West Seattle Blog... » Obituaries http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:29:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Celebration of life on February 3rd for Jim Hartog, 1933-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/celebration-of-life-on-february-3rd-for-jim-hartog-1933-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/celebration-of-life-on-february-3rd-for-jim-hartog-1933-2015/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:00:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298988 A celebration of Jim Hartog‘s life is planned for February 3rd. Here’s the remembrance his family is sharing:

In Loving Memory of James Hartog

Jim was born on July 9th, 1933 to Johannes and Margaret Hartog at St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.

He received his early education at Holy Rosary School and graduated from O’Dea High School. He joined the U. S. Navy and served until the end of the Korean War.

He was employed by Doyle’s Automotive Service and purchased the business upon the death of the owner in 1968. Jim was a member of the West Seattle Lions Club and served many years as Chairman of the Easter Breakfast.

In 1995 Jim had an accidental fall which left him a quadriplegic. His spirits were never dampened and he continued his cheerfulness and love of life until his death.

Jim is survived by his wife of 58 years; Nancy, his daughter Anastasia and her partner Tracy Giles, his son Jon, and his wife Sarah and three grandsons.

A celebration of his life will be held Tuesday, February 3rd, 1:00 p.m. at Mount Baker Community Club, 2811 Mount Rainier Drive South, Seattle.

In lieu of flowers; donations may be made to Providence Hospice of Seattle or Holy Rosary School of Seattle.

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Memorial planned Tuesday for Edward Gottbehuet, 1922-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/memorial-planned-tuesday-for-edward-gottbehuet-1922-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/memorial-planned-tuesday-for-edward-gottbehuet-1922-2015/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 09:35:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298458 A memorial service is planned Tuesday for Edward D. Gottbehuet. Here’s the remembrance that’s being shared with the community:

Edward Donald “Ed Huet” Gottbehuet, 92, of West Seattle, died Saturday, January 10, 2015.

He was born July 1, 1922 in Seattle, the son of the late Donald and Marie (Neupauer) Gottbehuet. He dated and eventually married Josephine Christ. As a child, he lived in Detroit, Michigan, until his parents moved to Seattle (Beacon Hill). Edward graduated from Franklin High School in 1940 and then spent 40 years in the United States Navy. He also worked for Alaska Packers, was a golf caddy at Jefferson Golf Course, and retired as a postal worker at age 65. Edward also sold real estate up until age 89.

He is survived and loved by his wife, son Mark, and daughter Jody. Edward believed in the Lord and could always say “God Bless” to everyone. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1245 10th Avenue E., on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, followed by a graveside service with military honors at Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park, Seattle.

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Celebration of Life tomorrow for Joe Fine, 1938-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/celebration-of-life-tomorrow-for-joe-fine-1938-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/celebration-of-life-tomorrow-for-joe-fine-1938-2015/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 02:03:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298345 Those who knew and loved Joe Fine are invited to his Celebration of Life tomorrow, 11 am-3 pm, at Duke’s on Alki. Here’s the remembrance that his family is sharing:

Joe Fine, 76, of West Seattle, passed away on Monday, January 5, 2015 from pancreatic cancer.

Joe was a legend to all that had the honor of knowing him. Born December 17, 1938 in Valentine, Nebraska to Mary Lamoureaux, he would spend his earliest years in Valentine at the family ranch just over the border in South Dakota. After WWII, he was adopted by William Fine, and the family settled in Billings, Montana, where Joe would graduate from high school. He attended and graduated from The University of Montana in Missoula. While there he was an active member of the Phi Delt house, where he was known as “Shakey.”

After graduating, he married Sharon Sayre and together they had two sons: William Glen and Gregory Joseph. He was a successful sales rep for Standard Oil and then Carpenter Paper before settling in Kalispell, Montana, where he owned a number of businesses including Joe’s Varsity, The Jean Factory, and Clothes Gallery. Whether he was creating award-winning promotions like Levi Clause and the Jean Advisor, or later selling diamonds in retail, doing remodel construction, or the nearly ten years he spent at Home Depot in the Garden Department, Joe is remembered for his entrepreneurial spirit and almost magical salesmanship.

All along the way, Joe collected a diverse group of friends that remained close throughout his life:

In 1984, Joe moved to Seattle, and in 1985 met Sharon “Cricket” Ackerlund, who couldn’t resist the twinkle of his Irish eyes. The couple were married in 1991 and built a life together in West Seattle.

He and Cricket enjoyed a passion for gardening that saw their home recognized for gardening excellence on numerous occasions. Their garden and patio were the center of conversation, food and great wine for a wide circle of friends. Joe’s passion and knowledge of Washington wine made him a legend in Walla Walla and he became known as the leader of the “West Seattle Fine Wine Club.” He had a love of convertibles, feeding his birds, the color red, his kitties and people.

A man blessed with charisma that was only matched by the size of his heart, Joe collected friends with astonishing ease, and these friendships lasted his lifetime. Joe didn’t care what a person did for living or how much money they made, he found magic in just about everyone and knew how to help them see that magic in themselves. Countless individuals, through the years, have sought and relied upon the advice of “Father Fine” and “Papa Joe.” Joe was a proud Marine, father and dedicated husband.

He is survived by his wife Sharon Ackerlund and his two sons: Bill Fine and his wife Gloria Flores and their sons Fernando, Benjamin and Lucas; and Greg Fine. He also loved his stepchildren Andrew “Drew” and Marsha Ackerlund and their children Emily, Ethan, Emmett, and Ellynn and Sam Schumaker; David Ackerlund and Pamela Ackerlund and nephew Bruce Bosley and his wife Catherine Broom. The family would like to specifically thank the myriad of friends that have provided support and love, a list too numerous to list. May the force be with you, Papa Joe. “You gotta know!”

SERVICE DETAILS – CELEBRATION OF JOE’S LIFE
Saturday, January 17, 2015
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Duke’s Chowder House on Alki
2516 Alki Ave SW

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Remembering Judy Lyn Sweetland, 1939-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/remembering-judy-lyn-sweetland-1939-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/remembering-judy-lyn-sweetland-1939-2014/#comments Sun, 04 Jan 2015 00:12:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297053 Family and friends are paying tribute to Judy Lyn Sweetland, who died on New Year’s Eve at age 75. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing with the community:

Judy Lyn (Crosslin) Sweetland

Judy Lyn Sweetland passed away on December 31, 2014 after a long battle with an autoimmune disease.

Judy was born in Yuma, Arizona, on September 16, 1939 to Marvin Thomas Crosslin and Theopa LeVal Piester. She spent her childhood in Yuma, Arizona; Brownfield & Fort Worth, Texas; and Yakima, Washington. In 1960, she graduated from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing as a registered nurse; got married; and moved to Seattle. After raising her children, she moved back to Arizona, longing to have more sunshine in her life (1987). Finally, she would return to Seattle to be closer to family (1995).

Her years in Arizona brought great personal growth. She lived in Wickenburg, Arizona, and worked at The Meadows, a residential treatment center for addictions; and at Rancho del los Caballeros, a guest ranch. While working at The Meadows, she wrote a self-help book for depression, The Sun Always Rises. It was written in response to patients’ requests for something in writing to support what they were learning during their recovery. While in Arizona, she learned the Krieger-Kunz model of Therapeutic Touch. Therapeutic Touch would then become her focus for the remainder of her life. She would treat, teach, and lead workshops, and lead meditations on spirituality and the energy connections to all that is around us.

Friends and family would describe Judy as: reflective, spiritual, loving, kind, caretaker, loyal friend, independent, connected, followed her calling as both a nurse and healer. She drew her energy from nature and loved to hike. Friends, family, and personal connections were extremely important to her.

Early in her nursing career, she was given the assignment to sit with a dying patient and his wife through the night. It was a very long night. She rotated holding each of their hands, while pondering how this was nursing. In the morning, the wife told her, “Thank you for sitting with me.” At that moment, she understood the power of providing compassionate support. She would then do that the rest of her life.

Judy was one of five siblings. She is survived by her brother Ken Crosslin (his two children Don and Thomas) and wife Dorothy; sister Carole Wimer (her husband Vern and their children Trever, Tracy, and Trisha); her two children Carl and John; Carl’s wife Debbie; and two grandchildren, Daphne and Sam. Both sons reside in West Seattle.

Private service will be held. Memorial donations to Indralaya (Eastsound, WA) in her remembrance are welcomed.

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Memorial service Sunday for Mary Jane Erlewine, 1932-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/memorial-service-sunday-for-mary-jane-erlewine-1932-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/memorial-service-sunday-for-mary-jane-erlewine-1932-2014/#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:12:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296758 In the days ahead, family and friends are saying goodbye to Mary Jane Erlewine, who died last week at 82. Here’s the remembrance sent to us to share with you:

Mary Jane Erlewine, a longtime resident of West Seattle, passed away on Friday, December 26th.

Mary Jane was born on April 23rd, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan. She graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in nursing. She put her education to use as a registered nurse with Group Health Cooperative for over 25 years. She was married to Lewis Erlewine from 1958 until his death in 2000. She is survived by her sons Jim Erlewine, Tom Erlewine, Robert Erlewine, daughter-in-law Traci, granddaughter Christina, grandson Michael, brother Charles Gillece & his wife Beverly, sister Dolores Mehringer & husband Otto, and numerous nieces & nephews.

She was full of life and had a kind and generous spirit. Visiting new places, meeting new people, the symphony, the ballet, Alki Beach and her cabin on Ohop Lake in Eatonville brought joy to her life. Her laugh was infectious and will be missed very, very much.

Please join us for a celebration of her life. All are welcome. If you are unable to attend, celebrate by saying a prayer, sharing a memory &/or paying it forward.

Visitation
Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 6701 30th Avenue SW

Service
Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 3 pm
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Parish, 7000 35th Avenue SW

Burial
Monday, January 5th at 11:00 am
Calvary Cemetery, 5041 35th Avenue NE

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Memorial on Friday for WWII veteran ‘Chet’ Neiswender, 1925-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/memorial-on-friday-for-wwii-veteran-chet-neiswender-1925-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/memorial-on-friday-for-wwii-veteran-chet-neiswender-1925-2014/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2014 04:55:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=295490 A memorial service is planned Friday morning for Chester “Chet” Neiswender, whose family shares this remembrance:

Chester E. Neiswender, 1/29/1925-11/25/2014

Chester (Chet) E. Neiswender passed quietly November 25, 2014. He leaves his loving family: Wife, Mary; stepchildren: Nancy McCreery, Rick Gay, Janine Cox; 8 wonderful grandchildren; and 5 beautiful great grandchildren. Chet is also survived by 3 sisters: Evelyn, Ester and Marji, who all had numerous children. Chet had 8 biological children, 11 biological grandchildren, and several biological great grandchildren.

Chet was a WWII veteran, driving big trucks like amphibious vehicles where he helped get soldiers onto the beach from the landing crafts at Okinawa, Japan, and the Philippine Islands. He was still in touch with a friend in Connecticut, the last surviving war buddy. We will all miss the wonderful stories from those exciting ,and sometimes horrifying, times.

Born in Hobart, WA, Chet was a lifelong resident of King County. He was a veritable wealth of historical information.

He loved the Pacific Northwest and was an adventurer at heart, which led him on adventures all over the world. Chet worked in the construction business most of his life. He worked on many interesting projects all over the country. His career ended with the Ironworkers Union, where he received a pension to carry he and Mary into their golden years.

He had a soft spot for the unfortunate and was involved in numerous charities. He contributed hundreds of hours of sweat equity to Habitat For Humanity. He had been involved in Boy Scouts of America, YMCA and many church projects.

Our family and circle of friends will sorely miss Chet’s love of old songs and stories. His knowledge encompassed many fields of expertise and we all sought his technological advice. His knowledge, humor and love will live on.

Services for Chet will be held on December 19, 2014 at 11:00 am at Yarington’s Funeral Home, 10708 16th Ave. SW.

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Remembering Bjorg Orlob, 1943-2014, who ‘died happy among loved ones’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/remembering-bjorg-orlob-1943-2014-who-died-happy-among-loved-ones/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/remembering-bjorg-orlob-1943-2014-who-died-happy-among-loved-ones/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 03:55:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=295382 Family and friends gathered this weekend to remember Bjorg Orlob, who died last week at age 71. Here’s the remembrance looking back at her life:

Bjorg Olea Orlob passed away on 12/5/2014. Born Bjorg Solheim in Andoya, Norway, in the midst of the Nazi occupation on 9/26/1943, she emigrated to the USA at an early age. She grew up learning both American and Norwegian cultures and values, and embodied the best of both. She attended school in Bothell, and graduated Bothell HS in 1961. She already began collecting friends she would keep for life before she got her dream gift – a one-way ticket to Oslo – for her high-school graduation.

Once in Norway, she continued to make friends. She spent time working in Belgium as well as Oslo, and always took the time to love the places she visited and the people who inhabited them. Her travels took her many places, including much of Europe and parts of Africa.

Once she returned to the USA, she was introduced to the cousin of a high-school friend, and quickly fell in love with Carl Orlob, a US Naval Aviator.

They married in November of 1970, and would remain happily married until his passing in 2000.

During their life together, they would explore their shared passions for camping, boating and travel. They made too many international trips to detail, always taking time to experience the people and cultures of the places they visited.

In 1972 she had a remarkable year, giving birth to two boys, Dain in January and Brett in October. She was a loving mother to them, always. She was also a loving and devoted sister, aunt, grand-aunt, and friend. She will be missed terribly by all who knew and loved her.

She passed on 12/5/2014 while having lunch with friends at a local restaurant. In her final years her declining health slowed her travel, but never her love of friends and family, and we know she died happy among loved ones.

Ms. Orlob’s memorial was held Saturday. Donations are welcome, in lieu of flowers, to the American Lung Association.

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Remembering Mary Annie Belle Taylor, 1919-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/remembering-mary-annie-belle-taylor-1919-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/remembering-mary-annie-belle-taylor-1919-2014/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=294136 From Texas to West Seattle over the span of 95 years, Mary Annie Belle Taylor lived a good life, as shared by her family in this remembrance:

Mary Annie Belle Taylor
May 17, 1919 – December 3, 2014

Mary Annie Belle Taylor was born on her family’s ranch in Brookshire, TX on May 17, 1919. The youngest of six siblings, she loved ranch life, especially riding horses. She began documenting her family in photographs with a Brownie camera she received for her fourth birthday. Her collection of photographs documenting three generations of the Hughes family is part of the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of Americana.

Ms. Taylor moved to Los Angeles, CA in the 1950s and married the love of her life, Morris Taylor. She was among the first African Americans to attend culinary school, and became a chef and nutritionist in the 1960s. She managed a hospital kitchen until she retired in the late 1970s. Though childless herself, she served as favorite aunt to many nieces and nephews as well as neighborhood children, many of whom learned to cook in her kitchen.

Post-retirement, she moved to Silver Spring, MD, to be closer to family. A believer in action over words, Ms. Taylor worked with her local church to start a food program for elderly people living in her senior retirement community. Well into her late 80s, she used her beautiful tenor voice to telephone her “old folks,” read to them from the Bible, and sing to them.

In 2005 Ms. Taylor moved to West Seattle. Though health kept her from being an active member, she joined First AME Church in Seattle. In her final years, she was cared for by the wonderful staff at Providence ElderPlace to whom the family extends deep gratitude for their kindness, gentleness, and respect.

Ms. Taylor died peacefully the morning of Wednesday, December 3, 2014 after a long illness. Predeceased by her husband and all of her siblings, she is survived by loving nieces, nephews, and extended family throughout the country.

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Celebration of life Sunday for Kerrie Yeasting, 1970-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/celebration-of-life-sunday-for-kerrie-yeasting-1970-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/celebration-of-life-sunday-for-kerrie-yeasting-1970-2014/#comments Sat, 29 Nov 2014 02:22:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293528 A memorial service/celebration of life is planned this Sunday for Kerrie Yeasting, 44. Here’s the remembrance that’s being shared:

Kerrie Manolovitz Yeasting of Seattle died Thursday, November 20, 2014.

Kerrie was born on June 20, 1970 in Kodiak, Alaska. She loved the outdoors and exploring and photographing nature. Kerrie moved to West Seattle as a teenager and graduated from Seattle Lutheran High School. She went on to start a family in West Seattle, where she was active in co-op preschool and Alki Elementary PTA leadership for her boys Owen and Vic. She worked in business administration and human resources, and briefly owned the children’s store Chickadees in the West Seattle Junction. She recently moved from Seattle to North Bend, and spent the last couple months traveling through the Southwestern United States with her partner Scott.

Kerrie is survived by her two sons Owen and Victor Yeasting, mother Suzanne Carney, father Ken Manolovitz, brother Quint Manolovitz, sisters Annissa Manolovitz and Joi Bommarito-Lee, grandmother Phyllis Frederickson, partner Scott Robertson, ex-husband John Yeasting, and all of their extended families and the larger community of friends who will forever miss her and the indelible mark she left on many lives.

Services will be held at 2 pm, Sunday, November 30, 2014, at The Hall at Fauntleroy, and will include a celebration of life reception.

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Memorial tomorrow for Frank Henry Little, 1925-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/memorial-tomorrow-for-frank-henry-little-1925-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/memorial-tomorrow-for-frank-henry-little-1925-2014/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:09:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293094 A memorial is planned tomorrow at Hope Lutheran Church for Frank H. Little, who died last week. His family shares this remembrance:

Frank Henry Little, 89, stepped into Heaven on November 20th, 2014.

He was born at home in West Seattle to Ed and Hattie Little. He married the love of his life, Lorraine, in 1948, and they were happily married for 66 years. Frank is survived by Lorraine, daughters Sharon (Bob) and Donna (Mark), and son Gordon (Debbie); 7 grandchildren – Chris, Jason, Brian, Curtis, Ryan, Matt, and Nicole; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Ed, Gerald, Bill, and sister Henrietta.

Frank was a master carpenter and gardner, loved to laugh and have fun, and dearly loved time with his family. Always willing to help out friends and family, he truly had a servant’s heart (With a smile). A celebration of his life and funeral service will be held Tuesday, Nov. 25th, at 10 am at Hope Lutheran Church, 4456 42nd Ave SW. Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer Association.

I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize of being called to Heaven. This is the prize that God offers because of what Christ Jesus has done – Phil 3:14

We love you and will see you in Heaven :)

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Memorial on Monday for Army, Air Force veteran Chad Hammond http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/memorial-on-monday-for-army-air-force-veteran-chad-hammond/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/memorial-on-monday-for-army-air-force-veteran-chad-hammond/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:08:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292892 44-year-old Chad Hammond will be remembered at a funeral with military honors on Monday. His family is sharing this remembrance:

Chad Preston Hammond was born in Gaffney, South Carolina on October 29, 1969. He passed away on October 22, 2014 at his home in West Seattle, just a few days shy of his 45th birthday.

Chad was a retired military veteran, having spent 5 years in the Army and 14 years in the Air Force Reserves. While in the Army, Chad was based out of Fort Lewis and also spent three years overseas in Panama. He worked out of McChord AFB for his Reserve duty. He was activated several times during his time in the Reserves, including time spent supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. Chad also held civilian jobs during his time in the Reserves and after his retirement.

Throughout the years, he worked a medical assistant, heavy equipment operator, and a semi-truck driver. Chad loved to do thrilling, adrenaline-pumping activities such as sky-diving, scuba diving, cliff jumping, and dirt bike & motorcycle riding. He also loved sports, and when his sons were younger, he volunteered as an umpire for West Seattle Little League Baseball. Chad was very much loved by his family and friends and is greatly missed. He is survived by his three sons Tyler, Bryce, and Jacob Hammond of West Seattle, his parents Robert and Linda Hammond of Dayton, TX, and his brothers, Kyle Hammond of Flagstaff, Arizona and Justin Hammond of Crawfordville, Florida. There will be a military funeral for Chad on Monday, November 24th at 11:00 AM at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, where he will also be laid to rest.

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Friday memorial for Don Knodel, 89, barber-shop owner and more http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/friday-memorial-for-don-knodel-89-barber-shop-owner-and-more/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/friday-memorial-for-don-knodel-89-barber-shop-owner-and-more/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:13:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292559 This Friday afternoon at Forest Lawn, family and friends will gather to say goodbye to Don Knodel. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing with the community:

In Loving Memory of Don Knodel

It is with great sadness that on 11/11/14 our father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, and friend, passed away. He was the anchor of the Knodel family and will be missed.

Donald Clayton Knodel was born in Chasely, ND and raised in Hurdsfield, ND. He was one of 8 children and lived there until he joined the Navy, where he served in World War II on the USS Howard W. Gilmore. He came home and married Audrey Jean Kelm, his wife of 64 years. Together they took a leap of faith and with their two young children moved from ND, to West Seattle where they lived out the rest of their lives.

Don owned and operated Don’s Barber Shop on California Ave. for 45 years. He was an avid sportsman his whole life, playing baseball and basketball in school, then in the men’s league in ND. Moving to WS he became a regular bowler at the W.S. Bowl, poker player, and was involved with W.S. Little League Baseball as a coach and umpire. He and Audrey were Totems hockey season ticket holders and original Seahawks season ticket holders. Fishing was his true passion with trips to Canada and up at Timberlakes. Don loved having family and friends around him, whether it was playing cards, dancing or just sitting around telling stories and laughing. Lots of laughing….

Preceded in death by his wife Audrey; 3 brothers – Durward, Al, Andy; 2 sisters – Doris and Joyce. He is survived by his children Dwight (Nik), Kath (Kelly), Pam (Tom); grandchildren Erin, Damon, Tyler, Ian, Kaley; 6 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters Opal, Irene; and countless friends and family who will miss, but never forget, him.

Service: 11/21/2014, 2 pm, Forest Lawn Funeral Home (6701 30th SW). Please join us in the celebration of his life at the Knodel residence following the service (4122 41st SW). If you wish, donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

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Remembering longtime West Seattleite Lori Hobby, 1957-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/remembering-longtime-west-seattleite-lori-hobby-1957-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/remembering-longtime-west-seattleite-lori-hobby-1957-2014/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:00:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291984 Family and friends are remembering Lori Hobby, who died last week at age 57. Here’s the remembrance they wanted to share with the community:

Lori Lynn Hobby, a born-and-raised West Seattleite, was brought up by parents Ann and Jim Hughes, with siblings Dana, Jimmy, and Steve. She attended Jefferson Elementary, James Madison Middle school, and graduated from West Seattle High School as an Indian.

Married to Doug Hobby, together they raised three wonderful kids, Keith, Anna, and Tim. November 5th, 2014, the two-year battle with breast cancer and liver cancer ended in her beautiful home she made.

A private memorial for Lori will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery on Saturday, November 15th. Anybody wishing to send flowers, please reconsider donating to your favorite charity instead.

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Remembering Loni McIntosh: Memorial walk on November 1st http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/remembering-loni-mcintosh-memorial-walk-on-november-1st/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/remembering-loni-mcintosh-memorial-walk-on-november-1st/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:39:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289869

Two and a half years ago, we noted local fitness instructor Loni McIntosh‘s cancer battle, as friends organized a fundraiser. Today, we have word that Ms. McIntosh’s long fight is over, and that everyone who knew her is invited to gather for a memorial walk next Saturday:

Beloved fitness instructor and longtime member of the West Seattle community, Loni McIntosh, passed away from brain cancer Wednesday 10/15. Please join us to celebrate Loni as we do a walk and gathering in her memory on Alki Beach next Saturday, November 1st at 10 am. We will meet outside the Alki Bathhouse for a few words and walk as a group. Rain or shine. Let’s remember Loni with fun stories and memories of the tough, kind, loving person she was. Please wear blue/teal if you can.

Ms. McIntosh was 57 years old.

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Remembering longtime West Seattleite Bill Ericson, 1922-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/remembering-longtime-west-seattleite-bill-ericson-1922-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/remembering-longtime-west-seattleite-bill-ericson-1922-2014/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:02:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289106 The family of William A. (Bill) Ericson is sharing this remembrance after his death this week:

Bill passed away October 13, 2014, at the age of 91.

He was the youngest of four children born to Ernest and Nellie Ericson in Star Lake, Minnesota. After being discharged from the Merchant Marines after World War II, Bill traveled to Seattle, where he met the love of his life, Olga Romei, and they raised three children.

Bill was a self-motivated entrepreneur who started his own real estate company, Ericson Realty, in the early ’60s and was immediately successful due to his hard work and diligence.

After retiring in the ’80s, his favorite pastime was socializing with friends and family, telling the best stories and jokes you can imagine and helping those who were in need. Bill never forgot a joke and something always reminded him of another story.

He is survived by his children William, Dini (Leif), Greg (Sue); grandchildren William III, Cale, Koen, Nolan, Nicole, and Noelle; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom will dearly miss his stories, jokes, guidance, and generosity. A private family memorial was held.

(WSB publishes obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to editor@westseattleblog.com)

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