Virginia E. Hamilton
Virginia E. Hamilton, age 103, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. She was born February 9, 1919 to Owen and Myrtle Sehorn and grew up on the Sehorn Poultry Farm in Machias, WA. She graduated from Snohomish High School in 1937 and later earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Washington. She was a Diplomatic Attache to the US Embassy in El Salvador where she married Raual Elas Reyes in 1948 and they had a daughter Julie. She was later married a second time to Lawrence H. Hamilton in 1951 and they had a son Michael.
Virginia was a kind and caring person. She taught Special Education at Redmond High School until her retirement in 1982. Virginia traveled widely and truly lived life to the fullest. Virginia had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. To know Virginia was to lover her.
She is survived by daughter Julie and son Michael. Family and friends whose lives Virginia touched are invited to reminisce and celebrate the life that was Virginia Hamilton. There will be a Graveside Service at Machias Community Cemetery, 1201 Silva St., Snohomish, WA 98290 on Tuesday, August 16 at 2 p.m. Please wear colorful clothing to the celebration as mom loved red.
Mary Catherine Connole Lowber
Mary Catherine Connole Lowber, 70, passed away peacefully in her home on June 8, 2022 in Anchorage, Alaska surrounded by her family in a room full of peonies. Although she lived for almost a decade with metastatic breast cancer and continuous treatment, she endeavored not to let it change her beautifully full life. She showed strength and a will to live beyond comprehension.
Mary Cay “MC” is survived by her mother, Betty Connole; her husband, John Lowber; her children, Mike [Meghan] Lowber, Brenda [Brandon] Lester, Matt [Alex] Lowber; her grandchildren, Kai & Rowen Lowber, Hatcher & Owen Grace Lester; her grand-dogs, Colby, Luca, Lupara and Primo; siblings Donny Connole, Mark Connole, Brenda Connole-Ruland and countless in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Connole.
Mary Cay was born on October 18, 1951 and grew up in Snohomish, Washington. She graduated from Snohomish High School in 1969 and maintained life-long friendships with many from her childhood.
Mary Cay married John in 1973 and though neither of them were perfect, they were perfect for each other. She always said that opposites really do attract and “J” and his “Queenie” meant the world to each other.
Mary Cay was employed with many managerial positions including GTE, the IRS and Providence Hospital until the birth of their first son, Michael, in 1981. “The sun rose and set on Michael” she would say. After her children were born, Mary Cay settled quite nicely into her role as Domestic Engineer. Her family (and cats) were her whole life. Her children brought her endless joy and raising them was always her proudest accomplishment. She was our beloved “Nana” to the four most beautiful grandchildren (and four grand-dogs) her heart could hold.
MC’s greatest loves included her husband, her family, art, fashion and entertaining. She was a badass mom, wife, daughter, sister and friend, a talented artist, seamstress, hostess, baker of “nana toast” and was always impeccably put together. She had a knack for mispronunciation that always made her family smile and her humor was unparalleled. There is no denying that her passing will leave a huge hole in many hearts.
At Mary Cay’s request, no services are planned. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, you turn up the Rolling Stones and raise a glass of chardonnay in her honor.
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
Pamela Jean Elliott
Pamela Jean Elliott was born in Monroe, WA on December 20th, 1965, and passed away on February 25th, 2020 after a well-lived life as a beloved mother, wife, and community-member in Snohomish. Due to COVID-19, services for Pam were delayed indefinitely until her family felt it would be safe to honor her memory.
A memorial service will finally be held to celebrate Pam on June 18th, 2022 at 1:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Everett. Pam’s loved ones would also like to remember her by honoring her love for the children of Snohomish and her commitment to public education. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating a gift to the Snohomish Education Foundation to support the needs of students, teachers, and staff in the Snohomish School District.
Michael Allen Perry
11/2/1961 - 3/7/2022
Michael Allen Perry passed away on March 7, 2022 in Everett, WA. Mike was born in Seattle, Washington on November 2, 1961 to Rex and Sharon (Levinson) Perry, who both preceded him in death. He is survived by his daughter Stephanie Johnson (Erik), son Nick Savelesky (April), son Bryson Belvito (Soyeon), and son Jason Perry (Regina), and grandchildren. At Mike’s request there will be no formal funeral service but there will be a celebration of life TBD. Any inquiries can be made to Nick Savelesky at (425) 280-7832.
Lauren Elizabeth Turner
9/8/1985 - 2/10/2022
Lauren Elizabeth Turner passed away February 10th 2022 after a fiercely courageous battle with cancer.
Lauren was born Sept. 8th, 1985 on Ft Stewart in Hinesville, GA to Leanne and Ray Turner.
After moving to Washington she was raised by her mother Leanne and Stepfather Tony Condon. She attended kindergarten through graduation in the Marysville School District. A huge sports fan, she played soccer, basketball, and volleyball on school and intramural teams making many lifelong friends.
She looked forward to spending summers in GA visiting her grandparents and loved attending basketball camp at the North Georgia College with her hero and Papa, Coach Bill Ensley.
She moved back to Georgia after graduation and settled into working in Healthcare Administration. Lauren’s greatest love was her two beautiful children, Mackenzie and Gabriel. She loved family beach vacations and was always up for a trip to the Georgia, Florida, or South Carolina coasts. Ever positive, quick to smile, she had an infectious laugh that filled the room. If Lauren was there, you knew it. She was a huge fan of all Atlanta sports teams and especially the University of Georgia Bulldogs where her Papa and mother attended. The Bulldogs winning the 2021-2022 football National Championship brought her great joy!
Lauren is survived by her daughter Mackenzie Langley, son Gabriel Gonzalez, mother Leanne Condon and Stepfather Tony Condon of Arlington WA, father Ray Turner, sister Cara Condon of Seattle WA, Aunt Cary Moore and cousins Erika and Wykeman Moore of Murrayville GA, and Grandmother Jeanette Ensley of Dahlonega GA. She is preceded in passing by her Grandfather Bill Ensley and Uncle Chip Ensley.
The family would like to extend its deepest gratitude to Christopher Huff, a man of unfathomable compassion. The care and love you showed Lauren at the most difficult time of her life is so appreciated and truly inspiring. You made all the difference in the world. We are sorry you didn’t have more time together.
A celebration of life will be held in Arlington, WA at a later date this spring.
Veril Elbert Wade
July 30, 1935 - January 27, 2022
Veril Elbert Wade passed into the presence of his Lord Jesus Christ on January 27, 2022. He was born the second son of Herbert and Myrtle Wade on July 30, 1935. He was raised, along with his brother, Marvin, on the family’s 1,200-acre ranch near Castle Rock, Washington.
Veril graduated from the State College of Washington in 1957. During his time there he was active in the Army ROTC program. After graduation he continued in the U.S. Army Reserves attaining the rank of Major.
Veril worked in the agriculture industry and owned several businesses before he discovered his passion for building and construction. He enjoyed making people happy through his building expertise. He was still building decks well into his eighties! Eventually he and his wife Georgia moved to the Republic-Colville area, where they lived for 20+ years.
Veril was very active in sharing the Gospel of Christ to all he met. He made missionary trips to Germany and Jamaica, leading teams of young men and women with Teen Missions International. He spent 40+ years involved with different prison ministries bringing hope to those incarcerated. You could also find him helping out at the local food bank and visiting Colville area’s assisted living facilities. His favorite ministry was working with the children and youth at his church Grace Evangelical Free Church of Colville.
Veril was preceded in death by his wife Georgia (2015); mother and father, Herbert and Myrtle Wade; brother, Marvin Wade and sister-in-law Jean. He is survived by son Greg Wade and wife Rosa, son Jeff Wade and wife Karen, daughter Kristie Kiewlich, daughter Jodi Hanks and husband Rob; step daughter, Deb Flewelling and husband Keith, step son Rob Shaeffer and wife Dawn, step daughter, Bev Liddle and husband Doug, step daughter Susie Stanfield; 28 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren.
On March 13, 2022, a celebration of Veril’s life will be held following the 10:30 a.m., Sunday Worship Services at Grace Evangelical Free Church located at 851 S Miner St., Colville, WA. A Graveside Service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, July 30, 2022, at Fern Hill Cemetery (7407 Fernhill Cemetery Rd. in Anacortes, WA). To share memories of Veril please sign the online guestbook at: https://www.evanschapel.com/obituary/veril-wade
Cynthia (Cindy) Lynn (Whitney) Zylstra
“Take It easy, take it easy
Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy
Lighten up while you still can
Don’t even try to understand
Just find a place to make your stand and take it easy” ~The Eagles
Cynthia (Cindy) Lynn (Whitney) Zylstra born July 12, 1955 in Wichita, Kansas passed away January 5th, 2022 in Newport, Washington.
Cindy was a proud mother, grandmother, wife, devoted friend, a lover of all of the world’s creatures, and a teacher of the importance of communal experiences. She found happiness in nature: The wind in the trees, the flow of the streams, and the songs of the birds in the sky. She has passed away at the age of 66.
A lover of family, she expressed herself with shared meals, and kept music playing as a soundtrack to her life. She found great joy in gardening, and sculpting her surroundings to have vibrant greenery always growing. She was fiercely devoted to the animals in her life, always striving to include them in her experiences, especially her dogs.
She took great pride in her children, and wondered at the antics of her grand-children. A true friend, she was always there to lend an ear, and thought of these friends as an extension of her family.
As a kind and loving soul, the memory of her will be treasured by all whose lives she touched.
She is survived by her husband Norman, her sisters Pam, Gail, and Charlotte, her children Charlie, Whitney, and Vanessa, and by her grandchildren Sophia, Levi, Teagan, and Mikko.
The family has requested that remembrances be made in the form of a tribute gift to support The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA ).
Sally Jacqueline Christy (“Posey”)
9/15/39 - 1/25/22
Sally Christy passed away from natural causes unexpectedly on January 25th, 2022, at age 82 in Henderson, NV. Sally was born in Lake Stevens, WA to Linda and Lee Posey on September 15th, 1939. She was the middle daughter of three. She graduated from Lake Stevens High School in 1957 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Portland State University with honors.
She enjoyed a long career in the procurement and contract administration arena working for the Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Southern Nevada Water Authority until her retirement in 2007. She worked on projects in Saudi Arabia and Alaska, relocating to several cities, including Walla Walla, Kansas City and Albuquerque to further her career. She has lived in Henderson, NV for the last thirty-five years.
She was preceded in death by her older sister, Margaret Heuer, and her younger sister, Carol Uttley. She is survived by her nieces Leigh Ford (Barry) of Henderson, NV and Anna Heuer-Blodgett (Alan) of Tenino, WA as well as her great nephew CJ Ford (Frank) and great niece Danielle Ford of Swaziland, Africa.
Sally enjoyed reading and discussing politics. She will be remembered for her charm, intelligence, and generosity. She told delightful and witty stories and enjoyed visits from her extended family.
There will be a memorial gathering to celebrate her life and share fond memories on February 24th at 11:00 am at the Chapel of St Jude’s Ranch for Children, 100 St Jude’s St, Boulder City, NV 89005 (reception to follow).
Dr. Daryl J. Habich
We are saddened to share news that our dad and everyone’s friend, Daryl J. Habich, has passed away.
Daryl was born and raised in Washington. He graduated from West Seattle High School in 1962 and The University of Washington School of Dentistry in 1969. Daryl was a proud University of Washington Husky and never missed an opportunity to harass anyone who did not don purple and gold.
He never shied away from hard work and put himself through dental school while working full time as an ironworker for Zesbaugh. He worked on notable projects such as the iconic Space Needle, enormous rolling steel hangar doors for Boeing, and at only 18 years old, he drove a huge hoist truck full of materials from Seattle to Alaska.
He was passionate and dedicated to excellence in conservative dentistry. For over 35 years, he participated and mentored in the elite Tucker Gold Study Club, both locally and abroad, teaching in Indiana and Germany. He enjoyed teaching patients and his peers, and he was able to spend his last years of dentistry at the clinic he built on the airfield – some of his patients even flew in for their appointments.
He was a pioneer in the field of dentistry and a true icon in the automotive world. The one-time ironworker had more than a dozen journeys during his long life. A local short track and international race car driver, racing team owner, master fabricator, airport owner, airplane hangar builder, twin engine pilot, certified flight instructor and fly-in flour bombing champion, general contractor, snowmobile tour operator, BBQ grill expert, and one hilarious storyteller.
In our tight-knit community, he fixed your smile, taught you how to fly a plane, or coached you in basketball – sometimes all three! He was a fantastic father and an even better grandpa. We will miss him greatly.
Small service for family and close friends will be held on Saturday, February 12th at 2:00pm at Purdy & Kerr in Monroe. Just as he lived a full life, we would be honored if you would join us for a Daryl-style, FULL THROTTLE, Celebration of Life Party on Saturday, April 2nd. Location to be determined: please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Come share a story, laugh, dance, and raise a glass to one incredible, good timin’ man.
On January 21, 2022, surrounded by his children, in person, and by phone, Donald Daniel went into the loving arms of his Heavenly Father.
Donald was born January 1, 1937, in Devol, Oklahoma, to John Everett and Mary Adella Daniel. He was the youngest of their five children and the only boy.
Dad was a hard worker. He was up early milking the cows before school and again after school as a young man. Dad also earned money picking up bales of hay in the neighbor’s fields and tossing them into the back of the truck, plowing fields, wrapping raspberry canes are just some of the jobs and stories that dad would tell.
When he graduated from high school, he became a logger, which was hard work and dangerous.
Dad married our mom, Leota (White) Daniel, and they started our family. Dad made a career change and took a job with the Department of Corrections, advancing in positions through the years. He worked there just shy of 33 years, retiring as Associate Superintendent of Custody at McNeil Island Prison.
Don and Leota were married just short of 46 years when Leota passed away from cancer. They had four children together. A couple of years later, Don married a second time, his friend from school, Sharion. Sharion was such a special wife, stepmom, and friend. She led dad to faith and his commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. I will always love her and be thankful for her love and caring heart. Unfortunately, after about 8 years of marriage, we lost Sharion to cancer also.
Dad’s first love was his family, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He lit up when the kids were in the room. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and playing cards and word games.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, John Everett and Mary Adella Daniel, 3 sisters Mary Dahl, Theda Blanken, and Joyce Daniel. Wife, Leota Daniel 1957-2002 and wife Sharion 2004-2012 Don also leaves behind sister Betty Swinger of Arlington, 4 children, daughter Debra & Gene Lanman of Shelton, son Don Daniel of Olympia, son John Daniel of Monroe, and daughter Michelle & Ray Gilbreath of Olympia. Also, 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside service is February 12th at 1:00 @ Sultan Cemetery 32415 Cascade View Drive. Sultan, WA. 98294. Gathering After; Welcome Friends & Family. at Startup Event Center 14315 366th Ave SE, Sultan, WA. 98293.
Doug lost his battle with cancer on Dec 22, 2021 with family by his side.
Doug was born in Everett on March 16, 1956 to Wilford and Ella Mae Reed.
He was preceded in death by his father Wilford Reed, stepfather Bill Brauer and brothers Rocky and Rod Reed.
He is survived by his wife Donna and three sons Jon Tenbrink (Makisha), Tim Tenbrink (Mandy) and Daniel Tenbrink (Amanda), 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother Ella Mae Brauer, his sisters Robin Anderson, Becky Reed, Chris King and Sunny Kent and brother Bill Brauer, Jr, 15 nieces and nephews and many more family and friends.
Doug graduated from Snohomish High School in 1974. He worked as a pipe fitter and instructor with local 26 before retiring in May 2020 and continued to teach the trade after retirement. He made many friends through the years and continued to stay in touch with many of them even after retiring.
Doug loved the outdoors hunting, fishing, camping and just hanging out around the campfire with friends and family. He loved a good barbecue and enjoyed using his smoker to ensure “no one left hungry.”
Doug will be missed by all who knew him.
As per his request there will be no formal service. A gathering will be held at a later date and place to be determined.
Nadine Emily Barger
Nadine Emily Barger ascended peacefully into the loving arms of the Lord December 16, 2021 at the age of 96.
Heaven is surely a brighter place now having entered the pearly gates of Heaven to join her husband Stanley John; Mother and Father Mable Louise and David Dwight; and her siblings Thelma, Shirley, and Denton.
She was a devout Christian and dedicated her life to serving the Lord. She played the organ and piano for her church Emmanuel Baptist in which she was actively involved for many years.
Nadine had a heart of gold along with her bright, funny, loving, and selfless personality. She touched many lives and all who met her fell in love. Her talents were many to include: sewing, knitting, crocheting, painting, cake decorating, bowling, skiing, and horseback riding. Her passion, however, was quilting in which she won several ribbons and enjoyed up to her final days.
Christmas was her favorite time of year and she remembered fondly receiving the first generation Shirley Temple doll as a child. Her prized doll remained displayed most of her adult years along with her second love Mickey Mouse.
She was a Registered Nurse by profession and attended nursing school during WWII. She had planned to serve overseas upon graduation, but the war ended just prior.
She is survived by her 4 children Stana, Russell, Matthew, and Melinda. In addition, her grandchildren: Joshua, Caleb, Aaron, Rachel, Sarah, Shannon, and Jody; and her great grandchildren Brianna, Brailyn, Brittaney, Ellie, Casey, Andrew, Autumn, Mackenzie, Iris and Aidyn and her great great grandchild Maria.
She will be buried next to her husband at the Grand Army of the Republic cemetery in Snohomish, Washington.
Dennis Wayne Oliver
January 17, 1943 – December 1, 2021
East Wenatchee, WA- Dennis W Oliver passed away on Dec 1, 2021. He was born January 17, 1943 in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Dennis graduated from Lakewood High School, Class of 1961 where he played Varsity waterpolo. He enjoyed playing and watching sports, with his competitive nature, and over the years he had numerous pets that he loved and adored. He owned Oliver’s Landscape Maintenance in both California and Washington for over 50 years. He was also a Co-Owner of R&R Espresso for 10 years in Clearview, Bothell and Woodinville, Washington. Dennis retired in Boynton Beach, Florida and recently moved back to Washington to be close to family.
He is survived by his wife Ruth (Jacobs) Oliver and three daughters; Jodi Eggli, Lisa Johnston, and Amie Eaton, 8 grandchildren; Rochelle Mamelli-Johnston, Alissa (Eggli) Lencioni, Dennis Johnston, Danielle Eggli, Brittnay Gilstrap, Samantha Eggli, Dylan Eaton, Madelyn Eaton and 7 great grandchildren; Cotrell, Brielle, Sydnee, Tyce, Kynslee, Logan and Noelle. He is also survived by his brother William Joseph Oliver, Jr. and his family. He is pre-deceased by his parents, William Joseph Oliver and Rita Norma (Alves) Oliver and stepson Bruce Wade. More than anything he loved his family and was always there for them.
Max Bennett Weed
November 8, 1927 – October 21, 2021
On October 21st (18 days shy of his 94th birthday) our beloved and revered father Max Bennett Weed of Snohomish Washington passed with family by his side.
Dad and his twin sister Maxine were born November 8, 1927, in Snohomish, Washington which at the time had its own hospital. Dad graduated from Snohomish High school in 1946 where he was a class officer and played varsity basketball and tennis. He served our country in the US Army in post WWII occupation of Japan. Following his military service, he attended Central Washington University and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. While at Central, he met and married the love of his life Gayle Pence of Ellensburg. They were married for 59 years until Gayle passed in 2010. Side by side with his beloved wife Gayle, for over 50 years they owned and operated Weed’s Variety Store in Snohomish. Max was an avid hiker and mountaineer and regularly trekked into high Cascade Mountain lakes. He had a passion for fishing, hunting and everything outdoors. He hunted big game and slept in a tent and sleeping bag at our hunting camp until age 91. He took up downhill skiing at age 55 and skied until age 80. He served on the Snohomish Planning Commission and was elected to the Snohomish City Council. Max was a faithful member of the Snohomish United Methodist Church. Most importantly, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Dad will be best remembered for his immense integrity, incredible work ethic, patience , unending kindness, reliability, and uncompromising devotion to family.
Dad is survived by his twin sister Maxine, daughter Loren Zingarelli ( Tom), son Grant Weed (Stephanie) Grandkids Casey Kellogg ( Kara), Kevin Weed (Heidi), Mia Moore (Jerry) , and Marc Zingarelli ( Lisa). Natalie Escobar – daughter of Stephanie Weed (Tom) and their daughter Hannah Stephanie Escobar were also important in his life. Great grandkids include Haarlem, Ruby, and Bodhi Kellogg, Walker Weed, JR and Marie Moore.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
We will miss dad immensely but the legacy he leaves will live on.
Susan Clark (Taplin) McClarnon
April 13, 1964 – October 11, 2021
Susan Clark (Taplin) McClarnon, DNP, FNP, APRN passed away 10/11/2021 after a sudden illness. She is survived by her son, Tyler Taplin of West Hartford Connecticut, son, Zane Taplin of Nashville, TN, brother Marshall McClarnon, Jr. (Holly) Knoxville, TN, sister, Margaret Norris (Robert) Gallatin, TN, nieces, Evelyn Barnett (Paul), Kaytie Gregory (John), Meghan Castro (Emerson) 3 nephews, Trey McClarnon (Kate), Chad McClarnon (Trista), Matthew Kreger, 3 great nieces and 3 great nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Marshall H McClarnon, Sr, Anne Battle West McClarnon and sister, Mary Lee McClarnon Kreger.
Funeral Service for Susan will be held at 3pm on November 13, 2021, at the Family Heritage Funeral Home at 100 Albert Gallatin Ave, Gallatin, TN. Visitation with the family will be from 1 to 3 pm. The service will be streamed on Zoom for those that cannot physically attend. For the Zoom stream link, please refer to the Family Heritage Funeral Home site, https://sellarsfuneralservices.com/FamilyHeritage. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Susan G. Komen foundation at www.komen.org. Donations can also be sent to the Hartford Healthcare Cancer Institute in West Hartford, Connecticut. Memorial donations can be made to Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center, for the Cancer Clinical Research Office. Please make checks payable to Hartford Hospital and mail donations to Hartford Hospital, Attn: Department of Philanthropy, 80 Seymour Street, P.O Box 5037, Hartford, CT 06102. Include a note that the donation is in memory of Susan Clark McClarnon. The obituary was lovingly written by the family of Susan Clark (Taplin) McClarnon.
August 4, 1941 – September 29, 2021
After 80 years here, Gary has moved into the mansion Jesus has been preparing for him. He has run the course, finished the race and kept the faith. He has heard the words he has waited so long to hear, “well done, good and faithful servant…., enter into the joy of your LORD.” Gary is in heaven singing praises to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Gary Haack was born to Gottlieb and Mabel Haack in Chicago Heights, IL.
Gary graduated from Snohomish High School in 1959. Then he joined the Air Force in 1960. While in the Air Force he met his future wife, Marilyn. They moved back to Snohomish in 1968. Gary worked for GTE as a Radio Frequency Engineer most of his life, trouble shooting for five western states and Alaska.
Gary loved Jesus and served as an elder, Bible teacher and by going on short term missions. He was a walking, talking, living Bible and a man of prayer. Gary’s hobbies included mountain climbing, model railroading, ham radio, hiking, gold dredging, bee keeping, singing, cross country skiing, running, and fishing. Gary was a skilled craftsman who could figure out how to build or repair anything. He helped to build Zion Lutheran School and Snohomish Community Church.
Gary was a kind, generous man who gave freely of his time and skills. He loved his God, his wife, his boys, his family and friends. His memories will be forever special and precious, and he will be forever loved.
Gary was preceded in death by his father, Gottlieb Haack and mother Mabel Haack. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; sons, Allen and Aaron Haack; sister, Carole DeHerrera; and granddaughters, MacKenzie and Chloe Haack
Gary’s celebration of life will be October 23, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Snohomish Community Church, 13622 Dubuque Road, Snohomish. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Snohomish Community Church.
Marc E. Lefebvre
June 1955 - Sept. 2021
Marc E. Lefebvre left us suddenly to be with Jesus on September 16, 2021. Marc was born in San Diego CA but lived most of his life in Snohomish County.
Marc was a gentle man who had many travels, adored fishing, skiing, painting and was a church volunteer. Marc will be greatly missed by his brother, three sisters and many friends.
There will be a short gathering to celebrate his life Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. at Central Faith Church, 825 Ave D, Snohomish. Marc would be glad if you brought canned food for their food bank.
Richard Benjamin Smith
February 24, 1971 – September 30, 2021
Richard Benjamin Smith, age 50, of Snohomish, Washington, passed away on Thursday, September 30, 2021. Rich was born in Seattle on February 24, 1971, to Rick and Kristi Smith, now of Bellingham, joining his big sister Ann to complete this family of four. While his grade school years were spent near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, much of his school life was in the Redmond, Washington School district. He attended both Bellevue Community College and the University of Washington and worked for various companies in the Seattle area, including UPS, HomeGrocer.com, InfoSpace, and others. At the time of his death, he was employed by Princess Cruise Lines in their Information Technology group.
Rich’s primary passion was his family – Heather, Dimitri, and Preston. He was a tireless advocate for both his sons, ensuring that they had whatever support was needed to be successful in school and in life. His favorite times were spent with his wife and sons, and he made sure that the family was enjoying adventures together as often as time allowed. He loved fishing, pyrotechnics, watching hockey, football, and NASCAR racing, and singing barbershop harmony. He, his sons, and his father were all members of the Northwest Sound Men’s Chorus and had recently started singing in a quartet together – one of his long-time dreams.
Rich is best remembered by family, friends, and acquaintances as a kind, generous, and caring man – a legacy to be proud of. He lived by the motto, “Choose Kindness” every day and embraced what it meant through the giving of his time, energies, emotions, and strength to all those around him. He derived much satisfaction from providing counsel and advocacy to families dealing with autism. He will be missed by all who knew him.
A celebration of life is being planned in the spring. Gifts of remembrance and/or support for Rich’s family may be deposited in the Richard B. Smith Benevolent Account at BECU.
Branden Davis Pierce
January 13, 1983 – September 26, 2021
Our cowboy, Branden Davis Pierce, rode off into the sunset on his final ride Sunday, September 26, 2021. Branden was born in Everett, WA on January 13, 1983 the second son of Brant & Patti (Kee) Pierce.
Branden played little league for the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club and football for SVJFL, but was limited in activity by his heart. Branden visited Europe on several occasions with his high school language class. He graduated from Snohomish High School in 2001.
Branden was an incredibly talented craftsman working alongside his Uncle Rick & Cousin Kyle at B & R Millworks. After graduation Branden worked as a Wrangler at Camp Killoqua, YMCA Camp Orkila, Girl Scout Camp River Ranch and Girl Scouts Camp St Albans and later at Sun Mountain Lodge in Winthrop. Branden also worked for Turner Exhibits doing work for the Bill Gates Home, EMP Museum and other cool projects.
Branden and Melissa met at camp in 2008 and moved to Pullman in 2011 where they adopted their dog Luke, who was Branden’s constant companion. Branden started classes at WSU for an undergrad degree and worked at the WSU large animal clinic. He worked in the barn in the mornings and always loved the different animals that he hung out with: cows, llama, alpacas, goats, sheep, pigs, horses and the occasional camel or zebra.
In the summer of 2013 Branden underwent heart surgery and was unable to finish school due to his health and recovery.
After Melissa’s graduation from Veterinary School, Branden & Melissa moved to Port Townsend where he raised chickens, ducks, gardened and was Melissa’s “house husband.”
Branden loved animals and nature, but also cooking and generally learning new things. Vegetarianism was important to him, as he felt an animal’s life was worth more than a meal. Branden loved to travel, but health and finances didn’t allow for much of that. Their last trip was to Boston, which Branden loved.
Two and a half years ago, they bought property and a yurt which was to be their forever home, but Branden’s health kept them from making their dream come true.
Surviving besides “his person” Melissa, are his parents, Brant & Tracey Pierce, Snohomish, WA; Cheryl Hanses, Snohomish, WA and Patti & Mike Kissling of Muleshoe, TX; Grandma Vivian Pierce Siblings: Brady (Jeramiah, Brooke, Helena), Calie(Markella), Joanna (Charlotte), Phil and Jeremy and his forever sister-in-law Shena along with a long list of very special Aunts, Uncles & Cousins. Branden was preceded in death by his grandparents Bill Pierce and J.D. & Velma Kee.
A Celebration of Life will be held 1:00 pm Tuesday, October 5th at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Snohomish. Those who wish to remember Branden in a special way may make a donation to: The Branden Pierce Memorial Corral & Horse area at Camp Killoqua.
Michael Dale Avery
June 20, 1946 – August 29, 2021
Michael Avery was born in Parshall, North Dakota on a small farm. He was a local football star and loved all things outdoors.
He moved to Washington state in the 1970’s to pursue a career in sales. There he met his wife Rose. They spent most of their time in Kent, Washington while building their dream home in Camano Island.
The people that love him remember him for his generosity, kind heart, and his hunting stories.
He is preceded by his parents Ivan Dale Avery and Betty Opal Avery.
He leaves behind his sisters Kathy, Pat and Mary; his wife Rose; sons Aaron, Mike and John; daughter Pam and husband Dennis; two granddaughters, Kristina and husband Nathan, and Brittney; as well as four great grandchildren, Jackson, Addyson, Josie and Shaey.
He is greatly loved and missed.
“Lutefisk, lutefisk, lefse, lefse come on fish we wanna catch ya”
Lawrence Craig Walkden, Sr.
November 27, 1947 – September 6, 2021
Lawrence Craig Walkden, Sr., 73, passed away on September 6, 2021, in Coeur d’Alene, ID.
Larry was born to John and Vivian Walkden, in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from Clearview Regional High School, Mullica Hill, N.J. in 1965 and served in the U.S. Air Force, in Vietnam and Thailand.
Larry met Cheryl Eileen Lord at a square dance at March AFB., Riverside, CA, and they were married on March 2, 1968. They moved to Federal Way, WA in 1976 and he worked for Metro Transit in Seattle. Larry was reinstated at the U.S. Postal Service, where he had worked in California, and retired in 2002 with 20 years.
In 1980 Larry opened the first H&R Block Franchise in Snohomish and 2 years later opened one in Monroe. He sold the franchises and opened Snohomish & Monroe Accounting and Tax Service in January 1989. Larry was active in the National Association of Accountants and the Washington Association of Accounting & Tax Professionals.
He retired in 2019 on 5 acres in Athol, ID.
Larry is survived by his wife Cheryl; sons Lawrence Craig Jr., Dale Robert and Scott Russell; grandchildren: Tara, Shane, Brandon, Myrissa, Ryan, Hunter, Justin, Colton, Sullivan and Kody; great-grandchildren: Chandler, Eva, Owen, Amiya and Kingsley; sister Denise; and brother John. Larry was predeceased by his brother Ronald and sister Darlene.
Larry loved to travel and play with his grandchildren. He was also an “O” Gauge model railroader and loved to play with his trains.
A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring in Western Washington. Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors and Tunnels2Towers.
Rodney Earl Reed
August 9, 1951 – August 23, 2021
Rodney Earl Reed of Snohomish, Wash., beloved father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend passed away August 23, 2021.
Rod was born to Wilford and Ella Mae Reed in Everett, Wash. on August 9, 1951. He graduated from Snohomish High School in 1970. Rod married Marji Herzog in 1976 and they raised their six children in Machias, Wash.
Rod is now in heaven with Marji, the love of his life; his father; stepfather Bill; and brother Rocky, but his legacy continues in their six children, Shawnie (Shane), Kady (Shane), Jesse, Tessa (Joel), Emily (Sterling) and Weston; grandchildren, Amy, Aaron, Malachi, Elsy, Elise, Kyla, Caleb, and Amara; mother, Ella Mae; sisters, Robin and Becky; and brother Doug. Rod has many family members and friends (too numerous to mention) that will miss him greatly.
Rod had a love of sports from a young age and his father coached his baseball teams. Later, Rod enjoyed playing baseball with the Machias Merchants team and formed many life-long friendships. He continued to stop by to catch a game and visit with his friends and family.
Rod worked at Miller Dental Lab, then worked for many years at the Snohomish Coop where he retired. After retirement he worked part time at B&R Millworks. He found great joy spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren. Rod selflessly served his Saviour, Jesus Christ by helping others in any way that he could.
A Memorial Service will be held at Calvary Chapel, 9428-4th St. SE in Lake Stevens, Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that Memorial donations be made to Prison Fellowship Angel tree at prisonfellowship.org , click “donate” or Youth Dynamics Stonewater at www.yd.org/donate, click “Greatest Need”, in comments say “for Stonewater – in honor/tribute of Rod Reed.”
February 12, 1931 – July 31, 2021
My mother Phyllis Hagen was born to Hadley Hansen and Minnie Stevens Hansen in 1931 and passed away July 31, 2021. My city girl mother met my farmer father Raymond and together they built a life for themselves here on our Snohomish farm running a very respected and successful business, Hagen Dairy and the Hagen Vegetable Stand for many decades. The farm my parents built continues to operate today and their presence is felt every day. My fond memories of them both around the farm can’t be taken away. Farming on...your son Jay.
Bernadette (Bernie) Quinn (Melum)
December 13, 1939 – June 22, 2021
Bernadette Quinn passed away June 22, 2021 after a battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. She was 81 years old. She was born on December 13, 1939, the fourth child of seven to Michael Joseph and Helena (Jennings) Quinn. She grew up on Barnhart Ave. in Tarrytown, New York.
Bernadette always fondly remembered the parades she and her family went to in her hometown and in NYC as a child. This was when she would admire the Women’s Army Corp. that marched in the parade. She said when she was 11 she told her Daddy and Mommy that she wanted to be in the WAC when she grew up.
She graduated High School in 1958 then joined The US Army. She was a pioneer.
She went to Fort McClellan, Alabama for basic training. She said it opened a whole new world to her.
There she had to adhere to the local customs and regulations of white over colored.
She remembers having to put careful thought into which bathroom or water fountain to use. This was so wrong and foreign to her.
After completing her basic training she was sent to Fort Jackson, South Carolina for further training. She then went to Fort Eustis, Virginia, her job was logistics supply specialist.
She met Glen R. Skip Melum (Arlington, WA) and they married at Fort Eustis on August 3, 1961. The couple finished their time in the Army and moved to Washington. Bernadette had never been “Out West” before. She spoke of her first home in Stanwood where the couple lived with family on a farm. They then settled in Lake Stevens where they were small business owners, in construction. They began their family and had 4 children.
Bernadette volunteered at her kid’s school, Sunnycrest Elementary School. She worked with Crystal Johansen helping kids with reading skills. She also was Den Mother for her sons Boy Scout pack for many years. She attended Everett Community College and completed her AA degree in 1980.
She went to work for Safeco Insurance in Seattle and worked there from 1980 to 2001.
She went back to school and finished her BA degree in Human Services from WSU.
Bernadette then went back to part time work at Housing Hope in Everett and at Work Source Everett. She also continued volunteering at The American Legion in Lake Stevens, Lake Stevens Library, the LS Museum and the food bank. She was also very involved in the Assembly of God Lake Stevens and Ebenezer Lutheran Church.
Bernadette was preceded in death by her first born son Glenn Anthony Melum, grandson Thor Owen Melum, her brothers Michael and Jack, sister Katherine and her parents.
She leaves behind her daughter in law Tami Melum, son Michael Joseph Melum (Susan), her daughter Teresa Aileen Johnson (Carey), her son Thomas Owen Melum, grandchildren Alyssa Francis Savelli (Stephen), Dallas Frank Melum, and Blake Olin Melum (Katelin), Great grandchildren Lincoln Reign Savelli and Asa Marie Melum.
Bernadette loved going for walks all around downtown Lake Stevens. She is so missed by so many. We love you Mom and know you are in Awe of Heaven. We are honored to call you Mom. We have been singing and watching one of your favorite songs, Louie Armstrong’s version of “When The Saints Go Marching In.” That song is so comforting to us.
A memorial will be held at Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Lake Sevens, WA 98258 on September 18, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
To contact Bernadette’s family please send email to email@example.com
Paul Yashiro Shinoda Jr.
December 11, 1937 – July 20, 2021
Paul Yashiro Shinoda Jr., 83, passed away peacefully at home on July 20, 2021. He leaves behind his daughter, Kimi Anne (Shinoda)Ingalls, her husband Brad, and grandchildren Allyse (John), Maxwell, Quinlan, and Grant; sisters Carol Tateishi (John) and Irene Thornton (Robert), brother Mike (Charlene), sister-in-law Norma (brother David predeceased 2004), brother-in-law Wade Nomura (sister Roxanne predeceased 2017); beloved companion Anna Ricketts; and many nieces, nephews, and other loved ones who were part of his “chosen family.”
Paul was born on December 11, 1937, to Paul (Sr.) and Alice Shinoda who preceded him in death in 2009 and 2010, respectively. He was a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley in 1959 with a degree in Plant Pathology. He joined the ROTC at Cal and in 1959 was enlisted into the U.S. Army Artillery division where he was promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to Captain between active duty and his retirement from the Army reserves in 1966. Paul also worked with his father at the family’s San Lorenzo Nursery locations in Torrance and Santa Barbara, CA.
In 1970, Paul & wife Barbara (nee Shintaku) founded Shinoda Floral in Snohomish, WA. For over three decades Paul innovated the horticultural industry with new ideas and products. Shinoda Floral’s crops varied over the years, but the nursery was best known for African violets. At its peak, Shinoda Floral was the second-largest producer of African violets in the U.S. — the largest west of the Mississippi. Paul was active locally with the Flower Growers of Puget Sound and nationally with the Society of American Florists, where he was elected to serve as president and represented Washington State as an annual delegate for Congressional Action Days. Internationally, Paul was honored to be an invited judge at the prestigious Ghent (Belgium) Floralies three times in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.
Paul was elected to the Snohomish City Council in 1971 where he served for 12 years. He also became the first Japanese American member of the Washington State House of Representatives in 1976. Paul also served on both the Providence (Everett) Hospital and Association of Washington Business (AWB) Boards of Directors, the Puget Sound Council of Government, and was an active member of the Washington State Farm Bureau.
A lifelong entrepreneur, Paul founded Saintpaulia Vintners, a boutique commercial winery, in 1994. Saintpaulia (the botanical name for African violets) was one of the first 100 bonded wineries in Washington State.
Although his retirement was slowed by Parkinson’s disease, Paul refused to let it get the best of him and continued to be a pioneer. He spearheaded, participated in, and promoted an experimental and highly successful “Pedaling for Parkinson’s” exercise program with the YMCA of Snohomish County. Their Mill Creek-based pedaling group was featured nationally on the NBC Nightly News.
Paul was an avid wine collector, enjoyed cooking for friends and family, traveling, and was always finding the best “eats” at each place he visited. He continued to enjoy the Seattle Symphony, attend Mariners games, fly fish Kelly Creek every fall, and attend as many of his grandchildren’s sporting and musical events as possible.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, September 11 at 11:00am at The Bridge Church (500 Lake Ave, Snohomish, WA) followed immediately by a Celebration of Life Open House at the Snohomish Senior Center (506 4th Street) from noon-3:00pm.
There are so very many people that Paul would have wanted to acknowledge and thank for helping him have such a full and wonderful life. Paul LOVED flowers, and he loved sharing flowers with the world. In that light, he directed his family to write a last request that will make those who knew Paul smile and perhaps giggle: “In lieu of contributions, please send flowers.”
For a more detailed obituary and to post remembrances, please see: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/snohomish-wa/paul-shinoda-10275123
1947 – 2021
Deryn Fulton lived life well from 1947 to February 28, 2021. She was a doer not watcher. Her husband, Bill, and son, Chris, miss the adventures. The hallmark of her life was uplifting the prospects of all she touched. Her smile filled the room with warmth and joy.
Deryn was born in Penticton, BC. She excelled at sports and swam to the BC breast stroke championship. Her background in sports led to pursuing a physical education degree at Western Washington University. Skiing was her passion and resulted in a position as instructor at Mt. Baker. In 1972, she was the only woman to pass the full certified ski instructor test in the Rocky Mountain Zone. She frequently helicoptered and snowcat skied.
Skiing led to meeting and marrying Bill Fulton in 1969. The love affair lasted 52 years. In 1970, she joined her Lt. Fulton in Korea where she taught English to Korean Bankers. She went on to teach in LA and MT. Later she taught in Bothell where she rewrote the middle school sex education curriculum. In later years, she volunteered at Planned Parenthood.
Her career shifted to the private sector when she took over management of a failing community recreation facility. In three years, she rebuilt the infrastructure, turned the finances around and changed the ethic to one of success.
Deryn purchased Snohomish and Monroe travel and started the Inn at Snohomish. She was the spark plug generating success. She lived up to her nick name `Rooting Tooting Deryn’
In 1987, she was blessed by the birth of her son Christopher. She brought the same energy to parenting and participated in Snohomish Schools support organizations.
Swimming was her cornerstone sport. She dove into Snohomish Swimming by painting the outdoor tank at Hal Moe pool each spring. She served and chaired the Parks Board and was also active in Stingray Swimming. Her son, Christopher, was one of the first male All American High School Swimmers at Snohomish.
The later years wore on Deryn as she suffered from dementia for the last twelve years of her life. The Alzheimer’s Association guided her through this period. Remembrances should be directed to the Association 800-272-3900.
On August 22, from 12 noon to 3pm a celebration of life will be held at the Snohomish Senior Center, 506 4th Ave. Snohomish. You are cordially invited to share a moment remembering Deryn’s well lived life.
Mildred (Middy) Ruthruff
September 20, 1932 – July 12, 2021
Mildred (Middy) Ruthruff passed away July 12, 2021 after a brief illness. She was 88 years old. She was born September 20th, 1932 the fourth daughter of Earl and Mary Jane Rhoades in Snohomish, WA.
The first 9 years of her childhood were spent in Snohomish. In 1941 the family moved to Coulee City, WA where Earl was employed in the construction of the Coulee Dam. Middy graduated from Coulee/Hartline High School in 1950 and attended beauty school upon graduation. In 1951 she was introduced to Gene Ruthruff by his cousin and on July 11, 1953 they were married. The day before her death marked 68 years of marriage.
Gene and Middy began their married life in Tillamook, OR where their first child, Brian was born. They then moved back to Snohomish and bought and restored their home on Pine Avenue where they raised their children and Gene still resides.
Middy was a homemaker in the 50’s and 60’s and very involved in the United Methodist Church lady’s circle. She then worked part time at Weed’s Variety once the children were all in school. In 1978 she and her sister Annette Tucker opened the Balcony Restaurant in downtown Snohomish. The restaurant was her pride and joy and she loved her employees and customers like family. Even after the restaurant closed in 1986 she continued to have “Balcony Girls” reunions.
Along with the restaurant, Middy was very active in the Snohomish Historical Society and later spent many hours in the Archives office. She truly loved Snohomish and was never afraid to attend city council meetings or write letters to express her thoughts on how things should be run.
She leaves behind her husband Gene, her daughter-in-law Lorna, son Greg and daughters Terri, Jane (Tony Loomis), Jennifer (Brian Powers), 8 grandchildren, Chad (Renea), Kyle (Jennifer), Amy (Lucas), Nina (Mike), Anthony, Dustin (Julia), Aaron, Regan and 8 great grandchildren, Jacob, Peyton, Gus, Camden, Arlo, Iris, Elliot and Jack.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 sisters and her son Brian.
A memorial will be held Friday, August 13th at 1:00 p.m. at the Belle Chapel, (231 Avenue B, Snohomish) which was formerly the United Methodist Church where Gene and Middy were married and also celebrated their 50th Wedding anniversary.
The family would like to thank the staff at Regency Care Center in Monroe for the care they gave Middy during the last few months.
Memorial donations can be sent to Snohomish Food Bank, per her wishes.
Adam Dean Huntley
June 24, 1973 – May 21, 2021
Adam Dean Huntley passed away in his childhood home in Snohomish, WA. on Friday May 21, 2021, from pancreatic cancer, joining his brother Daniel who preceded him in death. He was resting quietly in his mother Anita’s arms and his father, Neal and fiancée, Renee Cloutier were at his bedside. Other close family members include his son Thomas Huntley, of Mukilteo, brother Mitchell Huntley of Tacoma, Sister Maxie Huntley, and nephew Maxwell Huntley, of Lynnwood, and brother-in-law Ward Pierson of Marysville.
Born in Seattle, Adam attended school in Snohomish beginning in fourth grade until graduating from Snohomish High School, in 1992. He was active in the SHS band playing percussion in formal bands and competing with the marching band on drums. During his HS years the SHS band was honored to be invited to perform for the inauguration of the President of Taiwan, a trip which included several other stops in the area. After graduation he spent the summer touring and competing throughout the US with the Cascade Drum and Bugle Corp. Adam also entertained with friends in the Band Sandoval, in several local clubs. More recently, Adam played with the praise teams at both Christ the King Lutheran Church and Preschool in Snohomish, and the Everett Foursquare Church in Lowell.
Adam was active in the American Taekwondo Association from a young age where he earned his first black belt and taught in his parents’ school from the age of 15. He earned his 5th degree black belt from the United World Taekwondo Association and owned the Snohomish Taekwondo School. Adam also pursued a career in small electronic and laser assembly.
He was an avid admirer of history, especially anything pertaining to the military and his favorite president, Theodore Roosevelt. Adam was also a huge fan of old Westerns, much like his dad.
Adam treasured his time with family and friends, whether it be getting together for music, board games, football, or barbecues. He especially enjoyed holidays with family. Most recently, Adam loved the road trip adventures that he and Renee took together; the ocean was his favorite.
One of Thomas’ fondest memories of his dad was spending time together playing with and constructing things out of Thomas’s millions of Legos.
A Celebration of Life is being planned for Saturday July 24, 2021, 1:00 PM at Christ the King Lutheran Church and Preschool, Snohomish, WA. complete address below.
If you are so moved, donations in Adam’s name may be made to:
Christ the King Lutheran Church and Preschool, Music Department, 1305 Pine Ave., Snohomish, WA 98290; Everett Foursquare Lowell, Music Department, PO Box 2040, Everett, WA 98213 or another nonprofit of your choice.
The family thanks Swedish Cancer Center, and Providence Hospice for their care of Adam and the family, as well as the many who have held Adam and those close to him in their thoughts and prayers.
May 16, 1923 – May 5, 2021
On May 5, 2021 Irene Boyce passed on to her eternal home with Carol and Jesus by her side.
Irene married Clifford Grinde and had 5 children. Cleon, her first daughter, then came Larry, Carol Zalewski, Jane Casey and her twin brother Jim.
Irene grew up in Sisseton South Dakota and moved to the Seattle area with her husband Clifford. They then moved to Maltby, WA. Irene was a self-taught seamstress and made several wedding gowns for her granddaughters and friends’ granddaughters. She made two beautiful gowns without a pattern for Carol who was attending galas for a vintage airplane museum.
While living in Maltby she worked hard at farming, milking cows, making butter, raising calves, making clothes for the kids, an all-around farm hand. She could accomplish whatever she set her mind to and do a good job at it. She worked at a Pfizer plant where she candled eggs and inoculated baby chicks; when she retired from that job the company had to hire 3 people to do her job.
Later she married Lee Hauser and raised his 3 kids, Tracy 9, Brian 12 and Butch 13, caring for them through their graduation from high school.
She then married Tom Boyce and they lived in Rock Island until he passed away. She moved to East Wenatchee until her passing.
She was preceded by Cleon, Larry, Clifford, Lee and Tom. She was born May 16, 1923 entered her eternal life at the age of 97 only missing her 98th birthday by 11 days.
We were more than blessed to have such a self-made mother and we all miss her so much and look forward to spending eternity with her.
We praise God for all the years we have had with her and thank Jesus for His sacrifice that has accomplished the right for us to meet again in Heaven.
So we don’t say goodbye but see you soon.
We will celebrate our life with her at a memorial in Snohomish at the Legion Park on the river Saturday, June 12th at 12:00pm
Frances (Fuzzy) Eleanor (Erickson) Graafstra
November 1, 1925 – April 28, 2021
Our precious Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother, and the widow of Dirk Graafstra, passed away peacefully in her sleep during the early morning hours of April 28, 2021. She lived her adult life in Snohomish, until she moved to Everett two years ago, where she lived at Luna Cottage Inn AFH.
Mom was born, at home in Lake Stevens, November 1, 1925. She was the youngest of 4 children born to Eric and Hulda (Forsman) Erickson. She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Ellen Johnson-Holmes, Irene Zimmerman, and her brother, Lawrence (Bud) Erickson. Her greatest tragedy was the death of her beloved son, Ronald Graafstra in January 1995.
Mom grew up in Lake Stevens, graduating from Lake Stevens High School in 1943. Mom, had met our Dad, Dirk Graafstra , through a cousin, while in high school. They married March 1944 and were married almost 66 years before Dad passed away in 2010.
Mom and Dad spent their early years dairy farming land that is now the Riverview Wildlife Refuge in Snohomish. Their 3 children Donna Graafstra-Healy, Ronald (Kay) Graafstra, and Donald (Jan) Graafstra were born during those years on the farm.
After leaving dairy farming, they began their business, Graafstra Construction Company, an underground utilities service. Our mom did the bookkeeping for both the dairy farm and the construction company. Mom was an invaluable partner in the success of their endeavors.
Family meant everything to Mom. She was the consummate mother, homemaker, and master gardener. Her home was warm and welcoming, and her yard was beautiful. She loved having her grandchildren and great grandchildren visit so she could spoil them with love, attention, good cooking, and fun RV trips. Each child will always remember her doting care when they were at grandma and grandpas.
Mom and Dad enjoyed their international trips, as well as, trips to Hawaii, Mexico, and Canada. And let’s not forgot their RV trips.
Mom was laid to rest Saturday, May 1 at the GAR Cemetery in Snohomish. The service was attended by her immediate family where we shared our precious memories of her life and the time we were blessed to have with her.
Mom, Grandma, and Great Grandma, you will be so missed. We are all so thankful for you and know that you are in a most amazing place; being hugged by Dad, Ron, and all your loved one’s who have gone before you. Yes, Heaven has gained an angel.
Kelly Ann Murphy
May 12, 1959 – March 29, 2020
Kelly Ann Murphy was born on May 12, 1959 in Seattle, Washington. She passed away after a long illness on March 29, 2020 at the age of 60 in Snohomish, Washington.
Kelly went to Christ the King Catholic School, Thompson Jr High and Ingraham High School in Seattle. She graduated from Ingraham in 1977. After graduation, Kelly spent time living in Lake Tahoe and Wenatchee. She settled in Snohomish in the 1990’s. Kelly worked at Collector’s Choice restaurant for many years. She was also a Teacher’s Assistant at Snohomish High School until her illness forced her to retire. She worked with students in the Special Education Program. Kelly spent over 20 years caring for her stepson Ben with special needs. They were very devoted to each other.
Kelly was preceded in death by her parents Patricia Ann Towslee Murphy Bailey and Patrick William Murphy. She is survived by her sisters Chris Pettersen (Vaughan), Cheri Murphy-Simmons, Erin Hoffman (Paul), brother Mike Murphy (Julie), beloved stepson Ben Milne, several nieces and nephews and many dear friends.
Please join us at a Potluck Celebration of Kelly’s life at Hill Park in Snohomish, WA from 2pm- 5pm on Saturday, May 15, 2021 . Rest in Peace Kelly. We love you.
Donald M. Jensen
February 1, 1929 - April 7, 2021
Donald M. Jensen ascended from his home in Pateros, WA on April 7, 2021 at age 92, surrounded by family. He was an honest and loving man - a husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather - a hunter, a fisherman and a cabinetmaker.
Don was born to Walter Jensen and Laura Peters Jensen (Berentsen) in Everett, WA on February 1, 1929. He was raised in Snohomish and graduated from Snohomish High School in 1948, then married his high school sweetheart Betty Lee Seguin in 1949. Don and Betty remained in Snohomish to raise their two children Lee and Debbie. He owned and operated Precision Cabinets in Snohomish and Lake Stevens and retired to Pateros on the Methow River with Betty in 1998.
He started his business with hard work, skill and just enough cash and built it into a successful enterprise that supported his family. His passion was hunting, fishing, backpacking, boating and almost anything outdoors. He wore out the patience of many, fishing from dawn until sunset whether he caught anything or not. He loved to dance anything with a partner from waltzes to schottisches, foxtrots and polkas. He had a genuine willingness to help others, often before they knew they could use it.
He is missed by everyone who knew him well, including his wife of 72 years, Betty Lee Seguin Jensen, his son Lee Jensen and daughter Debbie Jensen Brownfield, son-in-law Mike Brownfield, his granddaughters Gwen Hall and Tera Wheatley, their husbands Bill Hall and Jeremy Wheatley, great granddaughters Maxine Hall, Cayla Hall, Ralene Wheatley and Kiley Wheatley, great grandson William Hall, and sister Carol Krause.
He was buried at the Cashmere Cemetery in Cashmere, WA on April 12, 2021.
If you would like to send a message of comfort to the family please login to www.barneschapel.com. Services are entrusted to Barnes Chapel of Brewster.
Susanna M. “Susie” Jackson
October 5, 1946 - February 16, 2021
Susanna M. “Susie” Jackson, 74 of Seguin, TX, passed away on February 16, 2021. Susie was born on October 5, 1946 in Seattle, WA to Geneva (Claussen) and Forrest Roy Panchot. Susie loved the Lord and spent most of her life in the ministry, including missionary work, playing worship music on the piano, teaching Sunday School Classes or whatever else needed to be done to honor the Lord. She and her beloved husband David spent 37 blessed years working side by side in the ministry.
She is preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her loving husband, the Rev. David M. Jackson; sisters, Yvonne Panchot and Rebecca Maddy; and special cousin, Linda Zard; numerous nieces, nephews, other loving family members and many friends.
Graveside services and interment were held February 23, 2021 at the Kingsbury Cemetery in Kingsbury, Texas with the Rev. David M. Jackson officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gonzales Full Gospel Church c/o Rev. David Jackson, 2221 Vivroux Ranch Road, Seguin, Texas, 78155.
You are invited to sign the guest book at www.treshewell.com.
Arrangements were under the direction of Tres Hewell Mortuary, 165 Tor Dr., Seguin, Texas, 78155, 830-549-5912.
Carey Gasper passed away in the hospital on January 28, 2021 at the age of 89.
Carey was living in Grandview WA where he leaves behind his wife Donna and daughters BethAnn Ice of Prosser, WA and Katie Melander(Mark) of MT, son Michael of Tenino WA and several grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son Kenneth and daughter Debbie. He also leaves behind his brother Elmer of Everett, WA and sister Dorthie of Snohomish, WA.
September 23, 1970 - February 13, 2021
Aaron Toftdahl, born Sept 23, 1970, the eldest son of Bill and Lynda Toftdahl, older brother to Dustin Toftdahl, passed away in his home in Marysville WA on the 13th of February 2021.
Aaron was born in Seattle and as a child moved to the “country” just outside of Snohomish. Here he enjoyed playing outside whenever possible. He had the greatest times riding his motorcycle and playing football for the Snohomish Panthers where he graduated in 1989. As an adult Aaron continued to love the outdoors and was truly the happiest there fishing, hunting and camping. Some of his favorite places were in Eastern Washington around Brewster and in Blues Mountains of Eastern Oregon at Moon Meadows. Aaron loved to travel, especially to warm places.
Aaron was a talented machinist who loved to create things and his passion led him to work in machine shops around the Puget Sound area and then eventually owning his own machine shop, Northwest Machine Werks in Arlington Washington.
Aaron’s immediate family will miss him dearly. All who knew him will miss his smile, his generous personality and his explosive laugh. Aaron is survived by his mother and father, Bill and Lynda Toftdahl, his brother Dustin Toftdahl, his sister-in-law Rachel Toftdahl and his niece, Sofie Toftdahl, who he loved so much. All loved him so very much and miss him terribly.
At this time, there are no plans for an immediate memorial service. A private family service will be held in the fall. We ask that you remember what a great person Aaron was and to cherish your memories of him. In lieu of sending flowers, please consider a donation to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) or Purrfect Pals in Arlington.
Michael Lyle Tjoelker
December 9, 1954 - February 12, 2021
Michael Lyle Tjoelker, aged 66, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on February 12, 2021.
He was born December 9, 1954 to late Lyla and Lawrence Tjoelker. Michael was raised on a dairy farm in Everson, Washington, attended Nooksack Valley High School, received a B.S. from Washington State University, and received an MD and MBA. He married Christina Reagan in 1981 and they raised their three daughters in Snohomish, Washington.
Michael worked as a dermatologist for 35 years. He moved from private practice in Washington State to Agnesian HealthCare in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin in 2009. He touched thousands of lives and was beloved by colleagues and staff. Michael was in the U.S. Army Reserve from 2002-2010 with a final rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Michael loved spending time with his loved ones, playing guitar, attending live concerts, writing short stories and traveling.
Michael is survived by his children Danielle, Kimberly (John), and Kelsey; his siblings Tom (Rita), Bob (Delinda), and Cindy; four nieces and nephews; his significant other Kathy, and many friends.
Family viewing will be at Gillies Funeral Home, 202 Front St., Lynden on Friday, March 5, 2021 from 12 p.m./noon to 1:30 p.m. followed by a graveside burial at Ten Mile Cemetery at 2 p.m. A celebration of Mike’s life will take place on July 24th. Please contact the family for details. The families preference is no memorials, otherwise donations can be made to Children’s International. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Samuel J. Nilsen
1940 - 2021
Samuel James Nilsen of Snohomish, WA passed away on February 13, 2021, at the age of 80 following a courageous battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer. He passed peacefully at home with his family by his side.
Sam was born in Everett, WA on Friday, March 13, 1940, to his father Konrad Nilsen and mother Myrtle Nilsen and was the youngest of three children. Sam was predeceased by his sister Carol (Nilsen, Hall) Wedge. He is survived by; sister Shirley Mock; children Teri (Nilsen) Thompson, Daniel Nilsen and wife Jeannie, Julie (Nilsen) Williams and husband Randal, and Slugger (Lance) Nilsen; grandchildren Tiffany (Moore) Quick and husband Brandon, and Stephanie Nilsen; great-grandchild Gabriel Quick; and many nieces and nephews.
Our father grew up in Everett and graduated from Everett High School in 1958. In 1958 he joined the Carpenter Local Union 562/70. He was a highly skilled journeyman carpenter who constructed residential homes, schools, banks, and numerous commercial buildings. He was later elected by his peers as the Local’s Business Agent. After a 37 year career, he retired in 1995. He was granted Honorary Charter Member Title and a member of the Carpenters Union for a total of 62 years.
He enjoyed social clubs – The Sons of Norway, Eagles and the Redmen Lodge. He liked family camping, deer hunting, a challenge to play chess or cribbage, and card games in general. He found joy in garage sailing to find that bargain, collected old carpentry tools, and repaired anything and everything. He read countless Western books, watched Western shows (repeatedly), enjoyed good jokes, and traveled the world with family and friends!
We are grateful for the multitude of principles our father inspired in us – i.e.; a diligent work ethic, the value of a dollar, resilience, and standing up for what is right. Our father’s passing closely follows that of his dear friend Ruby Smith (Snohomish) and the birth of his second great grandchild, Nora Lureé Quick.
Our father expressed sincere appreciation for all his friend’s and family’s support and especially his youngest son, Lance, who cared for him 24/7. Sam will be fondly remembered and remain alive in our hearts. In honoring his request, there will be no memorial service.
Mike Thomas, age 76, of Hopkinsville, formerly of Snohomish, Washington, passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2021, at his home of natural causes. The family has chosen cremation and they will have a Celebration of Life Service to be held at a later date in Snohomish, Washington. Maddux-Fuqua-Hinton Funeral Home has been entrusted by the family to handle the arrangements.
Mr. Thomas was born on July 10th, 1944, to the late Harold and Margret Graves Thomas. Mike worked as a Service Station mechanic and was an evangelist. He was a veteran of the National Guard, as well as a member of Living Hope Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was proceeded in death by his two sisters, Linda Thomas and Joyce Sheflo.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Marilyn Matlock Thomas; his three daughters, Kristy Thomas of Everett, Washington, Kimberley Wallace and husband Rob of Lake Stevens, Washington, Tiffany Copeland and husband Jason of Snohomish, Washington; his sister, Wendy Hoover of Marysville, Washington; six grandchildren, Devon, Andy, Ally, Tucker, Tanner, Ireland; two great grandchildren, Sano, and Zaydenn; and several nieces and nephews.
James H. Christianson
November 23, 1934 – December 1, 2020
James H. Christianson, age 86, passed away peacefully on December 1, 2020. He was born November 23, 1934, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Arne and Helen Christianson. Raised in Snohomish, Washington, he moved to Alaska in 1956 at the age of 21, and that’s where his incredible adventures began. As his friends affectionately knew him, Jimmy Chris was a general contractor in Alaska for sixty years. With only his high school education from Snohomish High, Jim had a brilliant mind that figured out how to dream big then make those complex dreams become a reality. He continued to dream and work on great things right up to the end of his life. Jim’s Norwegian heritage fueled his great passion as a builder. A master of design and vision, he left his mark on the last frontier, Alaska, from Prudhoe to Nikiski, building over 30 bridges, docks, buildings, and platforms. For decades, he also designed, built, owned, and operated many sea-going barges, some built in Everett, WA. It was also in Marysville, WA where he designed, built, owned, and operated the world-class marina, Dagmar’s Landing, named after his grandmother.
Truly a renaissance man, Jim was also an author, artist, and poet. Although he retired early in his life, he always went back to contracting and was passionately consulting up to the age of 85 years old.
Jim is survived by his wife, Gracie, his siblings: Janet, Tom, Judy, Charles (Butch); children, Cheri and Jim; and 5 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, William (Bill), daughter Debbie, and grandson Cole.
He touched so many people’s hearts with his warm smile, laughter, and a generous heart. To those fortunate enough to meet and know him, Jim was larger-than-life with a bold personality and endless tales of his adventuresome life. We will miss his fascinating stories, his huge laugh, and his boundless love of family, friends, and Alaska. A celebration of life will be announced later this summer.
Richard James Roetcisoender
April 29, 1941 – January 11, 2021
Richard James Roetcisoender of Hamilton, WA passed away the 11th of January 2021 in United General Hospital in Sedro Woolley, WA after complications from a fall in his home.
Born April 29, 1941 in Snohomish, WA, to Hielke and Alice (Buller) Roetcisoender, Richard was known as Dick to his family and later as Rick to his friends; he was the third of 6 children. His oldest brother Albert and his parents predeceased him.
Rick had many jobs as a young man including working in the woods and logging. He joined the Navy in 1963 during the Viet Nam War.
After the military Rick worked at Bar S Meat Packing Company in Seattle and later was hired by Foss Tugs also in Seattle where he became a Chief Engineer for several years before retiring in 2005.
He is survived by his wife Bobbijo M. Stansbury his daughter Dara (Roetcisoender) Pierce from a previous marriage, granddaughter Ashley, grandson Andrew and great grandson Teddy. Also survived by his siblings David, Jerry, Laura and Mark and a step son, James Stach.
A memorial service will be held in April in the town of Hamilton, WA.
Celebration of Life
Dr. John (Jack) E. Rasmussen
11-6-32 to 6-16-2020
Saturday September 26, 2020
805 Main Street Sultan, WA
Tailgate open house style
Brett William Glover
April 2, 1981 – September 4, 2020
Brett William Glover, 39, passed away suddenly September 4, 2020, in Nashville TN.
He was born April 2, 1981 in Everett WA to Bill and Jill Glover.
Brett moved to Nashville 4 years ago to accept a position on a music company concert road crew.
He was a 2000 graduate of Snohomish High School., and spent his childhood growing up in Snohomish and Island counties.
Brett is proceeded in death by his parents, William and Jill Glover: grandparents, Gordon and Wilma Shea and Everett Glover. He is survived by his grandmother Caroline Glover; brothers, Benjamin and Bryan Glover, step siblings Greg Pratt and Bonnie Miller, step Mother Lorraine Glover, and numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces and Nephews.
Due to Covid 19, a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
Linda Lee (Basher) Miles
1950 - 2020
Linda passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2020 in her beloved home on the outskirts of Snohomish, Washington.
Shortly after her birth in Detroit, Michigan May 31, 1950 the family moved to Seattle where she grew up sharing her father’s love of the Pacific Northwest, her mother’s love of making art, and her sister’s passion for problem solving. At the start of her high school years the family moved to Alexandria, Virginia where she graduated. Linda attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona where she studied art, but took more readily to adventure; skiing, hiking the canyons, and swimming wherever there was water to be found. It was in Flagstaff she met her husband, Vern Miles. They were married in Hawaii and lived in Fort Morgan, Colorado; and Rock Springs and Evanston, Wyoming where Jason Travis Miles was born in 1979. After the dissolution of her marriage she and Jason moved to Seattle, where she attended the University of Washington and double majored in math and art and obtained her teaching certificate. Linda began her career as a math teacher for all grades at Fairfax Behavioral Health in Kirkland, Washington. She later taught math at the Snohomish Freshman Campus, and Snohomish High School where she also taught art. Linda loved combining creativity with math – this was her calling. Her excitement for problem solving, and learning with her students, sustained a long and distinguished career.
Linda was driven to create. From an early age she was constantly doodling designs and trying her hand at many mediums; painting, sculpture, carving, welding, print-making, woodworking, glass and more. Her creative spirit is radiant and forever felt by her many friends, family, colleagues, students and loved ones. Linda loved traveling, camping, swimming, singing campfire songs and telling funny stories.
Linda was preceded in death by her infant son, Trent Philip Miles, mother, Ingaletta Basher, and father, Philip T. Basher. She is survived by her son Jason (Lucy) Miles and her sister Barbara (Jonathan) Durst and numerous cousins and their families.
In honor of her memory we encourage you to eat some onion rings, make some art, and take a hike through the forest where you’re sure to walk over a troll bridge (don’t worry the trolls are hiding) and spot a fairy or two!
Joanne Markey Kirkley
July 24, 1943 - July 29, 2020
Joanne K. Kirkley, age 77, passed away peacefully July 29 with her family by her side at her home in Snohomish WA after a couragous battle with Vascular Dementia, Alzheimers’ and a stroke. She was born July 24, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Gertrude Markey (Hansberry) andJoesph M. Markey.
Joanne graduated June 1961 at Saint Huberts Girls High School in Philadelphia. Afterwards, she headed to Wildwood New Jersey to meet up with her girlfriends from her old high school and it was there she met the love of her life, Merle Kirkley, and married him on March 24, 1962 at the Morrisville Presbyterian Church. Their first apartment was in Bristol PA and in 1966 they bought their first home in Langhorne, PA.
Joanne was shy, but had the most amazing abilities and was the most honest person Merle ever met. She started out at Ben Weiner Studios as a Photo Retoucher and became one of the best, sometimes doing 300 graduating seniors a week.They moved to Endicott, NY for a brief time and Langhorne, PA for 9 wonderful years, where she immediatly started remodeling her new home.
Joanne could do anything that she wanted. She would see something, sketch it and make it. She was a wonderful woodcrafter, artist ,cook, baker, gardner and most of all Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandma. In 1975 they made the move to her beloved town of Snohomish and never left. They first moved to Lords Hill and then bought her dream home on Ave. A (the Matt Albert House 1900) where they lived until 2016. They then moved a half mile to the Pearl St. Condos. On Lords Hill a highlight (or low light) was building a fence on their property and it tested their marriage skills. She was a perfectionist and Merle, not so much.
Joanne was an active member of the Snohomish Lions Club, Snohomish Senior Center and the long standing group of tole painting classes led by Donna Walsh and friends. For almost 20 years she owned and operated Cadyville Carriage House. Her reputation, and because of her special touches, people came from far and wide.
Merle and Joanne were a team and were blessed to travel with their children to many places in the United States. They also traveled Europe, Australia, Singapore, South Africa and more. Her children and family were everything to her.
She is survived and missed by her husband of 58 years, Merle; children, Mary Frances Edwards (Orman, deceased), Kristin Kirkley Baylor and Merle Kirkley (Mary, deceased); grandchildren Daryl Edwards (Betty) Reilly and Hannah Baylor; great grandchildren Emma and Logan; sisters Jacquelyn Conroy, Susannna Doherty and Lynn Andersen and brother Joesph Markey. She is also survived by Edward Kirkley, brother-in-law, and her Aunt Janet, 93. She will also be missed by many friends.
Joanne will be remembered for her infectious smile, sense of humor and kindness. She made an impact on peoples’ lives.
With Covid19 Pandemic in mind the family will have a private celebration of life at GAR Cemetery, Snohomish at 11 a.m. on August 20 followed by a reception at their home for family and friends. Next year we plan on having a Celebration of Joanne on her Birthday.
We were Blessed to have her at home after a major stroke. Her family was there to help and comfort her, also Friends Beth Buckley,Hank Eskridge and our Caregiver, who was a Godsend, Patty Goodwin, Providence Hospice and Home Care Nurse Karla, Snohomish Fire Department and Medics and lots of friends.
For those who wish to make donations, please consider Snohomish Education Foundation, 21 Ave.A #6 Snohomish WA 98290; Snohomish Senior Center, 506 4th St. Snohomish WA 98290; Mary Kiesau Community Fellowship Fund, CFNCW, 9 South Wenatchee Ave Wenatchee WA 98801 or Providence Hospice and Home Care, 2731 Wetmore Ave Everett WA 98201.
Joanne will be laid to rest in the columbarium at GAR Cemetery. Joanne’s pain is gone from the cruelest disease ever. She is home with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We miss her so much.
March 24, 1937 – July 2, 2020
Marian was born in Los Angeles, CA, the daughter of Wistino S. and Josephine F.(Buergler) Rufino. She graduated from Mark Keppel HS and earned her BS from Central Washington University.
Marian was a longtime member of St. Michaels Catholic Church in Snohomish, Serra Club, and Busy Bee Quilters. She volunteered with Girl and Boy Scouts and Campfire Girls. With her husband, Charles, she owned Systems Maintenance Associates and also worked at JC Penney, See’s Candies, and Ben Franklin.
In retirement, Marian traveled around the US and much of Europe. She is predeceased by her husband of 33 years, Charles Garton, her second husband of 23 years, Aelred Zweber, and her nephew, Michael Rexius. She leaves behind her sister, Phyllis Rexius of Covina, CA, her children; Keith Garton (Ann), Delita Camilleri (Dan), Howard Garton, Paul Garton (Rhonda), Jackie DiPeppe, and Christopher Garton, nieces Kathy Munro and Pam Hall, nephew Kurt Rexius, many grandchildren, and one great grandson.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Teresa Church in Woodinville at a future date.
Michael Keith Carlson
Mike passed away on July 8, 2020 due to a severe case of pneumonia and other complications.
He was born and raise in Monroe Washington. Graduated from Monroe High School in 1964 where he excelled in many sports. He was very involved in keeping in contact with his classmates over the years.
He spent a lot of time playing golf with greats friends and with the WPA Group. Many wonderful memories where made.
Mike was on the board of the East County Senior Center, Roosevelt Water District in Monroe and served as the President for many years. He had to be President since he was not a good worker bee and always had to be in charge as everyone can attest to.
As many of you know he would drag his feet going to a function then turn into Mr. social butterfly being one of the last to leave.
Last year he enjoyed being in California and Arizona for the winter. Good times with good friends.
He leaves behind his wife Colleen of 51 years, brother Steve Carlson and his daughter Charlotte who he cherished beyond words. Also, his son in law Fred Zissel, grandsons Drew Zissel, Tyler Zissel and his wife Kelsey. He loved being involved in all their lives, sports and playing golf with them over the years.
He will be missed by many nieces, nephews, brother in laws and friends. Everyone was so important to him. Family meant everything to him. He was known to many as Papa and lived up to the title.
He was preceded by his parents Nels and Becky Carlson and sister Judy Carlson Smith.
A celebration will be held at a later date when everything calms down and we are able to have gatherings.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe WA 98272
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.
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