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Esther BettsEsther Betts
Esther was born in Huntley, MT on April 11, 1927, the fourteenth child of seventeen children. After moving to Hardin, MT shortly after she was born, her family began farming sugar beets and grain. Esther said that living on a farm kept everyone busy as there was always a job to do. This upbringing of hard work stuck with her throughout her lifetime. She completed the tenth grade before her father decided that she had enough schooling and was needed at home to work on the farm. She thought, “I’ll fix that,” and married Cornelius Kooy at the young age of 16. Together they had five children: John, Joanne, Jerry, Corkey and Jim.
On December 6, 1968 she married the love of her life, Merle Betts. They were blessed with 46 years together. These two were like two peas in a pod. The entire family benefited from their work ethics and their love. They were always there with their sack lunch, tools in hand and ready to tackle even the largest of projects. Age was just a number and never slowed them down.
Esther’s beloved Merle passed away on Dec 17, 2014, and she continued to show how strong she was even though the hurt was unbearable. At age 91, she was still an active member of the Snohomish Senior Center and continued to wash and wax her 1997 Lincoln Town Car with wax from the dollar store, being the frugal person that she was. She never hesitated to offer a ride to the Center or the store for the “old people” that needed a lift. She was also known to play her mouth harp at Safeway during the senior coffee hour. And let’s not forget that she was mastering the usage of her iPhone and took full advantage of the unlimited calling on her phone plan. Her most recent living situation provided her the comfort of putting her feet up when she wanted. She rarely missed Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy or Judge Judy and spent many hours rooting on the Mariners.
She was taken from us unexpectedly and suddenly. It is with sadness that we announce her passing but with peace and comfort that we know she is home with the Lord and reunited with Merle and her son Jerry.

Hintze, RalphRalph E. Hintze
January 23, 1929 –
September 8, 2018

Ralph Hintze of Snohomish, WA died peacefully at home Sept. 8, 2018, following a lengthy illness. Ralph was born and raised in Snohomish where he attended Snohomish HS and excelled in track. He was active in his church all his life, an elder for many years. Ralph was always ready to lend a helping hand at Church and with many others as needed.
He owned the Sultan Speed Wash, he started Ralph’s Pump Service which is now owned by Tom Repp under the name Ralph’s Pump and Well Service.
He is survived by his wife Devee Hintze of 68 years, daughter Elaine Repp (Jim) and son Lon Hintze (Anne); grandchildren Tom (Jessika), Joel (Julia), Barry and Mark (Mellisa); and great grandchildren Corbin and Ellie Repp, and Maverick Hintze; many cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends.
A special thanks to all members of Zion Church and Lamb of God Lutheran Church.
In lieu of flowers please send remembrance to the Zion Lutheran Church or Zion Lutheran School.
Funeral Services will be held Friday September 21, 2018 at the Zion Lutheran Church, 329 Ave A, Snohomish at 1:00 p.m., followed by a reception at the church. All are invited to the graveside service after the reception at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery.
The Lord hath given, the Lord hath taken, Blessed be the name of the Lord.
Job 1:21

Deierliing, NolaNola Lee Deierling
May 31, 1933 – August 31, 2018

Nola Lee Deierling passed away at her home early Friday morning, August 31, 2018, from pancreatic cancer.
Nola was predeceased by her beloved second husband, Paul H. Schaus. She is survived by her first husband and great friend Dale H. Deierling; her children Dale R. Deierling (Kathryn), Joni L. Siewert (Don), and Dell A. Deierling (Reneé); her four grandchildren, James Alexander Little (Bethany Case), Dale Eric Deierling, Holly Deierling Dairi (Abraham), and Christina Deierling; and her three great grandchildren, Hali White, Avyn Little, and Kyah Little. She is also survived by Paul’s children, Steve Schaus (Ellen), Jon Schaus (Dee), Faith Waschke (David), and Margaret Schaus (Jim Noonan); their 11 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.
Nola was born at home in Snohomish on May 31, 1933, to Walter A. and Cecilia Curtis Schmelzer. She was a graduate of Snohomish High School, Class of 1951. Nola leaves behind her beloved brothers, Ted Schmelzer (Betty), Jeff Schmelzer, and Jay Van Ess (Sharon), who all knew her as Sis.
Every Monday for many years Nola assisted her dear friend Carol Pehling in the ceramics program at Bethany of the Northwest, bringing handicraft projects to seniors who so looked forward to the weekly visits. In later years, Nola and Paul were proud members of the Snohomish Tillicum Kiwanis. They were fixtures at the Kiwanis salmon bakes during Kla Ha Ya Days, raising funds for scholarships to be awarded to Snohomish grads.
After her children were all in school, Nola went back into the workforce. She could be seen at the front desk of the Snohomish Clinic; keeping the office running and organizing member functions for the Everett Chamber of Commerce; and making community education opportunities happen for the Everett School District under its Community Services program.
There were many animals over the years in the Deierling household on top of Fobes Hill. Nola had great empathy for all creatures, with a special fondness for dogs.
Nola was kind and devoted. She loved having her family around her, and was considered a second mother by her children’s friends. She had a tremendous sense of humor, and enjoyed the laughter that was shared from telling tales of eccentric relatives or neurotic pets.
There will be a celebration of life service to share memories of Nola on Saturday, September 29, 2018, 3:30 p.m., at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at Swan’s Trail, 5511 64th St. SE, Snohomish, Washington 98290.
The family wishes to thank Visiting Angels and Providence Hospice and Home Care of Snohomish County for their loving care of Nola, and of Paul before her.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Nola’s memory to the charity of your choice.


Coombs, Diane

Rebecca Diane Coombs
Our dear Rebecca Diane Coombs (Wilson) died unexpectedly in Honolulu, Hawaii. The cause of death and exact date are unknown at this time. She was born on December 12, 1959 to Orville and Diane Coombs of Snohomish, Washington.
Rebecca’s presence filled the room with her fun loving, smarst and witty ways. She was a loyal and truthful friend to many and loved by all. Rebecca lived a full life in her short time here. As a young girl she loved her horse “Trouble” and then as a teen she embarked on a round trip bike ride to Spokane. In high school she was voted the “most radical.” She attended the UW and later ECC. But her biggest joy of all was being Mom to Jacob whom she loves unconditionally and then Grandma to her “Grands” children Aurora, Ariel, Jacinth and Jasmine Wilson.
These four grandchildren were her world and the reason she moved to Hawaii! Rebecca would literally sparkle when she spoke of her Grands. She was an awesome Grandma, loved for her wit and intelligence.
Please join us in a Celebration of Rebecca Coombs-Coker’s life July 27 at the large Hill Park Gazebo at 5:30pm til about 8:30pm. Please feel free to bring a dish to share. If you would like to share your favorite memory or funny story, we would love for you to speak at the picnic! This is a time to honor and celebrate Rebecca’s life! Friends and family are all welcome.
Preceded in death by her husband and love of her life, Kevin Coker; Dad, Orville Coombs and brother, Paul Coombs. Survived by her son Jacob Orville Wilson and his family; Kevin Coker, Jr.; Mother, Diane Coombs; sister, Mary Hendrickson; brother, Mike Coombs (Carolyn); sister, Rachel Anderson (Matt) and many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Lewis, HowardWilliam Howard Lewis
January 3, 1949 – July 11, 2018

A life well lived, William (Howard) Lewis, a personal friend of Jesus Christ, was born January 3, 1949.
He was the first baby born in the year of 1949 in Arlington, WA to Florence Priestley and Cedric Howard Lewis. Howard grew up in Darrington and spent his summers on San Juan Island at the family log cabin. There he became an avid boater - enjoying fishing, cruising and sailboat racing. His family moved to Snohomish and he graduated from Snohomish High School in 1968. Howard married his high school sweetheart, Mary Butt, in 1969. They enjoyed many wonderful years together raising two children, Heather born in 1974 and Kevin born in 1976.
As early as 1963 Howard had dreams of working in the automotive industry. He worked for Chaplain Enterprises and Bickford Motors before opening his own repair center, L&B Auto in 1981. He and Mary also launched Angel Transport & Towing in 2000. Through the two businesses they served the Snohomish community for 33 years.
Howard gave many volunteer hours to the Automotive Service Association (ASA) of Washington, mentoring and leading new repair shop owners to successful business careers. He held many leadership positions at the local level before being elected by his peers to serve on the National Board of ASA, rising to the position of Chairman in 2000.
Howard became a chaplain for the Snohomish Fire District 4 in 2007 and counseled many families and individuals through difficult times. People sensed his personal friendship with Jesus and found comfort in his words and advice. In addition, Howard found time to serve with the Billy Graham Ministries Rapid Response Team providing solace and comfort to families enduring natural disasters in all areas of the country.
Howard had a passion for service. He was an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Snohomish for 26 years, a board member at CrossView Church, and previously served on the boards of the Kiwanis Club, Friday Harbor Sailing Club, Snohomish Senior Center, and Faith Assembly Church.
In 2013, Howard married Linda Leonard and they spent five wonderful years enjoying adventures with their extended family and friends. He retired in 2015, allowing more time for sailing in the San Juan and Gulf Islands and cruising to Desolation Sound and beyond.
Howard was preceded in death, by Mary, his wife of 42 years, his brother Richard and his parents. He is survived by his wife Linda; his daughter Heather Dolan (Jeff); his son Kevin Lewis (Amy); his stepson Nate Kraft (Eva); his stepdaughter Anjeannette Hammer (Aaron); his nine grandchildren Isaac, Gwyneth and Connor Lewis, Penny Dolan, Kyler, Ruthie and Sarah Hammer, and Madeleine and Miles Kraft; his brother Hugh Lewis (Dawn); his sisters Athlene Schneider (Sidney), Marian Jones (Warren), Joan Mann (Lyle).
Howard will be remembered as a wonderful, dedicated Christian, husband, father, grandfather, and friend who always had a good story to tell. He was full of mischief, laughter and love. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
A Celebration of Life was held on July 24th at CrossView Church, Snohomish. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Snohomish Food Bank.
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Padillo, RobertRobert “Bunky” Padilla
June 1, 1933 – May 7, 2018

Robert “Bunky” Padilla, originally from New Mexico, died on Monday, May 7, 2018 in Monroe, WA. He was 84 years young. He was born on June 1, 1933 in Las Vegas, New Mexico. He was married to the love of his life, Shirley Padilla and together they had 9 children, Robert “Dino” Padilla, Debbie Padilla, Janine Padilla, Sandra Padilla [rest in peace], Liane Padilla, Brian Padilla, Nancy Padilla, Mary Padilla and Gary Padilla. They divorced after 30 years of marriage and he never re-married. Bob is also survived by his older brother, Joe Padilla, who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Bob worked for himself installing beautiful wood floors in homes in the Los Angeles area. He also worked as an actor in Hollywood for many years, where he starred in movies such as Machismo and The Great Gundown, and had parts in The Awakening Land, Cthulhu, Zoo, Revenge of the Wild Bunch, Scandalous John, The Devil LeRoy Bassett and his last movie was Love Ranch in 2010. He also had roles in TV shows such as Bonanza, Cisco Kid, and The Streets of San Francisco.
He was 6’7”, tall, dark and handsome, just a beautiful man inside and out. A unique soul, and very funny, who enjoyed his family most of all. He will be greatly missed. Bob was cremated and there will be no memorial service for him. ~Love you always Daddy - your little girl, Nancy~

Davis, Keith present

Keith M. Davis, aka “Twig”
August 15, 1947 – May 24, 2018

Keith passed away peacefully on May 24, 2018 with his fiance and true love at his side, Carol Mageehon.
“Keith, I miss you so much. You will always be with me in my heart. I will cherish the memories of all the good times and the love we had together. I miss you so, I love you.” Carol
Born in Richland, WA on August 15, 1947 to Roscoe and Elva Davis, Keith liked to race cars at a young age which proved to be in his future when he won drag races at the Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA. Cars and drag racing were in his blood and his winning car was a Grand National. Keith could fix anything mechDavis, Keith younganically, and enjoyed working on many cars and engines over his lifetime.
Keith had to grow up fast when his first daughter Michelle was born. When he was 18, the family was living in Chicago, Illinois, just scraping by. They moved back to the Tri-Cities soon after and Keith apprenticed to be a welder. Soon to follow were his son Nick and daughter Laura, so Keith worked hard as a pipe fitter/welder in UA LU #26 to support his family in middle class comfort. He worked all over the Puget Sound area, Todd Shipyards, Boeing, Weyerhauser, just to name a few. His nickname “Twig” was made up by some co-workers because he was always skinny. He also worked on the Alaskan Pipeline in 1976-77 for months at a time to keep his family secure and to get ahead.
Soon after his return, the family moved to a new custom built home in Maltby. Keith was very involved in the construction and the whole family worked together to live in this beautiful and modern home. Keith could make anything he wanted to make. For the new home he made a huge freestanding wood stove out of steel that would keep the house warm, which was so important when the power went out for days back then.
Keith was devoted to his kids. Nick and Laura remember him never missing a sporting event they were in, and Michelle remembers an encouraging letter with some much needed cash for art school.
While living in Maltby, Keith took up the hobby of knife making. He started selling them at the Bellevue Art Fair and then his hobby took off into making many different kinds of knives, knife blocks, furniture, garden art, anything he made or welded was always perfect. He was a master knife maker and so artistic, everything he made was art to us.
Keith was the neighborhood pyromaniac when it came to fireworks. He would make his own, then fuse them all together so we could just sit back and watch. He always loved a good pipe bomb, and playing pranks on his friends. It was not surprising to hear that he set off 100s of firecrackers under his friend’s bedroom window or that he dumped a pile of garbage on the friend’s front lawn.
Keith also took great delight in the simple treasures of life, growing vegetable and fruit gardens, fishing, watching a morning sunrise or evening sunset. He loved the wildlife at his new home in Benton City, WA, watching the quail, pheasants, rabbits, hawks and birds of all types. His favorite was the magpie. He had plans to fabricate a small diversion fence with magpies incorporated into the fence. He loved trips through the country side and the ocean.
Keith leaves his sister Sharon and her husband Michael of Amboy, WA; daughter Michelle, her husband Brett, grandson Johnny of Snohomish, WA; son Nick and his wife Amy of Nampa, Idaho; daughter Laura and grandsons Anthony and Nathan of Vancouver, BC.
Keith is deeply missed beyond words by all his family and friends. We wish we could bring you home but it was time for you to begin another journey.
A memorial for Keith is at www.never-gone/memorials/keithmdavis

Donald CoccellatoDonald Wayne Coccellato
October 10, 1946 – April 2, 2018

My sweetheart Don, passed away suddenly Monday evening, the 2nd of April. I was following him and watched as he had an apparent heart attack in the vehicle in front of me. He was my first boyfriend in high school, though we were separated for 50 years, until we reunited in 2015. I was so blessed to have this gentle giant of a man in my life for nearly 3 years.
We grew up in the Bay Area of California, but circumstances separated us at the tender age of 17. Don went on to serve in the Air Force in Vietnam, then went on to open several businesses of his own through the years. He had 2 natural children in the 60’s and adopted 3 children in the early 1990’s. You see he adopted his (then) wife’s grandchildren so they would not become wards of the court, and raised them into their mid to late 20’s. As he would say, the information highway put us in touch through a website called We both ended long and tired marriages to venture into a life of our own bringing full circle our journey together here on this earth. He traveled out from back east and we were married in June of 2016.
He is survived by his brothers Rick, Mitch & Barry Coccellato, his birth children, Donald (Cannon) Coccellato, Lisa Marie Rivera, his birth granddaughter Destiny Rivera, step son Bryan Prince, and Bryan’s son Hartley Prince, adopted children Brandon Green (Coccellato), Brandi Coccellato, Brittani Scott, and Brittani’s children Kylie & Aiden Scott, and the Martin family in Oregon, whom he adopted years ago. :) He is also survived by me, his wife, Terrie Forcier-Schmitt.
A military service is scheduled for May 30, 2 p.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA.
This man’s presence will be dearly missed as he left imprints on all of our hearts and in our lives, for which we will never be the same…

Jane TrombleyJane Lind Trombley
July 11, 1955 – March 30, 2018

Jane Lind Trombley, 62, of Republic, WA, passed away suddenly on March 30, 2018. Jane was born July 11, 1955 to Shirley and Tom Trombley. She married Steven Leuze on October 25, 2002. Jane lived most of her life in the Monroe area. She graduated from Monroe High School in 1973 and went on to Fashion Merchandising School in Boise, ID.
Jane loved to read, listen to music, and attend plays. She was very creative and artistic. She enjoyed crafting and beadwork. She was happiest traveling, spending time with family and special girlfriends, and spoiling her beloved grandchildren.
Jane’s unique sense of humor and contagious laughter will be remembered and missed by all who loved her. She is regarded as the “Favorite Auntie” by her many nieces and nephews. She is especially cherished by her closest family members.
Jane is survived by her husband, Steven Leuze, his children: Brad (Amanda) Leuze and Leaha (Chris) Boser, and grandchildren, Reislyn, Isabelle, Cooper, Kallen, and Lennon; her beloved mother, Shirley, siblings, Steve (Terry), Suzanne (Bruce), John, Tim (Genny), Terri, Russ (Joy), Greg (Anita), and many nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.
Jane’s Life Celebration will be held at Monroe Community Senior Center located at 276 Sky River Pkwy in Monroe on April 20 at 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your favorite library or charity.

Salle JackmanSalle Carlson-Kelly-Jackman
January 27, 1942 – March 25, 2018

Salle was surround by her family when she passed away on March 25th following a brief illness.
Salle was born January 27, 1942 in Fargo, North Dakota. She relocated to Snohomish in 1947 and was a long-time resident. Salle worked at Vic’s Market for 26 years before retiring.
Salle is survived by her 4 children Larry Kelly (Amy), Kathy Johnson (Kerry), Matt Jackman (Melissa) and Mark Jackman (Jami). Salle also leaves behind 8 grandchildren aging from 27 years old to 8 months old!
Celebration of life services will be held Saturday April 14, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Snohomish where she was a member for years. There will be a potluck immediately following. Please bring something to share,

Ed WiseEdward B. Wise, Jr.
October 27, 1930 – March 23, 2018

Edward B Wise Jr. passed away peacefully in his home on March 23rd, 2018 at the age of 87. He is survived by his loving wife Kay Wise, with whom he shared 55 wonderful years, his son Jay and wife Trudy, his daughter Cheri, son Jeff and wife Lynn and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents and his sisters Arlen and Margaret.
Ed was born in Sedro Woolley on October 27, 1930 to Edward and Dorothy (Walters) Wise. He attended Sedro Woolley High School and at the age of 16 started working at the Sedro Woolley Courier Times which he later owned. After graduating in 1948, Ed worked the tugboats that frequented the Skagit River and followed that work to Alaska where he worked on the pipelines.
In 1972 Ed moved to Snohomish where his experience at the Courier Times led him to become part owner of the Snohomish Tribune and Snohomish Publishing Co. He retired in 1996 as president of Snohomish Publishing Co.
Ed was a member of the Jaycees and the Lions Club and enjoyed participating in the many ways those clubs helped serve the community. In his spare time, he enjoyed sailing, skiing and vacationing with his wife Kay in Mexico and Costa Rica.
A celebration of life will be held on April 15, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Snohomish Senior Center, 506 4th St, Snohomish. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Snohomish Senior Center or the Snohomish Lions Club.

Joann MeedsJoann Mae (Matney) Meeds
March 17, 1935 – February 23, 2018

Joann Mae (Matney) Meeds passed away at home and surrounded by family on February 23, 2018.
An Irish gal, she was born on St. Patrick’s Day, 1935 to Earl and Marcie Matney in Prosser, Washington. She moved with her family to California as a young child and graduated Long Beach Polytechnic High School in 1953.
Joann, the sweet redhead Dave wished for, met David L. Meeds, a sailor on shore liberty, on a blind date in December 1954.

They married two years later and soon moved to the Monroe area, where they raised their five children.
Joann was a continually involved and impactful member of her community, volunteering with many local organizations and serving in numerous outreach activities through her church. A few of these were: starting a daycare program for the children of visitors to inmates at the Washington State Reformatory in the 1960’s, doing research and record-keeping for the Monroe Historical Society, Joann Meedsfundraising for March of Dimes, working as a Voter Registrar and feeding and housing of homeless. Joann was a long-time creator of handmade quilts and a member of several local quilting groups who eventually hosted a group in her own home. She worked as a substitute paraeducator for the Monroe School District before she and Dave retired.
Joann was a loving, kind, caring, supportive, devoted mother and grandmother, a faithful, steadfast wife, and a gracious lady who was a true friend to many. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Dave, her sister Carolynn Cooper, children Denise (Bryon) Hollenbeck, Scott Meeds, Nola (Clemance) Miller, Shannon Muse and Russell (Casey) Meeds, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be held at the Monroe Congregational Church, 301 South Lewis Street in Monroe at 1 p.m. on April 28, 2018. Joann loved flowers and plants so please feel free to plant something in her memory; donations may also be made to the Women’s Fellowship of the Congregational Church or to Planned Parenthood.


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