love for baseball, and as a teenager, worked as an usher at the Detroit Tiger baseball stadium. His favorite duty there was to warm up the relief pitchers in the bullpen. His family moved to Brooklyn NY, in 1937; his apartment had a view of the Ebbets Field outfield. Prior to WWII, he actively worked with the American Jewish Committee, photographing German spies in New York City, and photographing Erika Mann, daughter of Thomas Mann, who was trying to raise awareness of the situation in Germany in 1939.

He joined the Army Air Corps in 1941, serving his country as a flight instructor and bombardier during WWII, initially stationed at Biloxi, Mississippi, where the met Ida May Page, the love of his life, who he married in 1942. He finished his service as a Captain. Post WWII, he matriculated Southern Methodist University and graduated with a degree in business, even though his mentor, Dr. Edmund Muzon deemed him a mathematical genius. While at SMU, he played freshman baseball with Doak Walker, and played bridge with Aaron Spelling. During college he continued military service as an Air Force Reservist. In 1952, he was recalled into service, working for the auditor general during the Korean War at Carswell Air Force Base (SAC headquarters); he was officially commended for developing a new auditing tool.

His marriage to Ida May lasted for 64 years until her death in 2006. They had three daughters: Judith (Hopewell,NJ), Claire (Bainbridge Island, WA)and Alice (Houston, TX), all of whom survive him. He leaves 8 grandchildren, Ned and Will in Ohio, Elizabeth, Matt and John in Texas, and Laura, Rachel, and Nick in Washington, and two great-grandchildren, Edward and Oliver. He is also survived by his beloved niece and nephews, Edmund Grossman, Seth Jaffe, and Carol Lynne. Sam was a 33 Degree Mason and a member of the Shriners. He spent many hours while in failing health as a volunteer with Helpline House and Bainbridge Island Senior Center._

Sam had an amazing combination of sports ability and high intellect. He was truly an original. Underneath a gruff exterior, there was a soft heart, social consciousness, and love for his family, who will dearly miss him. Interment took place at Tahoma National Cemetery. Please sign the online guest book for the family.

Please join his family and friends for a celebration of his life at the Bainbridge Island Commons, 370 Brien Av, Bainbridge Island, Washington on July 29 at 1:00pm.

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Theodore  Lefkowitz, passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. He was born on January 10, 1959 and was 52 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend a celebration of Teddy's life on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 from 3:00 - 8:00 PM at Teddy and Nicci's home on Bainbridge Island. We will share memories, food, fun and laughter - Teddy style!

On Thursday 5/19/2011 from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm and on Friday 5/20/2011 from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm the family will be receiving friends and relatives at 11508 Colt Terrace, Silver Spring, MD. At 5:00 pm on Thursday we will be having a Remember Ted service followed by the evening prayers at sundown.

Donations may be made to:

One Call for All
P.O. Box 10487 Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Habitat for Humanity International
121 Habitat Street
Americus, GA 31709-3498

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Lee Donald Scott, 64, passed away on May 4, 2011.

He was born in Allegheny, PA on June 19th, 1946 to the late Ruth Rose Melcher and Donald Lee Scott.

Lee graduated from North Allegheny High School in 1964 and later went on to receive his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from Carnegie Melon.

Lee was well known for his cabinetry business Island Design and impressive projects throughout the Island and Seattle. He was also an active boater with some of his most notable adventures including the San Juans and the Alaskan coast with his son.

He is survived by his two children Sarah Rose Scott and Brandon Lee Scott, along with his brother, Jay Scott and former wife, Jannie Scott.

A life celebration will be held at Island Center Hall on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 3pm. Please join us by bringing your stories and fond memories of Lee as we remember his unique and unforgettable life.

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Charles Christopher Creagh O'Morchoe , M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., died peacefully at his home in Poulsbo, Washington on April 18th surrounded by family and friends after a 14 year battle with prostate cancer. He was born in Quetta, India (Pakistan) on May 7th, 1931 to Niall and Jessie (Joly) O’Morchoe. He married Patricia Jean O’Morchoe, M.D. on September 15th, 1955 in Dublin, Ireland.

Dr. O’Morchoe received his undergraduate education at Dublin University, Ireland and obtained his medical degrees from Trinity College, Dublin University School of Medicine, Ireland and a postgraduate medical degree (M.D.) by thesis and oral examination in 1961. He earned his Ph.D. (1968) and D.Sc. (1981) from Dublin University. He trained in Medicine, Surgery, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Halifax general Hospital in Halifax, England. He was then appointed as a Lecturer in Anatomy at the Dublin University School of Medicine (1957-61 and 1963-65), also as a Lecturer and later Associate Professor of Physiology (1966-68). He was a Visiting Lecturer in Physiology at University of Maryland School of Medicine (1961-62) and Instructor in Anatomy at Harvard Medical School (1962-63). He served as Associate Professor, Professor and subsequently Acting Chairman at the Department of Anatomy at University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore (1968-1974). Charles served as a Consultant on Medical Education as Visiting Professor of Physiology for the World Health Organization with the S.M.S. Medical College in Jaipur, India (3 month appointments in both 1967 and 1971). He then served as Chairman of the Department of Anatomy at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, IL (1974-84). He subsequently became Regional Dean at University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign, as well as a Professor of Anatomical Sciences and of Surgery, until his retirement in 1998. At the time of his death, he was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Medicine (Division of Oncology) at University of Washington, Seattle.

Throughout his academic career, Dr. O’Morchoe maintained an active research program related to the study of renal lymphatic flow and its changes in various pathological and physiological conditions. In total, he authored over 182 papers, chapters and books, many of which were in conjunction with his wife Patricia Jean O’Morchoe, M.D. He served on over 51 committees and boards, including as Chairman of the American Association of Anatomy, as President of the International Society of Lymphology and as President of the North American Society of Lymphology. He was editor of six peer-reviewed journals. During his career, he received numerous honors and awards for excellence in teaching and research.

Beyond the academic environment, Charles enjoyed many other enriching activities and hobbies which brought him great joy. He loved pleasure boating on many U.S. water ways and taking great care of his collection of classic cars. He was an active member of the Rolls Royce Owners Club in which he most recently enjoyed driving on the Oregon Experience tour with his family. Charles also enjoyed fine woodworking, filling the homes of family and friends with picture frames and decorative pieces. He enjoyed working in his garden and maintaining extensive stamp and coin collections.

After retiring in 1998, Dr. O’Morchoe moved with his wife to Poulsbo, Washington where he was an active parishioner at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church on Bainbridge Island. Charles was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Patricia, and is survived by his brother, David, of Gorey, Ireland; his two sons, Charles (Susan), of Gurnee, IL, and David (Patrice), of Poulsbo, WA; and his four grandchildren, Katherine, Brendan, Caitlin and Christopher.

Funeral services will be held on May 7th at 3:00 PM at St Barnabas Episcopal Church, 1187 Wyatt Way, Bainbridge, WA, 98110.

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Fredrick Roy Cochrane, passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at Liberty Shores in Poulsbo, Washington. He was born on January 26, 1918 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was 93 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Mitra  Aarabi, passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at her home in Silverdale, Washington. She was born on March 10, 1960 in Isfahan, Iran and was 51 years of age. Funeral Services will be held in California. Local arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Mitra  Arabi, passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2011. She was a resident of Silverdale, Washington. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Virginia Margaret Klimek, Virginia's inspiring life began on January 23, 1924 in Pittsburg, PA and ended peacefully, with her husband and children at her side, on April 15, 2011 in Seattle, WA. Virginia was married to Bernard Klimek for 60 years and together, she and Bernard raised 10 children in Dunellen, New Jersey, and then later resided in Bainbridge Island, WA for the past 21 years as well as in Maui, HI where they had their treasured second home.

Virginia graduated as a Registered Nurse from Holy Rosary, in Pittsburgh PA. While in Nursing School she was active in sports, and especially loved women’s basketball. She met her husband, Bernard at the Veteran’s Hospital in Orange, NJ, where they both worked as medical professionals prior to raising their family.

Virginia often cited the health and success of her ten children as her proudest life achievement. In turn, Virginia’s children have been and remain the grateful beneficiaries of her many gifts. Virginia selflessly gave of herself and sacrificed what was needed to provide for her children, while instilling in them and in those all around her a passion for healthy living and the performing arts. She also relayed her love of tolerance and wishes for world peace. At the root of her progressive lifestyle was her avid love of reading. As a lifetime learner, Virginia was a staunch supporter of the Public Library System and shared her love of knowledge and books with her children and grandchildren throughout her life. It was this love of reading and discovery that allowed her to lead her family in the practices of organic gardening and natural living, which included composting and recycling in the 1960’s, long before “green” living was popular or universally accepted. Despite the financial demands of raising ten children, she and Bernard made Broadway shows and downtown Manhattan explorations a priority, providing the children with a first-hand taste of the performing arts she loved so well. An ardent supporter of women’s rights, Virginia attended local High School board meetings to promote girl’s sports in the pre-Title IX era, while encouraging her own daughters to compete on men’s teams when no women’s teams existed.

Virginia’s love of the natural world was expressed through her gardening, and without fail she would attend the Farmer’s Market on Bainbridge Island every Saturday morning to support the local farmers. She loved all animals, and this love, awe and respect for animals nurtured her throughout her life, and made her fall in love with the natural surroundings both on Bainbridge Island and Maui. Her love of reading and her belief in the power of reading was expressed in her support and regular use of the Bainbridge Library during her 21 years on Bainbridge Island.

Virginia’s favorite place to be was their home in Maui, where she spent countless days, swimming, snorkeling, and enjoying the sunny skies, warm trade winds and beautiful sunsets with her husband, children and grandchildren. Long term friendships abounded for Virginia and Bernard in this special place.

Virginia is survived by her loving, steadfast husband, Bernard, whose love and companionship nurtured and sustained her into her final days. She is also survived by her children; Bernie Klimek of Tucson, AZ, Catherine Klimek of San Francisco, CA, Thomas Klimek of Toluca Lake, CA, Robert Klimek of Portland, Oregon, Robin Klimek, of Alamo, CA, Trish Klimek of Bainbridge Island, WA, Virginia Klimek of Parlin, NJ, Martin Klimek of San Leandro, CA, and Vincent Klimek of Tacoma, WA. She was predeceased by her son, Matthew. Surviving grandchildren include; Elizabeth Klimek of Pleasanton CA, Clarissa Klimek of San Francisco, CA, Evan Galloway of Chapel Hill, NC, Hero Klimek-Brooks, Lore Klimek-Brooks, Melou Klimek-Brooks of Tacoma, Washington, Matthew Klimek of Austin, TX, Ashley Koehler of Clark, NJ , Alyssa Klimek of South Plainfield, NJ, Andrew Klimek of South Plainfield, NJ, and Dustin Klimek of Bethany Beach, Delaware. Great-grandchildren include Jose and Aaron Hackbarth of Pleasanton, CA.

Virginia was loved deeply by her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and her enduring legacy will never be forgotten. All who were lucky to know her will remember her kind beautiful face, soft touch and unconditional love. Her wish to have her ashes re-united with the earth at the time of her passing will be honored at her Memorial Services, which will be held in Maui, HI. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.

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Kerry  Forrester, passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. She was born on May 11, 1950 and was 60 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Frances Jeanne Anderson Jaeger, left us on April 13th 2011, at the age of 90. She was born in Astoria, Oregon to Joseph and Emily Anderson on October 11, 1920. She graduated Astoria High School and attended Oregon State University.

Fran was a hat model, the first female police officer in Oregon-Badge #13 Astoria Police Department-and a broadcaster with KAST Astoria, where she did everything from the news to covering local sports.

Her broadcasting career abruptly ended when she married Dolph Jaeger on November 18, 1950, and became a naval wife. The whole town turned out to celebrate the wedding, after a whirlwind 17 day romance. Fran embraced her new career, and was always an impeccable hostess and cook. They traveled and lived in many places, until retiring in 1968 in Mill Valley, California. In 1974 they moved to Bainbridge Island, and to Poulsbo in 2001. Fran and Dolph celebrated their 60th anniversary in November.

Fran loved to travel, especially in Ireland, was very active in the Sons of Norway, a member of Port Madison Lutheran Church on Bainbridge, and O.E.S. for over 65 years. She was loved by all who knew her, and will forever be missed. She is survived by her husband Dolph, daughter Susan (John) Baylor of Keizer, granddaughter Emily (Evan) Pickett of Tigard, brother Wesley (Beverly) Anderson of Salem, and their wonderful Golden Retriever, Angel.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral Service on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Port Madison Lutheran Church on Bainbridge Island. A reception will follow. Interment will take place on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 1:00 pm at Ocean View Cemetery in Astoria, OR.
Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Frederick Charles Williams, passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Washington. He was born on November 3, 1944 in El Monte, California. He was 66 years of age.

He worked for Lockheed Martin where he retired after 21 years He was a United States Navy Veteran.

He is survived by his son's Nathanial, Nicholas and Noel Williams of Bremerton, WA, mother Ruth Marie Williams Slaugh, sister Juanita Mitchell of Vancouver, WA and former wife Felicitas Williams also of Bremerton. He was preceded in death by his father Roger Williams and brother Roger Williams II.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral Service on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints/ Silverdale 2nd Ward - Silverdale Washington Stake Center. Interment will take place on Tuesday, April 19th at 12 noon at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.

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Stephen  MaKrecky, passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at the Retsil Veteran's Home in Port Orchard, WA. He was born on April 12, 1921 and was 90 years of age. Private interment will take place at the Retsil VA Cemetery in Port Orchard. Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Ann  Kennedy, passed away on Friday, April 8, 2011 at her home in Seattle, Washington. She was born on October 31, 1966 and was 44 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Judy Kay Nieukirk, ended her two year battle with brain tumors on April 7, 2011. She was born at the base of Grand Coulee Dam February 28, 1946 to Elizabeth and Otha Ownby. Her family settled in Seattle on Beacon Hill and she graduated from Cleveland High School in 1964. She was active in student government, played piano, and sang in choir. Judy studied elementary education at Seattle University and taught for six years at Arbor Heights Elementary in West Seattle.

Her long time passion for people and homes helped launch her real estate career with Johansson Clark (nee Johansson Johansson). At Carol King and Associates, she might have been having too much fun with colleagues and clients to sell any homes. She worked at Windermere before founding Leonhardt/McLauchlan with Marilyn McLauchlan. Later she owned Prudential Northwest Real Estate. She enjoyed helping people find their dream homes and become connected with the Bainbridge Island community.

Her passion for theater and especially musicals led her to support children’s theater on Bainbridge Island. She discovered director Ron Milton while working at Arbor Heights Elementary and helped bring him to Bainbridge Island for a production of Romeo and Juliet. She enjoyed traveling with husband Jim to Africa, Alaska, the Panama Canal and especially Maui. She was a doting “Nana” to grandsons’ Joshua, age 16, Sam, age 6, and Bo, age 3. She will be missed by husband Jim Nieukirk, mother Elizabeth, sister Karen (Paul) Ritter, son Eric Leonhardt, daughter-in-law Amy Sue Leonhardt, step-daughter Ginny (Peter), three nieces, a nephew and many friends. She is preceeded in death by her father Otha Ownby.

A memorial service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church on Friday, April 29 at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Bainbridge Performing Arts—Children’s Theatre or Hospice of Kitsap County. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.

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Elizabeth Anne Clark, (Betty Anne)of Bainbridge Island passed away Thursday, April 7th,2011 after a determined three year battle with cancer. Betty Anne was born in Erie, Pennsylvania on the 4th of July, 1931 to Emil and Edna Johnson.

She graduated with a BA in Spanish from Southern Methodist University, Dallas in 1954. Betty Anne was an avid cyclist, pilot, rancher, and traveler. She was involved, as a member and officer, in PEO Chapters in Bainbridge and Salida, Colorado. Christain Womens’ Club, vacation bible school teacher and senior caregiver added to a very full and compassionate life. Betty Anne is survived by her husband, Robert Clark, of Bainbridge Island.

Bob and Betty were married March 23, 1998. They enjoyed traveling, caring for their lovely home and coffee dates. Their weekly routine included organizing magazines at the library and competitive games of bridge with dear friends at Bainbridge and Poulsbo Senior Centers. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Kitsap.

Betty Anne is survived by her husband Bob; children – Charles Harmon (Leslie) of San Jose, California; Jane Burton (Shane) of Grand Junction, Colorado; James Harmon (Mary) of Bainbridge; and Robert Harmon (Diana) of Denver, Colorado. Stepchildren include Jeff Clark (Bonnie) of Bainbridge; James (Pam) of Bainbridge. Ten Grandchildren and one great Grandhchild. Betty Anne has a sister, Jeannie Meinhart, of Kissimmee Florida, and many nieces and nephews.

Betty Anne was preceded in death by her first husband and beloved father of their four children, James M. Harmon; her sisters Elaine Elliott, Donna Pfaender, and brother Charles Johnson. Betty Anne was a beautiful woman. Her life and love for others continues in joy with the Savior and the many people whose lives she touched on her journey with us.

A memorial service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, Kingston, on Monday April 11, at 1 p.m. A graveside ceremony in Salida, Colorado will follow.

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Charlotte  MacVane, beloved wife of Tom, died peacefully at home in his arms on March 26, 2011 after a long struggle with Lyme disease.

Born Charlotte Jane Sears on December 6, 1929 in Boston to Charles and Helen Sears, she grew up in Somerville, Massachusetts. Charlotte graduated in 1951 from Wheelock College in Boston with a degree in elementary education, she taught kindergarten in Medford, Massachusetts and early childhood development at the University of Maryland.

While summering with friends in 1953, Charlotte met her future husband Tom MacVane in his hometown of Long Island, a small island off the Maine coast. They were married on March 5, 1954. Throughout their 57 year marriage, they enjoyed many happy summers in their Long Island cottage “The Camp”. Charlotte and Tom raised 5 children while living in Maine, New York, California, Indiana and Washington. They spent the past 36 years in their home on Bainbridge Island.

She loved reading and singing to her grandchildren, driving adventures with her husband, walking the paths of Long Island, baking “goodies” and chatting with family and friends. Charlotte spent many hours volunteering at church, her children’s schools, the Long Island Library and was a member of P.E.O. As a new and cautious driver at age 47, her children marveled at her ability to get to her destination without making any left turns! She dedicated her life to the care of her family and they were her joy and contentment. Her love, laughter, smile and wisdom are deeply missed.

Charlotte is survived by her husband Tom, daughters Ellen Arbour (Ron), Susan Armstrong (Vince), Beth Brundige (Mike) all of Bainbridge Island; sons Todd of Bainbridge Island and Jay (Heather) of Poulsbo and grandchildren Kyle, Scott, Grace (Alex), Dane, Lance, Ty, Troy, Cole, Emma and Cara. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Marion.

A private memorial will be held on Bainbridge Island and an additional service is planned this summer on Long Island. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society at
It is our hope that others will learn about Lyme disease, a disease easily misdiagnosed.

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Barbara  Weinstein, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 21, 2011 at her daughter Leah's home on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

She was born on November 29, 1918 in Chicago, Illinois to Lawrence Wendt and Regina Jarnot Wendt. She was a resident of Hinsdale, Illinois for 42 years before moving in with her daughter and son-in-law, Michael Wittekind.

She was a loving mother, daughter and cherished friend and will be dearly missed. Barbara had a special gift for connecting with people. Barbara was a member of the Bainbridge Island Senior Center and the Evergreen Singers. The legacy she leaves is her loving family and friends.

She is survived by her children; Leah Wittekind of Bainbridge Island, WA, Dan Williams of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, Fred Williams of Ellijay, Georgia, Larry Williams of La Porte, Indiana and Tom Williams of Killeen, Texas. She also leaves behind many other loving family members and friends who will never forget her. Barbara was preceded in death by her beloved husband Sam E. Weinstein.

At Barbara's request no services will be held. Memorial contributions can be made to the Hospice of Kitsap County, P.O. Box 3416, Silverdale, WA 98383. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.

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George Edwin Richardson, of Poulsbo, died on Saturday, March 19, 2011 of cancer at 78 years of age.

George is survived by his wife, Bette, and three sons; James, his eldest son and designer of the Connie Collection; Michael and his wife Lisa and son Taylor; and Stephen, his youngest son and his wife Carey.

Born in Old Hickory, TN, George moved to Richland, WA with his family at the age of twelve. He was a graduate of Richland High and a proud Richland Bomber. He served in the US Army during the Korean conflict in Germany where he started his covert life in the clandestine services. His numerous contributions include creating bubble-wrap and high-top tennis shoes. After his honorable discharge from the Army, George returned to WA and studied artificial intelligence, graduating from Central Washington University in 1956 with a PhD in Astrophysics.

He met his true love Bette at CWU, married in 1960 and they eventually moved to Bainbridge Island. His 40 plus year membership on the Sunrise Beautification Committee was only surpassed by his surrogate fatherhood to the lost and wayward souls of Bainbridge Island. There was always another place at the table and George was there to listen to your sorrows and offer his advice, free of judgment.

After completing a full career as a salesman of industrial supplies, George became Supervisor of Out-going Retail Freight for Central Market in Poulsbo. His specialty was talking up those ladies at the check-out stand and a mentor to many. Central Market was a bright light in his “retired” years and he was honored to be a member of the Central Market family.

George was a caring husband, loving father, loyal friend, hard worker, and above all….a good citizen! He was loved by all and never asked for anything. He was always a giver and lived a wonderful life. A party will be planned soon as we know George loved great parties. Please no flowers….but, if you must, George requests that you send flowers to your mother! Please sign the online Guest Book.

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William Edson Anton, passed away on Friday, March 18, 2011 at Island Health and Rehabilitation on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was born on July 5, 1917 and was 94 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Janice  Darragh, passed away on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at Martha and Mary Health Care Services in Poulsbo, Washington. She was born on April 11, 1926 and was 84 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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Nancy Tiffany Widen, was born Feb 12, 1932 and died March 13, 2011 surrounded by those she loved. She was preceded in death by her son Kevin J. Kelly and her brother, James D. Tiffany.

She lived all her life, except a few short years on Bainbridge Island. She graduated from Bainbridge High School, in 1950 and went on to attend Olympic College. Her gaze often lingering on the peace and activity on Eagle Harbor. She was full of memories that spanned the history of Bainbridge Island. She shared a connection with the “Island” that was rare. Connections with the marine, the Japanese community, & lifelong friends.

Standing on the dock at Eagledale as young woman, she watched as many of her friends were sent away for internment in March of 1942. A memory that shaped her life, and bonded her to many.

Nancy was about friendships; from her friends from high school (still meeting 50 plus years later). Her friendships were infused with the warmth, love and occasional snark that was her. That’s what she had to share, and share it she did.

Nancy is survived by her daughter, Deirdre A. Widen, of Seattle. Special Friends, Mary, Alice, Cora and Terry. Step-sons, Steven (Tina), and Brian (Leanne), and Eric and several grandchildren and a very special friend Katie Coffey. There are also many friends from the ‘recovery’ community.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday, April 2nd at 2:00pm at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church. A reception to follow.

Memorial donations in Nancy’s name can be made to The Recovery Café, 2022 Boren Ave, Seattle WA 98122. Please sign the online Guest Book for the family.

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James  Shenfield, passed away on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at The Hospice of Kitsap County Care Center in Bremerton, Washington. He was born on September 20, 1924 and was 86 years of age. Arrangements are pending through Cook Family Funeral Home.

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