West Seattle Blog... » Obituaries http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 05 Oct 2015 03:53:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Remembering Steve James Bratsanos, 1926-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/remembering-steve-james-bratsanos-1926-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/remembering-steve-james-bratsanos-1926-2015/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:50:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322517 Family and friends are mourning Steve James Bratsanos, who died two weeks ago at 89. Here’s the remembrance being shared with the community:

Steve was born July 12, 1926 in Psara, Greece, and passed away August 28, 2015. Loving husband, father, and grandfather. Steve loved his church, his family, and especially his granddaughters. He had a lifelong love of sailboats and the sea. He was patient, kind, never complained, and always had a smile on his face.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rose; daughter Marianne, son James, daughter-in-law Leslie, and his two granddaughters Amalia and Eliana. He will be greatly missed. Remembrances may be made to the Assumption Church or Philoptochos. Visit greeksinwashington.org/seattle-or-nothing to learn more about Steve’s life. Services were held last weekend. From the program:

Steve (Stamati) was born on the island of Palea Psara, Greece, the youngest of three children. He had a trying life but always kept a smile on his face. As a young teenager, he survived the German occupation of Psara during WWII and its accompanying deprivations. The memory of those tough times stayed fresh through his whole life. He loved his adopted country and was proud of being an American, but his path to citizenship was not easy.

He came to the United States for the first time as a young Greek merchant marine when he was 17 to visit his father, Demetrios, in Norfolk, Virginia. He returned many times on different ships over the next several years, and finally decided to try to stay. He had a month before being deported, and, while accompanying a friend to an Army recruitment office, he learned that if he enlisted in the Army and fought in Korea he would receive his US citizenship. That sounded like a deal worth taking to Steve, so he signed up. He fought on the front line in Korea for 22 months. Upon his return to the US, he was told that he was not eligible for automatic citizenship after all. He continued to fight for the right he felt he had earned, and, eventually, with the help of Senator Magnuson and the V.F.W., he succeeded in obtaining his US citizenship. In the end, it literally took an act of Congress (Private Law 437, of the 83rd Congress, chapter 347-2D session, S.1135, enacted on June 22nd, 1954) to secure his citizenship.

After his service, he continued to work in the US Merchant Marine, traveling the world on the seas that he loved. He returned to Greece in 1957, and, on October 12th, 1958, he married his wife, Rose. They honeymooned on the island of Rhodes, visited relatives in Greece and New York, and eventually settled in Seattle, where Steve had completed his basic training and acquired a love of the Northwest. Steve continued to work in the Merchant Marine after his marriage and through the birth of his first child, Marianne. In 1963, while Rose was pregnant with their son, James, Steve was in a very serious accident off the coast of Alaska. He was swept overboard and had to hold on to the ship with one arm as his other arm was broken in multiple places. While dangling, Steve prayed and promised that if he survived, he would rebuild a church in Greece. As if by a miracle, a wave threw him back onto the ship, leaving him unconscious but alive. Several years later he returned to Psara, and, true to his word, rebuilt the church. After his accident, due to the severity of his injuries, Steve was no longer able to work in the Merchant Marine. From that point on, he dedicated his life to his Church and his family.

He loved his church and spent countless hours there cooking, cleaning, making candles, and painting — he painted both the interior and exterior of the Church several times over. He served as a parish council member and as treasurer, and was an associate member of the Philoptochos. He helped for many years at All Saints Camp on Raft Island.

He loved his wife of 57 years Rose, his children Marianne and James, his daughter-in-law Leslie, and his granddaughters Amalia and Eliana, who showed him great love and joy with the attention they bestowed on him. His granddaughters were special favorites and he welcomed their noise and laughter in his house and often would ask when they were coming over. Children always loved his kind and soft demeanor, his huge smile, and his ever-present Captain’s hat. He loved the sea and being on his sailboats with his family and also loved sharing times on his boats with friends, priests and parishioners, the church youth, and even an occasional visiting bishop. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the National Maritime Union. He is greatly loved and will be forever missed.

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Remembering ‘Don’ Greengo, 1928-2015, who ‘set a wonderful example for humanity’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/remembering-don-greengo-1928-2015-who-set-a-wonderful-example-for-humanity/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/remembering-don-greengo-1928-2015-who-set-a-wonderful-example-for-humanity/#comments Sat, 05 Sep 2015 06:56:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321894 The family of retired science teacher “Don” Greengo is sharing this remembrance with the community:

H. Donald “Don” Greengo, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, died of natural causes, surrounded by loved ones, on June 4, 2015. Born October 15, 1928, in Waconia, MN, to Royal E. and Blanche I. (Downs) Greengo, he was the youngest of four boys. At the age of two, Don contracted polio, which affected the growth of his legs. He underwent several surgeries at Shriner’s Hospital throughout his childhood. Always having a positive outlook on life, he never complained.

As a teenager during the summer of 1945 he met his future wife and the love of his life, Gretchen Harvey. But life would first take them in different directions.

After graduating from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, with a Bachelors in Science, and further studies at Case Institute in Cleveland and the University of Washington in Seattle, he began teaching science (chemistry, physics, earth sciences, and math) in Anoka, MN. Despite using a cane to help with walking, Don traveled to Japan, the Middle East, India, and Europe, exploring different cultures. In the mid-1950s, Don took a job with the U.S. State Department to teach overseas, first in Japan at the Itazuke U.S. Air Force Base, and then at Habibia College in Kabul, Afghanistan. While still overseas, he learned through his sister-in-law that Gretchen was living in Seattle and was a widow with two small children. After returning to the U.S. in late 1958, he came to Seattle and a date was arranged for Don and Gretchen to meet. Don proposed to Gretchen after that first date and they married on July 17th, 1959.

Don began a career with the Seattle School District in 1959, teaching at Sealth, Nathan Hale, and finally, 18 years at West Seattle High School, where he was head of the Science Department, retiring in 1984. He was a favorite teacher of many students over the years. He garnered respect from his students because he treated them with respect, as he did with all people.

Don will be remembered by family and friends as a man of quiet strength, integrity, patience, and compassion. Don enjoyed traveling with his family, visiting relatives and the annual summer trips with Gretchen, their children and grandchildren. He loved to play games, tell corny jokes, and tell of his adventures overseas. He loved the Arts, going to many plays, ballets, and concerts, and he loved the outdoors. He had a great love for his family and they for him.

Don is survived by his wife Gretchen, of nearly 56 years; his children, Denise (Bugnon) (husband Ken) Reed, Paul Bugnon, Kevin Greengo, and Laurie Greengo; his grandchildren, Jennifer Reed, Stephanie (Reed) Olson, Owen Greengo; and great-grandchildren, Brennen and Peyton Olson; his brother Irving Greengo; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank close family friend and nurse extraordinaire Keiko Hume for the compassionate and loving care she gave Don.

Don, we will miss you, your great sense of humor and love of life, your selflessness. and your love of family. You set a wonderful example for humanity. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you give a donation to a charity of your choice in Don’s honor. A celebration of Don’s life will be held at a future date; information for family and friends will be forthcoming.

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Services Thursday morning for Gary L. Emmick, 1948-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/services-thursday-morning-for-gary-l-emmick-1948-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/services-thursday-morning-for-gary-l-emmick-1948-2015/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2015 04:30:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320941 Services are planned tomorrow morning at Tahoma National Cemetery for U.S. Army veteran Gary L. Emmick. His family shares this remembrance:

Gary L. Emmick was born on September 11th, 1948 at St. Luke’s Hospital (later became Group Health) in Seattle. He passed away on Thursday, August 20th, 2015, at Highline Hospital in Burien after a lengthy illness.

Gary was a lifetime resident of the Burien/White Center area. He was a Sergeant in the Army who served in Germany from 1967 until 1971.

Son to Phyllis & Franklin Emmick, older brother to Craig Emmick, sister-in-law Gayle. Sons – Brian, Terry, Robert & Floyd. Nephews – Matthew & Michael. Grandson of the Late Floyd & Edith Roush. Nephew to Wayne Roush and Jim Roush. Predeceased by his father Frank in 2010.

Funeral services for Gary will be at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent on Thursday, August 27, 2015, at 11:30 am. Remembrances may be made to the Disabled Veterans of America or a charity of your preference.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Emmick Family Funeral Home of West Seattle. Please share your memories of Gary on our online guestbook @ www.emmickfunerals.com.

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Celebration of life next Sunday for Robert Markley, 1918-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/celebration-of-life-next-sunday-for-robert-markley-1918-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/celebration-of-life-next-sunday-for-robert-markley-1918-2015/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 01:39:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=319451 A celebration of life is planned one week from today for Bob Markley, whose family is sharing this remembrance:

Robert “Bob” Markley, born in Montrose, Colorado, on March 2, 1918, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2015 – a full 97 years of life.

Bob grew up in the Richmond Highlands, graduated from Lincoln High School in 1936, and rose to Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After serving as the cook at the Perry Institute in Yakima, he settled in West Seattle, where he was an over-the-counter butcher, real-estate agent, tugboat cook, and public-health inspector. His passion was remodeling old homes, including the three he provided for his family. His diligence, tenacity, and enthusiasm conquered every challenge (including a midlife paralysis), making lifelong friends and acquaintances along the way.

Bob is survived by Bette, his wife of 72 years; his daughter Shannon, his sons Scott (Sally) and David (Jeanne), and his grandson Galen.

A celebration of his life will be held at The Kenney (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW) on Sunday, August 16, 2015, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to The Kenney Foundation for the Resident Care Fund, 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA 98136-2008.

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Remembering lifelong West Seattleite Earl M. Mickelson, 1925-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/remembering-lifelong-west-seattleite-earl-m-mickelson-1925-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/remembering-lifelong-west-seattleite-earl-m-mickelson-1925-2015/#comments Sat, 08 Aug 2015 23:04:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=319323 Earl M. Mickelson, a West Seattle native and lifelong resident, has died at age 89. Here’s the remembrance his family is sharing:

Earl passed away at home at the age of 89 on July 31st. He would have turned 90 in September.

Earl was born to Christian and Martha Mickelson, both descendants of Norway, at West Seattle hospital. Earl spent his entire life in West Seattle; he was a graduate of West Seattle High School. He served in the United States Marine Corps, receiving an honorable discharge in 1946. He served for 27 years as a Seattle Department firefighter, retiring in 1974. Earl was very proud of his Norwegian heritage. He loved West Seattle and, after retirement, boasted about having no reason to cross the West Seattle Bridge.

Earl enjoyed time spent with his family and his many neighbors that he grew so fond of. For many years he was the neighborhood Block Watch captain. He took pride in his work overseeing the neighborhood and actually kicked a neighbor’s door down to save the life of a woman who collapsed and was trapped in her home.

Earl was very generous in donating to many charities over the years. He was the elder statesman for both the West Seattle Yacht Club and West Seattle Eagles. He was a longtime member of the American Legion. Earl is survived by his lovely wife of 65 years, Sylvia, whom he met on Alki Beach; his three children, Susan Scott (Daniel), Chris Mickelson (Kimberly), Bart Mickelson, and his four grandchildren, Shawna Clark (Steve), Christiana (George), Trine and Tristen Mickelson. Earl is survived by sister-in-law Beverly Alger and many nieces and nephews. His brothers and their spouses Kris (Janet) and Kenny (Marian) Mickelson are deceased. He was looking forward to his first great-grandchild, expected in February.

Earl’s feistiness and humor continued to the end and he will be missed by all his family and friends. He was always very macho and gruff but deep down he could be very compassionate and kind. He is remembered to many as a wonderful father, grandpa, father-in-law, firefighter, neighbor, husband, and friend. We want to thank his family and many caretakers over the past years and especially Mary Ikua (who referred to Earl as the commander), Maureen, and Susan (his most recent caregivers) and his neighbors, along with Station 29 of the Seattle Fire Department, for all their service over the years.

A celebration of life is planned at a later date. Services will be private. Memorials may be sent to the Medic One Foundation.

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Remembering Charla Mustard-Foote, 1945-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/remembering-charla-mustard-foote-1945-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/remembering-charla-mustard-foote-1945-2015/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 15:59:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=319207 “Today we lost another of our own.” So wrote a WSB Forums member last weekend, sharing news of the sudden passing of longtime participant/contributor Charla Mustard-Foote. The sentiment goes for the wider community as well; here is the remembrance Ms. Mustard-Foote’s family is sharing:

Charla Mustard-Foote passed away at her home in West Seattle on Sunday, August 2, 2015. Charla was born in Chicago, Illinois, on January 12, 1945. She was the only daughter of Charles Foote and Velma Mustard. K-12 education occurred in Cambria, Michigan, and she graduated from the University of Iowa, in 1970 with a degree in Journalism.

After college, Charla worked as a reporter for several newspapers in the Midwest. In 1979 she moved to Lowell, Massachusetts, to work for the Digital Equipment Company in Boston as a Technical Writer, eventually becoming a Documentation Manager. She worked for several computer companies in the Boston area after that, moving to Sun Microsystems in 1993 as a Lead Technical Writer. At Sun, she rose through the ranks of management, transferred to Cupertino, California, in 1994 and was appointed Director of Product Integration in the company’s development group in 1998.

She met her husband, Robert Shields, in 1996 and they married in 1997. Together they moved to West Seattle in December 1999 so Charla could take a position with Amazon.com, then for the supercomputer manufacturer Cray Inc. Charla started her own consulting firm in 2003 and retired in 2010.

She was a busy professional woman, but she was an avid fan of blues and rock and roll. A voracious reader, she accumulated nearly 3,000 books. She was a Red Sox fan through and through, before changing her loyalty to the Mariners. Of course, the Seahawks were her favorite, even when they played the Patriots.

She is survived by her husband; her stepson Aaron Shields and his spouse Jennifer; and three grandchildren: Cole, Connor, and Katri Shields.

A memorial gathering will be held at a place and time to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Heifer International, Arbor Day Foundation, or a charity of your choice.

Please share your memories of Charla in the online guestbook at emmickfunerals.com.

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Memorial planned next Friday for Linda Ann Heimbigner, 1943-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/memorial-planned-next-friday-for-linda-ann-heimbigner-1943-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/memorial-planned-next-friday-for-linda-ann-heimbigner-1943-2015/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2015 02:08:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=318703 Linda Ann Heimbigner will be remembered in a service at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on Friday. Here’s the remembrance her family is sharing:

Linda Ann Heimbigner, 72, of West Seattle, passed away on Monday, July 27, 2015, as a result of a long battle with cancer. Friends and family were by her side as the Lord called her home.

She was born on February 3, 1943, in Seattle to William and Constance Baccetti. She graduated from Holy Rosary School in West Seattle back when Holy Rosary was a grade school and high school combined. During her high-school years, she lost her father to a heart attack and later her mother to cancer. She continued to care for her brother, Fred, until he passed away in 1976. After high school, Linda went to work for the government. It was during this time she met Don Heimbigner. They were married on September 16, 1967.

Linda devoted much of her time to caring for her family and friends. She worked in the front office of Our Lady of Guadalupe School while her children attended school there. She passionately supported her children’s activities, especially soccer, which often included endless fundraising for travel throughout the Washington State, the U.S. and even Europe. She also loved to bake for her friends and family, never missing a special occasion.

She is survived by her husband of almost 48 years, Don; her children, Gina, John, and Joe; and her 5 grandchildren, Andrew, Gabriel, Nathan, Angelica, and Jordan. Her funeral will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in West Seattle on August 7, 2015 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Memorial planned next week for Robert ‘Bob’ Kacel, 1948-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/memorial-planned-next-week-for-robert-bob-kacel-1948-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/memorial-planned-next-week-for-robert-bob-kacel-1948-2015/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:43:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=318143 A memorial is planned Tuesday, August 4th, for Bob Kacel, who died earlier this month at 66. Here’s the remembrance his family is sharing:

Robert (Bob) Ernest Kacel, 66, passed away at home on July 10, 2015 after a long illness. Bob was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 18, 1948.

He graduated in 1966 from Osborn High School and continued on to receive a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Michigan in 1971.

Bob was married to Rebecca Kleen on August 12, 1972. They were married 42 years. Bob worked as an architect for the University of Michigan and then the State of Washington over a career of 44 years. He enjoyed a lifelong hobby of creative model-making and creating dioramas for which he won many awards. Bob was also actively involved in the Lutheran and Episcopal churches, and was a member of the Alpha Rho Chi Fraternity.

Bob is survived by wife Rebecca Kleen Kacel, daughters Melissa Kacel and Julia Kacel, grandchildren Adelle and Dane Leatherwood, brother Richard J. Kacel Jr., sisters Patricia Fischer, Nancy VerWest, and Cheryl Ahlborn, as well as other family and friends. Bob was preceded in death by his parents Richard J. Kacel and Gladys E. Kacel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Swedish Cancer Institute and sent to Swedish Medical Foundation, 747 Broadway, Seattle, WA, 98122.

The memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on August 4 at St John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 3050 California Ave SW, Seattle.

Please go here to see more pictures and to sign the online guest book.

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Memorial next Tuesday for Dolores ‘Dee’ Barnecut, 1926-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/memorial-next-tuesday-for-dolores-dee-barnecut-1926-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/memorial-next-tuesday-for-dolores-dee-barnecut-1926-2015/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:43:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=317708 A memorial is planned next Tuesday for Dolores Barnecut, who died two weeks ago at 88. Here’s the remembrance her family is sharing:

Dolores M. Barnecut succumbed to cancer on July 9, 2015, surrounded by her family.

“Dee” was born in Seattle on July 26, 1926, and was the only daughter of the late George and Margaret Anderson. She graduated from West Seattle High School, Class of 1944, and she married her high-school sweetheart, Richard J. Barnecut, in 1947. Dick and Dee lived in West Seattle for the entirety of their 68-year marriage.

As the consummate wife, mother and homemaker, Dee was always in your corner and selfless in her commitment to those she loved. She was a happy person, humble to a fault, and she presided over a happy household.

Dee was a longtime member of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in West Seattle, where she served on the altar guild. The family vacation home on Hood Canal was a special place for her. She was a loyal fan of Husky football and held season tickets for almost fifty years. As the nest emptied, Dee had the opportunity to evolve and nurture her artistic side, and she developed into an accomplished and prolific watercolorist.

Dee will be remembered for her devotion to her family, her sense of humor, and her tenaciously positive outlook on life. She was a purveyor of unconditional love before that term became fashionable, and she gave her children what all parents must: roots and wings. Mom was tired at the end but she faced her final illness pragmatically and with her characteristic wit, dignity, and toughness. She will be missed and never forgotten.

Dee is survived by her husband, Richard, four adult children and their spouses: Margaret (Paul) Abrahamson, James (Jamie) Barnecut, Mary Ellen (Ron) Smulski, and Andrew (Lisa) Barnecut. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Tom Smulski, Jill Smulski, Jenny Abrahamson, Rachel Barnecut, Nick Barnecut, and Angelina Barnecut.

A memorial service honoring Dee’s life will be held at St. John The Baptist Episcopal Church on Tuesday, July 28th at 3:00 p.m. with reception to follow at the parish hall. The church is at 3050 California Avenue SW. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the charity of your choice. Sign Dolores’s online Guest Book at Legacy.com and/or at emmickfunerals.com.

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Remembering ‘Big Steve’: Celebration of life Saturday for Stephen B. Murray, 1944-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/remembering-big-steve-celebration-of-life-saturday-for-stephen-b-murray-1944-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/remembering-big-steve-celebration-of-life-saturday-for-stephen-b-murray-1944-2015/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:00:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=317468 A celebration of life is planned in West Seattle this Saturday for Steve Murray, whose family is sharing this remembrance with the community:

Stephen B. Murray, 70, passed away on July 6, 2015 at the UW Medical Center in Seattle, with the love of his life, Linda Mae, by his side.

Steve was born in Chicago on December 28, 1944 in the elevator at the hospital.

He left Chicago and moved to Seattle in 1968. Steve began his 40-year career in the natural gas industry in 1969 at the Washington Natural Gas Company, later to become Puget Sound Energy. The last 9 years of his career were spent at Pilchuck, a gas service provider.

Steve was an easy-going, very likable man, always quick with a clever quip, or a smart remark. His sense of humor could defuse many a situation. He never realized how many friends he really had.

Although a devoted Seahawks and Mariners fan, he never masked his love for the Chicago Blackhawks, and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. When asked about the Cubbies, he used to say “someone’s gotta love ‘em.” He followed up his Cubs devotion with a bright blue and red tattoo on his arm of their logo. Watching hockey was a favorite pastime, and he always enjoyed golfing, and took more than a few golfing road trips.

But the true loves of his life were his family. And it was an extensive one, spread from coast to coast.

Steve is survived by wife and best friend of 34 years, Linda; his daughters, Jennifer (Johnson) and her husband Mike, Amanda (Mason) and her husband Doug, and son Spencer and his wife Jessica (Sutyla), as well as 7 grandchildren.

He leaves behind his siblings, brother Mike and sister-in-law Judy, sister Mary Pat (Arostegui) and brother-in-law Vince, brother Mark, brother John and sister-in-law Connie, sister Maureen (Carlson) and brother-in-law Mark, and brother Matthew and sister-in-law April (Cody). Stephen also leaves many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Steve was preceded in death by his parents, John and Patricia, and his oldest brother, Jerry, in 2014.

A Celebration of Life will be held in West Seattle on Saturday, July 25th, from 12 – 3 p.m. at 6040 California Ave SW.

Please come, share your condolences, share a story, share your favorite Steve(ism), and share a laugh.

If we could all be as nice to people as Big Steve was, the world would be a better place.

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Memorial service planned July 9th for Barbara E. Boe, 1944-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/memorial-service-planned-july-9th-for-barbara-e-boe-1944-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/memorial-service-planned-july-9th-for-barbara-e-boe-1944-2015/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:35:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=315144 Barbara Ellen Boe, who died last weekend at 71, will be remembered at a service in West Seattle on July 9th. Here’s the remembrance her family is sharing with the community today:

Barbara Ellen Boe was born to Clayton Royal Lape and Ellen Ward on January 2, 1944, in Big Timber, Montana. Barbara spent part of her early childhood with her beloved grandparents, Robert (Bud) Ward and Anita (Brannin) Ward Hoyem up the Sweet Grass Canyon at the Ward & Parker Sawmill and ranch. Barbara’s father served in the US Navy during the Second World War, and her mother worked in Helena, Montana. Barbara formed a deep attachment to her grandparents and south central Montana.

Following several years in the Big Timber area after the war, the family moved to Santa Barbara, California. Barbara went through the Santa Barbara school system until the latter part of high school. She returned to Big Timber, Montana to stay with and help her grandmother. Barbara graduated from Sweet Grass County High School and attended the University of Montana at Missoula for a short time.

Barbara returned to Big Timber and was later married to LeRoy Schilling. They had one daughter, JoAnna.

Barbara married John Christopher (Chris) Boe on May 31, 1981 at the Big Timber Lutheran Church. The couple moved to Billings, Montana and resided there for nine years. Barbara worked for then Eastern Montana College in the library and also with the Continuing Education Department. While in Billings, Barbara and Chris were blessed with two daughters, Elizabeth Ellen and Kristina Anita (Nina).

In 1989 the family moved to Seattle. Barbara was employed as a property manager until her retirement in September of 2010. Following her retirement, Barbara maintained her lifelong love of reading, staying up on current events locally, nationally, and internationally, attending church, and being involved with her family and grandchildren.

Barbara passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2015, from acute myeloid leukemia. She is survived by her husband Chris, daughters JoAnna (Stacey), Elizabeth, and Nina, and grandsons Benjamin and Cameron.

Her funeral will be held on Thursday, July 9, at 2:00 pm at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church (3050 California Avenue SW). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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Celebration of life Saturday for Diann Marie Sales, 1969-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/celebration-of-life-saturday-for-diann-marie-sales-1969-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/celebration-of-life-saturday-for-diann-marie-sales-1969-2015/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:08:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=314732 A Celebration of Life is planned this Saturday for Diann Marie Sales, who died on June 9th at age 46. Here’s the remembrance her family is sharing:

Diann Marie Sales was born to Daniel C. Higgins and Florence Marie Higgins, on March 11, 1969, in Seattle, Washington. She went to Auburn Senior High School and later earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Diann met Ryan Jay Sales in 1994, and married him in Seattle in 2004. Diann worked as a visual artist and art framer at Northwest Art and Frame in West Seattle. Throughout her life she worked in mixed media, including photography, painting, and handcrafts. Diann’s dream of becoming a mother was realized when she and Ryan adopted Elliot, born in 2011, and Frances, born in 2013. Their adoption was finalized hours before she passed away after a courageous, nine-month battle with uterine cancer.

Diann was loved by all, from the children she cared for as a nanny, to regular customers in the West Seattle community, to co-workers, to longtime friends, to a large extended family, to her sister and brother-in-law, her beautiful niece and nephew, and especially her husband and two extraordinary children. She was a much-loved, unique, creative, and singular woman who will be deeply missed.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in honor of her exemplary life may be directed to Amara Parenting and Adoption Services, the organization who facilitated the adoption of her two children.

Celebrating the Life of Diann Marie Sales: Saturday, June 27th, 2015, 6:30 pm, Arbor Heights Community Church, 4113 SW 102nd St; Facebook link here. For anyone interested in attending, please contact Ryan J. Sales by 6 pm Friday: 206-225-9586.

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Remembering longtime Alki resident Harry Newman, 1929-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/remembering-longtime-alki-resident-harry-newman-1929-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/remembering-longtime-alki-resident-harry-newman-1929-2015/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 04:18:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=314113 Family and friends are remembering Harry Newman, who died two weeks ago at 85. Here’s the tribute his family is sharing with the community:

Harry Newman
June 18, 1929 ~ June 4, 2015

Harry, an affable, competent, hard-working family man, was born June 18, 1929. He was liked by all and loved by those closest to him.

Born in Seattle, Harry spent his youth in Lynden working in the family movie theater.

He served in Korea with the US Army as a radio operator. After returning from war he worked at Boeing where he met and married the love of his life, Joy McLean. In 1955 the newlyweds moved to Diablo, WA, where he began a 33-year career working at Seattle City Light. In 1967 the Newman Family moved back to Alki.

Harry retired at 60 and never looked back. Joy and Harry traveled extensively. They lived in Lake Tahoe on and off for 20 years and spent weeks in the summer at the family house in Chelan, where Harry built the Taj Mahal of outhouses. They traveled across the country multiple times by train, plane and automobile. But they always returned to their pink house by Alki.

Everywhere Harry went he fixed things, both for himself and others. Harry led an active life. In his 50s he climbed Mount Rainier. In his 60s he hiked the north rim to the floor of the Grand Canyon and back in one day. In his 70s he skied over 100 days in a year. He rode his bike uphill to the Y in his 80s and exercised at the Y up until a few months before his death. For the last years of his life, coffee with the guys was the high point of his week. Harry and Joy were married 59 years, she died 18 months before him, and he missed her terribly. We trust they are together again.

Harry is survived by children Carolyn Newman (Kate Giannaros), Alec Newman (Margot), Annette Newman (Bill Montague); grandchildren Maclean and Lilli Newman, Daniel and Julia Montague. Harry and Joy were great parents and excellent grandparents.

Right to the end, Harry conducted his life with great dignity. His family would like to thank those who allowed him to stay in his home: Michele Abel, Brooke, Maclean, and Group Health Hospice.

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Celebration of life Saturday for Peggy McCormack, 1930-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/celebration-of-life-saturday-for-peggy-mccormack-1930-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/celebration-of-life-saturday-for-peggy-mccormack-1930-2015/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 16:00:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311525 A celebration-of-life memorial service is planned this Saturday (May 30th) for Peggy McCormack, who you might have known as a preschool teacher, or a church organist – just two of the many aspects of her life, detailed by her family in this remembrance:

Margaret Anne (“Peggy”) Kemp McCormack, 84, passed away peacefully at home on April 11, 2015. Peggy was the elder of two girls born to Charles William & Irene Carrick Kemp. Her early years were spent in both Spirit Lake, ID, and in Clarkston, and her adolescence on the west coast in Washington. After college graduation, she married Clarence (“Larry”) McCormack in 1952 and spent a happy life with him in West Seattle, where he taught science at Madison Junior High School and ultimately predeceased her in 2007.

Peggy was a gifted musician. She and her sister were singing on their grandfather’s radio show in Lewiston, Idaho, by the time they were not quite two and three years old. At that age, they had no idea that they were “performing”, but soon they had mastered a number of instruments, and continued to perform throughout their school years whenever and wherever they were asked. Peggy played piano, French horn and clarinet, but usually accompanied her sister, a flautist. Both girls entered and won contests regularly throughout the Pacific Northwest. They came from a very musical family, and Peggy always shrugged and said, ‘That’s just how it was. We didn’t think anything about it.’

However, by the time she went to college, Peggy was studying the organ. She had played her first church service at the age of 8 when her mother, the regular church pianist, was too ill to get to church, and apparently Peggy had a grand time that day. By the time she graduated from college, she was playing concerts or recitals almost every week. As soon as she and Larry settled in Seattle, she began playing for a number of different churches.

When her daughter was about 5 years old, Peggy agreed to be the organist at Tibbetts Methodist Church, where she played for the grand opening of the new sanctuary and then continued as the organist for around twenty years. Subsequently, she played both organ and piano for Highland Park United Methodist Church, and later for Highline UMC. Music and playing in praise of the Lord’s creation and His love were an integral part of who she was. Any time she was stressed, distressed, ill, or otherwise indisposed, her first need was to play music, and her family always knew she was on the road to recovery as soon as she sat down at the piano.

One of her other dear joys in music was directing a handbell choir that flourished for something between 25 and 30 years. Eventually they became known as the “Highlanders” and traveled quite a bit to perform and attend workshops, as well as frequent performances in their home church (Highland Park UMC) both for services and high holidays.

Peg also always sought both to learn new things and to teach others in ways that were creative, experiential, and personally meaningful to them. She always described herself as having been born with what she called an intense “need to know” (which included almost everything in very diverse areas of study and skill). This resulted in numerous certifications and awards, as well as degrees from Centralia College and Washington State (WSC) and a master’s degree from the University of Washington. (However, if she were to read this life summary, Peggy would hasten to add that she was ALWAYS a Washington State Cougar at heart!)

She had some interesting niches of study and skill ~ for example, she chose to learn parliamentary law, and became a National Registered Parliamentarian. The knowledge and skills required for this certification are meticulous, demanding, and unforgiving. Being Peggy, she passed on her first attempt, but she always maintained that the test she had to write to earn those credentials was harder than any test she took in her master’s program.

Another niche was her decades of research into the Methodist Episcopal Church, South in the Pacific Northwest. She ultimately acquired a reputation as the expert in this area of history. Her grandfather had been a Methodist minister and, as he was dear to her, his personal history was the impetus for years and years of ardent inquiry and study in Washington, Oregon, Montana, and beyond.

Professionally, Peggy spent most of her career as an instructor in Early Childhood Education and working with the Parent Cooperative Preschools in West Seattle and beyond. She started at Seattle Central Community College Campus, and moved to the South Seattle campus when it opened, along with only two other members of the Home & Family Life Department from the Central Campus. She taught several topics in Early Childhood Education, and also always worked with the preschools as a parent and adult educator, supporting each preschool from “behind the scenes”. Working with students, children, teachers, parents and families was a great joy to her throughout her career. One of her saddened friends recently told Peg’s daughter that, “Hundreds of kids in West Seattle were the beneficiaries of Peggy’s teaching.”

As a church historian, she became a member of the General United Methodist Church Historical Society and both the Pacific Northwest and the Conference General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church. She loved what she was doing: from research to sharing to learning and then teaching. She and her daughter faithfully attended national conventions year after year while she was able to travel.

She was a Camp Fire leader when her daughter was young; spent decades researching family genealogy; and always, she was a musician. She and a dear friend directed several musicals for children telling biblical stories during a number of different years, and on behalf of Camp Fire, they also found time to direct Christmas caroling at Southcenter Mall for many years.

Before retirement, Peg was presented with a Lifelong Learning Award by the Seattle Community College District. This award was bestowed with the idea that she could go “anywhere in the world she chose” to “study any topic she could imagine”, and Peggy was thrilled. She promptly arranged to go to Drew University in New Jersey where she was able to continue research into one of her “passions” already mentioned here: the history of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in the Pacific Northwest. When the “locals” in New Jersey heard that she could have gone anywhere in the world, they were rather loudly horrified, and several people assured her that she had come to “the armpit of the world.” However, Peggy had a great time, and came home with several more boxes of research to be added to the archive of material on this topic that she had already accumulated.

Peg continued to pursue multiple diverse areas of study and skill with humor and delight for as long as she was able, and always, whatever she did was in service to her Lord. After a series of mishaps, fractures, and surgeries, for the past two and a half years she was mostly at home with her daughter, where her health steadily declined as she gradually faded away due to the ravages of dementia co-occurring with a number of other health concerns.

Peg is survived by her daughter, Katharine E. McCormack of Seattle; son, Bruce A. McCormack (Julie) of Seattle; niece, Irene Arnold Kozumplik (Bob) of Frederic, Wisconsin; nephew, D. Scott Arnold of Frederic, Wisconsin; and numerous extended family members. She is preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, her sister Patricia Irene Kemp Sevey, and niece Julie Anne Arnold. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Highline United Methodist Church Music Department or to the PNW Conference of the United Methodist Church (Archives & History), PO Box 13650; Des Moines, WA 98198.

A MEMORIAL CELEBRATION OF LIFE WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, MAY 30th, at 1:00 P.M. at Highline United Methodist Church at 13015 1st Ave S. in Burien; (206) 241-5520.

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Memorial service next Friday for Margaret A. Skube, 1954-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/memorial-service-next-friday-for-margaret-a-skube-1954-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/memorial-service-next-friday-for-margaret-a-skube-1954-2015/#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 23:00:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309870 Family and friends will gather Friday (May 15th) to remember Margaret Skube, who died in February at age 60. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing with the community:

Margaret Ann Skube passed away on February 27th, 2015, surrounded by her family.

She was born in West Seattle on October 10, 1954 to Galina and Noel (Cam) Skube. She attended Alki Elementary and Madison Junior High, and graduated from West Seattle High School with the class of 1972.

After working as a cook on cargo ships to Alaska with Western Pioneer for many years, she moved to Stanwood, WA, where she raised her daughter Calley.

Calley and her husband, Lane, blessed Margaret by giving her three beautiful grandchildren, Adalynn, Fionnegan, and Gillian. They were the light of her life.

Margaret will be remembered for her love of life, willingness to try just about anything, and for living her life at 100% in all she did. Margaret loved to garden, cook, swim, and to play games. She loved to travel, meet people, and to learn new things. She lived her life just the way she wanted to and always hoped for a better day. She certainly had her own sense of style, and always brought a change of clothes, since “anything could happen.” She was a fun-loving, positive, and hopeful woman.

Besides her daughter’s family, she leaves behind her dad, Cam, her niece Elle, and nephew Seth. She was preceded in death by her mother Galina and her brother Peter. She will be deeply missed by her many friends and her beloved Beaver Damn Campout girlfriends.

Her celebration of life will be Friday afternoon, May 15, 2015 from 11:00 – 2:00 at the Lakewood Seward Park Community Club, 4916 S. Angeline St.

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