West Seattle Blog... » Obituaries http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:06:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 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.

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Memorial tomorrow for Bennett McKnight, aka Lucky Freeman http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/memorial-tomorrow-for-bennett-mcknight-aka-lucky-freeman/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/memorial-tomorrow-for-bennett-mcknight-aka-lucky-freeman/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:03:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288706 A memorial is planned tomorrow for Bennett McKnight, also known as Lucky Freeman:

Our brother is gone.

His kindness and generous spirit will continue on with those who love him.

Bennett was a local artist, well known and beloved to many in West Seattle. He enjoyed frequenting many of the local businesses and always was enthusiastic about supporting the local community.

Memorial Thursday, October 16th
5:00 pm-midnight
West Seattle Veterans Center
3618 SW Alaska

(Photo courtesy Matt Sellars)

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Celebration of Life on Saturday for Kristine Lenning, 1952-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/celebration-of-life-on-saturday-for-kristine-lenning-1952-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/celebration-of-life-on-saturday-for-kristine-lenning-1952-2014/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:34:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287453 A Celebration of Life is planned this Saturday for Kristine Lenning, who died last week at 62. Here’s the remembrance we were asked to share:

Kristine M. Lenning
July 13, 1952 – September 26, 2014

Kris passed away at her home in West Seattle, surrounded by friends and family. Kris was preceded in death by her husband Donald G. Lenning and is survived by her daughter Alexa Victoria Lenning, brothers Bernard, Kenneth, and Steven Larson, and sister Kathy Hodges.

Kris recently retired from Century Link after 44 years of service. She fought a long and courageous battle against cancer, never losing her zest for life, her sense of humor, and loving concern for others. Kris was a gifted artist who loved sharing her talents with friends, and especially children. The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to Hospice and her family of co-workers that helped care for her. There will be a Celebration of Life for Kris on Saturday, October 4th, 2014, at West Seattle Golf Course from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Remembrances to the Cancer Society in lieu of flowers, please.

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Memorial next Saturday for ‘Hank’ Ercolini, 1923-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/memorial-next-saturday-for-hank-ercolini-1923-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/memorial-next-saturday-for-hank-ercolini-1923-2014/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:23:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285811 Family and friends will gather this Saturday to celebrate the life of Henry “Hank” Matthew Ercolini, born October 8, 1923 in Seattle, died August 28, 2014 in Salem, Oregon, with many years in West Seattle along the way. Here’s the remembrance we were asked to share:

Hank was the oldest of the 3 boys of Joe and Julia Ercolini, a husband to Gertrude “Gertie” Ercolini for 65 years, a father of 4, father-in-law, devoted grandfather (Pop) and great-grandfather, an uncle, cousin, a devoted friend, a 1941 West Seattle High School graduate, a WWII Marine veteran, a 1948 Willamette University graduate, a math & history teacher, coach, junior high principal, referee, a world traveler, a long-time member of Queen of Peace church, a Beaver and Bearcat fan, a cribbage teacher, a landscaper by hobby, an avid golfer, a Meals on Wheels delivery boy, a favorite neighbor, a Susan G. Komen supporter, and a great friend to many.

He will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and the joy he shared with everyone who knew him. He will be dearly missed. He is survived by three of his children and their spouses: Joan Ercolini (Bend, OR), Lisa & Rod Noteboom (Moses Lake, WA), Steve & Betsy Ercolini (Seattle); his four grandchildren: Tom Watson and wife Jodie, Anne Watson, Angela Fernandez and husband Paul, and Daniel Noteboom; his great grandsons Eamon Watson and Eli Fernandez; and Tom and Anne’s father Steve Watson. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Julia Ercolini, his brothers Edward and James Ercolini, his first daughter Julie Watson, and his wife Gertie.

A celebration of Hank’s life will be held at Capital Manor (in Salem, OR), Saturday, September 20th, at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, or the charity of your choice. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

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Memorial gathering Thursday for James M. Novello, 1945-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/memorial-gathering-thursday-for-james-m-novello-1945-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/memorial-gathering-thursday-for-james-m-novello-1945-2014/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:55:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285107 A gathering is planned at a Gatewood home tomorrow to celebrate the life of James M. Novello. His family shares this remembrance:

James Michael Novello, born to James and Alvera Novello on June 19th, 1945, passed at his home on September 6th, 2014 – beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, brother, and uncle.

James was born in Whitestone, New York, where he graduated from Holy Cross High School. He served as a Chaplain Assistant in Hanau, Germany, while in the United States Army.

James made a home for him and his family in Washington State, where he served with the Anacortes Police Department. He would later work for Fritz Trucking Company in Auburn, where he worked until he retired.

James loved his family, friends, and neighbors, but home is where the heart is, he loved spending time with his 4-legged friends. Other memorable times would be his yearly trips to the Washington coast or game night with family, friends, and neighbors. He loved his Seattle sports teams and Neil Diamond.

James is survived by his wife Debby Novello; dad James Novello, New York; sister Linda (Ray) Riso, New York; children: Richard (Heidi) Novello, James (Monica) Novello, Kimberly (Paul) Bahnmiller, Michael (Terri) Novello; grandchildren: Shawna Murray, Nickolaus (Erin) Novello, Zackary Novello, Carson Novello, Brittany Novello, Vinny Novello, Gabrielle Novello, Cecelia Novello, Giovanni Novello, Zachary Myers, Jacob Myers, Alexis Novello, and Anthony Novello; great-grandchild Aiden Plumley.

Celebration of life will be held at the home of James and Deborah Novello on September 11th, 2014, at 2 pm at 3926 SW Ida Street, West Seattle.

His humor and laughter will be missed.

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Memorial next Sunday for C.W. ‘Buck’ Thompson, 1931-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/memorial-next-sunday-for-c-w-buck-thompson-1931-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/memorial-next-sunday-for-c-w-buck-thompson-1931-2014/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:08:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282278 Next Sunday afternoon (August 17th) at West Seattle Golf Course, a memorial is planned for “Buck” Thompson, whose family shares this remembrance:

Clair Wallace “Buck” Thompson, 83, of Seattle, Washington, passed away on July 14, 2014.

Buck was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Clair and Ethel Thompson. He was a 1950 graduate of West Seattle High School. He went on to earn a degree at Washington State University in Business with a minor in Architectural Small Dwelling Construction graduating in 1954. In his early years, he worked in the hotel and restaurant management business, was a real estate agent selling recreational property in Eastern Washington, and later sold marine supply equipment with Obert Marine Supply. Buck belonged to the Society of Port Engineers of Puget Sound and held the position of President, Chairman of the Board, “Chicken of the Year,” and “Man of the Year”. He enjoyed travel, fishing, sports, and family.

Buck is preceded in death by his parents, Clair and Ethel, and his sister Judith Ann Campbell.

He is survived by his devoted wife Sharon Thompson; sons Paul (Kim) Thompson and Bryce (Eva) Thompson; daughter Dawn (Eric) Hodo; stepson Jamie (Beth) Trigg; stepdaughter Tracy (Mitch) Trotter; eleven grandchildren and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A memorial for Buck will be held at the West Seattle Golf Course on Sunday, August 17, at 3:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Medic One, without whose help Buck would never have been able to receive the care he did: Medic One Fire Department, 301 Second Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104.

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Memorial on Saturday for Betty Lee Marks Broughton, 1929-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/memorial-on-saturday-for-betty-lee-marks-broughton-1929-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/memorial-on-saturday-for-betty-lee-marks-broughton-1929-2014/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:37:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281147 A memorial service is planned this Saturday morning (August 2nd) for longtime West Seattleite Betty Broughton, who died Monday at age 85. Her family shares this remembrance:

Betty Lee Marks Broughton was born on February 18, 1929 in Missoula, Montana to Cleve and Ora Marks.

Her early childhood was spent on a 10,000-acre working family ranch in Townsend, Montana where both of her parents were born. She attended first grade at a mining camp in York, Montana where her father found work. She has two younger brothers, James and Michael, who were also born in Montana.

After the mine closed, the family moved to Helena, Montana where her father went to work for the Social Security Dept. In 1941, when she was 12 years old, the family moved to Seattle where her father went to work at Todd Shipyards building boats for the US Navy during WWII. She attended 7th grade at Beacon Hill Grade School and when the High Point Housing Projects were completed for the WWII industrial workers, her family moved there. Every day she walked to the Cooper School where she attended eighth grade. It was there she developed several lifelong friendships with her classmates, who still gather every Wednesday for dinner at the Chelan Cafe in West Seattle.

When her father’s next job took him to Everett, she stayed with Harold and Pearl Broughton, who lived a block from West Seattle High School, where she attended 9th grade until she graduated in 1947. After school and on Saturdays, she took the bus downtown for her part-time job at Frederick & Nelson, and gave the money she made to her host family. After graduation, she married Harold and Pearl’s son, Charles “Bud” Broughton, who had also graduated from West Seattle High School. In 1949, they bought their home on 47th Avenue where she raised her four children who graduated from WSHS: Tim in ‘66, Mary in ‘69, Joyce in ‘70, and LeeAnn in ‘72.

While her children were in school, she attended night classes at Edison Technical School on Broadway in Seattle where she learned her secretarial skills. After employment at several local construction companies, she worked at Loyal Lumber Co. on First Avenue South where she retired from in 1991. Betty has always been a huge fan of University of Washington Husky Football. For many years she attended both their home and away games. She was an active member of the American Legion Drill Team for many years travelling throughout Washington for both competitions and parades. She has volunteered for many years serving as the WSHS Alumni Association Secretary, where she retained the title of first-ever Board Member Emeritus. She also served as the Class of 1947 representative for what seems like eons.

Betty was preceded in death, by her brother, James Marks. She is survived by her brother, Michael Marks of Renton, WA. Betty is survived by five children: Tim Broughton and wife, Karen, of Kettle Falls, WA; Mary Ross and husband, Jerry, of Keller, WA; Joyce Olson and husband, Darrell, of Silverdale, WA; LeeAnn Nicholas and husband, Rick, of Deer Park, WA; and Tom Mullins and wife, Laurie, of Issaquah, WA. She is survived by three grandchildren: Nicole McCulla, Travis Broughton, and Nic Broughton. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Bianca Hernandez, Rory Broughton, Corinna McCulla, and Shane Meek.

Services will be held on Saturday, August 2nd, at Evergreen Washelli at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the West Seattle High School Alumni Association, 4742 42nd Ave SW, #215, Seattle, WA 98116.

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Memorial planned July 14th for West Seattle author/photographer Karen Sykes http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/memorial-planned-july-14th-for-west-seattle-authorphotographer-karen-sykes/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/memorial-planned-july-14th-for-west-seattle-authorphotographer-karen-sykes/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 06:38:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=277387 A public memorial has been announced for West Seattle-based hiking writer/nature photographer Karen Sykes. She was reported missing one week ago while hiking on Mount Rainier; last weekend, her daughter confirmed her death, and authorities subsequently determined she died of hypothermia. Ms. Sykes, 70, was known best for her books and columns about hiking, but we also knew her for the many West Seattle nature photos she shared via WSB in the past few years (see her Flickr gallery here). And now there’s word of a gathering to honor her memory:

Celebrate the life and legacy of Karen Sykes at the Seattle Mountaineers on July 14, 2014. Share stories and experiences with friends at 6:30 PM, with a program beginning at 7:00 PM.

Karen Sykes was an inspiration to many hikers as hiking companion, hike leader, columnist, guidebook author and photographer. Even though she is gone, she lives on in her work and in our hearts.

Please send photos of Karen Sykes for incorporation in a slide show to Heidi Walker at fotogirl.heidi@gmail.com

And don’t forget to share reminiscences of Karen at NW Hikers Trail Talk or at

The Mountaineers is at 7700 Sand Point Way NE.

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Celebration of life planned June 29th for Lynda Nield http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/celebration-of-life-planned-june-29th-for-lynda-nield/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/celebration-of-life-planned-june-29th-for-lynda-nield/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:07:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276965 Friends of Lynda Nield, who you might have known from her time working in West Seattle, are getting the word out about her celebration of life coming up in North Seattle June 29th, after her sudden, early death two weeks ago:

Lynda Susan Nield, 50, formerly of Cumberland, RI; Tempe, Arizona; and Shoreline, Washington, passed away accidentally on June 6, 2014, while swimming in Costa Rica.

She was the beloved daughter of Eunice I. Nield of Lincoln and Joseph G. Nield, Jr. and Allie Nield of No. Smithfield. She is also survived by her brother Joseph F. Nield and his wife Karen of Cumberland; her sisters Karen Nield Kinch and her husband Michael of Cumberland; Lori Nield Riel and her husband Denis of Pascoag; and her step-sisters Marilou Lowery and her husband Robert, and Traci Anne Egermayer and her husband Robert of New Jersey.

She also leaves her nephews Tyler Kinch, Michael Kinch, Joseph Nield, Jr., James Riel, Craig Riel, and Garrett Riel. She was the granddaughter of the late Gertrude and Francis L. Corrigan and Lillian and Joseph G. Nield. She was a graduate of Cumberland High School and attended Arizona State University and Mesa Junior College in Arizona.

Lynda loved children and was called to heaven after fulfilling her lifelong dream volunteering for the last six months at an orphanage in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. She was scheduled to return to her loving family in Rhode Island on Monday, June 9.

A celebration of Lynda’s life and spirit will be held on Sunday, June 29 at The Caroline Tavern, 13702 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125. This Memorial Service will be an opportunity to share your favorite memories of Lynda, and be in the company of friends … to say farewell to an amazing soul. The Celebration will be a Potluck – bring something if you can, or just come and reminisce with friends & celebrate Lynda’s life in a manner in which we know she would enthusiastically approve.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lynda’s Little Angels, a fund established in Lynda’s name to support children in need. If you wish to make a donation, please make checks payable to Lynda’s Little Angels, c/o of Blackstone River Federal Credit Union, 90 Monument Square, Woonsocket, RI 02895.

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Memorial this Saturday for E. Eilene Powelson, 1919-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/memorial-this-saturday-for-e-eilene-powelson-1919-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/memorial-this-saturday-for-e-eilene-powelson-1919-2014/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:18:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276902 Friends and family will gather this Saturday to remember 94-year-old ‘Eilene’ Powelson, and are sharing this remembrance:

Evelyn Eilene Powelson, known to family and friends as “Eilene,” passed away on June 16, 2014 at Providence Mount Saint Vincent Nursing Center.

Eilene was born on December 1, 1919 in Bellingham to David and Anna Larson. Early in her life, along with her parents and two younger sisters, they moved from Bellingham to Everett and eventually settled in Seattle before the breakout of WWII.

She met her husband Corden Powelson at the Lutheran Service Center in downtown Seattle 1944. They married on May 3, 1946 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Seattle) with Dr. Stub officiating. Corden preceded her in death on September 19, 2000 after 54 years of marriage. Eilene was a member of Peace Lutheran Church for over 20 years.

Eilene is also preceded in death by her son Vernon W. Powelson (2000) and Sister LaVerne R. Tostenson (1999).

Eilene is survived by her sister Nadine (Claude) Thompson of Seattle; son Richard (Karla) Powelson of Vashon; daughter-in-law Julie Powelson of Port Orchard; three grandsons, Aaron (Jennifer) Powelson of Shelton; Adam Powelson and Erik Powelson of Vashon. Plus, two great-grandchildren, Kyla and Jasen Powelson of Shelton.

Eilene graduated from Lincoln High School on June 14, 1939 and started working at the America Cookie Company, then moved on to Pacific Northwest Bell, which eventually became AT&T. Eilene worked in the accounting department until she retired in 1983.

Eilene loved spending time at the family cabin on Lake Sawyer with family and friends. She also loved to spend time with her three grandsons enjoying their birthdays and making all the holidays special with how she decorated her home for every holiday throughout the year.

The memorial service will be held at Providence Mount Saint Vincent Chapel (3rd floor) nursing center on June 21, 2014, at 1:30 pm with Reverend Eldon Olson and Reverend David Wold, both from Peace Lutheran Church, officiating. The burial will precede the memorial at the Evergreen Washelli Cemetery. Yarington Funeral Home will handle the burial arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Providence Mount Saint Vincent Foundation (4831 35th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98126) in Eilene’s name for the support and care the staff at the Mount gave Eilene over the last seven years.

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Memorial service Saturday for Joe Ceccarelli, 1964-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/memorial-service-saturday-for-joe-ceccarelli-1964-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/memorial-service-saturday-for-joe-ceccarelli-1964-2014/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:06:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276069 Friends and family of Joe Ceccarelli will gather this Saturday to remember him. They’re sharing this announcement to invite all those who knew him to be there:

Joseph A. Ceccarelli, longtime resident of West Seattle, died unexpectedly of pneumonia on May 7, 2014, at the age of 50. Joe had many friends in the community and will be missed. There will be a memorial service at Arbor Heights Community Church (10213 41st Ave SW) on Saturday, June 14th, at 2 pm.

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Robinson Newspapers publisher Jerry Robinson dies at 94 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/robinson-newspapers-publisher-jerry-robinson-dies-at-94/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/robinson-newspapers-publisher-jerry-robinson-dies-at-94/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 16:00:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=274589 Robinson Newspapers has announced the death of publisher Gerald “Jerry” Robinson, 94, of Burien. According to the company’s 1987 history book West Side Story, Mr. Robinson’s publishing career began in 1952, when he bought the White Center News; in the early ’70s, he took over the West Seattle Herald, subsequently merging it with the WC News, and then bought the Highline Times. He later acquired the Ballard News-Tribune, and his company last year combined the three print publications to create the Westside Weekly. Our photo at left is from 2009, when Mr. Robinson received the Community Service Award from the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce; accepting the award, he told Chamber members that he had tried to retire once, but felt “useless” when not working, because, he explained: “Nothing is as fulfilling” as being of service to others. Mr. Robinson continued to write weekly columns until recently. No memorial service has been announced yet; the online announcement says a detailed obituary is to be published later.

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Memorial tomorrow for Robert E. Chaney, ‘true West Seattle guy’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/memorial-tomorrow-for-robert-edmund-chaney-true-west-seattle-guy/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/memorial-tomorrow-for-robert-edmund-chaney-true-west-seattle-guy/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 03:53:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=273538 A memorial service and celebration are planned tomorrow (Friday, May 16th) for Robert Edmund Chaney, whose family shares this remembrance:

Mr. Robert Edmund Chaney met his Pilot face to face on May 8th at 88.

Mr. Chaney was best known as a true West Seattle guy! He was the father to Liz Chaney (Trindade) and Carolyn Camille Chaney, both of whom graduated from West Seattle High! Mr. Chaney was a true neighbor and lived in the North Admiral district since 1966.

He worked at Husky Delicatessen for more than 20 years and has been a RE Broker for Century 21 for most of his career. As a Christian minister, award-winning poet & writer, he left a powerful legacy to his other two children, Christopher Chaney of Southern California and & Kimberly Condrin of Renton WA. He has five grandchildren, Cory & Taylor Condrin, Tatiana, Lorenzo & Romeu Trindade. Mr. Chaney was one of 11 children and for the very reason he loved to have a lot of people, friends and family around. Mr. Chaney was a loving husband to Beverly Chaney (former Talent Manager to Jim Caviezel and Brendan Frasier). Mr. Chaney, Bob, was also a host father to hundreds of exchange students for over 15 years. He attended University of Oregon and Stanford with degrees in Business & Political Science.

Memorial service at Tahoma National Cemetery on May 16th, 2:00 pm, 18600 SE 240th St., Kent. Memorial celebration at his home in West Seattle. If you would like to attend, contact his daughter, Liz Chaney Trindade by cell, 917 435 6455; text is OK.

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Celebration of life next Saturday for ‘Roxy’ Fultz-Tovey, 1955-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/celebration-of-life-next-saturday-for-roxy-fultz-tovey-1955-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/celebration-of-life-next-saturday-for-roxy-fultz-tovey-1955-2014/#comments Tue, 13 May 2014 03:29:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=273199 A celebration of life for a woman known best as “Roxy” is planned this Saturday in Skyway. Shared by her family:

Roxanne (Roxy) Lee Fultz-Tovey passed away at age 58 in her home in Tacoma. She was born December 2, 1955, to the late Virgil Fultz and Gloria Bruce.

Roxy moved to West Seattle around 1975 after attending Western Washington University; she then went to dental hygienist school. Roxy made lots of lifelong friends during the 20 years she lived in West Seattle. After working as a dental hygienist for 5 years, she then went to work for the Boeing Company, where she finished out her working career, until 2009.

Roxy was married to Mark Tovey from 1994-2005 and has a stepdaughter, Erin Tovey of Spokane, who she loved very much. Roxanne is also survived by her grandmother Jessi Bruce of Tacoma, brother Bruce Fultz of Tacoma, brother Troy Hoffmaster of Hastings, Nebraska, nephew Coltn Hoffmaster of Port Townsend, aunt Virginia (Ginger) Steffenson of SeaTac, cousin Stacy Hardy of Moses Lake, and cousin Danay Mims of Enumclaw.

Celebration of life to be held Saturday, May 17th, 2:00 pm, at Skyway VFW, 7421 S. 126th St. Roxy’s favorite color was purple – it would be great if you have something purple to wear. Please make any memorial donations to the Lupus Foundation.

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Memorial this afternoon for Pearl Phillips, 1924-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/memorial-this-afternoon-for-pearl-phillips-1924-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/memorial-this-afternoon-for-pearl-phillips-1924-2014/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 16:04:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=272047 A memorial service is planned this afternoon for Pearl Phillips, whose family shares this remembrance:

Pearl Virginia (Niebanck) Phillips, 89, of Seattle passed away April 16. Daughter of Lillian Spamer and Frederick Niebanck, Pearl was born August 2, 1924, in Woodbridge, New Jersey.

Pearl grew up in New York City, but at the age of 16, her family drove cross-country to California. The experience opened her eyes to the natural beauty of the country, and once home, she resolved to return someday. Five years later, Pearl fulfilled that dream and moved to California, living with relatives while she worked in a defense plant during WWII. There, she met her future husband, Don, at an officer’s dance. A native of Washington state, he romanced her with tales of the beautiful Pacific Northwest, promising to buy her a flannel shirt, blue jeans and hiking boots. Three months later, they were married and headed to Washington, where Pearl lived the rest of her life.

Pearl was a city girl, Don a woodsman. Together they explored the forests of the Olympic Peninsula, often off-trail, Don hopping rocks across streams or walking logs over ravines while Pearl rode his shoulders.

At night, they squeezed into a single sleeping bag under the stars. Don slept while Pearl kept a lookout for bears and cougars, shining a flashlight at every rustle in the darkness. Despite her fears, these adventures were some of Pearl’s fondest memories.

During their first years of marriage, Pearl developed an interest and love for gems and minerals; in 1961, they opened a lapidary shop in Everson, Washington. Although the shop closed after a year, many family vacations were spent driving dusty backroads or combing river banks in search of jade, agates, jasper, thunder eggs, obsidian and petrified wood to name a few. More than once, the car lost an oil pan to bad roads and torn maps were repeatedly consulted and argued over. Still, they always came home with heavy bags of treasure, many of which held special meaning for Pearl for their memories.

Pearl was an insurance underwriter for most of her adult life. The last 25 years were spent with Alexander Meyers Insurance Co., until she retired in 1993. She was a valued employee who took great pride in her job, rarely missing work.

Nothing, however, made her more proud than her family. Having lost her mother when she was 4 and her father when she was 11, and living far from her stepmother and stepsiblings, Pearl’s family was everything to her. As a child she’d survived scarlet fever, diphtheria and polio, which left her with a disability. Pearl had been repeatedly told that because of her disability, she’d never get a job, never marry, and shouldn’t have children because they’d be sickly. But Pearl was feisty and had a fighting spirit. She did all of these things and more. She was there for her family no matter what they were doing, from rummage sales and plant sales, to babysitting and graduations; from helping with a move from one home to another to redecorating the kitchen and always attending the many, many family celebrations. She was our mom and will be greatly missed.

Predeceased by her husband of 32 years, Donald Eugene Phillips, Pearl is survived by her four children: Laura Thomas (Randy) of Seattle, Marc Phillips (Janice) of Tonasket, Gale Kroll (Detlev) of Seattle, and Leslie Phillips-Catton (John) of Ravensdale; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held today (May 1st) at 1:00 pm in community room #2 at The Kenney retirement home (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW). In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to The Kenney.

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