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Robert Russell Anderson, 58, of Stanwood, died May 24, 1990 in a Stanwood nursing home.  He was born July 21, 1931 in Oakland, California.

He graduated from Everett High School and the University of Washington in ceramic engineering.  He was a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.  Upon graduation, he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army.  He was a past master of Camanio Lodge #19, F & A.M. and a member of Scottish Rite.  He served previously on the Sutter Creek City Council in California and was currently serving on the Stanwood City Council.

He formerly owned Gilbertson Hardware and A-3 Mechanical & Electrical in Stanwood.

He leaves his wife, Elizabeth F. Anderson of Stanwood; sons David A. and Charles H., both of Seattle; daughters Katherine L., of San Francisco, California; and Marilyn L., of Stanwood; his mother and stepfather Nell and Harold Moe, of Camano Island; his half-sister Deborah Anderson of Turlock, CA.; and numerous other relatives.

Memorial services are at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at the Masonic Hall in Stanwood.  Burial at Anderson Cemetery in Stanwood.

Arrangements under the direction of Gilbertson Funeral Home.
[Stanwood Camano News (Stanwood, WA) Wednesday, May 30, 1990]

ARSTEIN, Selma [Stenehjem]

Selma Arstein, 97, of Everett, Washington, died January 22, 2008. She was born into a large and loving family of nine children on May 10, 1910, in Williston, North Dakota. She began her teaching career in a one room school house in North Dakota and later taught at Roosevelt and Jackson Elementary Schools in Everett. For over 50 years, she was an active member of Central Lutheran Church where she and Al formed many lifelong friendships. She was a wonderful hostess and could always find room for one more at the table. Sal enjoyed travel, camping trips, craftwork, making cookies (especially for her four grandsons), card games, and time with her family. Her special ministry was visiting the elderly, and she was a great example of Christian love. She was preceded in death by Al, her husband of 62 years; and son, Richard. She is survived by her son, Dr. Don Arstein and Tena, of Camarillo, CA; daughter, Lianne and Duane Pearson, of Mukilteo; four grandsons, Tad and Kathy Arstein, Shawn and Amy Arstein, Kent and Michelle Pearson, Kurt and Connie Pearson; and by 11 beloved great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., on Wednesday, January 30, at Central Lutheran Church. Memorials may be made to Central Lutheran Church. Many thanks to her wonderful caregivers at Mach Family Home.

[The Herald (Everett) - January 27, 2008 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]


L.A. Beckwith, 85 years old, a former St. Albans merchant, died Wednesday at his home at Snohomish, Wash. He is survived by his widow and two daughters, Mrs. Walter Griffith, of Everett, Wash., and Miss Mattie Beckwith, of Seattle.

A sister in law, Mrs. Amanda Haggerty, of Charleston street, and several nieces and nephews in Charleston also survives.
[The Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston West Virginia, December 14 1933 - Sub. by Shauna Williams]


Old members of the Pacific Lodge will be pained to learn of the death of George V. Blackman who died in Snohomish, Wash last week. He was an old resident of this city but went north some years ago.

[Oakland Tribune, Oakland California Dec. 7, 1905 - Sub. by Shauna Williams]


William C. Dietrich, Sr., 74, of Everett, passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2008, due to complications from heart disease. The son of Clarence and Ethel Dietrich, he was born in Seattle, June of 1932. Bill spent his childhood years in Ballard and Spokane, WA. As a young man he joined the Army, serving in the Korean War and later the National Guard. Ultimately, he retired from Scott Paper at the age of 58. He had a deep love of his country and was a true patriot. Bill was passionate about flying and sailing, having spent many hours meticulously constructing model boats and airplanes. He is remembered by his family as a highly skilled craftsman, an avid reader and fan of classical music. He loved a good practical joke, and carried this sense of humor with him throughout his life. Bill is preceded in death by his daughter, Patti and her husband, Jess. He is survived by his long-time companion and former wife, Juanita, who always held a special place in his heart, as well as by 6 children and their families, Kay, Lyle and Terri, Jerry and Jan, Bill and Tiffany, Connie and Mike, Fred and Dawn; including 22 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Bill was loved dearly and will be missed by many.At William's request, there will be no funeral service. In celebration of his life, there will be a gathering of family and friends to be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, January 27, 2008, at the home of his son, Bill.

[The Herald (Everett) on 1/27/2008 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

EBERLE, Cecile
Cecile Eugenie Eberle, 87, had been a resident of Everett, WA, for the past 70 Years. She was called home by her Lord, on January 24, 2008, while in the company of her family. She was born in Keewatin, Ontario, Canada, on August 19, 1920, to Eva Rochon and Archie Clement. She came to the United States in 1921 and settled originally in Sedro Woolley, WA. She then moved to Everett in 1930's, where she graduated from Everett High School in 1940. Her first job after graduation was at Kress's department store, which she loved and spoke about often. After her children were grown she also was employed by the Snohomish County Courthouse. On January 30, 1941, she married Mike Eberle, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Mike was working at the Rotary Bakery in Everett at the time. He also served with the Seabees during World War II, and worked 25 years for the Everett Fire Department. The heart and soul of Mom's life were her family; her husband; six children; 13 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. She loved to cook, sew, work in her yard, ceramics, travel, swim, play bingo, and helping at her Church of Immaculate Conception.

She is survived by daughter, Suzanne Gaffney (Tom), of Everett; sons, Richard (Lois), of Chehalis, WA; Michael (Donna), of Arlington, WA; and Mark (Candice), of Medford, Oregon; and son-in-law, Clint Hall, of Tulalip, WA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mike, on April 28, 2001; an infant son, Daniel; daughter, Michele Hall; her parents, and four sisters. Mom was always quick to give a smile, a hug and a kind word. She was always willing to serve and provide good counsel when needed. She supported her family in life, and will continue to do so in death. She was a strong role model for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be missed by many, but her life lives on in each of us as an example of selfless giving.
A celebration of her life in conjunction with a short Scripture service and a chance to share memories of her great life, will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, January 30, 2008, at Purdy & Walters with Cassidy. Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m., on Thursday, January 31, 2008, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 2619 Cedar Street, Everett. Private Family Graveside will be held at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park.

The Family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at Everett Rehab and Care Center, for the exceptional care Cecile received for the past three years.

[The Herald (Everett) from 1/27/2008 - 1/30/2008 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]

FIELD, Betty


A shock to friends here was the word received Tuesday evening from Mr. and Mrs. Newton Field of Bellingham, that their daughter-in-law, Lieut. Betty Field, had passed away at an army hospital in California, as a result of an attack of pneumonia.  Deceased, formerly Miss Betty Shupert, of Grand Rapids, Mich., the wife of Lieut. Dean W. Field, U.S. Army Aircorps pilot, was a Lieut. in the Army Nurses Corps.

The young couple were married October 15, 1943. Lieut. Dean Field is now on-duty in China.

[The Arlington Times (Marysville, WA) - Thursday, January 4, 1945.  Contributed by Robin Line]

Mark Andrew Galloway was born on October 15, 1987, in Edmonds, WA, and died on January 20, 2008, in Monroe, WA, at the age of 20. Mark was tragically and suddenly taken from our lives. He brought joy and sunshine to everyone he met with his big smile and awesome sense of humor. Mark graduated in 2006 from Monroe High School and Sno-Isle Auto Technician Training Program where he was student of the year and a member of the National Technical Vocational Honor Society. He was scheduled to graduate from Shoreline Community College in August with an Associate of Arts degree from Automotive Technology GM-ASEP Program. Mark was currently working at Speedway Chevrolet in Monroe as a Service Technician and Performance Consultant. His passion for cars also took him to Evergreen Speedway with RH Motorsports where he became Crew Chief and this led to his role as Technical Inspector for the Super Stock Class. Mark & his sister Krissy trained together in Tae Kwon Do and both earned their Black Belt. Mark's family is also active in the Indian Education Program and are members of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. Mark is survived by his parents, Greg and Elaine; sister, "Krissy" Kristin;  grandparents, Don and Violeta; grandmother, Jackie; uncles, Scott and Matt; aunts, Gail, Susan and Penny; cousins, Chloe, Casey, Miranda, Isabel, and "Gabe" Gabriel; plus numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and too many friends to list. Mark will live in the hearts of all those who knew him forever. Mark will be forever young, forever missed and forever loved.

Memorial Services will be at 5 p.m., Tuesday, January 29, 2008, at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe. Following the services there will be a gathering at Evergreen Speedway to celebrate the life of a young man who loved life, cars, his friends and family. [The Herald (Everett) from 1/24/2008 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]


Funeral services were held Saturday in Arlington for Mrs. Halterman who passed away the previous Wednesday after a long illness. Sincere sympathy is extended to Mr. Halterman in his loss, and his loneliness, and only hope that he can be cheered in the remembrance that his faithfulness to be the last was not in vain.

[The Arlington Times (Marysville, WA) - Thursday, January 4, 1945.  Contributed by Robin Line]

HARTLEY,  Gordon [Eugene]

July 20, 1935 - Jan. 22, 2008
Gordon E. Hartley, 72, passed away on January 22, 2008, after a short and valiant struggle with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Gordon was born July 20, 1935, to Clifford and Daisy Hartley, in Cosmopolis, Washington. Gordon was raised in Montesano, Washington, graduating from Montesano High School in 1953. He then served his country in Germany as a high speed radio operator during the Korean conflict. In 1957, he received an Associate Degree from Gray's Harbor Community College, where he was a member of the football team. He continued his education at Washington State University, receiving a Bachelor's degree in 1959, a Master's degree in a 1962, and a Doctorate in Education in 1974. Licensed as a clinical psychologist, Gordon spent his professional career in school counseling working as a school psychologist for brief periods in the Moses Lake, Ephrata, and Shoreline Public School districts. He spent 26 years at Shoreline Community College as a Counselor, serving as Director of Counseling from 1968 - 1980. Gordon concluded his career as an Adjunct Counselor in the Desert Community College District, working at both the Yucca Valley and the Palm Desert campus. He was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Community College Scholastic Honorary Society, the Pi Kappa Phi National Honorary Society, the Phi Delta Kappa National Education Fraternity, the Psi Chi the National Honorary Society in Psychology, AARP, and the American Legion.
Gordon married Celia Love Dosser in 1972; they made their home in Edmonds, Washington for 27 years. They moved to La Quinta, California in 1992, to assume professional responsibilities at College of the Desert. On retirement in 1999, the Hartleys returned to the Northwest and built their current home on Camano Island. In addition to Celia, he leaves behind a stepdaughter, Lisa Napolitano; stepdaughter, Laurie (Dennis) Draper; son, Bryan (Frosti) Hartley; step-son, Byron Dosser; and daughter, Amy (Troy) Good. A host of adoring grandchildren filled his life with joy. Gordy was preceded in death by his parents, and his only brother, Dennis. This loss was supplanted by loving brothers- and sisters-in-law; caring nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews; and kind colleagues, neighbors, and friends. Known lovingly as Gordy to his family and close friends, he spent hours reading, tremendously enjoyed travel, and could not wait for crabbing season to open each year, when he would prevail upon neighbors for a boat trip out into Saratoga Passage to "drop his pot." Football was his passion and he avidly followed "the Cougs," complaining loudly when he believed "prevent defense" threatened their victory. His good humor, caring attitude, love of children, and belief in being a good neighbor will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Services to honor his memory and celebrate his life will be held at 1 p.m., February 2, 2008, at the Camano Senior and Community Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island, Washington. Arrangements under the direction of Gilbertson Funeral Home, Stanwood, Washington.

[The Herald (Everett) on 1/27/2008 - Sub. by Bradley Thomas]


Everett, Wash John Hinton, a pioneer of Everett, died a few days ago in Pasadena, Cal., from tuberculosis. Mr. Hinton had been a resident of Snohomish county for 40 years and leaves a fortune of about $150,000 consisting mostly of Everett real estate. He leaves a son, Bailey Hilton, who was with him when he died, and a daughter, Mrs. Lella M. Loomis, who resides in Denver.

[The Spokesman Review, Aug. 30, 1907, Spokane, Washington - Sub. by Robyn Greenlund]

HYATT, Wellington

Former Resident of Bismarck is Dead
Wellington B. Hyatt Dies At Everett, Washington, July 20.

Mr. and Mrs. Hyatt and His Wife Were Both Well Known and Highly Respected In This City. Wellington B. Hyatt, a former resident of Bismarck, died recently at Everett, Wash. The following notice of his death is clipped from the Everett Daily Herald of July 21: "By the death of Mr. Wellington Barrington Hyatt, at his home, 2506 Rucker avenue on Saturday, July 17, Everett has lost a public spirited citizen; one whose influence, had he lived, would have been always used to promote the city's welfare. He was born at Rural, Waupaca county, Wis., April 12, 1855, where he lived until 25 years of age. He then located at Bismarck, N. D., where he married Miss Florence M. Barclay. "Mr. Hyatt was employed by the Wells Fargo and other express companies at different point in the Western and middle states. After long and faithful service he resigned in April, 1908, at Savannah, Ill., and decided to settle in Everett, where last August he engaged in the grocery business, with his son, Ray. "He leaves a wife, one son, Ray, his mother, Mrs. Aaron Hyatt, two brothers, Benjamin and Charles, five sisters, Mrs. Frank Timm of Rib Lake Wis.; Miss Ida Hyatt of St. Paul; Mrs. Simonson of Butte; Miss Belle Hyatt of San Francisco, and Mrs. Hugh Hogue of Seattle. "Deceased was a member in good standing of the Modern Woodmen of America and Masonic orders. The funeral services were held Sunday in Jerread's chapel, and were conducted by Everett Masons."

[Bismarck Daily Tribune (Bismarck, ND) - Friday, July 30, 1909

IRWIN, Marilyn "Lynne"

June 27, 1922-Jan. 24, 2008
Marilyn "Lynne" Irwin born June 27, 1922 in Minneapolis, Kansas; moved to Washington State at age three. She lived in Bellingham, WA until she graduated from Western Washington College in 1942. Marilyn was a member of the Maple Leaf Chapter of Eastern Star in Bellingham for over 50 years. After teaching for five years in Seattle and Shoreline school districts, she became part owner of Sprague Spray and Regional Chemicals Inc. Lynne was secretary of the Ground Sprayer Association for many years. She assembled the people and put together three Seafair award winning floats. After being the president of the North City Community Club Association and the North Suburbia Credit Women's Association she moved on to a new career in the construction business where she was a construction coordinator. Finally she owned her own construction subcontracting firm for electrical, plumbing, and drywall, until the Boeing crash in 1970, (Remember the sign, "Will the last one out of Seattle, Please turn off the light?") Lynne was always a sports girl; a very good tennis, baseball player and bowler, she loved to watch golf and football on TV. She was a proud mother of three children, Steve, Debra, and Lance; and loving wife to Jack for 42 years. She leaves four grandchildren, Tom and Tim Irwin, and Tony and Shaunda Gillette; and Tim gave her a great-grandson, Andrew.There are no services scheduled, and the family requests no flowers. In the summer of 2008 there will be a family and friend gathering for Lynne at her home.

[The Herald (Everett) from 1/26/2008 - 1/27/2008 - Sub by Bradley Thomas]

LaVIGNE, Teddy

Teddy M. LaVigne died serenely, surrounded by family, on October 2, 2001.

He was born to James and Mary LaVigne in Seattle on December 13, 1937. After graduating from Cleveland High School, he attended the University of Washington, where in addition to his studies; he was a member of the track and field team. Sharing his father's love of the sea, he became a fisherman. His maritime career came to include crewing on cargo vessels as well. When at home in Seattle, he worked in the building trades, though he preferred to spend his time away from the sea enjoying his hobby of prospecting for minerals in the wilds of his beloved Alaska.

He is survived by his brother Everett J. LaVigne; his sisters Bernice J. Nelson, Audrey L. Fields, Yvonne M. Ackert and Shirley M. Mulvihill; together with numerous nieces and nephews.

The family greatly thanks Dr. Jeffrey Ward, his staff and the staff at Stevens Hospital for the excellent care and kindness provided to Teddy in his decade long struggle with cancer, and also to Dr. Mark Coughenour and the staff at Providence General Hospital for their efforts in Teddy's last weeks.

On October 5, 2001, at 6:30p.m., Teddy's family and friends will celebrate his life, spirit and determination. The gathering will be at 20120 44th NE, Lake Forest Park.  Arrangements, Beck's Funeral Home.
[The Daily Herald (Everett, WA) - Friday, October 5, 2001.  Contributed by Maurene Richard Miller]

LaVIGNE, Theodore

Theodore "Paul" LaVigne II, 87, of Everett, Washington passed away peacefully December 6, 2004 at home with loved ones.
Paul was born March 30, 1917 in Ishpeming, Michigan to Theodore "Ted" and Eva LaVigne.

Paul was preceded in death by his beloved wife Mary in 1990 and their daughter Susan in 2000.

Paul left Michigan with his parents and sister, Janet, to settle in Seattle, Washington where he lived and worked in the meat and grocery business, and real estate development. In 1994 he moved to Everett, Washington to reside as a neighbor to his son and family.

Paul is survived by his son Theodore "Ted" Paul LaVigne III; grandchildren Theodore "Ted" Paul LaVigne IV, Whitney LaVigne and Michael Paul LaVigne; great grandchildren Theodore "Paul" V and Ivan LaVigne; his loving companion Dorothy Boroughs; and many nephews, nieces, extended family and friends.

The memorial service will be held on Saturday December 18, 2004, 2:00 p.m. at Purdy & Walters With Cassidy Funeral Home, located at 1702 Pacific Ave Everett, WA 98201.

[The Daily Herald (Everett, WA) - Saturday, December 11, 2004.  Contributed by Maurene Richard Miller]

Mrs. U.K. Loose
DIED FROM INJURIES- Mrs. U.K. Loose, wife of a former assistant cashier of the First National bank at Shelby, died in Snohomish, Wash., April 21, as the result of injuries received by being thrown from a buggy. Her husband is the son of the Rev. Dr. and Mrs. N.H. Loose, of Upper Sandusky, formerly of Shelby. [Mansfield News, Mansfield Ohio, May 2 1903 - Sub by Shauna Williams]


Charles Michael "Mike" Mardesich, 62, former resident of Everett, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Los Gatos, California, on January 21, 2008. Mike was born in Everett on August 25, 1945, to John and Vera Mardesich.

He graduated from Moses Lake High School (Washington) in 1963, and went on to graduate from San Francisco State University. Mike was an avid golfer, loved the sunshine, riding his Harley and traveling. He spent most of his career as a computer programmer and IT manager. Mike will be remembered by those who loved him for his independent spirit, great sense of humor and love for his family. He will be missed terribly.

Mike is survived by his daughter, Andrea Mardesich Guizani (Farid); his long-time companion, Diane Beach; former wife and dear friend, Barbara Locatelli; sister, Toni James (Bob), of Everett; brother, John Mardesich (Evette), of Seattle, WA; sister, George Ann Gibson, of Everett; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Joan. A memorial will be held in California.

[The Herald (Everett) from 1/27/2008 - 1/29/2008 - Sub by Bradley Thomas]


Carsten Mathiesen, 68, died early Monday morning in an Everett hospital after a short illness. Born at Kalkeheide, Germany, December 1, 1876, he came to Washington in 1901 where he settles on a farm by the Stillaguamish river near Silvana where he resided until the time of his death. In 1914 he went to Germany to claim as his bride, Miss Ann Krieger. They were married there on January 20 of that year. In addition to his widow, he is survived by one son, Charles, at home; three daughters, Mrs. Charles W. Mullin of Seattle, Marie,also of Seattle, and Charlotte, at home.

Mr. Mathiesen was an industrious and progressive farmer and his place was an example of good husbandry.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at the Moll Funeral home in Arlington, with the Rev. Frederick Zehe of Everett officiating. Burial will be in the Arlington cemetery.

[The Arlington Times (Marysville, WA) - Thursday, January 4, 1945.  Contributed by Robin Line]


David L. Matulewicz, 36, of Arlington, WA, passed away January 11, 2008. He was born January 18, 1971, in Walnut Creek, California, the son of Frank and Sheryl Matulewicz and live in Alturas, CA. Dave married Darcia L. Hurst June 21, 2003.

He worked for Precision Engine for many years and at AMT in Arlington for a time. Dave enjoyed yard work, woodworking, traveling, camping, collecting things, river rafting and hanging out at the river on his property. Dave loved to make people laugh. He especially like playing tricks and surprising people. He was kind, thoughtful, giving and loved life. Our home will never be the same without my pumpkin. You will be deeply missed by your family, friends and all your animals, especially your dog, Misty. Dave is survived by his wife, Darcia; son, Dylan Matulewicz; his partents, Frank and Sheryl Matulewicz; father and mother-in-law, Ivan and Joetta Hurst; sisters-in-law, Breena and Jetta Hurst; two nieces, Chantel and Chandra; nephew, Titus; and a sister, Jennifer (Ben) Potap. A private family service was held. Arrangements are under the care of Solie Funeral Home and Crematory.

[The Herald (Everett) from 1/20/2008 - 1/27/2008 - Sub by Bradley Thomas]


Zonya "Hemrich" Melseth, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, on January 21, 2008, from complications associated with Alzheimers disease. She was born on June 13, 1935.
Zonya grew up in Magnolia, WA, and attended Queen Anne High School. She later attended the University of Washington and became a member of the Children's Hospital Guild. She was married to Marvin Jerry Melseth in 1959, and lived her later years in Lynnwood, WA. Zonya worked in the medical field for 30+ years and finished our her career as a member of the board of trustees at Stevens Memorial Hospital. Zonya loved painting, camping, salmon fishing, bridge, gardening, and traveling. She especially loved her family and many friends.
Zonya is survived by her husband, Jerry; son, John (Sharon); twin sister, Zarya; and two beautiful granddaughters.
A Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2008, at Maple Park Lutheran Church, 17620 - 60th Avenue West, Lynnwood, WA 98037, 425-743-2288

[The Herald (Everett) on 1/27/2008 - Sub by Bradley Thomas]

MERKEL, Reuben

Ruben H. Merkel, age 76, of Oak Harbor, longtime former Marysville resident, died at Whidbey General Hospital on Wednesday, January 10, 2001.

A Memorial Service will be Saturday, January 20, 2001, 2:00 p.m., at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 4780 - 67th St. NE, Marysville.

Memorials may be made to the Worldwide Work of Jehovah's Witnesses, 124 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201.

Arrangements and cremation under direction of Burley Funeral Chapel.

[The Daily Herald (Everett, WA) - Saturday, January 13, 2001


High School Boy Dies While Boxing

Everett, Wash., April 11 Dave Norway, Everett high school boxer, slumped to the canvas and died, apparently from a heart attack, during an amateur bout at the armory here.

[Eugene Guard (Eugene, OR) Friday, April 11, 1930]


Gloria Nel Perkins (McLarney), daughter of Douglas and Nel McLarney of Port Townsend, Washington, died peacefully in her sleep on August 24, 2007. Gloria will be fondly remembered for her quick wit, sense of humor, positive attitude, and strong spirit. She enjoyed reading, loved cats, wrote letters to her congressman, and always had freshly baked cookies on hand. She and her husband, Marvin, traveled the United States and Canada, the Orient, and Down Under. She loved to dance, especially waltzes with her husband of 53 years. She is survived by her son, Norman and his wife, Sandy; her daughter Kathryn; and her five grandchildren, Taylor, Robby, Andrya, Eli and Cody. [The Herald (Everett) 8/26/2007 - Sub by Marla Snow]


Rosa Ann Schenaker passed away peacefully Feb. 2, 2007. She was born March 16, 1907 in the farming community of Oak Harbor, the second of six children to Henry and Anna (Frostad) Stroops. She was a happy and lively child who always loved the outdoors. Her first grade was a one-room school in the Crescent Harbor area, a one-mile walk. All eight grades were taught by one teacher, so it was interesting to listen to the older children recite. She attended high school in town and since she loved school and studying, she became valedictorian in her class of 20 in 1925. She attended Bellingham Normal School (Western Washington State College) and then taught grades 5 to 8 in a two-room school in Cornet Bay for one year. The next year she met and married Bill Schenaker and settled down to become a farmer's wife on North Whidbey, raising livestock and a large enough vegetable garden for the family and to sell. They also raised a family: son Jack and daughters Audrey and Pat.
After Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Navy developed Ault Field Naval Air Base two miles from the farm with the flight path over the farm spooking all the animals. It was time to move! The family moved to Snohomish in 1943 where all the children attended and graduated from Snohomish High School and all became successful in their own professions. Husband Bill had trained to be an electrician so they opened and operated Schenaker Electric for 30 years in town. Rosa was an active member of Snohomish First Presbyterian Church, the Snohomish Garden Club where she was president four years in the '70s. She was also active in Lady Lions, BPW, and the Snohomish Lapidary Club. They enjoyed traveling and camping and "rock-hounding" with the lapidary members. After Bill's death in 1984, Rosa continued her busy schedule, which included a large vegetable garden and lots of flowers and often showed some of her 125 dahlias at the fair. She loved to walk to visit friends, neighbors and do errands around town. Rosa was preceded in death by her parents; brother Laurin Stroops; sisters, Hazel Koetje, Goldie Conner and Clara Haggen; and grandson Rick Norvell. She is survived by her three children, Jack Schenaker (Doris), Audrey Davidson, and Pat Kuhlman (Duane); seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Rosa always enjoyed excellent health until a light stroke in April '02 slowed her down, requiring a walker and more nursing care. Remembrances may be made to Snohomish First Presbyterian Church or Hospice of Snohomish County (425-261-4777). A private interment will be in Oak Harbor Maple Leaf Cemetery. A memorial service will be at Snohomish First Presbyterian Church in the spring when the flowers are blooming. Bauer Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

[Whidbey News Times, Whidbey Washington, Friday, February 2, 2007 - submitted by Ida Maack Recu]


David Dean Vannet, a resident of Edmonds, Wash., died Sept. 18, 2001. He was 77 years old.

Dave was born on April 5, 1924 in Hood River, Ore., to Edward A. and Edith (Sproat) Vannet. He attended Pine Grove grade school and graduated from Hood River High School in 1942.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1942 and trained in the Armored Field Artillery. He joined the 62nd A.F.A. in North Africa. He received several medals for service in Sicily, Omaha Beach D-Day invasion, Normandy, Ardennes, Alsace, Battle of the Bulge, Central Europe, and Czechoslovakia.

Dave earned a B.A. from the University of Washington in 1950. Following graduation he went to work for Standard Oil Co. in the Hood River plant.

In 1952 he and Joan Schuler, a local teacher, were married in Hood River. They moved several times as Dave was promoted in the Chevron Co. He took early retirement after 30 years with the company and remained in Edmonds.

Dave and Jo especially enjoyed attending his Army reunions and their class reunions. He was a fierce bridge player and avid investor in the stock market.
He leaves a large circle of friends, most of who had coffee-time every Friday for 19 years.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joan of Edmonds; daughter Barbara, her husband, Walt Roestel and grandson, Connor, of Mukilteo, Wash.; son, Bill, of Seattle; and brother Ed Vannet and wife, Cherie, of Hood River, Ore.

A gathering of family and friends was held Sept. 22 at Edmonds Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements were by the Neptune Society of Everett, Wash.

[Hood River News (Hood River, OR) - Tuesday, September 25, 2001 - JD - Sub by FOFG]

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