Violet Edith “Vi” Watson
April 28, 1919 – June 6, 2020
Violet Edith “Vi” Watson was born on April 28, 1919 in Enterprise, OR to William and Edith Wolter of Sultan, WA. She passed away on June 6, 2020 at Life Care Center in McMinnville, OR, at the age of 101 after many years of dementia.
Vi’s home at birth was rural Sultan, WA, just off Hwy 2 East. She joined four brothers. Her parents then had eight more children and also cared for a young grandson. As the oldest girl, Vi was busy helping her Mom with household chores and raising her younger brothers, sisters and nephew. The family lost their father to a farming accident at the family home when Vi was only 16.
Vi survived being run over by a piano truck at age 13. She wasn’t hurt except for her feelings. Her shoe buckle was broken on a pair of shoes that her uncle had just bought for her.
Vi excelled at school, graduating as Salutatorian of her Sultan High School class of 1936.
After graduating high school, Vi worked at JC Penney in downtown Seattle. She also worked as a nanny for the Thompson family. Early employment also found Vi cooking and cleaning at a camp in Coles Corner, WA.
In 1941 Vi married her neighbor, Berthold T. “Bert” Keck, who lived across Hwy 2 from her home. Bert came to their marriage with 5-year-old Joanne from a previous marriage. At age 22 Vi became an instant Mom to Joanne. The Keck family moved to Grand Ronde, OR where Bert worked as a union agent for the local union 5-92, IWA-CIO. From Grand Ronde they moved to Sheridan, OR where Vi made many longtime friends.
Van was born in 1943 and Judy in 1947. The family moved to an 80-acre farm five miles from Sheridan and one mile from Ballston. They harvested walnuts, filberts, grew fields of grain, and managed a large herd of milking cattle and eight horses. Vi’s hard working ethic continued with gardening, canning, sewing, farming, and raising farm animals. During this time Vi and Bert were avid supporters of their children who attended schools in Amity, Ballston and Sheridan. They enjoyed many fun activities with the kids at Ballston Community Club.
Vi and Bert enjoyed many social activities including Eastern Star, Masons and square dancing. They were members of the Sheridan Canter Club, taking their horses to many parades, rodeos, and trail rides. They participated in the 1960 Pony Express Centennial celebration, riding in Polk County.
In the mid-1950s Vi worked at the DMV in Dallas, OR, and also at Bankers Life and Casualty in Salem, OR as a clerk and secretary.
In 1960 Vi purchased the Burger Hut in Rickreall, OR and moved it to Sheridan in 1961. It was an immediate success, taking up home across from Sheridan High School. The Kecks replaced the Burger Hut with the newly constructed Fireside Café which they operated until 1963.
The Kecks divorced in 1962 and Vi moved back to Sultan, WA to care for her ailing mother. Vi worked as a waitress in Snohomish, WA after her mother passed.
Vi rekindled an old flame in Arthur “Art” Schwartzmiller. Art was a musician and sawdust peddler. His band, Art Schwartzmiller and the Banana Peelers, were very popular big band cover players. Vi enjoyed many nights of dancing to the band. Art created the Sauerkraut Marching Band and Vi followed the band all over the state passing out sauerkraut and pretzels. She also helped Art bag and sell sawdust to meat markets as far away as Coeur d’Alene, ID. They divorced in 1978.
Another old flame returned to Vi’s life in 1981, Raymond L. Watson of Sultan and Vi retired as a custodian at Snohomish High School in 1981. Ray taught Vi how to fish and she caught a big salmon in the Skagit River. Ray passed away in 1991.
Vi stayed in Sultan until 2007 when she moved to Buckeye, AZ with daughter Judy and her husband John. She moved into Jolly Family Assisted Living in Buckeye in 2008. Vi broke her ankle in 2012 and was transferred to Sun West Rehabilitation in Sun City West. She was never able to walk again and became a permanent resident.
Vi returned to Yamhill County in December 2013 to be near her daughter and son. She lived at Parkland Assisted Living, Pacifica Memory Care, and Life Care Center.
Vi celebrated her 101st birthday on April 28 and was honored by an exciting and colorful birthday parade at Life Care Center. She passed away one month and eight days later. The parade was a fitting memorial to her always joyful approach to life.
Vi was preceded in death by her parents and her husbands, siblings Clarence Wolter (Margaret, deceased), Elmer Wolter (Adele, deceased), Art Wolter (Lucille, deceased), Van Wolter, Wilbert Wolter, Fred Wolter (Delores), Leona Dawson (Lee, deceased), and Phyllis Oster (Ellroy, deceased), daughter Joanne Kilmer (Alan, deceased), and granddaughter Kari Andrews.
Vi is survived by her children Van Keck (Glenda) and Judy Januscheitis (John); siblings Jack Wolter (Ruth, deceased), William John Wolter (Gloria), Dorothy Morris (Frank, deceased) and Alice Riemland (Bill “Jug”, deceased); grandchildren Sheri Kimbrough (Kenneth), Jodi Silversparre (Daryl), Keli Wright (Kevin), Kristen Bell, Jennifer Januscheitis, Lisa Nabal (Dominic), and Mara Vogt (Nickolas); great grandchildren Glenlee Simenthal (Sequoia), Jaxson Bell, Camden Bell, Riley Murphy, Arianna Nabal, Lucy Vogt, Jesse Becker, Buck Becker (Anna), Gary Kimbrough, Phyllisia Kimbrough, Dustin Kuss and Jared Kuss (Rachel); 11 great great grandchildren; and 38 nieces and nephews.
Services will be announced and held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Brighton Hospice, c/o Macy and Sons Funeral Home.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.macyandson.com.
Arthur Irving Driscoll Jr.
September 11, 1941 – May 11, 2020
Loving husband, Father of two, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, and War Veteran turned Cowboy and friend.
Art was born September 11, 1941, to Arthur Sr. and Helen Driscoll in Rhode Island. He passed peacefully from a long goodbye with Alzheimer’s at “Caring First” home in Lynnwood, Washington. Special thanks to his caretakers, Jared, Stanley, and the Hospice Angel on Earth workers that were with him until the end.
In 1949 Art at the age of 8, his brother, Mark at age 5, and youngest brother, David age 2 left Rhode Island on a three week journey to reside in Sunnyside in Eastern Washington.
In 1957, Arthur Sr. left Hanford to move the family to Ballard, Washington. It was there Art first met Joyce, at MYF, Methodist Youth Fellowship Camp. In 1959 they started dating.
In 1962 they parted when Joyce went off to college at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. Art simultaneously joined the military. He was stationed first at the White House as a guard. Following several months he was redeployed to Germany for two years. When Art got notice that his assignment would end moving him to Fort Lewis, Washington, he phoned Joyce to see if she had married. The International operator who connected the lines extended the heartwarming phone call that reignited a relationship. Art returned to Washington rekindling the relationship that led to a beautiful marriage. Art and Joyce wed at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ballard, Washington on May 29, 1964.
Art was redeployed soon after being married to Vietnam. For the newlyweds this was not easy and they wrote often.
When Art returned he started working for the City of Seattle doing electrical repair. On September 5, 1967, Art began as an Apprentice working for Seattle City Light. He worked up the ladder to Journeyman Electrician, and retired as a Crew Chief on January 14, 1994. He returned on a Consultative basis teaching the New Hire apprenticeship program. He was liked by many. At Art’s retirement party his kids learned of his work nick name, laughingly not to be mentioned. Art was known to make his specialty omelets for the office workers every year at Christmas time. Art and Joyce also hosted his office counterparts and crew out at the farm for a barbecue. Art carpooled almost two decades with two gentlemen, who became dear friends and like family.
Holly Anne was born on December 29, 1966 nine months after Art returned from Vietnam. She was born in a Quonset hut in Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Holly shares the same birth date as Art’s brother, Mark and his Father, Arthur Sr.
Art’s second child, Todd Vincent was born June 15, 1970. Todd arrived three weeks early. He was small, only 17 inches and weighing 4 lbs. 12oz.
Over the course of his life, Art had two children, Holly and Todd, 1 grandchild, Alyssa, and 1 great grandson, Finn. He dearly loved his New Zealand, Eastern and Western Washington, London, Kentucky, Arizona and California based families. He always wanted more time with them and treasured the time he had. With the progression of Alzheimer’s he sadly never got to know his great grandson, Finn.
Art had many interests and hobbies. He enjoyed motorcycle riding. He and Joyce would take weekend rides with a roll of toilet paper mounted to the seat. He bought Todd his first motorcycle at age 5 from Larry Ward Sr., whose son Larry soon became a famous dirt bike rider.
He loved boxing. So much so you didn’t want to sit next to him with his body swaying and punch jabs going here and there. His favorite was Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard. The kids were subjected to watching a good match each and every time one was on.
When Art’s viewpoint on horses moved from hay-burners to joining Holly in horsemanship clinics, that’s when Art turned Cowboy. He took up cow cutting and showed in competitions in Cow Cutting and in halter. He was able to win some monetary prizes for his abilities.
Art loved boating in the San Juan Islands where they honeymooned. He and Joyce built their first boat, “The We Donnit”. They continued boating each and every year staying on Orcas Island, in the San Juans. He loved crabbing, fishing and all the good fish tales that went along with it. One story stands out. Art and brother in-law Dale McDaniel were out along lovers cover of Orcas Island when their skiff was raised out of the water by an Orca Whale. That is one of the largest true fish tales ever told.
In the early 70’s, over an ad for baby ducks, Art and Joyce met John and Helen McMahon. Over the course of Art’s life, they became family, an adopted father figure and grandfather. This particular story is a true keepsake. One year with other fellas Art and John McMahon were up in the Blue Mountains hunting Elk, it was winter at the time and snow was commonplace, but on this trip it was a true winter storm at a very high elevation and was ridiculously deep and falling fast. Art was out alone in the woods when the storm hit that morning. Throughout the day he tried finding his way to camp with no luck, firing his 30.06 rifle from time to time hoping he could be heard and was fearful he wouldn’t be found and was on the verge of giving up. Meanwhile, John McMahon and a couple of his sons are in their Jeep doing their best to maneuver through the mountains and snow to find Art, every once in a while stopping and yelling his name. They too were about to give up and head back to camp, its pitch black out and the snow is continuing to amass. On the last attempt before they head back, John had out his blessed old Irish rosary that he had through the majority of his life and said a prayer. Minutes after, he got out of the jeep and thought he saw something in the distance, and he yelled, “Art, is that you?” It was and he was found and pulled into the Jeep where they headed back to camp and focused on getting Art well. Throughout the years, every time John would come to visit, as a greeting he’d say, “Art, is that you?” Art would smile every time hearing those words from his friend and give him a big hug, quietly remembering this near life changing event, and soon after sharing some good 18 year old scotch and they’d tell stories for hours and hours.
Art had a relationship with the Lord. He had a big Irish heart and loved his Irish roots, Irish music, country music, Neil Diamond and an ice cold beer and a good Scotch.
He loved his Frederick and Nelson train set that he staged around the living room every year at Christmas time. Joyce made custom cars for it and it was a highlight staging piece for the Holidays. Santa left his favorite Scotch in one car every year, and family all knew who that was for.
Art was preceded in death by his Mother, Helen Driscoll, Father, Arthur Driscoll Sr., Father in-law, Vince Nelson, Mother in-law, Marjorie Nelson, Sister in-law, Dora Driscoll, Cousin, Dick Caldwell, Cousin, Wayne Hall, Cousin, Marilyn Hall, and Brother in-law, Dale McDaniel.
He is survived by Wife, Joyce Driscoll, Daughter, Holly Ihrig, Son, Todd Driscoll, Daughter in-law, Denise Driscoll, Son in-law, Mark Ihrig, Granddaughter, Alyssa Quam, Grandson, Colton Quam, and Great Grandson, Finn Quam, Step Granddaughter, Kara Ihrig, Step Grandson, Tyler Ihrig, Brother, Mark Driscoll, Brother, David Driscoll, Brother in-law, Dale Grothe, Sister in-law, Doris Grothe, Sister in-law, Carolyn Davis, Brother in-law, Julius Davis, Sister in-law, Malvene and siblings.
A celebration of his life will be intimate. By Art’s wishes his ashes will be sprinkled in the San Juan Islands and on Joyce and Art’s property.
Philip Allison Rowe, Jr.
June 3, 1932 – May 10, 2020
Philip Allison Rowe, Jr., USAF Colonel (Ret.), passed away May 10, 2020, at the age of 87. He was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, June 3, 1932, to Julie Vinks Rowe and Philip Allison Rowe. Much of his childhood was spent on Governor’s Island in Lake Winnipesaukee near Laconia, NH before his family relocated to Newport News, VA. There he met his future wife, Marilyn Jean Thompson at Newport News High School, from which they graduated in 1950. After attending Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Phil joined the U.S. Air Force in 1952. In 1954 he and Jean married in Waco, TX. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Arizona State University in 1967. During his time in the Strategic Air Command Phil flew as Master Navigator in B-58, B-52, RF-4, and other aircraft, including more than 100 reconnaissance missions out of Saigon in 1968-69 and received the Distinguished Flying Cross.
After serving in the Systems Program Office for B-1 bomber development at Wright Patterson AFB in Fairborn, OH from 1970-74 and engineering for the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) in Bedford, MA from 1974-75, Phil retired from the Air Force in 1975. He and Jean built a home in Albuquerque, NM where they resided until her passing in 2015. In 2017 Phil moved to Monroe, WA, where he spent his remaining days.
Phil loved outdoor adventures, especially camping and kayaking. Relocations and family vacations meant visits to many national parks and state campgrounds. Phil and Jean took many long driving trips through the U.S. and Canada, putting his kayak into any available body of water. The travel bug extended beyond road trips, as Phil and Jean enjoyed visiting Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Nova Scotia, and several vacations in Europe. Phil enjoyed tinkering and inventing labor-saving devices. He was also a devoted author, writing about flying, traveling, and childhood days. Many of these stories he turned into eBooks for Amazon.
Phil is survived by daughter Katherine Rowe (Monroe, WA), daughter Charlotte Rowe (Santa Fe, NM), brother Cyrus Rowe (Gastonia, NC), and grandchildren Laura Fox (Tacoma, WA) and Ryan Fox (Monroe, WA). His ashes will be placed with military honors alongside those of his beloved Jean in the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
Donations in Phil’s memory are welcomed by Kirtland AFB Airman’s Attic, Albuquerque. Please contact Katherine or Charlotte for guidance.
Dylan Clarke Cole
August 12, 1984 – May 4, 2020
On Monday, May the 4th, Dylan Clarke Cole, born to Laurie Ann Holmes (Cole) and Loren Darrel Cole on August 12th, 1984, passed away.
Dylan was a bright, funny, and fiercely-loyal man who cared deeply for his family, friends and all animals. He’d do or say almost anything to get someone to laugh and would be by a friend’s side in an instant if they needed him. Dylan loved teaching his nephews new jokes, cinema and recommending movies and shows to watch, and long, strong hugs.
Dylan is survived by his mother and step-father, Laurie and John Holmes, his younger siblings, Andrea Haugen and Colin Cole, his brother-in-law Ty Haugen, his nephews Torben and Griffin Haugen, niece Hannah Haugen, countless aunts, uncles, and cousins, and his pets: the faithful old wolf Rufus and the cats Dodge, Dube, and Fry.
Patricia Jean Reid
June 16, 1924 – March 19, 2020
Patricia Jean Currie born June 16, 1924, to Clarence and Faye Currie of Monroe, Washington, died quietly in her sleep, March 19, 2020, in Victoria, B.C, at the age of 95.
She grew up on a farm in Park Place just outside of Monroe, where she graduated as the salutatorian from Monroe High School in 1941. Affectionately known as “Trish” or “Pat”, she enjoyed many musical and sports activities with her school friends, and particularly being a majorette with the marching band in Monroe and at WSC. She left Monroe in 1942 to marry 1stLT Robert Dennis USAAC, also of Monroe, at Kelly Field near San Antonio, Texas.
Having many interests, Patricia particularly enjoyed tennis and golf; traveling domestically and internationally; collecting and selling dolls; shopping for a special item or a great deal; and she always enjoyed family gatherings.
Patricia married four times in her life. After divorcing Robert and working as a medical librarian, she married Doug Wood, and moved to southern California. Later, she married Ed Vollman, and they moved to British Columbia, where she made many friends who were doll collectors. Lastly, she married Ray Reid in Ontario, where they shopped many garage sales and antique stores. The last years of her life were spent in the warm care of Beckley Farm Lodge, in Victoria, B.C.
Over the course of her life, Patricia had 5 children, 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren, whom she dearly loved. She always wanted more time with them, considering each her favorite.
Patricia was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Evelyn Currie; her parents, Clarence and Faye Currie; her sister, Betty Hartzell; her husbands, Ed Vollman and Ray Reid; and her oldest son, Roger Dennis. She is survived by her brother, Craig H. and Carolyn Currie; her children, Craig and Becky Dennis, Adele and Tom Boyles, Galen Fisher, and Joel Dennis; her daughter-in-law, Ruth Rouse; 6 nieces and their families; and her swath of grandchildren and their families, especially including Nancy Patrick.
A memorial service in Monroe is being planned for summer 2020.
Retired Business owner, Raymond Noyd, 87, died peacefully at Snohomish care center after a year long battle with cancer.
Ray was born on December 3rd, 1932 to Gilbert and Daisy Noyd in Jamestown, New York. He moved to Cheektowaga, New York in 1948 with his family. Ray served in the US Army from 1952-1954. On August 7th, 1953 he married Ellen Reise at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. While in the Army, he earned the National Defense Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal.
Ray bought his first business, French Donut shop in 1960, Akron Bakery in 1965, and Dizzy D’s Donut shop in 1967.
In 1972 Ray moved his family to Montana for more of an outdoor life, purchasing the Western Star Motel and in 1978 A & K Lanes.
In 2007 they moved to Sultan Washington, living there for 2 years, returning to Conrad Montana in 2009.
He returned to Washington state in 2011 until the time of his death.
Ray was very involved in the community, and was a member of the Masons, Kiwanis club and served two terms on the Choteau City County from 1991 – 1999.
Ray was the happiest when he was outdoors, hunting, fishing or playing cards.
Ray is survived by his Brother, Gerry (Lorri) Noyd, Aunt, Mabel Hall, Missoula, MT, four children, Daughters, Debbie (Jeff) Manas, Snohomish, WA, Laurie (Fred) Morris, Conrad, MT, Erica Lill of Seattle, Son, John (Terry) Noyd, Bozeman, MT. Nephew, Martin Noyd, Missoula, MT, Nieces: Michelle Noyd of North Pole, AK and Colleen (Corey) Faust, Bremerton, WA. He also survived by 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the Conrad Moose Hall on March 21, 2020 at 1:00, with private family service at the Choteau cemetery with military honors beforehand.
Marvin Alan Smith
Marvin Alan Smith passed away on January 24th, 2020 at his home in Sun Lakes, Arizona. He was 82.
Born in 1937, he grew up inspired by the wings aloft and set out to be a pilot from age 14. He earned his private license by age 18 and joined the Air Force to pursue his dream in aviation. Becoming an Aircraft Radio Operator, Marv was always near, in and around aircraft during his service. Following the Air Force, Marv moved north back to his home state of Washington and started an aircraft radio shop at Paine Field. He serviced aircraft of all genres and distinctions including the famous P-51 Miss Bardahl, piloted by Chuck Lyford.
His love for the big planes never waned and he joined Boeing as a Flight Engineer in the mid 1960’s. He was closely involved with Boeing Production Test Flight through the 720,737 and 747 projects. As Boeing slumped in the early 70’s , Marv decided to embark on his own and formed a helicopter company servicing the growing timber and environmental management industry in Washington State. He pioneered the use of helicopters in low impact logging, reforestation, fish conservation and wildfire control.
Following an accident in 1979, Marv continued flying, focusing on lower risk aviation instruction, consulting and excursions. He continued to fly as an active commercial and ATP multi-rated pilot well into his 70’s. As a pilot, he gained respect and admiration for his skills, professionalism and innovation. Among his peers, he was considered one the best rotorcraft pilots of his generation.
Retiring in Arizona, Marv rekindled his love for small aircraft aviation and became an active member of the local RC community. He also enjoyed golf, reading and spending time with his friends and family. He is survived by his three children, Tim, Tracy and Todd, four grandchildren, one great grandchild, his sister Babe (Maureen Roesler), and his partner Shirley.
Per Marv’s request, there will be no memorial service.
“Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings.
Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air,
Up, up the long delirious burning blue.
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew;
And while with silent uplifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God!”
John Gillespie Magee Jr.
September 25, 1930 - January 31, 2020
Shireen Pesznecker passed quietly into the arms of Jesus Friday, the final day of January, at home with her family after 89 years of loving and serving family, friends, strangers and her community. She extended love and acceptance to all who crossed her path. From 4-H leader to refugee sponsor, clothes closet organizer and other countless volunteer endeavors, family always came first, giving unconditional love.
She was born to the Kelly family Sept. 25, 1930 in Harvey, Illinois along with twin sister Sharon. The family of six, including older sisters Pat and Mickey, moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, then to Seattle.
Shireen met husband David Pesznecker at University Christian Church and married June 11, 1950. They lived in N Seattle until moving to Snohomish in 1964.
She was, (quoting her granddaughter Alisha), a sweet, feisty, strong, dancing, singing, selfless rock of our family who loved life, politics, bonfires, murder mysteries, and of course, the Seahawks.
She is survived by her husband of 70 years, David, her 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
A Memorial will be held at Snohomish First Presbyterian Church on Feb. 22 at 2 p.m.
Any gifts can be sent to Hospice of the Northwest, Mount Vernon WA.
Arrangements have been made with the assistance of Whidbey Memorial Funeral and Cremation Service.
Bunny (Marjorie) Evans
December 12, 1931 – December 22, 2019
Bunny passed away peacefully in the early morning hours on December 22, 2019 after battling Parkinson’s disease for over 20 year.
Bunny was born in Machias WA on 12/12/31 to Les and Rose McCullouch. She attended Snohomish High school where she met the love of her life Tom Evans, whom she married on Oct. 1, 1951. They settled down in Sea-Tac WA in 1961 with their 3 children and Bunny’s love for babysitting the neighborhood children took place. She was one of the first in the State of WA to get her Childcare license and kept it active for close to 20 years before they retired and moved “back home” to Snohomish to camp/travel in their motor home to wherever they wanted to go. She loved spending time with her children, camping, working in her garden, and playing cards with the family. Especially at the Evans Family picnic each year.
Bunny is survived by her daughter Jeannie (Carl) of Richland, son Jim (Jan) of Shelton, Granddaughters Dawn Butcher and Jacqueline Knight, and her daughter Tammy (Christy) of Des Moines, grandson T.J. Hurd and a combined total of 8 Great Grandsons. She is also survived by her Sister Doris McElroy of Everett, Sisters in Law Phillis Metz, Melba Evans and MaryAnn Britton along with numerous niece and nephews.
At Bunny’s request there will be no formal service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Snohomish Senior Center, 506 4th St. Snohomish WA 98290.
Barbara Anne Branham Miars
October 30, 1923 – December 25, 2019
Barbara Miars died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Snohomish on Christmas Day, 2019. She loved the Holidays, and no doubt was welcomed into heaven with bells ringing and carols being sung.
Barbara was born in Minneapolis, MN in 1923. She graduated from Washburn High School in 1941 and from Carleton College, in Northfield , MN in 1945. She married the Rev. Bernard G. Miars in 1948, and they welcomed two children, Jeffrey Goodrich(1950) and Shelley Branham (1951) to complete their family.
Barb and Bernie served four parishes in Iowa during Bernie’s professional career; Burlington, Council Bluffs, Waterloo and Clinton. In Council Bluffs particularly, Barb formed treasured friendships that endured until the day she died. During their time in Iowa, Barb worked as an Adoptive Placement Case Worker in Council Bluffs; Director of the YWCA, and Director of the Seniors Program in Clinton.
Upon her husband’s retirement in 1980, Barb and Bernie returned to Minneapolis, where Barb worked for 17 years as the Seniors Income Assistance Director at the Neighborhood Involvement Program, a Social Service Agency in downtown Minneapolis.
After her husband’s death, Barb moved to Snohomish, WA to be closer to daughter Shelley and her spouse, Julie Callebert.
Snohomish “fit Barbara like a glove.” She lived there for 22 years and loved it. She was very active in her church, St. John’s Episcopal, serving on the Altar Guild.. She volunteered for 17 years at Providence Everett Hospital Colby Campus. She was an enthusiastic Volunteer at the Snohomish Visitor Center, took water aerobics at Hal Moe Pool, served at the Community kitchen, just to name a few. Barb was a past president of her womens’ philanthropic Group, PEO, did crafts, played bridge (for fun!) and loved to read. She took Zumba until the last year of her life, participating in 2 “flash mobs”!
Barbara’s life focused on Service, and Being Positive. She lived the Golden rule, epitomized kindness, had many friends of all ages, and she loved to laugh. These qualities kept her eternally young, and will be those for which she will be remembered.
Barbara is survived by her children Jeff (Elizabeth) and Shelley (Julie Callebert), Grandson Michael Miars (Heather); nieces Carole Moore (Bill, dec.), Frani Petrie (Jerry); Pam Bentz (David); CeCe Manly (Peter): nephews Jon S. Cole (Kathy); Ralph Cole (Randi); cousin Hunter Branham (Karen): Also many beloved great and grand nieces and nephews. Barb and Shelley wish/ed to extend heartfelt gratitude to Gayle Ross, Beverly Campbell, Marion Berge, Millie Wilcoxson, Mark Miller, Keith Rasmussen, Providence Everett Hospice and the Everett Visiting Angels for adding much to Barb’s life, and to the ease of her final days.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm, St John’s Episcopal Church, 913 2nd Street, Snohomish WA. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.
Andrew Ian Dickinson
March 25, 1983 – November 22, 2019
~The brightest star has left the earth and our world & hearts will never be the same~
Andrew Ian Dickinson was born feet first in Wenatchee, WA on March 25th 1983 and from that moment on, his love for life and generous heart touched everyone who ever met him. He split his childhood between Lake Wenatchee and Snohomish, WA, pulling Stevens Pass more times than he could count.
Drew’s antics were as legendary as his roar of a laugh and his love of a good time contagious. From the founding of his infamous Puke & Rally, a dusty and dirty camping party in the wild woods of Lake Wenatchee, to his epic collection of cars and someday projects, Drew played as hard as he worked.
A true Renaissance man, he was a welder by trade but also operated heavy equipment and was an accomplished craftsman. He was eternally optimistic and never could say no to a friend in need of a helping hand. He spent countless hours in helping to restore his Victorian family home, Ivy Hill in Snohomish and his legacy will live on in everything he touched.
Drew was fiercely loyal to his friends and family and absolutely devoted to his beloved son Maxwell Wilder who brought him “happiness beyond his wildest dreams.” Drew excelled at many roles but fatherhood brought out the very finest in him.
He was a notorious impulse shopper, a hater of all things mint, and a lover of all things Irish. He was clever & charismatic, a neologist, always defining a moment with his unique Drewism catchphrases. He loved being outdoors whether on a dirt bike, a snowmobile or just braffing through the woods in his Jeep. He lived 48 hours in everyday and packed oh so much life into his all too short 36 years.
Drew was tragically taken from us instantly on his family’s mountain, DirtyFace, in Lake Wenatchee by a falling tree on November 22nd. He was laid to rest on November 30th at GAR cemetery in Snohomish, WA. Drew leaves behind so many broken hearts including those of his three year old son Maxwell, his parents Rebecca Dickinson and Michael & Kari Dickinson, five siblings Alisha Dickinson (Edgar) Aubrey Dickinson (Derek) Anna Mantyla (Ian) Samantha McGarrity (Craig) and Josh Dickinson as well as his partner Katie Waters. His adoring nephews and nieces~ McKenzi, Cayden, London, Willa, Huckland, Lachlan, Sawyer and Rio will forever miss their rowdy uncle Drew. He also leaves behind grandmothers Margaret Hart and Barbara Dick-inson as well as Max’s mom Amy Johnson Widdis (Brandon) and countless family & friends.
Drew was greeted in heaven by he & Katie’s unborn son, his uncle Brian Dickinson, niece Trinity Dickinson, grandparents Bruce Dickinson, Jim Hart and great-grandparents Clayton & Carolee Hall and Allen & Evelyn Fogerson as well as his cherished German Shepherd Navarre.
A celebration of Drew’s beautiful life will be held on January 19th at 1pm at Crossroads Thomas Family Farm in Snohomish. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at Cashmere Valley Bank for his young son Maxwell Dickinson.
Loving you has changed our lives.
~It should come as no surprise that losing you has done the same~
Daniel E. Albrecht
Daniel E. Albrecht, (Dano), a lifelong resident of Snohomish, WA passed away unexpectedly on December 3, 2019 at the age of 62. He was born July 2, 1957 to Edward and Patricia Albrecht. Dano joined his mother when he passed, but leaves behind his Father, and only sister, Allison O’neill (Patrick O’neill) of Blaine, WA.
Dano was well known for his kind heart and happy go-lucky spirit. He always wore a smile and welcomed everyone with a hug. Much of Dano’s life was spent driving dump truck, or building stained glass windows, in which he was very talented. While working for a local Landscape supply company Dano met his former wife, Julie Albrecht. Together they shared three daughters. Christy Casey, Ashley Pingera (Marvin Pingera) and Nicole McDonald (Riley McDonald). Between the daughters he was presented 8 grandchildren and two great grandchildren, which, in his eyes, were his greatest accomplishments. Dano also leaves behind many family and friends throughout the state. He enjoyed music, all things outdoors, and riding motorcycles. He was loved by many and a friend to all.
All those who knew him are invited to share memories at his Celebration of life which will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 25th at Gleneagle Family Restaurant, 7619 E Country Club Dr., Arlington, WA 98223.
Patricia J. (Granger) Lipke
Patricia J. (Granger) Lipke, 78 passed away on November 23, 2019 with her children by her side. Pat was proceeded in death by her husband, Gordon, whom she missed greatly and looked forward to reuniting with in Heaven.
Pat Lipke was the loving mother of Todd M. Lipke (Laura) and Gary R. Lipke (Danna). Pat loved her grandchildren dearly and was always excited to see them. She will be greatly missed by Kimberly, Spencer, Bryce, Logan, and McKenna. Pat will be missed and remembered by her lifelong family and friends, as well as ones she met along her journey.
Pat dedicated her life to the youth of Snohomish. She worked as an Education Assistant at Riverview Elementary in Snohomish. Pat always looked for opportunities to volunteer or improve the lives of her students. Pat volunteered as a youth basketball coach, Little League president and PTA president.
There will be a Celebration of Pat’s Life on Saturday December 14, 2019 at Riverview Elementary in Snohomish at 11:00. In lieu of Flowers, Pat would have appreciated donations be made to the Riverview Food Pantry for students in need. Donations can be made in the form of cash/checks to Riverview PTO.
Ellen Saddler, 99, of Snohomish, passed away peacefully on November 16, 2019.
Ellen was born to Glynn and Ella Thomas in July of 1920, and grew up on a dairy farm in the Marshland area. She attended the Marshland School, and graduated from Snohomish High in 1937.
She worked in the insurance industry, and was there until her retirement.
After retirement she traveled with her insurance group to Europe, Australia, New Zealand and many parts of the United States. She also traveled to Hawaii for many years with her son Ed.
When she moved to Snohomish she started walking around town and we believe this is what led to her long life. She loved to garden and in her later years, loved a good crossword puzzle.
Ellen is survived by a step-son, Ray Saddler, Jr. (Virginia), six grandchildren, three nephews, and a niece. She was preceded in death by her husband Ray in 1982, her son Ed in 1999, her brother Don Thomas and her sister-in-law Faye Thomas.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, December 7 at 1:00 p.m. at G.A.R. Cemetery. At her request, remembrances can be made to the charity of your choice.
Daniel Dale Recor
January 15, 1962 – November 13, 2019
Daniel Dale passed away the morning of November 13 2019. He was born January 15, 1962 in Everett, Washington to Wayne and Shirley Recor. He graduated from Snohomish High School in 1980.
He is survived by his wife Leah Recor, his three daughters Danielle Casey, Amanda Recor, and Heather Hennessey, as well as his six grandchildren and his siblings; Connie Lewis, Randy Recor, and Ronnie Recor. He is proceeded in death by his Father, Mother, and sister Debbie (who recently passed away).
Danny would steal your heart with his contagious laugh, easy going personality, and witty humor. You couldn’t help but have a smile on your face when he was around.
Danny’s family will be holding a private celebration in his honor following his burial on his birthday in January.
If I could only fly, If I could only fly I’d bid this place goodbye to come and be with you. - Haggard
Deborah G. Recor Stadin
January 15, 1962 – November 8, 2019
Deborah G. Recor Stadin, 57, died unexpectedly Friday morning, November 8, 2019.
Debbie was born January 15, 1962 in Everett, Washington and was a lifelong area resident. She graduated from Snohomish High School in 1980 and worked as an Account Manager for BDA.
Debbie was a ray of sunshine to all who knew her. Her smile was big, her laugh was contagious, and her love was unbounded. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, friend and wife. She lived a full and active life. She loved hiking, gardening, camping, fishing, cooking and caring for those she loved.
She is survived by her four children, Jamie Allen, Corey Cummins, Garrett Cummins, and Drew Cummins, as well as her grandchildren and siblings Connie Lewis, Randall Recor, Ronald Recor, Daniel Recor (who has since passed) and husband, James Stadin.
She is preceded in death by her father and mother, Wayne & Shirley Recor.
Services will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, November 23, at Thomas Family Farm, located at 9010 Marsh Rd, Snohomish, WA 98296. This will be a celebration of life event and all that knew Debbie are welcome to attend. Burial will take place at a later date in the GAR Cemetery in Snohomish, alongside her mother and father.
Contributions in memory of Debbie may be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness at namisnohomishcounty.org or through a NAMI donation box that will be available at the funeral services.
Marietta Rose Gray
November 11, 1928 – August 23, 2019
Marietta Rose Gray died peacefully in her sleep August 23 surrounded by family.
Marietta was born in Machias Washington November 11, 1928, to “Pearl” and Frank White. She married Raymond Gray in 1948 and together they raised four children. Raymond passed away in 2002.
Surviving Marietta are son Frank Gray and his wife Patricia of Lakeside OR, son David Gray and his wife Marsha of Yakima WA, daughter Susan Gray Heussy and husband Richard of Hansville WA, and son Timothy Gray of Lake Stevens, WA. Marietta had four grandchildren and one great grandson. They are Janice Gray and her son Stephen, Sarah Chandler, Adam Gray, and James Dunning.
Marietta was loved by many and will be dearly missed.
A Celebration of Life event will be held October 12 from one to three pm at the Snohomih Senior Center located at 506 Fourth St., Snohomish.
Scott Norman Deatherage
October 24, 1962 – August 30, 2019
Scott Norman Deatherage, 56, of Snohomish, died August 30, with family by his side in Everett, WA.
Scott was born October 24, 1962, in Everett, WA, to Norman and Helen Deatherage.
He attended Snohomish High School and remained in Snohomish most of his life. He worked at Shinoda Floral during high school and after he graduated. He then went on to work at Boeing for nearly 30 years.
Scott married the love of his life, Jamille, in 1995, and they went on to have two children who Scott adored. He enjoyed cooking for his family and taking care of his kids as they grew up. He was an avid Seahawk fan, and he rarely missed a game.
Scott is survived by his wife, Jamille, and his children, Trevor and Taylor; his sister Karen Price and her family; his brother Ralph Deatherage and his family; and many relatives and friends.
Scott was an organ donor and the family has been comforted by the fact that his rare corneas were able to give the gift of sight to two individuals through SightLife. If you are not an organ donor, please consider becoming one in memory of Scott.
The family would like to thank the staff on the 7th floor at Providence Hospital for their care and compassion.
Janice (J J Smith) Carey
December 30, 1935 – August 16, 2019
Janice left this earthly home early in the morning of August 16, 2019 and went to her heavenly home with Jesus, her Lord and Savior. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Jesus had first place in her heart, with her family and all her friends next to Him.
Janice was a charter member of Forest Glade Community Church and taught Sunday school, children’s church, youth group, women’s bible study, VBS and was active in all areas of the church. She was always willing to provide transportation to church, doctors office and other needs. She had a keen spirit and loved to cheer people with her smiley voice on the phone, sharing the word of God and memories. She enjoyed her kids and all the time that was shared with them, including on the farm, taking care of the cows, pigs, chickens and one old horse. Extra fun was walking through the woods to grandma’s house, going to ball games, piano lessons and much more. She was a great cook and homemaker. She enjoyed family meals and a place at the table would always be found for someone dropping by. If it was during the day, a piece of pie and a cup of coffee made its way to the table. Janice graduated from General Hospital School of Nursing and worked as an RN at General Hospital her entire career, with time out raising the family. She was respected by the Doctors and her peers and was selected Nurse of The Year several times in her area of responsibilities. Janice loved to play the piano, the organ and sing. Sometimes even the birds would sing along with her. Janice is survived by her husband, F. Earl Carey, her sons, Scott Carey, Mike Carey (Robyn) and daughter, Cathy Haage (Doug). She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Tyler Shrauner (Lisa), Jessica Carey (J.P.), Tiffany Carey (Jill), Jeff Carey, Tanner Merriman and a great grandchild, Audrey Arpin to continue her service to the Lord. A memorial service will be held on August 31, 2019, 1pm at Forest Glade Community Church, 19510 S. Carpenter Road, Snohomish WA 98290.
Maroa M. Velice
May 20, 1946 – May 9, 2019
Maroa M. Velice died in her home outside Snohomish, Wash. May 9 or so, by all appearances peacefully, with half a glass of wine in front of her and the TV on. It was almost certainly the first time in her life she went down without a fight, for which those who loved her are eternally grateful.
Born May 20, 1946 in Henderson, Nev., she was a daughter, sister, mother, outspoken advocate for human rights and the environment, and worked for the Washington State Department of Transportation as a land surveyor, inspector, civil engineer, and pioneered the position of environmental compliance inspector in WSDOT’s Northwest District until her retirement in 2011. In retirement, she volunteered with the WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers. If she were here to tell you, she’d say endocrine disruptors are present in astounding concentration in Puget Sound’s waters and that you should google it and stop using anything that contains them.
She is survived by her two highly intelligent, well-adjusted, good-looking grown loinfruits Alicia Velice of Everett, and Soren Velice of Koloa, Hawaii, brother Paul Maxey of Baja, Mexico, and niece Peggy Maxey of Portland, Ore. They’re pretty cool too.
She was preceded in death by her parents Bob and Ida Maxey, and brother David Maxey.
A small private celebration of life will be held Sept. 7. We tried to find everyone, but if you knew Roa and want to come eat and talk story with some cool people, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In lieu of flowers, she’d want you to stand up for a worthy cause, unless you consider the NRA or the Republican Party “worthy.” And cut it out with the endocrine disruptors.
Marc Elroy Crawford
December 8, 1971 – July 17, 2019
Marc Elroy Crawford passed away July 17th, 2019. He was born December 8th, 1971 in Everett, WA. He graduated from Snohomish High School in 1990 and attended Everett Community College to later pursue his career as a pharmacy technician. He enjoyed history, antiques, picking for antiques, collectables and old Hollywood. He liked baseball and especially soccer, as he used to say, “Soccer is the only Football.” Marc was very involved with his Republican party in Snohomish politics. He found joy going to the beach with his grandparent and amusement with the clams and oysters they would find. Importantly, he loved spending time with his family.
Marc is preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Lean Heiret. He is survived by his girlfriend, Tessa Smiley, his son Cole his cat, Beetlejuice, his brother, Matthew and his parents Karen and Sid (Albert).
Marc – Son – Brother – Father – Cousin – Nephew – Friend
Marc was a free spirit and lived life to fullest. You’re loved and missed, but never forgotten.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, July 27th, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Bauer Funeral Chapel.
Belva Jean Wanamaker
December 15, 1924 - July 8, 2019
Belva Jean Wanamaker was born in Enid, Oklahoma Dec 15, 1924 and passed away peacefully to be with her dance partner Harold of 72 years on July 8, 2019 in Tacoma, Washington at the age of 94.
Their love affair began when she was 17 years old when she was swept off her feet by a young airman, “Rico Suavey” alias Harold Wanamaker who just arrived from his duty in Panama for training. They met at a USO canteen dance in which music was performed by the famous Glen Miller’s band.
After a short courtship they were married on Dec 5, 1942. She endured her husband being shot down twice in air battles and when he was P.O.W. in German Luft III for 9 months. They started a family shortly after he was released and they lived in several places: Colorado, Wichita and Derby, KS and Snohomish, WA and were snowbirds living in Mesa, AZ for 30 plus years. She belonged to the Republican Women’s Club, Gourmet Club of Everett, WA and Ballroom danced at Sons of Norway. In her later years, after her beloved Harold passed away in 2014, she resided in Tacoma WA at Merrill Gardens.
Belva Jean Wanamaker is survived by her children, Jan A. Wanamaker (Nancy) of Federal Way, Karen Truesdell (Robert) of Lakewood, Brent Wanamaker (Shelley) of Kent, 7 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.
Belva was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend and she will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
David H. Verlinde
September 10, 1948 - June 20, 2019
Dave was born in Seattle on September 10, 1948 and passed away on June 20, 2019 at the age of 70. He was born to Eunice McDaniel Verlinde and Henry Verlinde, and grew up on a dairy farm in the Gold Bar area of the Skykomish Valley. He loved hunting and fishing, and as a young boy would hunt and fish from dusk ‘till dawn in the woods behind their ranch on the May Creek and Wallace River. Dave was an Amateur (Ham) Radio Operator, gun enthusiast and a long time Harley rider.
After graduation from Sultan High School, Dave attended college, receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree from Western Washington University in Bellingham. His career and retirement were from the Snohomish County P.U.D.
Dave was preceded in death by his sister, Eunice Dolores Oelrich and his brother, Ernest Verlinde.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ann; his son James D. Verlinde; his daughter, Angela Rolph (Jeff); and his three precious granddaughters, Molly, Ashley and Josey.
Our favorite poem with Love Always:
When time has stolen away our stars and only the night endures, yet somewhere in the darkness, Love, my hand will still seek yours. When youth has danced its parting dance and tasted its last sweet wine, yet somewhere in the silence, Love, your hand will still find mine. Author unknown.
A celebration of Dave’s life will be held at the Sultan Eagles, 1112 E. Main St., Sultan, WA 98294 on Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
James E. (Jim) McBride
James E. (Jim) McBride of Georgetown, Texas, passed away on Wednesday afternoon, June 19, at the age of 90.
He was a very special man who was beloved by his four children (Jeff, Jay, Jon & Jana), daughter-in-law Angelica, two grandchildren (Zina & Duncan), brother Jack & sister-in-law Helen, ex-wife Jean, and wife, Karen. During his full and happy life, Jim was a Golden Gloves champion, marathoner, hiker, climber, backpacker, sailor, kayaker, fisherman, float-plane pilot, long-distance biker, pool player, Senior Olympics tennis champ, snorkeler, scuba diver, international chess player, world traveler, and a margarita-maker extraordinaire. Everything he did, he did like a pro.
At age 40, he decided to go back to school and get his teaching degree and was a master teacher of sixth graders for nearly 20 years in the Edmonds and Snohomish School Districts in Washington State.
Jim will be greatly missed by all of his family and his legions of friends. There is a big hole in our hearts. Jim’s body will be interred at the Central Texas State Veteran’s Cemetery in Killeen. He requested no services.
George A. Hobson
March 5, 1939 - June 16, 2019
Love – Strength – Integrity
On Father’s Day, surrounded by family, heaven accepted one of the great ones to enjoy eternal peace.
Family meant everything to this great man. Not a single day passed without a phone call or two to the kids. You only had to meet George once to make an instant friend. His compassion moved him to give what was his to anyone in need. Nothing brought George more joy than to help another human being and see a smile upon their face. As a student of history and current events, he fought hard for social justice.
He was born in Boley, OK and moved to Everett, WA as a young boy. He attended Everett High School, Edmonds Community College and received his Master’s License and other Merchant Marine certifications.
As a teen, he was an avid boxer and was the Seattle Golden Gloves Bantamweight Champion in 1955. He remained a lifelong sports fan.
From 1963-1997, Dad worked on the tugboats for Foss Maritime working his way from deckhand to captain, spending his final 10 years with the company as captain of the corporate yacht. He was named in 1980-81 Who’s Who in Black America.
Dad was a man of many hats and enjoyed many different activities. He was a past master of the M.W. Prince Hall Mason Evergreen Chapter #9. One of his many passions was tending to his vegetable garden and then delivering them to family and friends. He really could cook and he loved every second of it.
He is survived by his loving wife, Clementine, his four children George Jr. (Jennifer), Pam Marsh (Curt), Greg (Rebecca), and Angela (Aderus); seven grandchildren Jacob (Jennifer), Christopher (Leilani), Jillian, Alyssa, Ashley, Aaron and Theresa; and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by brother Albert Hobson and sister Alverna Hobson and a host of family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Wred and Ida Hobson as well as three brothers, Lionell, Johnnie and Louis Hobson.
Celebration of life to be held June 29, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Everett Boys & Girls Club, 2316 - 12th St., Everett WA 98201.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Puget Sound Kidney Center or the American Heart Association.
January 15, 1933 - June 8, 2019
Georgetta Bach was born January 15, 1933 in Bellingham, Washington and passed away June 8, 2019 in Snohomish, Washington.
Georgetta lived the majority of her life in Washington State, residing for more than 21 years, ten of those with her husband Bill, in the Port Susan Camping Club in Marysville. During that time, she served as secretary at the Port Susan Chapel and regularly cooked at the adult Clubhouse.
Earlier in her life Georgetta worked at the bowling alley in Snohomish where she met and made many long-lasting friends. She also worked as a cook at Mountain View (formerly Madeline Villa) Rehabilitation and Care Center for 20 plus years, retiring in 2013 at the young age of 80.
She and her husband Bill loved taking trips on their motorcycle and camping. Georgetta was a servant to the Lord and always willing to help anyone. She will be remembered for her dedication to her family and friends.
Georgetta is survived by her sons Bill Bailey, Jeff Bach, Greg Bach and Tom Bach; daughters Patricia Bailey and Angela Davis; twelve grandchildren; two great grandsons and one great granddaughter; several nieces, nephews and cousins; sisters Marilyn Rutherford and Karen Graham.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband Bill, her mother, father and one sister.
At Georgetta’s request no services will be held.
Elizabeth Anne (Laho) Bowen
November 23, 1952 - May 9, 2019
In the early morning hours of May 9, 2019, Elizabeth Anne (Laho) Bowen, loving wife, doting mother and beloved grandmother, passed away at the age of 66 following a courageous battle with cancer.
Elizabeth (Beth) was born November 23, 1952 in Highland Park, MI. She graduated from Hancock Central High in 1970 and attended Suomi College in Hancock, MI where she met the love of her life, Michael John Bowen. They married in August of 1971 and together raised their children in Maple Grove, MN and in 1988 moved to Snohomish, WA where she lived until her death.
As a teen, Beth was a water safety instructor and a love of the beach was born. You could always find Beth at the beach swimming with her children and later on in life, she would find solace at Mukilteo Beach. Beth enjoyed singing and was involved in high school and college choir as well as her church choir for many years. Beth was also a gifted artist who loved to paint angels.
Beth graduated from Shoreline Community College at the age of 51 with a 4.0 GPA. After many years in the medical field, she changed careers and became a bus driver with the Snohomish School District. She loved bus driving and did so until she became ill.
Beth leaves behind her husband of 47 years, Michael; their children, Angela (Reuben) Hinton, Jason (Michelle) Bowen, Kevin (Dawn) Bowen, Gloriana (Brad) Huhta, Jonathan Bowen, Maria (Tony) Inlow, Melanie (Bubacarr) Jawara, Genevieve (Andrew) Geddis, Braden (Sheela) Bowen, Kathryn (Brandon) Wood, Garrett (Sammy) Bowen, Emily Bowen, Victoria (Kaiden) Field, Jordan (Lindsay) Bowen; their grandchildren, Tessa, A.J. (Alex), Javon, Nathan, Guy, Lillian, Aishah, Ibrahim, Nolan, Autumn, Parks, Hazel, Maryam, Ace and Cora; a host of extended family, and many dear friends, far and near, old and new.
Beth will forever be remembered for her dedication and devotion to her family, her unconditional love for all and her beautiful smile. Her door was always open and she welcomed everyone with open arms and a fresh pot of coffee.
August 8, 1939 - May 5, 2019
On Sunday, May 5, 2019, Janice Jorgensen, passed away at the age of 79.
Jan was born August 8, 1939 to her parents Kenneth and June Ossinger. Together with Gordon Jorgensen, Jan raised daughter Kathy, and sons Ken, Casey and Randy. She has ten grandchildren, Kathy’s children Matthew, Michelle, Michael and Melissa; Ken’s children Jamee and Andrew; Casey’s children Nikolas and Sonja; and Randy’s children Kennedy and Grace.
When her kids were growing she was very involved with their hockey lives – driving to practices and games, and up to Canada every other weekend; she was the “team mom” and a fixture at the rink, and helped organizer Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association. She worked for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office for many years, retiring as the sheriff’s spokesperson where she would be called out at all hours to help explain often horrible circumstances. She took great pride in her job, and loved the deputies and officers she worked with.
Jan was preceded in death by her father Ken, mother June and brother Tim, and is survived by her brother Dick Ossinger.
A memorial service was held on May 11, 2019 at Gold Creek Community Church in Mill Creek. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue at www.scvsar.org.
December 7, 1938 - May 5, 2019
Dale Bartelheimer’s life spanned a little more than 80 years, from December 7, 1938 to May 5, 2019. He spent every possible minute of his life doing what he felt called to do: farm. He operated a dairy farm in the same part of the Snohomish River Valley that his father and grandfather did before him. In 2018, this farm was designated by Snohomish County as a Centennial Farm. He took pleasure in sharing his knowledge of farming and caring for animals with his children and grandchildren. He also was a lifelong member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Snohomish, just as his father was.
He was preceded in death by his parents Reinhold Bartelheimer, Elinor (Langbecker) Bartelheimer, his sister Myrna Jewett, and all but one of his many aunts and uncles. Dale’s quiet, grounded lifestyle will be missed by friends and family. He is survived by his aunt Clara Fry; brothers Alan (and Tina) and Wayne; brother-in-law Don Jewett; wife Lillian (Hagen) Bartelheimer; children Ryan (and Michelle) Bartelheimer, Jason (and Heather) Bartelheimer, Lynette (and Jason) Zwar, Kurt Bartelheimer, and Quinton Ask; and grandchildren Marcy, Becca, Andrew, Declan, Jack, Alex, Max, and Grace Bartelheimer and Thad and Olivia Zwar; and numerous cousins.
A service, with a reception to follow, will be held at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Snohomish on Thursday, May 16th at 3pm. The family suggests that monetary gifts be sent to one of these causes that were meaningful to Dale: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 331 Union Ave, Snohomish WA 98290 or Washington State 4-H Foundation, PO Box 641927, Pullman WA 99164 or Washington FFA Foundation, 13211 109th Ave Ct E, Puyallup WA 98374.
George William Nowadnick
May 21, 1930 – April 19, 2019
George William Nowadnick was a loving, devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who was born in Chehalis, Washington on May 21, 1930. His mom was a homemaker and his father was the owner of Quick Service Transfer, a delivery service in Chehalis. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church. He was a student-athlete, graduating from Chehalis High School in 1948.
George attended Pacific Lutheran College in Tacoma where he met a beautiful young woman on the steps of Harstad Hall the first month of their freshman year. Phyllis was 17 years old and quite taken by the handsome football player with “red” hair, dye from the inside of his helmet that managed to appear every time he played a game. They were inseparable and would remain inseparable for another 71 years.
George and Phyllis married after their graduation from college and his discharge from the National Guard. Their first home was in Mossyrock where they began teaching careers. At the high school George taught science, including biology, history, typing, and economics. He was also the high school football, basketball, and baseball coach. In 1954 a son, Kurt, was born. In 1954 while coaching a basketball game, it was announced over the loud speaker that his second child, daughter Jill was born. Daughters Sara and Gail joined the family in 1961 and 1962.
George and his young family moved to Issaquah in 1957. There he taught biology and coached football, basketball, and baseball. From 1961-68 he served as the high school’s vice principal and athletic director.
In 1968 George accepted the position of principal at Snohomish High School where he became a highly regarded and well-respected leader, sharing his commitment to education and student achievement with all. After getting his superintendent’s credentials, he worked as the assistant superintendent overseeing several building projects, including new school construction and major site renovations.
After retiring the first time in 1982, George went to work for the American Lutheran Church as Director of Personnel Services, assisting pastors and congregations during times of transitions. After retiring a second time in 1987, he went to work as the principal of Faith Lutheran School. After retiring a third time, he found his fishing pole.
George learned to fish in Mossyrock. As Phyllis would say, “everyone fished in Mossyrock.” His time on the river would become a life-long joy shared with his children and grandchildren. Those not ready to don waders and join him, relished the treats on the end of his line.
When not fishing, George could often be found in his garden, planting corn, harvesting berries, and gathering lettuce. He made sure Phyllis had apples and pears to can and crab apples to pickle. Blueberries were a treat and the mums were beautiful.
George was a passionate advocate for schools, using leadership positions to speak out, speak up, and speak for education funding and teacher support. He served on the Snohomish School Board from 1993-1998, and while still a principal, he was a member and president of the Washington Association of Secondary School Principals.
George and Phyllis were both active in their church and community, always finding ways to give back, to serve, to support and encourage others. They were founding members of the Lutheran church in Morton and Our Savior’s Lutheran in Issaquah. After moving to Snohomish, they became a beloved part of Christ the King Lutheran Church, serving year after year in one capacity after another, sharing their commitment to service with all.
In the community George was active in Lions. He helped found the Snohomish Education Foundation. He served beside Phyllis at the community kitchen. He volunteered in the Special Offenders Unit of the Monroe reformatory.
George led by example, loving generously and giving selflessly. He treasured family. He remained devoted to his wife, Phyllis from that first day at PLC to his very last day at Providence where he passed peacefully on Friday, April 19th surrounded by Phyllis, all four children, several grandchildren, and a daughter- and son-in-law.
George is survived by Phyllis, his wife of 67 years, his very best friend. They were a team, a championship team. He could often be heard saying, “whatever she says.”
George is also survived by children, Kurt (and Deanna), Jill (and Bob), Sara (and David), and Gail (and Jerry), ten grandchildren, Kyle (and Katie), Kevin (and Manoela) Nowadnick, Eric (and Michelle) Tweedy, Brittany (and David) Gately, Sherry (and Alex) Tirdil, David and Michael Ferguson, Allison (and Chris) Odell, Alex (and Audrien) Danner, and Andy Danner, and almost four great-grandchildren, Enzo Nowadnick, Austin Nowadnick, Olivia Tirdil, and Baby Gately coming soon!
A memorial service celebrating George’s life will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1305 Pine Avenue, Snohomish, WA 98290.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Snohomish Education Foundation, P. O. Box 1312, Snohomish, WA 98291 or Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1305 Pine Avenue, Snohomish, WA 98290.
Charles W. Van Bebber
February 13, 1959 – April 7, 2019
Charles W. Van Bebber, 60, of Carlisle, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2019 in his home.
He was born February 13, 1959 in Kirkland, WA to Elizabeth Lue (Fritch) Van Bebber and the late Truman Troy Van Bebber.
Charles retired from the US Army as a Colonel in 2014 after a career of more than thirty years. He started his career in Military Intelligence and eventually became a Foreign Area Officer specializing in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Charles formerly worked in HQEUCOM, the office of the Secretary of Defense and later as a professor at the US Army War College. He earned a master’s degree in Soviet History from the University of Washington and a PhD in International Relations from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Charles loved studying history and was writing a book about the history of the US Army War College when he passed. He will be remembered for his terrific sense of humor and for being a voracious reader. Charles was an active member of the USAWC Memorial Chapel and was a past board member for the Carlisle Area Midget Football Association.
He is survived by his mother, his loving wife of 26 years, Susan Van Bebber of Carlisle; one daughter, Elizabeth Van Bebber of Carlisle; and one son, Jonathan Van Bebber of Carlisle. In addition to his father, Charles was preceded in death by his sister, Brenda Mirkovich.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 15, 2019 at the USAWC Memorial Chapel, 452 Mara Circle Carlisle, PA 17013 with CH (COL-ret) Arthur C. Pace officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA. There will be no viewing or visitation.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Defeat GBM Research Collaborative, www.defeatgbm.com or to Jesus Film Project, www.jesusfilm.org.
To sign the guestbook, please visit www.HoffmanFH.com.
March 29, 1926 – February 3, 2019
Barbara Bates, a Snohomish resident for almost 70 years, died February 3rd. It was a peaceful finale to a life so well-lived. Barbara had a huge heart and open arms that welcomed the lonely, friendless, newcomers, young and old. So many people entered the Bates’ home as strangers, but they all left as friends. Barbara’s embrace spanned generations and oceans.
Barbara was born on March 29th, 1926 in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Raymond and Iva Smith. After graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School, she attended William Woods College in Fulton Missouri and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in English.
In 1947 Barbara moved to Pasco to live with her sister Ruth and her husband Robert Shepherd. She found work as society editor for the Tri-City Herald, where she shared a desk with the sports Editor, Bill Bates. A year later they were married. For 70 years, theirs was a marriage most perfect.
Bill, Barbara and their infant son, Mac, moved to Snohomish in 1950 after Bill took a position at the Snohomish County Tribune. Barbara often recalled cresting Seattle Hill and seeing the Snohomish Valley for the first time. It was a rare fair day in May, the valley was lustrous green, and she fell in love. Barbara always claimed never to be bothered by the rain.
Barbara’s first years in Snohomish were occupied with her infant children, which now included Stuart, Andrew and Lizabeth. After the children entered school, and with Bill now editor and publisher of the Tribune, Barbara looked to make a difference in her community. She looked to St. John’s Episcopal Church.
St. John’s became a second home for the Bates family. Barbara was a member of St. Catherine’s Guild and served on the vestry. In the early 1960s, her work in the church expanded to the Diocese of Olympia. In 1964, as a delegate to the National Convention of Church Women in St. Louis, she heard, and was forever changed by Martin Luther King, Jr’s electrifying keynote speech. Shortly thereafter, Barbara was elected presi-dent of the Diocese of Olympia Church Women and helped plan the Triennial Convention of the National Church Women in the fall of 1967. After the convention, she was invited by a delegate from Liberia, and a member of the national government, Mary Fiske, to speak to the Episcopal Church Women of Liberia. A woman of great faith, Barbara most certainly walked the walk. Her acts of kindness were a daily activity, done quietly.
Barbara also served on the Snohomish Library Board and the planning commission in the late 1960s and early 1970s. During her tenure on the commission, the members wrestled with the future of downtown Snohomish. Barbara urged the commission to celebrate and preserve Snohomish’s historic past and avoid following the themed paths of Winthrop and Leavenworth.
But Barbara will be remembered as the consummate host. On almost any day, one might find Barbara sitting with friends at her kitchen or dining room table, or out on the patio on a lazy summer afternoon. Her parties were legendary, whether celebrating a birth, a retirement, a farewell, a holiday or Beethoven’s birthday. In Barbara Bates’ home everyone felt special, felt loved, and felt safe.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Bill, her parents Raymond and Iva Smith, her sister Ruth Shepherd, and her brother Raymond. She is survived by her four children Malcolm (Carol), Stuart (Barbara), Andrew (David), Lizabeth Farrell (Mark); nine grandchildren, Rosalie Bates, Isabella Bates, Evan Bates (Amy), Sara Bates, Hannah Farrell, Katie Farrell, Joseph Farrell, Emmy Farrell, Kristen Farrell and one great-grandchild, Redford Bates. Barbara is also survived by her brother Richard, sister Elizabeth and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 913 2nd St., Snohomish on Saturday, March 9th at one p.m., with a reception immediately following. Donations can be made in her name to St. John’s and the Snohomish Education Foundation.March 29, 1926 – February 3, 2019
Jack James Lobdell
09/14/1927 - 01/09/2019
Beloved grandfather, father to four, friend to so many, and a man of so much love.
Please join us for his memorial at the Monroe Community Senior Center on February 9th from 1-3pm. There will be lots of photos, food, and a loving space to share your memories of him.
June 8, 1959 - September 15, 2018
Dave Frederickson died September 15, 2018 at his home from a pulmonary embolism while recovering from brief illness.
Dave was born June 8. 1959 in Everett Wa. and was a graduate of Snohomish High School.
He is survived by his wife Wanda, daughter Justeen, son Mike, grandchildren Tanner, Jeremia, Mikayla and Brandon. He is also survived by brothers Bob and Ernest, and his Aunt Pat Tuengel as well as many cousins and friends who will miss him greatly.
A celebration of life will be planned at a later date.
Michael A. Barnhart
June 6, 1935 – January 8, 2019
Michael A. Barnhart went home to the Lord on January 8, 2019.
He was born June 6, 1935 to Florence and Arthur (A.J.) Barnhart at Snohomish General Hospital. His paternal grandparents were Ellen and Fred Barnhart, whose pioneering spirit led them to Snohomish, WA in 1895. His maternal grandparents were Inge and Antone Tronsrud.
Mike was a 1953 graduate of Snohomish High School, where he was an All-Northwest league basketball player.
He served in the U.S. Army in Germany before returning to Everett, WA.
Mike worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Everett. He was the letter carrier for the same route for 25 years where he acquired many beloved friends along his route until his retirement in 1992.
Mike enjoyed collecting antiques, reconnecting with friends at class reunions, Snohomish County history, attending coin club, trading tokesn and the love of his life was playing Keno.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and his sister, Patricia; and his wife of 42 years, Audrey.
Mike leaves behind his cousins Luanne Ren, Jackie Hughes, Barbara and Bob Barnhart. He also leaves his best friend, Janet McCumber and his beloved Meow Cat; as well as many longtime friends and neighbors.
Mary Christine McMillan
December 28, 1954 – December 6, 2018
Mary McMillan, 63, from Snohomish, WA passed away while abroad on December 6, 2018. She was born Mary Christine Caskey on December 28, 1954 in Yokosuka, Japan to Robert and Wilma (Davies) Caskey, with older sisters Jonanne & Mikki. She married her high school sweetheart, Daniel James McMillan, on August 4, 1972.
Mary was a devoted wife and mother of 3, grandmother of 4, and great grandmother of 2. She was involved in the Christian Women’s Club in Skagit county during the 1980’s. Mary was active in the Society for Creative Anachronism for over 20 years (Baroness Meara Ferch Evan-Davies). She was a state certified home school teacher who volunteered for the Mukilteo School District.
Mary was a long-time employee of First Heritage/Columbia Bank in Snohomish Washington. Her interests included calligraphy, genealogy, quilting, ceramics, reading (J.K Rowling), and was known for her love of Christmas. Mary loved her family, and devoted herself to being the best mother, sister, grandmother or friend she could be. She was known for her selfless nature and devotion to those she loved.
She is survived by her sisters Jonanne Brown and Mikki Martin, her children Sean Michael McMillan (and wife Angela), Jered Matthew McMillan, and Laura Katherine Wilson (and husband Joseph). She was a loving grandmother to Raegan Danger McMillan, Daniel James McMillan II, Koll Ridley McMillan and Avanleigh Eris Erickson. She was blessed to be the great-grandmother of Silas James Tregoning and Brycen Gray McMillan. She was a loving aunt to Jennifer Brown, Melissa Martin, Ephraim Brown, Anna Brown, David Martin and Jedidiah Brown. She was preceded in death by parents, Robert and Wilma, her husband, Daniel, and nephew, P. Allen Brown.
Services will be held at Hawthorne Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 1825 E. College Way in Mount Vernon, WA on Saturday, December 22, 2018. A viewing will be from 10a.m.-1p.m., with the funeral/placement ceremony at 1 p.m., and the memorial/wake to follow.
Based on Mary’s love of Harry Potter and Christmas, it is encouraged to wear/accessorize something related to those items, as it would have made her smile to see it.
In lieu of flowers, The Mary Mac Memorial Fund has been established at all Columbia Bank branches.
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