July 21, 1943 – December 22, 2016
A celebration of life to honor former Monroe Mayor Donnetta Halverson-Walser will take place 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the Rock Church Monroe (16891 146th St. S.E. #145, Monroe).
Born on July 21, 1943, Donnetta was raised in Jerome, Idaho. She graduated from the University of Idaho in 1966, teaching in Morton, Washington before moving to Monroe in 1967. Donnetta’s life was filled with grace, love, accomplishment and community advocacy. She passed away Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, with Fred, her husband of 45 years, at her side. Donnetta dedicated her life to service, spending 28 years in public education and 32 years in local politics, including service on the Monroe City Council, the Monroe Civil Service Commission, the U.S. 2 Safety Coalition, the Snohomish County Senior Services board of directors, the Snohomish County League of Women Voters and two terms as Monroe’s mayor. She is survived by cherished family members including her sons and daughters-in-law; Scott and Stacey and Matt and Kimberly; her grandchildren, Morgan and Nathan, born of Matt and Kimberly; her brother, Gordon Halverson; niece, Candace Burnikel and nephew, Rod Stevens.
Donnetta was best known for her kindness, compassion, elegance and unassuming strength. She was commended for her extraordinary skill as an educator and her steadfast commitment to the betterment of her community. No task was too formidable for Donnetta.
She made a lasting, positive impact on those who knew her, including family members, countless students and numerous professional colleagues.
Friends are invited to share memories of Donnetta during the celebration, which will include a catered lunch by Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant of Monroe. In lieu of flowers, guests may donate to the Monroe Public Schools Foundation Donnetta Walser Memorial Scholarship. In recognition of Donnetta’s passion for literacy, new and gently-used adult and children’s books will be collected during the event for distribution to the Monroe School District and Providence Hospital.
A special room rate of $113.31, including tax, is available at the Best Western Sky Valley Inn (1-877-794-3111), located at 19233 S.R. 2 in Monroe. Reservations must be made by March 18, 2017, and guests should specify the Walser Celebration of Life Memorial when making their reservation.
Barbara J. Vicent
March 23, 1943 –
January 17, 2017
Born in Yuba City, California on March 23, 1943, Barbara passed away in Seattle on January 17, 2017 at the age of 73. A lifelong learner, she held Master’s degrees in both Chemistry and Education and was the first of her family to graduate from college, which she attended at the University of California, Davis, completing a degree in Chemistry. Barbara married the Reverend Salvador Jose Vicent in 1966 and moved their family to Snohomish County in 1970, where she lived in Snohomish, Everett, Lynnwood and Edmonds for 46 years. She spent nearly 40 years working as a CPA and was an active community volunteer at Blood Works and Living Wisely Thrift Store, as well as serving on the board of Work Opportunities.
Barbara was preceded in death by her beloved husband (1994), parents Lois and Norbert Rehermann, and brother David Rehermann. She is survived by her daughter Sophia Vicent (Gerardo Capiel) and granddaughter Ava Capiel, of San Francisco. She is also survived by her son Scott Vicent and siblings Frank Rehermann (Judy), Daniel Rehermann, and Julia Colson (Barton), and many other extended family members.
Deeply spiritual, Barbara spent many years in the Episcopal church serving Jesus Christ. Her recent spiritual life was with the Ananda Community of Bothell, where she inspired many by completing yoga teacher training at the age of 70. This community’s love and light gave Barbara and her family strength and courage in the final weeks of her fight with cancer and was a blessed part of her life.
Her sharp intellect, broad smile and dry sense of humor will be greatly missed. Barbara was a wonderful mother, sister, friend, and accountant. Services will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Snohomish on Saturday, February 18 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to Doctors without Borders or Southern Poverty Law Center.
Ada Jane Walbrun
December 9, 1929 –
January 14, 2017
Ada Jane Walbrun passed peacefully on January 14th 2017 after losing her battle with the flu and pneumonia. Many family members were by her side throughout her last day.
She was born to Ted and Ada Irish on December 9, 1929 in Sultan, Washington and remained a lifetime resident. On June 30, 1946, upon his return from active duty, she married Rudie Walbrun. Together they built the family home on their property along the Wallace River, where they raised their five children, Richard (Joan) of Stanwood, Nickolas (Kris) of Custer, Lucinda Lu (Ron) Stever of Lake Stevens, Randy (Kathy) of Snohomish, and Candace Felt of Mukilteo.
Preceding her in death were her father and mother, husband Rudie of 58 years and son Richard. She is survived by her brother Merton Irish, Sultan, grandchildren, Ron (Leslie) Stever Jr., Ryan (Hellena) Stever, Robert (Lindsay) Walbrun, Keith (Natalie) Walbrun, Tessa (Mike) Boccongelle, April (Matt) DeSpain-Tonjes, Angie (Darryl) Mcnielly, Jacob (Toni) Walbrun, Matt Walbrun, Michael Walbrun, Chris (Toni) Walbrun, Rudy Walbrun, James Hjelm, Dave Hjelm, 21 great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.
During her life she was an active member of the Sultan VFW, Woman’s Improvement Club, Garden Club, Sultan PTA, Cub Scout Den Mother and Campfire Girl Leader. We will miss her dry “English” humor, her ability to listen without taking sides. Most of all we will miss her support and love. Graveside services will be held at 12 pm January 28 at the Sultan Cemetery followed by a reception at the Sultan Fern Bluff Grange. In lieu of Flowers donations can be sent to the Noah Center of Stanwood.
Orville (John) Joseph Boling
June 26, 1934 – January 3, 2017
On January 3, 2017, reunited with his beloved parents, Orville and Joey Boling, passing away at his residence of fifty years in Snohomish, Washington.
Survivors include brother James Boling (Sandy), Olympia, WA and sister Karen (Bob) Beerbower, Elma, WA and many fond nieces and nephews.
John was born June 26, 1934 in Elma where he honorably attended and graduated from its high school. Higher education degrees were attained from a combined enrollment at the Universities of Washington and Western Washington (Bachelor of Arts) and Seattle University (Master’s in Education).
Thereafter, prior to joining the faculty at Snohomish High School in 1956, he served in the U.S. Army in its ‘Special Services’ Division (Intelligence), stationed in Washington D.C. area.
During his 38 years at SHS he taught English Composition and Literature. His students will vouch for his exemplary motivating astuteness in his subjects, which enlightened an awareness of the practicality in one’s future life of grammatical correctness and appreciation for the Arts, particularly chosen literary works he assigned and lectured upon in his classroom.
Furthermore he was a devoted, faithful attendee of ‘Panther’ sports events, and to this date he was ever proud of living in Snohomish, where he was fondly nicknamed “Charlie,” rather innocently derived during a poker game with former students. He lent his presence ongoing at class reunions and involvement with many former students’ families, spouses and offspring included.
While a longstanding mem-ber of the Wallingford Metho-dist Church in Seattle, he de-voted countless volunteer hours to both Church committees and to humanity advocate organizations to which it had affiliation and sponsorship. A notable dedication was his Care Giver role for at least five AIDS patients, all of whom he endured their struggles and ultimate deaths.
John relentlessly related to, and accepted human diversity, not only within his classroom enrollments but furthermore in a societal census.
Special persons who survive John are: his caregiver Ron Amisson who dutifully administered his necessary wellness and prescribed health care during this past year’s debilitating confrontation with cancer; and longtime companion, with social, event, mutual friendship presence, and near daily communicative contact, Aldena Maynard, also a teaching colleague.
The following composition, written upon learning of his passing, and this obit, are written by a sixty year close friend. With heartfelt mode and manner he subjectively and objectively wishes to convey an aggregate reflection upon his life. It depicts what fond sentiment, and thereto, what memories shall prevail within our own respective hearts, souls, and minds as we survive our dear friend, associate, colleague, uncle, brother, and humanity patriot.
WHERE IS OUR UNCLE CHARLIE’S SOUL TONIGHT, AND TO WHAT IS HIS PRESENCE OF MIND AS SUCH?
We will never know will we? Someday maybe we will upon our own demise.
Will not be in the ‘matter’ to which we relate today, being only dust from his cremation escaped into the wind;
Life hereafter one’s last breath remains a surreptitious mystery we all behold and are entranced profoundly;
But in Charlie’s real life there was no suspense as to his grace, congeniality, never abandoning loyalty to his kind and kin;
Despite surging waves at high tide, figuratively washing over his footprints in the sand, those same waves return to the sea;
They will once again, and repetitively, rinse that same beach where those memorable impressions remind us of Him .. always and ever;
Candlelight sheds comforting healing for the heart ... never snuffed, ever flickering,
Will revel Charlie’s instruction for all of Us ---
“Rest in Reason ... Live in Passion ... Love is the beauty of one’s soul”;
He often coined such purpose in life to which he adhered and truly believed,
Hence would wish conveyance to his survivors to inspire themselves by such guidance and direction.
Candlelight, Candlelight ... salute, honor, remember him with kindness and charitable goodwill towards others;
Along with simulating his abundant humor and wit, his patent mode and manner, into a gratuitous savoring of others well being.
TO CHARLIE: ‘Amazing Grace, How Sweet His Sound and Soul” eternally.
A Celebration of Life gather-ing will be held at the Thomas Family Farm (Crossroads of SR-9 and Marshland Road) at 2:00 Sunday, January 29, 2017.
Family requests donations be made to the Snohomish Education Foundation in the name of John Boling, P.O. Box 1312, Snohomish, WA 98291-1312.
Eugene Paul Gatterman
December 18, 1936 –
December 17, 2016
Gene passed away on December 17, 2016 in Arlington, WA. He was born in Monroe, WA on December 18, 1936. Gene graduated from Monroe H. S. in 1955. In December of 1958 he married Barbara Laizure. His surviving children are Michael (Cherie) Gatterman, Kristine Gallant and Steve Gatterman.
Gene married Naomi Raplee in May of 1977. They were married 39 years. He is survived by Ronald Raplee and Suzanne, Charles (Patrice) Raplee, E. Wayne (Kathryn) Raplee and Kathy Ann Raplee.
Gene is also survived by His sister Barbara Foye, 16 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, nephews, nieces and cousins. Gene helped parent 15 foster children over the years and continued a wonderful family association with them.
He was a past president of the National Truss Council for 4 years and worked in the millwork industry for over 30 years. He started Gene’s Tax Service and built it up as his retirement job where he served many loyal customers for over 20 years.
He volunteered as a little league coach, a Cub Scout Pack Leader for 15 years and a volunteer Firefighter for Monroe, 2 years, and Snohomish for 35 years.
There will be a celebration of his life on January 29, 2017 at the Gleneagle Golf and Country Club from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM. Donations may be made to the Arlington Fire Department in Gene’s memory.
Margaret Ellen Moon
1/6/1924 – 11/30/2016
Margaret Ellen Moon was born January 6, 1924 in Anacortes, Washington to her parents Harry and Joyce Cook. She grew up on March Point and graduated from Anacortes High School. She followed her brother Frank to college at Washington State College. She studied home economics and received her bachelor degree. It was there she met Charles Moon, whom she married.
Ellen and Chuck had their first son, Gary, in 1947 and together they moved to Alaska where they homesteaded five acres. They built a log cabin in Spenard, near Anchorage. In 1949, their second son, Bob, was born.
Ellen and her family returned to the Puget Sound area in 1952 in time for the birth of their third son, Paul. They settled in Snohomish and resided there for more than sixty years. Ellen enjoyed gardening, especially hybridizing rhododendrons. Even in her nineties she wanted to sneak a cutting from a plant she wanted to start. Ellen was a devoted wife and mother as she supported the career of her husband and reared their three boys. Her pies and sweet rolls will not be forgotten.
Ellen is survived by her three sons (and their spouses), Gary E. Moon (Sonja), Robert Moon (Nancy), and Paul F. Moon (Kathy); five grandchildren, Stacy Grover (Jason), Austin Moon, Dustin Moon, Garrett Moon (Caitlin), and Julian Moon; and two great-grandchildren, Anthony Grover and Veronica Grover; her sister-in-law Jeanne Goetz; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Ellen was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Charles E. Moon; her brother Dr. Harry Frank Cook and her daughter-in-law Linda Moon.
Memorials may be given to Alzheimer Society of Washington.
Chad Robert (Hayler) Thomson
April 21, 1969 - December 8, 2016
Chad Robert Thomson was born April 21, 1969 to Ken and Delaine Thomson in Renton, WA and grew up in Snohomish. He was born with asthma and had to overcome many obstacles with daily breathing issues.
When Chad was only a boy he was introduced to golf by his grandfather, Arnold Keller, and he knew this was his sport. In junior high he excelled rapidly, winning many tournaments and played on the school team. In high school he played on the varsity team and received a letter in golf. Chad graduated from Snohomish High School in 1987. He went on to Bellevue Community College and played on the golf team there, also.
Chad was well known for always being the funny guy, joking and smiling with everyone. He truly had no enemies.
Following his college time he had a battle with alcoholism and he won; staying sober for over 15 years.
Over the years Chad was employed at the Snohomish Golf Course, Overlake Golf Course, Machias Grocery and Everett Golf and Country Club. His hobbies were golf, music and food.
On August 8, 1997, Chad married Dottie Drake and had his son, Zachary. He adopted his daughter Kristin a few years later. He helped raise his stepchildren, Heather, Bobby, Renee and Tommy. The marriage dissolved in 2012.
Chad had to fight his alcoholism again and in June of 2015 he won that battle again, meeting some great people along the way, including his friend Anthony Giamanco whom he loved taking road trips and visiting with often. When he passed he was very proud to have 531 days sober.
After his recovery Chad was diagnosed with the rare brain disease P.S.P. Thought to be non-terminal, this disease had many physical complications including falls, difficulty swallowing and loss of balance.
Though Chad fought each day looking for positive hope, he passed away peacefully December 8, 2016, at the age of 47, from Hypertension heart failure.
Chad is survived by his parents, Kenneth and Delaine Thomson; sister Tracy D. (Darren) Stultz; children Kristin Nicole Thomson and Zachary David-Hayler Thomson; niece Amanda Ward and nephews Anthony Stultz and Riley Stultz.
Services will be held January 8, 2017, 2 p.m. at the Thomas Family Farm, 9010 Marsh Rd, Snohomish.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in the memory of Chad Thomson to PSP. org.
Thomas Lee Trombley
January 21, 1933 - December 6, 2016
Thomas Lee Trombley, 83, of Monroe, Washington passed away peacefully on December 6, 2016. Tom was born on Jan. 21, 1933 to Leona and Stuart Trombley. Tom lived and worked most of his life in the Monroe area; logging, home building, and operating T8 Ranch Fencing Company with his son, Tim. Tom spent many years on annual cattle drives in Ellensburg, reading books about local history, and watching sporting events on TV. He was happiest riding horses, family holidays and events and holding court around the stove in the shop. Tom also enjoyed spending time at their ranch in Tonasket. Tom was a member of Monroe Eagles and Tualco Grange for many years.
Thomas is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Shirley, and their 8 children: Steve (Terry) Trombley of Worland, WY, Suzanne (Bruce) Mayfield of Las Vegas, NV, John Trombley of Monroe, Jane Trombley (Steven) of Republic, WA, Tim (Genny) Trombley of Monroe, Terri Darnelle of Monroe, Russ (Joy) Trombley of Bothell, WA, Greg (Anita) Trombley of Monroe; sister Cathy (Bill) McCain of Wasila, AK; uncles Roland Jones of Bremerton, WA and Dan (Jean) Jones of Everett, WA; 19 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Stuart and Leona Trombley and sisters, Carrine Trombley Blair and Betty Trombley Cavner.
A memorial service celebrating Tom’s life will be held at East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe on January 7, at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sky Valley Food Bank 233 Sky River Parkway, Monroe WA 98272 or the Monroe Fire Department, 163 Village Court, Monroe, WA 98272.
In honor and memory of Tom, please feel free to “Cowboy Up” and wear your western gear to his life’s celebration.
Nyla Arlene Walter
September 24, 1919 - December 3, 2016
Beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Nyla Arlene (Childers) Walter, 97, died peacefully on December 3, 2016. She was vibrant, led an active, independent life, and was loved by all whose lives she touched.
Nyla was born on September 24, 1919 in Milliken, CO, the daughter of William and Ruth Childers. She graduated from high school in Rickreall, OR. She liked to brag about graduating 3rd in her class (out of a class of 3).
Nyla was married in Yuma, AZ on March 14, 1942 to a handsome US Navy sailor Lew C. Walter of Bayard, NE.
Nyla is survived by her sister Bonnie DeVore (93) of Salem, OR; sons James (Masayoshi) of San Francisco and Wade (Sharon) of Vancouver, WA; grandson Wade (Jennefer) Walter of Snohomish, WA and granddaughter Erin (Aaron) Reddekopp of Renton, WA; great grandsons Derek Parker of Monroe, WA, Dillon Walter of Everett, Wa, Spencer and Aiden Reddekopp of Renton, WA.
Nyla was preceded in death by her husband Lew Walter (2005) and daughter Janice Helen (1967), parents William and Ruth, sister Alice and brothers Floyde, Harold, Dale.
In lieu of flowers donation can be made to the United Methodist Church, 2400 Lake Avenue, Snohomish, WA 98290.
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