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TERRY LEE ANDERSON

July 31st, 1947 - July 18th, 1973

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From Joaquin Martines on August 4th, 2015
Terry was one of my Conway classmates. I remember him as a good friend who could get intense at times, especially if competition was involved. A good guy to have on your side during a football game. His step mother later became part of my wife's family, so Terry became part of our family. It was through her that we learned of passing. It was a shame that he was gone so early, I will always feel he was destined for greater things. 
 
From Chuck Easton on August 13th, 2015
I spent one semester playing next to Terry in the band, I think we also played a trombone duet for a music adjudication. Way to young too go.
 

RAGAN BACKSTROM

October 30th, 1947 - October 11th, 2014

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Ragan J. “Ray” Backstrom


Ragan J. “Ray” Backstrom
ARIZONA CITY — Ragan J. “Ray” Backstrom, 66, of Arizona City died in Casa Grande Oct. 11, 2014.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. today at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road in Phoenix.
Mr. Backstrom was born to Harold and Phyla Backstrom in Bellingham, Washington, on Oct. 30, 1947. He was a 1965 graduate of Coolidge High School and served in the U.S. Army in Germany in the late 1960s. While in Germany, he and his wife, Karen, toured extensively in Europe.
After his service he went into the computer sciences field. He retired in 2011 as county manager in Otero County, New Mexico. He was an avid motorcycle fan, accomplished musician, RVer and private pilot.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years; two sons, Ray Jr. of Shawnee, Kansas, and Corey of Red Rock; two brothers, Craig Backstrom of Coolidge and Ted Knutson of Snohomish, Washington; one sister, Floris Dean of Snohomish; five grandchildren and a large extended family.
 
 

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DENNIS BALL

March 19th, 1946 - November 27th, 2014


 

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From Joaquin Martines on August 4th, 2015
Dennis was a lot like myself when it came to exploring things. In grade school it was flying model airplanes, built from scratch not a kit. Once he ordered a black powder rifle, a surplus from the Boer war, which he brought to school during show and tell. I still remember this event and actually learned the basics of black powder shooting from him. After HS, we spent much time visiting when we worked together at the ARCO refinery in Ferndale. He was a very intellegent, but practical person. He was a very considerate and hard working person; as well as a true friend.
 

DIANE MARIE BERG (VAUGHAN)

September 19th, 1947 - October 4th, 2013

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Delight in those you love, love them like you mean it, and remind them to never forget it. This is how Diane (Berg) Vaughan, of Burlington, lived her life. She passed away peacefully in the home where she raised her family, with their loving hands upon her, on Friday, October 4th, 2013. She was 66 years old and was as genuine and as gracious as they come.

She was fiercely devoted to her husband, Terry, of 45 years, and their three daughters and their spouses: Nikki and Kent Fralick of Shoreline, Washington; Heidi and Mike Yeoman of Burlington, Washington; and Teriann Vaughan and Jane Hinton of Shoreline, Washington. Diane was the proudest "Grandma T" to Ole Yeoman (12), Eva Yeoman (9), Owan Fralick (7), and June Hinton (3). They were the light of her life.

Diane was born on September 19, 1947 in Mount Vernon, Washington to Elmer and Agnes (Schei) Berg of Lake McMurray. She had two older brothers, Dwayne Berg (wife, Lan Vo) and Richard Berg. She attended Conway grade school and was a proud and active member of the Mount Vernon High School graduating class of 1965. The camaraderie and lifelong friendships that she shared with her classmates were very dear to her.

She and Terry met as children and fell in love through letters while he was serving in Viet Nam and she was attending Pacific Lutheran University. They married on May 4, 1968 in Conway, Washington. Whenever asked how long she had been married, Diane loved to follow the answer with, "...and some days are longer than others!" Her quick wit and great sense of humor will be missed by all who knew her.

They moved to Sedro-Woolley in 1970, where all three of the girls were born. In 1979, they moved to the house in Burlington that she would call home for the next 34 years. She filled her home with antiques, dishes, family heirlooms, stuffed snowmen and love for all she welcomed there for large gatherings or a drop-by visit. She established a beautiful and noteworthy garden filled with berries of every shape and color, especially her favorite food of all time: raspberries. It was not uncommon for passersby to stop and admire her particularly impressive hydrangeas, gigantic peonies, and fragrant roses.

Diane was an active and dedicated member of Burlington Lutheran Church, where she enjoyed the fellowship and community with friends. She participated in weekend hiking outings, sang in the choir, volunteered on numerous committees and made sure that every single Christmas Basket for needy families had at least one brand new book for each child. She believed that every child on earth should have at least one book to call their own.

As a devoted and loving mother, Diane attended nearly all of her girls' sporting events and activities...even dress rehearsals (no kidding!). She volunteered on numerous parent groups in the Burlington school district over the span of 17 years. She applied the same love and commitment to her grandchildren, only missing games and recitals when she was no longer physically able to attend. Being a grandmother was the most important job she ever had, and she loved every second of it.

When asked one time, if she could have any profession other than her own, she said that she wouldn't trade her job as the Assistant Manager for Land Title Company and Escrow, where she worked for over 30 years. She loved that her job kept her connected with so many members of the community in the Valley that she lived in nearly all her life. Coffee breaks upstairs with good friends and good conversation weren't such a bad perk either.

Diane was generous with her time and her spirit. She volunteered at the Burlington Public Library and was a member of Soroptimist. The loss of two best friends to cancer (Janis Hanson, Jan Erickson) inspired Diane to become a remarkable supporter of the

through the annual ' ' event. Her dedication inspired many.

Diane was a proud Norwegian and hailed from a large extended family. She took great pride in honoring family traditions, and genuinely cared about each and every aunt, uncle, cousin, niece and nephew. Above all else, family was the most important thing to her.

She loved to dance, hated computers, believed that babies should always wear hats to keep warm, and was always the last one to leave a party. She was loved by many and will be deeply missed.

The family would like to express a special thank you to Hospice of the Northwest, as well as to Diane's caregivers: Nicole, Wendy and Abby for their care, compassion and assistance during the final weeks of Diane's life.

A graveside service will be held at Fir Conway Lutheran Cemetery on Monday, October 14th at 11am. 19084 Milltown Road, Mt. Vernon, WA.

Memorial service will follow at Burlington Lutheran Church at 1pm. 134 E Victoria Ave, Burlington, WA.
Funeral services provided by Hulbush Funeral Home in Burlington. Viewing will be on October 10th and 11th from 9am to 5pm. 281 S. Burlington Blvd, Burlington, WA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the
or Hospice of the Northwest. https://reunions.myevent.com/cpanel.php?page=2&subpage=11&groupingID=memorials&componentID=memorials#form_container

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From Valerie Ruddell on July 16th, 2015
When we have our plan reunion meetings, I miss Dianne.  IUse to stop by and visit her at Land Title.  And she was my good friends Mike Lewis's assisitant for years.
Hier Birthday party  in Conway was one of the best.  We all had the best time. There was music and food and alot of carrying on and whopla. 
She was a blessing to many of us and is missed by many especially her good friend Rita Wright.

 
 

THOMAS EVERETT CHILDERS

July 8th, 1946 - July 12th, 2012

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Thomas Everett Childers, age 66, a long-time resident of Sedro-Woolley, suffered a sudden illness and passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at Peace Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, Washington.Tom was born July 8, 1946 to Everett and Nevada (McGrath) Childers, in North Bend, Oregon. The family moved to Washington in 1956 and to Skagit Valley in 1957.He served in the Navy and served a year in Viet Nam as an Engineman. He worked as a mechanic at National Frozen Food Canning for over 34 years. Tom and Vickie Parker were married September 14, 1980, and made their home in Sedro-Woolley. Tom loved his children and was proud of them.He enjoyed working in the yard, loved his cats, and really had a passion for fishing with his friend, Bob Swanson and his brother-in-law, Eric Johnson. He also enjoyed doing genealogy with Vickie and playing cards with the Johnsons, Vickie's sister and brother-in-law. He also made the best smoked Salmon.He is survived by his wife, Vickie; son, Thomas Childers, Jr., of Bothell; daughters, Anndria Childers of Burlington and Ashley Childers of Mount Vernon; sisters, Jaime LeBlond, Patricia Wightman (husband Scott), Kathie Hansen, Teresa Cromeenes (husband Pat), Donna Evenson (husband Gunnar); brothers, Eric Childers (wife Debbie), Kim Childers; and numerous nieces and nephews.Tom was preceded in death by his parents.A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, August 19, 2012, at 5842 Inez Street, Bow, WA 98232.Memorial contributions are suggested to Peace Health St. Joseph Medical Center. .

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NANCY LEA CLEAVE

October 26th, 1947 - August 6th, 2014

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Nancy Lea Cleave, 66, a life long resident of Mount Vernon died Wednesday August 6 at Harborview Hospital in Seattle.

She was born October 26, 1947. She graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1965. She then attended and graduated as a Dental Assistant in Seattle.

Nancy then began working as an Escrow Officer, primarily at Land Title. She retired in 2004.

Nancy was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mount Vernon. She was a member of Mortgage Women and PEO Chapter H.

For years, Nancy hosted students, attending Skagit Valley College through the Japanese Foreign Exchange Program.

Nancy is survived by one sister, Mary Cleave, two brothers and sister-in-laws, Richard (Ruby) Cleave and David (Barbara) Cleave, as well as a large extended family. Additionally, she is survived by her kitties and many dear friends.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, LeRoy and Marjorie Cleave and a sister Ann.

Cremation and arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, WA.

At her request there will be no services.

Please share your thoughts of Nancy and sign the online guest register at www.hawthornefh.com.

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DIXIE DUFFY (KULIN)

April 27th, 1947 - 1973

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CASEY DYKSTRA

June 3rd, 1947 - December 12th, 2001

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RAY ELDRIDGE

June 25th, 1947 - June 23rd, 2009

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Ray Eldridge, age 61, passed away June 23, 2009, at his home in Seattle, WA, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born June 25, 1947, in Mount Vernon, Ray graduated from MVHS in 1965, WSU in 1969, and received his Masters degree in Physical Education and teaching from WSU in 1971. He received a Masters in Sports Administration from Ohio University in 1975.

A health, math and physical education teacher in the Concrete, WA School District in grades 6 through 12, he was the Activities Director, head cross county and track coach, and also assisted with football and basketball. While in Concrete, Ray was a member of the local volunteer fire department and the emergency ambulance squad.
In 1975, Ray began a 25 year career at the Kingdome as Events Coordinator and later the Manager of Event Services. With the demolition of the Kingdome in 2000, Ray worked in Environmental Education and Public Outreach in King County's Water and Land Resources Division.

Ray became involved with the College of Education Alumni Advisory Board at WSU serving tow terms as president in 1994-1996, and served as the college's representative to the WSU Alumni Board. He was elected 2nd Vice President, followed by Alumni Association President for the 2001-2002 school year.

Ray was an active Boy Scout achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended several jamborees including the World Jamboree in Athens, Greece.

Ray is survived by his wife, Mary; his sons; Thom (Sharon) and Dennis (Lane); and grandchildren: Thomas, Alleese, Kadyn, Teagen and Carter; his mother, Harriett Davis (Jackson); his brother, Jon (Penny); his sisters: Jean Linde (David) and Sally Higgins (Jerry); 6 nephews and 6 nieces; aunt, uncle and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Don Eldridge; grandparents: Ray and Blanche Eldridge and Ellsworth and Jean Clow.

A memorial service will be held July 14, 2009 at 2 p.m. at New Life Four Square Church, 6830 Highland Dr., Everett, WA 98203.

Memorials may be sent to Ray Eldridge Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o WSU Alumni Assoc., P.O. Box 646150, Pullman, WA 98164-6150 or Mount Baker Council Boy Scouts of America.

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JIM ERICKSON

1946 - July 16th, 2011

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 After a three week battle with cancer, Jim left his earthly body to spread his heavenly wings on Saturday, July 16th 2011, at 1:00 p.m. As his wife Kay sang him into heaven with "Amazing Grace"; Surrounded by his loving family; His sons Justin (Tracey), Ryan, Sisters Linda and Karen and friend Rachel. He went to be with Jesus and his parents in Heaven.Born in Mount Vernon, Washington to Lucille (Hibbard) and Elmer Erickson, He graduated Mount Vernon High School in 1965. A teamster; he worked for Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Darigold. He retired in 2001.He was a loving husband and soul mate to his wife Kay of 39 years, and a dedicated Father to his sons Justin (Tracey) Hanson and Ryan Erickson. Brother to Richard (Nancy) Erickson, Linda (Seth) Posey, Alan (Karen) Erickson, and George Stevenson, Doting Grandfather to twins Kaylie and Bode, Papa to Payton, Cameron, Olivia and Savanna, Uncle to Chris (Jen), Brad, Erick (Renata), Connie (Joe), Cari and Tommy. He was an Honorary father to Shannon, Megan and Erin. Jim and Kay spent many years traveling and lived in Surprise, AZ. For the last ten years. Jim was a Christian, Avid Golfer (he enjoyed many rounds) Grandpa, Craftsman, perfectionist, humanitarian and all around gentleman. He celebrated his grandchildren daily. He was always willing to lend a hand and He touched many, many lives, He was loved by all and will be dearly missed.A life Celebration will be held Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with a reception following at: Bethany Covenant Church 1318 S. 18th St. Mount Vernon, WA 98273.In lieu of flowers, there will be a Jim Erickson benefit fund available at Peoples Bank.

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From Terry Merritt on April 27th, 2015
Jim, our life long friend, we miss you! We are grateful for the time we had, especially the last days.
 

KARL ETHERINGTON

June 27th, 1947 - 1973

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DAN FARNSWORTH

June 12th, 1947 - May 18th, 1993

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SCOTT C. FLANARY

September 18th, 1947 - May 16th, 2013

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 Scott C. Flanary, 65, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on May 16, 2013 after a brave battle with cancer.

He was born in Burlington, WA on September 18, 1947 to Clifford and Nina Flanary.

He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1965 and attended Skagit Valley College & The University of Washington where he studied architecture and is still an avid Huskies fan.

Scott lived for a short time in Seattle, but lived most of his life in Skagit Valley.

Scott married Jana May Gates of Mount Vernon on June 13, 1987.

Scott and his brothers had a design/construction firm in Seattle then he moved back to the valley and started Scott Flanary Design. He also worked for Tom Theisen Architects in Mount Vernon. Over the years he designed many fine homes and building in Skagit County and surrounding areas. Scott, his wife and daughter Amanda also own Miss May's Creative Learning Store.

Scott was very involved in the community. He was a volunteer for the Bay View Fire Department and was a First Responder. He sat on the YMCA board and the Mount Vernon Board of Appeals and was a member of Kiwanis. Scott was also a volunteer at the Highland Games and the Skagit Valley Hospital Festival of Trees.

He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Scott loved singing and was a member of the Skagit Valley Chorale for 20 years. He was co-founder of the Christmas Choristers. He also had a love of fishing, hiking, golfing and always had time for a family game of bocce ball or croquet.

Scott is survived by his wife Jana and 3 children, Amanda Flanary-Keegan & husband Brendan, John Bennett Howe & his wife Bonney, Heather Miller and her wife Laurie and stepdaughter Erika Keizer, brother Hugh Flanary and wife Cristi and his twin brother Kim Flanary. He is also survived by his 4 grandchildren Rilie, Bennett, Lydia & Conner and his honorary sister Pam Rolfson, stepsister Debra Gates and his stepmum/mother-in-law Lois Flanary.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clifford and Nina Flanary.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Dr. Kojouri and the staff at Skagit Cancer Care Alliance also the caring nurses/cna's and palliative care team at Skagit Valley Hospital and Kern's.

Memorial Services will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Mount Vernon Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 2pm. There will be a Wake at 5pm at Porterhouse in Mount Vernon.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Scott C. Flanary donation account at Skagit State Bank.
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From Valerie Ruddell on July 16th, 2015
I knew Scott best from 8th grade.  He was Mowrers boyfriend and I spent alot of time with Kim.  He was married to Jana for years and they were such a great couple and always were having so much fun. It was just fun toe run in to them at Target and enjoy talking. They always left me smiling. A funny thing was that Scotts dad and Jana's mom got married.
Scott was artistic and intelligent and I am frequently sorry that I don't get to see him anymore.
 
From Chuck Easton on August 13th, 2015
Spent quite a bit of time with Scott and Kim- we used to wander around the woods with their double-barreld 12 gauge terrorizing anything that moved- went to  Episcopal church potlucks for kids with Bill Forbes in charge and dad Cliff Flanary helping as a lay minister. The twins  followed music and they used to come see the New Deal Rhythm Band (out of Seattle) when I was playing guitar with that group. Saw them both at Bill Forbes 90th birthday celebration and a coupole of years later at his funeral.
 

SUZANNE MAY FORTIN (GADBOIS)

January 10th, 1947 - March 24th, 2003

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Suzanne M. Fortin Gadbois, a lifetime resident of Mount Vernon died unexpectedly Monday, March 24, 2003.
She was born on January 10, 1947 to Nap and Marintha Fortin, she graduated from Mount Vernon High School and married Larry Gadbois.
They made their home in the Clear Lake area where they raised 5 children and ran a custom meat operation for 23 years. Farming was also a large part of her life and she enjoyed driving tractors.
In the early 90’s she began a career as a rural postal carrier in the Mount Vernon Post Office and was relocated to the Burlington office.
Suzanne loved animals, horseback riding, fishing and camping, however, nothing gave her more pleasure that her family. She was very proud of her children and loved their friends as her own, choosing to be a second Mom to many. Her employees never remained that for long, they became family. She was a loving woman full of strength, grace and faith and will be missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents Nap Fortin and Marintha Peabody, father and mother in-law Arthur and Gean Gadbois, sister in-law Carrol Gadbois, step brothers Van and Andrew Peabody and grandson Jeffrey Moffet.
She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Larry Gadbois, her step father Dwight Peabody, children MarySue and Kyle Moffet, Tami and Tony Swanson, Rena Eagleburger and Rob Prokos, Julie Gadbois and Nathan Gadbois. Her grandchildren Amber Moffet, Dalton Swanson, Victoria and Carroline Eagleburger, and Taylor Prokos, step-brother Tim Peabody, step-sister Eve Peabody, brother and sister-in-law Darrel and Jan Gadbois, nephews Dennis and Dale Gadbois, niece Laura Hull, their children and numerous surrogate daughters and sons.
Memorials are suggested to the Clear Lake Fire Department, PO Box 186, Clear Lake, WA 98235.
Memorial Services are being held Saturday, March 29, 2003 at 4:30 PM at the Community Covenant Church, 12605 Hwy 9, Clear Lake, WA.
Cremation arrangements under direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.
Share thoughts and memories of Suzanne and sign the online guest register at www.lemleychapel.com

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CATHY GRAEBENER (KLINE)

April 21st, 1947 - October 19th, 2010

My sister Cathy was a generous. loving sister.  I admired her calmness in the moment of diversity, and her dry sense of humor.  She was very talented and loved her family very much.  We will all miss her terribly. 
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Catherine Jo Graebener (Kline) passed away at home surrounded by her family on October 19, 2010 after a long battle with cancer.  She was born on April 21, 1947 in Roundup, Montana.   She grew up in the Northwest and spent most of her adult life working in the restaurant industry.  Her interests were cooking, catering, crafting, gardening and reading.  She truly loved being out at the "farm" in Bryant where she would sit on the porch watching all of the animals, canning all the goodies from the garden, and spending time with Clayton.   Cathy leaves behind her soul mate of over thirty years, Clayton Kline; her five children, Hap, Bob, and Dave Ness, Ganel and Cami Dagley, all of Arlington, WA; as well as her parents, Roy and Virginia Graebener, brother, David and his wife Carolyn Graebener; and sister Karla and her husband Steve Hopkins.  She has ten grandchildren and numerous other family and friends that she is also leaving behind.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.  Cathy was an amazing and generous woman. 

Catherine Jo Kline passed away at home surrounded by her family on October 19, 2010 after a long battle with cancer.
She was born on April 21, 1947 in Roundup, Montana. She grew in the Northwest and spent most of her adult life working in the restaurant industry. Her interests were cooking, catering, crafting, gardening and reading. She truly loved being out at the "farm" in Bryant where she would sit out on the porch watching all of the animals, canning all the goodies from the garden, and spending time with Clayton.
Cathy leaves behind her soul mate of over 30 years, Clayton Kline; her five children, Hap, Bob, and Dave Ness, Ganel and Cami Dagley, all of Arlington, WA; as well as her parents, Roy and Virginia Graebener; brother, David and his wife Carolyn Graebener; and sister, Karla and her husband Steve Hopkins. She has ten grandchildren and numerous other family and friends that she is also leaving behind.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Cathy was an amazing woman. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/heraldnet/obituary.aspx?n=catherine-jo-kline&pid=146265127#sthash.K0UPnj6P.dpuf
Catherine Jo Kline passed away at home surrounded by her family on October 19, 2010 after a long battle with cancer.
She was born on April 21, 1947 in Roundup, Montana. She grew in the Northwest and spent most of her adult life working in the restaurant industry. Her interests were cooking, catering, crafting, gardening and reading. She truly loved being out at the "farm" in Bryant where she would sit out on the porch watching all of the animals, canning all the goodies from the garden, and spending time with Clayton.
Cathy leaves behind her soul mate of over 30 years, Clayton Kline; her five children, Hap, Bob, and Dave Ness, Ganel and Cami Dagley, all of Arlington, WA; as well as her parents, Roy and Virginia Graebener; brother, David and his wife Carolyn Graebener; and sister, Karla and her husband Steve Hopkins. She has ten grandchildren and numerous other family and friends that she is also leaving behind.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Cathy was an amazing woman. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/heraldnet/obituary.aspx?n=catherine-jo-kline&pid=146265127#sthash.K0UPnj6P.dpuf

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KITTY GRIFFIN

1947 - 1999

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JAY HAMMER

September 19th, 1947 - August 28th, 2015

Jay was a good guy.  He was always quick to respond to my emails and I felt like he cared about us, even though he did not make it to this reunion or our 40. 
He told me he would be officiating at a track meet this summer, so he would be unable to attend our reunion.  I guess now, he will be officiating some really important "meets."
Here is what he wrote on our classmates page, which I removed to add him to our memorial page.
<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 115%; font-family:;" new="" roman";"="" "times="" ar-sa;="" en-us;="" roman";="" 16pt;="" verdana","sans-serif";="">Hello Gang,
I retired in 2008 after teaching and coaching for 30 years. I graduated from St. Martins College '69. Peace Corps Volunteer, 5 years Grenada W.I. Returned to California and started teaching.  Received Masters in Ed/P.E. from Azuza Pacific University. Taught regular ed/special Ed Elementary, High School and College.  I now live in Riverside, Ca. I am a Husky, Seahawk, and Angels fan.  I currently write high school cross country articles for a local newspaper, in the fall.  The rest of the year I am a Track and Field official. I have done the 96 Olympics, PAC 12, World Masters, many High School meets as well.  Last year I did 62 meets.  I enjoy traveling in Baja. I visit Birch Bay many summers. Visit with Woody Heron, my cousin, at his cabin on my way to British Columbia where I still enjoy fly fishing for Kamloops trout. Still love fishing; tuna was great this year.
We'll all miss you Jay! 

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LARRY G. HANAN

May 15th, 1947 - April 25th, 2008

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Photo of Hanan, LarryLarry Gene Hanan arrived in heaven the morning of Friday, April 25, 2008. He was 61.

Larry was born May 15, 1947 in Enid, Okla. to Ivan Edward and Mary Elizabeth (Foale, Darst, Birchfield) Hanan of Hillsdale, Okla.

He was a commercial insurance underwriter and executive having worked for Aetna, Cravens/Dargan, CIGNA, F.B. Beattie/Safeco, Reliance, Sherwood, Westcap, Trinity and BCIC. Larry worked at other insurance companies and brokers offices, beginning his career in 1970. He was most recently employed at Fireman’s Fund Specialty, and served as Regional Primary Casualty Product Director for the company’s Northwest and Southwest Regions, in Irvine, Calif.

He graduated from Mount Vernon Union High School and Skagit Valley Community College, Mount Vernon and Central Washington University, Ellensberg. He was a former resident of Pond Creek, Okla., Lynnwood, Whidbey Island and Solvang, Palm Desert and Lake Forest, Calif.

Larry was a former member of the Elks, the Washington Athletic Club, Rainier Club and was a member of Pond Creek Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and both sets of grandparents, Vernon O. and Ida Hanan, Charles Guy and Elizabeth (Peggy) Foale. Larry is survived by his only daughter, Shawn M. Lee Hughes, and numerous cousins.


 

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CAROL JO HENDRICKSON (VAN WOUDENBERG)

November 27th, 1946 - October 7th, 2007

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Carol Jo Van Woudenberg
of Poulsbo
Nov. 27, 1946
to Oct. 7, 2010
Carol Van Woudenberg, 63, lost her long battle with breast cancer on October 7, 2010, and has gone shopping with her mother. Carol was born in Spokane, WA to Elvin (Hank)and Virginia Ruth (VR)Hendrickson and was the oldest of three children. She graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1965. She married Bruce Van Woudenberg on June 29, 1968 and together they raised two sons, Brian and Scott. Once Brian and Scott were in school, Carol attended Olympic College where she received an Associates degree in accounting. She worked at several accounting firms in the Central Kitsap area and finished her career as the business office manager at Northwoods Lodge skilled nursing center in Silverdale.

Carol enjoyed reading, gardening and camping with family and friends. She took pride in her large garden and always shared garden produce and flowers with others. She also enjoyed volunteering at the Harrison Hospital birthing center until she was no longer able due to her illness. Carol was a loving mother and grand mother and will be deeply missed.

Carol was preceeded in death by her mother VR Hendrickson and is survived by her husband Bruce Van Woudenberg, sons Brian Van Woudenberg (Veronica) and Scott Van Woudenberg (Judy), grand children Madisen and Conner Van Woudenberg, her father Elvin Hendrickson, sister Lynn Wesley (Dan) and brother James Hendrickson.

In her final months of life, Carol and her family received support from Hospice of Kitsap County. There will be a celebration of Carol's life at the Kiana Lodge near Poulsbo on October 24, 2010 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of Kitsap County.

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From Julie O'Neal. (Crim) on October 16th, 2014
My friendship with Carol began when we were in 3rd grade because our parents were introduced to each other by a mutual friend. We attended different elementary schools but we saw each other regularly when our parents got together. We came together in school when the entire class of '65 was put into Jefferson school for 6th grade. As we went from 6th grade to high school graduation we became best BEST friends and did so many things together along with our other best buddies Gale, Katy, Judy & Dee (you all know who you are). When we got married and started our own families we lost contact some; just a phone call now and then. I will never forget when she called me and told me she had breast cancer. We stayed in closer contact from that point on.  I remember when she was in treatment and then the years - 7 yrs I believe - afterwards. We visited, called each other and she was so happy when she made it to the 5 yr mark with no sign of cancer.  Thank goodness, she was out of the woods......but sadly.. not so. The cancer had reappeared and we cried on the phone together. My last call to her was made just a day or two before she passed.  Bruce, her husband, held the phone to her ear and I told her the angels were going to sing when she gets to heaven and "I love you". I asked Bruce if he thought she heard me and he said he did see a response even though she was in a coma. She was/is so special and touched so many lives. The turnout at her life celebration was huge. She inspired people, supported people when they needed it and cared. I still have her in the Cotacts list in my cell - just can't make myself erase it. Everyone who knew her understands. In a tribute to Carol I did the Susan G Komen 3 Day Walk. I considered it an honor to represent her.  I still miss her and I know many others do too.
 

KITTY HILDEBRAND

December 13th, 1946 - December 22nd, 2003

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From Joaquin Martines on August 4th, 2015
Kitty was a good friend. She was in my first grade class and was always a caring and happy person. I left for Texas and returned to the Conway area. I saw her again when we reunited in high school. Later we worked together at Northren State hospital. She was like a sister to me. Always had a friendly disposition. I was saddened to learn of her passing from the memorial page. I will always remember the red hair, her big smile and her big heart.
 

ROBERT HILL

November 21st, 1946 - December 23rd, 2009

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HILL, Robert (Age 63) Robert was born November 21, 1946 in Seattle, WA. He passed away December 23, 2009 in Spokane. He graduated from San Rafael Military Academy in 1962, served two years in the United States Army ROTC and went on to graduate from Whitworth College in 1970. On April 20, 1972 he married Kathy McBride and they had two sons together. Robert worked for Best Foods as a District Manager for 35 years before retiring in 2000. He was an avid Washington Husky fan, a member of the Spokane Country Club and enjoyed golfing, cars, snow skiing and spending time with his wife and sons. Robert is survived by his wife Kathy Hill, sons Benjamin (Lisa), and Mitch Hill, father-in-law; Grandpa Mac (Frank) McBride; in-laws: Bill and Caryl McBride, James and Marleen McBride, Jack and Sandy McBride, Marilee and Jim Earle and Robert and Karen McBride, and numerous nieces and nephews; cousins, Jon, Jennifer and Jeff Hill. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, December 30 at Noon at Whitworth Presbyterian Church, 312 West Hawthorne Road. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Spokane VA Medical Center. www.heritagefunerals.com

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PHYLLIS HOLTRUP (WHEELER)

November 5th, 1947 - January 12th, 2015

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PHYLLIS (HOLTROP) WHEELER (1947 - 2015)

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Phyllis Holtrop Wheeler, 67, of Eden, N.C. passed away on Monday, January 12, 2015 at her residence.Phyllis Holtrop was born in Bellingham, Washington on November 5, 1947, a daughter of Lillie Widman Mitzel and the late Elwyn Ernest Holtrop. She was a legal secretary with the Barrett & Gilman Law Firm in Seattle Washington for 35 years, where she was considered a very dear friend and phenomenal professional assistant. Upon retirement, Phyllis and her husband Monty relocated to North Carolina where they traveled frequently, touring historical sites and coastal cities with a growing passion for knowledge of our Christian heritage.

At home, she enjoyed nurturing her vegetable garden alongside Monty. Phyllis loved spending time with her son Derek, and grandchildren Megan and Miranda, as well as other family during frequent trips back to the Pacific Northwest. She embraced living closer to her son Jason the last few years. Phyllis was blessed by the welcoming embrace of her new friends at Osborne Baptist Church. Her laughter was infectious and brought joy to those around her. On a recent date, Phyllis proclaimed, "Jesus died that we might have life, thank you Jesus."She is survived by her soul mate, Monty Lee Wheeler of the home; her sons, Jason Hart of McLeansville and Derek Hart of Maple Valley, Washington; her mother Lillie Widman Mitzel of Mount Vernon, Washington; her siblings, Richard Holtrop and wife Nancy of Mount Vernon, Washington, Keith Holtrop of Arlington, Washington, Sheila Burgess and husband Robert of Malaga, Washington; and her grandchildren, Megan Hart and Miranda Hart. She was preceded in death by her dear friend and sister-in-law, Jeanne Holtrop.

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CHRIS JACKSON (ST. PIERRE)

August 28th, 1947 - September 23rd, 2007

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DAN JOHNSON

August 13th, 1947 - May 23rd, 2007

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STEPHANIE JOHNSON (GIBSON)

March 15th, 1947 - February 16th, 2003

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DANNY JUNQUIST

May 9th, 1947 - February 14th, 1981

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CYNTHIA KAISER (VAN ESCH)

September 9th, 1947 - August 25th, 2007

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A Mount Vernon native has closed her eyes in peace, to suffer no more and leaves cherished memories in all our hearts that knew her. She is survived by her family: husband Andy of 38 years, son Chris and daughter Hollie and her sister Pat (Bill) Todero of Buffalo, New York. She graduated Mount Vernon High School in 1965 and was a homemaker to the family. Cynthia was well known and loved within the close knit community in which she lived. She joined the Ladies Auxiliary VFW 933 in Feb. 1986 as a life member, the Ladies Auxiliary American Legion 43 and Ladies Auxiliary Eagles 3242. She was predeceased by her mother Arlene (Singer) and father Leonard Kaiser. A memorial and celebration of her life will be held at the George Baldridge Post 43 American Legion in Sedro-Woolley on Saturday, September 29th at 1pm. Please bring a picture or fond memories of Cynthia

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DIANA MARGARET KEYES

1946 - 1968

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GARY LARSON

November 12th, 1945 - March 11th, 2011

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 Gary Larson passed away March 11, 2011 at his home with his family by his side after a short but valiant battle against Leukemia. Gary was born November 12, 1945 to Bernice and George Larson in Sedro Woolley.He attended Mount Vernon High School graduating with the class of 1965. Gary married his high school sweetheart Sandi Dellinger on September 1, 1967.Gary began his mechanical career when he started working at Carlson Cadillac in 1969 as an apprentice mechanic. Gary always had a passion for cars. In the early 70's Gary and his brother Gerald built their 1956 Chevrolet BelAir two door hard top. After hours and hours of hard work the car was race ready, where they entered it various drag races in Washington and Canada. Gary's passion for cars grew and so did his dream to have a business of his own. Gary saved and sacrificed to purchase tools and opened Larson Auto on May 1, 1985. Gary loved working on cars. He took pride in every automobile he worked on. Customers often recognized how spotless his shop is along with the impeccable reputation of the quality and workmanship. His ethical practices earned him the business of the City of Burlington, Burlington Police Department, the Washington State Patrol, The Skagit Casino, along with many many supportive and loyal customers.Although his business was important to him his first priority was his family. They have many memories of camping at Beachwood, Lake Chelan, Crescent Bar and many years of hunting and lots of BBQ's with Gary at the grill.Gary is survived by his wife of 43 years Sandi; their two children; Crystal and her husband Brian Sayer, Scott Larson and his wife Connie. Along with their grandchildren; Zach Larson, his girlfriend Kayla Hill, Noah, Nathan and Hannah Sayer, Cody, Drew and Emily Larson. His mother Bernice Larson, brother Gerald Larson and his wife Robbie, sisters; Georgia Thomsen, Barbara Walcott, Patricia Reed, Delora Johnson and her husband Jim. And numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.Memorial service for Gary will be held Saturday March 19, 2011 at 11:00 am at Hawthorne Funeral Home, 1825 East College Way, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 where a reception will follow. The family would like to extend their sincere thank you to Dr. Bruce Mathey, Dr. Stephen Pedersdorf, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, U of W Medical Center, Skagit Hospice and many Drs and nurses who have taken such amazing care of Gary. With a very special thanks to his favorite nurses at the U of W Medical Center, Danielle and Cara. And many heartfelt thanks to our loyal customers and friends for their prayers, cards and well wishes. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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LESLIE ANN LIND

September 9th, 1947 - October 19th, 2002

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Dave Loomis

January 30th, 1947 - May 19th, 2016


David Loomis passed away Thursday May 19, 2016.  He will be missed by all who knew him and most of all by his twin sister, Donna.  An obituary will be posted when available.

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KAREN MARIE MACHIN

1947 - 1968

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From Valerie Ruddell on July 16th, 2015
How many nights did I stay over at Karen's house with she and Nancy Sather.  They were all about horses.  Karen worked for Karen Moldstatd and I would always see her at school breaks.  I was in my junior year at the UDub and was reading the Seattle Times.  It described the accident and Karen's death.  I knew it wasn't true. I called my mom who started crying when I asked if it was true. My mom started crying with me.  Karen was such fun and water skied with Montgomery and Sather and I in the summer. I always remember her when I see the old Avon store.
 

LESLIE MAY (MORGAN)

March 29th, 1947 - May 14th, 2010

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Leslie May Morgan, age 63, passed away on Friday May 14, 2010 in Bellingham. She was born March 29, 1947 in Bellingham to Harold May and Anne Degolier. Leslie married Carl Morgan on August 25, 1974 on Vashon Island, WA. She graduated from Western . . . <span 0,="" rgb(255,="" 0);"="">remaining obituary is archived with the Bellingham Herald.

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DARRELL K. McCLUNEY

April 24th, 1947 - April 28th, 1972

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VALERIE MEINS

May 1st, 1947 - 1991

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From Katy Von Moos on July 23rd, 2015
I went to grade school (Immaculate Conception school).  Valerie and I were good friends .  She was alot of fun and full of mischief.  She was extremely bright and I believe she was quite bored with school.  I remember in the 7th grade she was reading a book in class while the Sister was teachimg English.  The Sister asked her to come to the head of the class and repeat what she just said.  Valeried repeated everything that had been said.  I know that Valerie was an alcohol counselor somewhere in Alaska.  I saw her obit in the Belingham Herald in '91.  So sad.
 

TERI MOEN (KUTZER)

March 31st, 1947 - December 23rd, 2010

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Theresa Eileen Teri <i>Moen</i> Kutzer
 Theresa Eileen "Teri" Moen Kutzer
 
Born Theresa Eileen Moen in Bellingham on March 31, 1947, Teri passed away on December 23, 2010 in Seattle after a year-long illness.

She grew up in Mount Vernon, graduated from MVHS in 1965, and married Doug Kutzer of Burlington in 1966.

After working for Weyerhauser and PACCAR, she retired in 2002 and she and Doug moved from their home in Snoqualmie to South Lake Tahoe. Together they enjoyed traveling, skiing, boating, and spending time with family.

Teri is survived by her husband, Doug; daughters, Kris Board and Kelly Kutzer of San Diego; granddaughters, Erin Board of Seattle and Carson Board of Maple Valley; great-grandson, Riley Duncan of Seattle; parents, Don and Lil Moen of Bellingham and Mary Barker and Bob Padhola of Mount Vernon; sister, Nancy Polky (John) of Kent; brother, Jon Moen (Mary) of Kent; and numerous nieces and nephews.

At Teri's request, there will be no services.

Donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 811 W Evergreen Avenue Suite 303 Chicago, IL 60642, www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org, or Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Attn: Donations, P.O. Box 19023, Seattle, WA 98109-1023, (877) 308-3117,

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LINDA MONTGOMERY

June 11th, 1947 - March 26th, 2015

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From Ann Hoag on March 30th, 2015
Image Our loss is especially poignant so close to our 50th reunion.  I'm glad I reconnected with Linda, if only  briefly, before she passed away.
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From Valerie Ruddell on July 16th, 2015
When Sharon Howson passed away, I was at the reception thinking why hadn't I talked to Linda for so long.  I called her and talked forever (lucky we have these all the minutes you want planss.  We decided we would get together and that she would come to Mexico for 10 days with my husband and I.  He was reluctant about spending 10 days with someone I hadn't seen for 13 years.  We went to Cabo and it was like I saw her yesterday.  My husband was reassured.  We kayaked, and tried different resturants and went to Toto Santos where the picture was taken.
I remember great times we had when we tried to straiten her hair in HS and we burned her ear, and water skiing on Lake Samish with KarinMachin and Nancy Sather.  Linda was a good athlete.  We had big plans for this reunion and it breaks my heart that she won't be coming.  Bob and Bill joked they were going to bring her in a wheelbarrow.
It saddens me she isn't coming and I cherish the time we had in Mexico and all the phone calls we had before she passed.
 

LAWRENCE GENE NELSON

September 15th, 1946 - April 6th, 2006

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Robert Ozretich

March 28th, 1947 - January 13th, 2018

Memorial Service for Bob Ozretich
 
1/29/2018
 
I decided to make the trip to Corvallis Oregon for Bob Ozretich's  memorial service. Chuck Easton (65'), Dale Zeretzke(66'), and John House(67') decided to go with me. We traveled the 267 mile in about 5-1/2 hours on January 28th 2018. We stayed overnight and went to the service on Sunday January 29th at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis.  The night before as  we were eating dinner I got a call from Tom Ozretich (Bob's brother) asking us to join them at another restaurant. Bob had two brothers: Tom four years older and Pat nine years older. Pat has passed away a few years ago. We saw Rachel, Bob's wife, Robin and Reed, Bob's sons. Robin is living in Scotland and Robin lives in Corvallis each with families. This was a room of about 25 relatives.
 
The people talking at the service were Bob's sons, Bob's brother Tom, two people from Bob's work at the EPA and myself.
 
The people from Bob's work spoke highly of Bob giving stories  from his work. Bob worked for most of his working life in Newport Oregon and Corvallis Oregon for the EPA. The people that spoke were from the Corvallis office where Bob was a Quality Assurance Manager. They talked about how well he did his job.
 
I talked about times that I had visited Bob when I was near Corvallis and the times that he visited me. I did tell a story about going skimming at West Beach on Whidbey Island in Chuck's old car called the "Green Toad" during high school. The car had such a large and spacious back seat that Bob's lanky body easy fit in the back seat.
 
After the service ended and the four of us were still sitting, Andy McIntosh and Judy (Eide) Widen surprised us with their appearance. Andy lives in Eugene and Judy lives in Portland. It was good to see both of them and catch up.
 
I considered Bob one of my best friends during high school. We did a lot of things together. We spent a lot of time with Mike Nelson and Chuck Easton. Bob was an Oceanographer and traveled to the Galapagos Islands. By coincidence Mike was in the South America and traveling to the Galapagos Islands as part of the trip with his wife Christie Nelson (Patricia Christie).
 
I will  miss Bob. He was a good friend.
 

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SHARON PARSONS (HOWSON)

March 21st, 1947 - January 5th, 2013

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 Sharon F. Parsons-Howson, 65, of Mt. Vernon passed away January 5th, 2013 after a hard fought battle with COPD. Sharon was born in Berkley, CA March 21, 1947, graduated from MVHS in 1965.She was preceded in death by her sister, Pat Allen; brother, Tommy Parsons; dad, Lucens (Red) Parsons; step dad, Arnie Erixon; and mother, Thelma Keven Erixon.Sharon is survived by loving husband, Dave Howson after recently celebrating their 47th anniversary; daughter, Jodi; sons, Jeff (wife Kristen), Jake (wife Jill); grandkids, Kolya Ouellet-Stewart (husband Andrew), Kelsi and Jonah Ouellet, Kris Athern, Kylie, Cole and Bo Howson; two brothers, and three sisters; as well as many loving family and friends. Sharon, also known as "beautiful grandma" loved the Mariners, Seahawks, Sonics, golf, bowling and softball, everything outdoors, or anything she thought she could win even if cheating was an option.She loved her family, life itself and especially all her loving grandkids. She was a 20 yr retired member of the IBEW local 191.Sharon was loved by many, will be dearly missed and remembered by family and many friends.Services to be held Saturday, January 12th at 11:00 am at St Paul's Episcopal Church in Mt. Vernon, WA, followed by celebration of her life at the Moose Lodge in Mt. Vernon starting at 12:30. In lieu of flowers or gifts please send donations in Sharon's name to the COPD Foundation

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From Chuck Easton on August 13th, 2015
My mother lived next door to Dave and Sharon for a number of years- used to see them occassionally when mom was still alive.
 

WARREN PETERSON

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WILLIE PRUITT

June 6th, 1947 - March 1st, 2004

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PAMELA KAY PRUTZMAN

September 25th, 1947 - October 7th, 2004

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Many of you knew my sister Pam (Class of '65). She died 5 years ago from an extended bout with cancer leaving 3 college aged kids. Life had been a real struggle for her for many years but through strength and prayer she had persevered, re-marrying a wonderfully supportive man, losing over 100 lbs in her long battle with weight, and seeing her oldest daughter graduate from college....she was quite a lady, even if she was my sister. Yesterday her oldest daughter Angie and her husband John had a beautiful baby girl....Fey Pamela Davis.....and I can't stop the tears....my baby sister is still alive. Thanks for indulging me.

DP [Dave Prutzman, class of 1962]

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From Valerie Ruddell on July 16th, 2015
In highschool I lived between Montgomerys house and Pam's house.  Pam was smart and fun and just the best hearted person to every one she knew and met.  She always had a song in her heart and alot of love. 
I saw David at his work a few weeks ago and it is like he is my brother because I lived at their house.  He did assure me that I did live at their house.
When I came back to Portland from grad school in Tennessee, Pam and Gary lived in Beaverton.  I was of course invited to their home and had great fun meeting their kids.
Pam worked at a school and had a job that reminded me of Ruth Holmes at our high school.  She knew everyone and the kids all loved her.

Pam had recently remarried and was very happy.  We lost a bright light in the world.










 
 

TIM ROSENHAN

December 20th, 1947 - October 24th, 2015


 
 

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Timothy C. Rosenhan, age 68, passed away on October 24 unexpectedly in Twisp, Washington.

Celebration of Life Sat. Nov. 7 at 1:00 pm at the Heritage Flight Museum,
15053 Crosswinds Drive, Burlington, WA.

In Lieu of flowers memorial donations can be given to the Heritage Flight Museum, Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland and Samish Island Community Garden
P.O. Box 334, Bow WA 98232.

Tim is the great-grandson of Mt. Vernon Fire Chief Joe Schlosser. He is survived by his lifemate Cheryl Willis of Bow, WA, loving family Rich, Kari, Maia & Max Hanson, Rosalyn "Tweetie" Francis, Nicholas Osborne, Janet, Dave, Joel & Jeff Maxwell, Loalinda Bird, Russell Perkinson & Iovanna Reeves, & best friend Hal Brookins.
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From Ann Hoag Christensen on November 2nd, 2015
Tim was a surprise attendee for a very brief time at our Ssaturday night event last August.  He didn't stay long, but I know he got lots of hugs.  I'm happy I got a hug and to say hello to him and I hope all the hugs made him realize how much so many of thought of Tim.
Rest in peace, Tim.
 
From Ann Hoag Christensen on November 2nd, 2015

Influential Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland committee member dies

MOUNT VERNON — Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland lost an influential member of its Land Protection Committee on Oct. 24 with the unexpected death of Tim Rosenhan, 68, of Samish Island.
“I am sad that Skagit Valley has lost such a passionate and important voice for agriculture,” Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland Executive Director Allen Rozema said. “But most of all I’m sad to have lost a friend.”
 
 
 

KATHY ROSIN

June 19th, 1947 - January 20th, 1991

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ANN MARGARET RUDE

1946 - 1964

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MARY RUSSELL

1947 - -

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RICHARD SHERMAN

February 1st, 1947 - March 22nd, 2014

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http://ak-cache.legacy.net/legacy/images/Cobrands/skagitvalleyherald/Photos/ad9eb053-96e3-43ec-b497-ed5c12833794.jpgOur beloved Richard passed away at his residence in Mt. Vernon on March 22.

He was born in Mount Vernon February 1, 1947. The first child of four from parents Helen and Earl, his siblings Sam and Debbie soon followed, with Terry a bit further down the road. Richard will long be remembered for his many talents and accomplishments. He was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, with over 5 years of service. He returned home in the early 70's and pursued what he fought so long and hard for. Our freedom to live life how we choose. His fine musicianship has entertained thousands of us, and his kind and gentle way has touched just as many, if not more. He is survived by his brother Terry, Aunt Fran Bryant, stepfather David Manier, niece and nephew Misty Haugland and Jason Haugland along with their families. He had many close relatives and friends ranging from Alaska to California, and then some.

He is survived by his brother Terry, Aunt Fran Bryant, stepfather David Manier, niece and nephew Misty Haugland and Jason Haugland along with their families. He had many close relatives and friends ranging from Alaska to California, and then some.

His mother Helen was his inspiration, as her memory is and always will be for so many of us. "Chord" loved his family and friends with all of his heart. He will be missed ever so much, and remembered forever. –

Please rest peacefully now my brother...we love you.

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From Valerie Ruddell on July 16th, 2015
I knew Richard most of my life. His mother Helen was a great piano player and there was always music around the house.  Richard was fun and talented.  He lovcd music and dance and had a great sense of humor.
I reget not getting to see Richard in his later years but I know he had great comfort from his friend Dick Ingwaldson and his family.
 
 

JACKIE SHUERT

May 9th, 1947 - February 5th, 1973

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FRANK A. SKINNELL

February 26th, 1947 - July 15th, 1998

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MARK SMABY

1947 - April 14th, 1975

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From Judy Eide Widen on October 27th, 2014
Mark was a dear friend.
His birthday was September 11, 1946.
His father Lloyd also had a September 11 birthday.
I miss both of them.
 

RICHARD SMITH

September 9th, 1946 - June 25th, 2012

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JOHN SNOW

March 9th, 1947 - December 6th, 2008

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DAVID M. SPANE

1946 - July 31st, 1965

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JOHN SPEAR

August 29th, 1947 - April 21st, 1991

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BOB STEWART

1947 - -

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GREG STRATTON

April 6th, 1947 - October 1st, 2012

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 Gregory Stratton, 65, passed away on October 1st, 2012 after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer.Greg was born on March 31, 1947 to Gerald and Beatrice Stratton. He graduated in 1965 from Mount Vernon High School and joined the Navy in 1966 where he served as a Sea-bee for 23 years. He retired in 1989 but continued on as a civilian contractor working as a Logistics Coordinator at Port Hueneme Naval Base, Oxnard, California. Greg was preceded in death by his father, Gerald C. Stratton; brother, Richard Stratton; and sister, Adele Stratton.He leaves behind his wife, Angel, sons Jason Stratton, Derek Stratton and daughter, Danielle Stratton as well as mother, Beatrice of Mount Vernon, brothers Tim Stratton (Sandy), Michael Stratton (Jane), Christopher Stratton and sisters Julie Stratton and Diane Stratton-Gregory (John), as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.He had a lifelong passion for hot rods and assisted in building several while in high school. This passion continued into his adulthood - one of his yearly ventures was attending the summer nationals in Pomona, CA with his kids.

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RON SWEDEEN

1947 - January 9th, 2001

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CHARLES VAN ALLEN

September 26th, 1947 - May 16th, 1968

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From Dan Pedersen on October 25th, 2014
Image Charlie was a generous friend in classes together for several years, and I grew to know him well in high school when he stayed late and set stories for The Bulldog. It was emotional for me to find his name on the traveling Vietnam War Memorial when it came to Whidbey Island years ago. How different his life might have been were it not for that war, and how fortunate I feel by contrast.
 
From Dan Pedersen on November 1st, 2014
The circumstances of Charlie's death were never clear to me until I found a newspaper interview this week with the door-gunner who held Charlie in his arms as he died. I wrote about this on my blog: http://pedersenwrites.blogspot.com/2014/11/113-what-might-have-been.html.
 
From Chuck Johnson on April 13th, 2015
I was a friend  of Chuck Van Allen in high school and after.  I was suprised that he joined the Army to be a helicopter pilot.  In September 1967, shortly before I entered the Army, Tom Wells and I took a road trip to Texas where we both had relatives.  On the way we stopped at Fort Hood, Texas, where Chuck was in training.  We had a nice but short visit.  We exchanged a few letters.  In the last letter he sent me he talked about the brief time he had been in VietNam, what he would do when he got home and a special girl. The last letter I sent to him was returned "deceased".  My Dad had already written to me in Germany to give me the bad news.
     All I can think about is what could have been.
                              
                                                Chuck Johnson.
 

THOMAS DALE WALLACE

September 13th, 1947 - December 14th, 2012

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 Tom passed away at age 65 on December 14, 2012 in Sedro Woolley, WA. He is survived by his loving wife Karen, son Tom (Tricia) and daughter Roxanne Johnson (Jay). He has 5 grandchildren, Justin Small, Austin Kaech, Alyssa Small, Hunter Wallace, and Jadan Johnson. He is also survived by three sisters Susan Loop, Jackie Fish (Harvey), and Sandra Andrews as well as a large extended family.Tom grew up in Skagit County and was a longtime resident of Sedro-Woolley.Tom was a very caring and loving person and will be missed by all whose lives he touched.A celebration of his life will be held Sunday, December 23rd, 2012 at the Sedro-Woolley Eagles from 12-3, all are welcome.

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CAROL N. WALMER (SIMONTACCHI )

July 6th, 1947 - November 15th, 2011

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Carol Simontacchi went to be with the Lord on November 15, 2011. She was a wonderful mother to four daughters, and a Nanna to two granddaughters and two grandsons. She was the owner of Island Nutrition Center on Sanibel, and contributed greatly to her community with her love of nutrition and her dedication to serving the Lord. She also served in her church, Safe Harbor Community Church, playing the piano, singing, and helping with the children. She is greatly missed, but is at peace in her body, no longer experiencing the suffering of the disease that took her, and she is at peace in her spirit, enjoying her home with the Lord, in a body that cannot die. A memorial service will be held at 2 PM on Sunday, December 4, 2011 at Safe Harbor Community Church, 12960 Plantation Rd., Ft. Myers, FL 33966.

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From Donna Pritchett on July 27th, 2015
Carol was always so nice to this shy teenager, I considered her a good friend. We had several classes together. I am not surprised to read of her good service to the Lord.
 

GERRY A. WEYERS (ADDERLY)

May 10th, 1947 - February 19th, 2009

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 Gerry Adderly was born May 10, 1947 to Hendrikus and Gerarda Weyers in Hillegom, Holland. She passed away peacefully at her home in Mount Vernon on February 19, 2009, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Gerry was the fifth born of seven children, two sisters and four brothers. Her family immigrated to the United States in 1955. They made their first home in Brookings, South Dakota on May 7, 1955, where they lived until September of 1956 when they moved to Mount Vernon.

She grew up working on the family bulb farm before and after school as well as the summers. She attended Immaculate Conception School and graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1965, then moved to Seattle for a taste of the big city. She later returned and married Bill West of Mount Vernon in 1969. They had two daughters together, Holly and Abby. She worked for Contel Telephone Company for many years, raised her two daughters and created life lasting memories for them to share. She also played in local Softball and Bowling Leagues for fun.

In 1988, Gerry met Mike Adderly and started a wonderful life with him and his three children; sons Michael and James, and daughter Candace. She began a career in real estate and started working at Windermere Real Estate in 1992; she met Bill Krieger and became business partners with him in 1995. They were a successful partnership and great friends. On April 10, 1996 Mike and Gerry married in Reno, NV (their favorite getaway). Her years with Mike were some of her best including family camping trips and special getaways; Sunday drives and morning coffee; 2 a.m. Reuben sandwiches and strawberry shortcake! Some of her and Mike's favorite excursions were Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Eastern Washington, Hearts Pass and of course, annual trips to Reno. She made a special trip with Mike, her two daughters and two nieces to New York City and Boston for her 60th Birthday in 2007.

Gerry is survived by her husband and friend Mike Adderly; daughters Holly West, Abby (Don) Jackson, Candace (Brian) Pique; sons Michael (Aleene) Adderly, James (Sarah) Adderly; sisters, Anne (Pat) Stoeck and Truus Grandbois; brothers, Hank (Pansy) Weyers, Willy (Janice) Weyers, and Ron (Linda) Weyers; mother-in-law Marilyn Adderly; grandchildren, Tabitha, Serena, Joshua, Taelor, Riley, Gracie, Annaliese, Bryce, Dylan, Ethan and Cade; dear friends Barbara (Dick) Terwilleger, Bill Krieger, and Sarah Urbick; numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces and Nephews. And of course her little four legged pal, Dixie the Pom.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Kees and father-in-law Bob Adderly.

All that knew Gerry loved her quick wit and sense of humor. She made family and friends wherever she was. She was a mentor and mother; a wife and friend, and she will always be loved, missed, cherished and respected.

A memorial service will be held at Hawthorne Funeral and Memorial Park located at 1825 East College Way in Mount Vernon on Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow at 12:30 p.m. at The Moose Lodge located at 813 South First Street in Mount Vernon.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Skagit Hospice, as they helped to make Gerry as comfortable as possible. Thank you to "Aunt" LeAnna, Ann, Ron and Marian. If anyone wishes to make a donation in Gerry's name, please do so to "Skagit Hospice Foundation", P.O. Box 1376, Mount Vernon, WA 98273, 360-814-5702.

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KEES WEYERS

December 15th, 1944 - November 26th, 1983

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CAROL WIGNER (McCANN)

March 22nd, 1947 - August 25th, 2006

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Carol McCann let go of life and its fight against her on Friday, August 25, her 39th Wedding Anniversary. Her husband and family were with her in body and spirit. She was 59 years old.
Carol was born March 22, 1947, in Seattle, WA, the daughter of Wilbur and Bertha (Mannikko) Wigner. She grew up in Mount Vernon and graduated from Mount Vernon High School with the class of 1965. She married William R. “Bill” McCann on August 25, 1967.
Carol loved Sedro-Woolley and she loved to teach. She raised three children here, and made it her home for over 31 years. She taught English, speech, service learning, and various other courses over the course of her 19 year teaching career. Seventeen of those years were spent at the school she loved most, Sedro-Woolley High School. She was totally involved with her community, but family, education, and her students were her main purposes in life.
Carol graduated with her Associates’ Degree from Skagit Valley College. Her energy and drive helped her complete her bachelors’ degree at the age of 39 in 1986 from Western Washington University. She began teaching right away, and continued her education, earning her masters’ degree from WWU in 1990. Proving she was a life-long learner, in 2005, she earned her prized National Board Teacher Certification. Her work with education provided her numerous opportunities to participate in conferences, panels, and committees.
Carol leaves behind a family who misses her more than words can say. She is survived by her husband and soul mate, Bill McCann of Sedro-Woolley; her daughter and son-in-law, Whitney and Tony Meissner, and her grandchildren, Jack and Molly, of Port Ludlow, WA; her daughter Betsy McCann of Mount Vernon; her son Geoffrey McCann of Sedro-Woolley; two sisters and brothers-in law, Nancy and Ed Skay of Mount Vernon, Kate Wigner and Stuart Harpel of Camano Island; a brother and sister-in-law, Bill Wigner and Bonnie Yeager of Sedro-Woolley; her mother-in-law, Gladys McCann of Sedro-Woolley; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Barbara Sofferman of Colchester, VT, James and Judie McCann of Burlington and James and Nancy Rickey of Grapeview and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur and Bertha Wigner, and her father-in-law, Dr. Joseph McCann.
A Memorial Celebration of her Life will be held Sunday, September 3, 2006, at 2:00 PM in the Sedro-Woolley High School Auditorium with Pastor Wendy Tingley of Trinity United Presbyterian Church officiating.
Donations in her honor may be made to the Carol S. McCann Memorial Scholarship in care of the Sedro-Woolley Rotary Club, PO Box 726, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley

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DAVE WILLIAMSON

July 25th, 1947 - June 29th, 1982

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Morgan County, Utah
David Earl Williamson, 34, a truck driver from Lynwood, Wash., was killed by a sniper with a .22-caliber rifle on June 29, 1982, as he was driving east on I-84 near Mountain Green; another trucker was shot that same day but survived.

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MIKE YEAGER

January 1st, 1947 - November 8th, 1996

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