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Celebration of Life on Saturday for Richard M. Tada, 1961-2019

Family and friends will gather Saturday (April 20) to celebrate the life of Richard M. Tada. Here’s the remembrance that’s being shared with the community:

Richard Makoto Tada passed away peacefully on January 26, 2019, surrounded by friends and family after a valiant thirteen-month fight against pancreatic cancer.

He was born in Seattle to Koji and Yohko Tada on November 18, 1961 and attended public schools at Schmitz Park, Madison Junior High, and West Seattle High School. He earned a Ph.D. in Greek and Byzantine History from the University of Washington in 2008.

He loved to travel and explored many countries from this historical period and was fluent in ancient and modern Greek. As a talented writer, his many scholarly historical articles and book reviews were published in such magazines as the National Review and Military History Quarterly. He enjoyed his work colleagues and assignments as a technical writer at Quorum Review in downtown Seattle and was a dedicated member of Seattle Chinese Baptist Church.

Richard is survived by his parents, younger brother Steve, his aunts, and cousins.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 20th, 2019 at Seattle Chinese Baptist Church, 5801 Beacon Avenue South.

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Remembering Robert N. Johnson, 1941-2019

Family and friends have said goodbye to Robert Nestor Johnson. Here’s the remembrance being shared with the community:

Bob peacefully passed away on March 24 enveloped in the love of his family at his bedside. We are so thankful that we were able to be with him as he walked into the arms of our Lord. Our hearts are heavy with his loss but we know that he is enjoying a perfect game of bowling and under-par rounds of golf.

Bob was a lifelong resident of West Seattle, born on February 19, 1941. He graduated from Sealth High School in 1959. A few months later he was off to join the Air Force and spent 4 years in San Antonio, Amarillo, and Fort Worth, Texas. When he returned home, he bought a house on Gatewood Hill which he lived in for 53 years.

After the Air Force, Bob became a Welder, Boilermaker and Tool Maker. Over the years, his jobs took him to the Marshall Islands, Phoenix Islands, Canton Island, and Hawaii, where he had countless adventures and “stories.” When he wasn’t off on a job adventure, he worked for local Seattle companies and ended his working career at Boeing. As his family we are grateful that Bob documented his life so we were able to enjoy stories of his adolescence, young adulthood, military career and read about all of the commendations he received for outstanding performance at his various jobs during his life.

Bob was proficient in his hobbies of bowling, golfing, card playing, the games of Cribbage & Scrabble, traveling and camping in his van. He also enjoyed traveling with his buddies to golf courses in other states. Over the years, he was a local at West Seattle Bowl, West Seattle Golf Course, The New Deal, Benbow Inn, the Eagles, and Chelan Café.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents George & Mary Jane Johnson. Survivors include his sister Pat Leago, brother Jimmy Johnson & wife Kelley, sister Lori Stubberfield and husband Scott, along with 6 nieces & nephews and 6 grandnieces & grandnephews.

Our family would like to express gratitude to the staff at Swedish Medical Center, the Hospice Teams and all the individuals who were so kind in the weeks preceding Bob’s death. The compassion demonstrated to us was so appreciated. Per his request, his ashes will be scattered at a favorite family park. Gifts in his memory can be made to Swedish Medical Center.

We will miss you “What about Bob” – you are forever in our hearts

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Remembering Susan G. Werkema, 1959-2019

The family of Susan Gwen Werkema is sharing this remembrance with the community:

Susan Gwen Werkema
1959-2019

Susan passed away suddenly, having recently celebrated her 60th birthday. She was a remarkable and beloved daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. Her family and so many others benefitted from her love and support, her selfless kindness, and her warmth. She nurtured lifelong friends who will dearly miss her regular presence, smiles, laughter, and concern for their wellbeing.

Susan had a deep commitment to serving and helping others, and found great meaning and fulfillment in her chosen profession. She was a gifted and insightful massage therapist who helped countless patients live better and healthier lives. She was a creative individual and she practiced her love of art in many different forms and mediums. She loved her home among the fir trees in West Seattle and found strength, peace, and solitude among their grandeur in a very urban environment.

Susan suffered recently from significantly declining health, most likely brought on by her ongoing battles with diabetes. She was determined to lead with her best foot forward and put a positive spin on her tough circumstances.

Susan was a deeply spiritual person and had a profound grasp on the eternal. We know she is in a place now where she is very comfortable and at peace.

Susan is survived by an extended family that dearly loves, admires, and misses her: parents Gordon and Jacklyn Werkema of Michigan; siblings Gordon R. G. Werkema and his wife Barbara Purcell of Oregon, Nancy Haas and her husband Michael Haas of Michigan, Mark Werkema and his wife Anne Rivers of Georgia, Joel Werkema and his wife Rachel Deyette Werkema of Massachusetts; dearly loved nieces and nephews Amy Groenewold and her husband Jeff; Andrew, Taylor, and Sean Werkema; Julia Justine Damman and her husband Michael; Ashley, Chloe, Clara, and Olivia Werkema; Keri Haas Culhane and her husband Tom, Kevin Haas and his wife Jamie; and many cousins, aunts, uncles, friends, patients, and business associates. Susan was predeceased by her grandparents George and Gertrude Brumels, and Sidney and Lillian Werkema, and by loving aunts and uncles.

Susan was a 1981 graduate of Seattle Pacific University, and of training and certification programs in massage therapy both in the U.S. and China.

Plans are being formed to have a Seattle reception to honor Susan, most likely in the fall timeframe. Please let Barb Purcell know (at bapw59@gmail.com) of your interest in attending. Arrangements are private. Susan’s family members are planning to gather in a celebration of her life in the coming months, in Michigan.

Care entrusted to Emmick Family Funeral Home of West Seattle. Please share your condolences and fond memories of Susan with her Family & Friends by visiting her Online Memorial & Tribute Wall.

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Celebration of Life on Saturday for Thomas L. Hill, 1950-2019

Family and friends will gather Saturday (March 30th) to remember Tom Hill. Here’s the remembrance being shared with the community:

Thomas L. Hill, 68, of Seattle, Washington, passed away peacefully at home on February 26, 2019, after a long and hard-fought battle with cancer. Tom was born and raised in the wonderful, nurturing town of Richwood, West Virginia. He graduated from Richwood High School in the class of 1968 and moved away when he joined the US Navy the following year.

As a sailor, Tom was stationed out of NAS Whidbey Island and worked as a jet engine mechanic. Serving during the Vietnam War, he also toured aboard the aircraft carrier, USS America. During his time on Whidbey, Tom met, fell in love with, and married Marilyn Zylstra, his wife of 44 years. Following his time in the military, Tom and Marilyn settled down in West Seattle where they built a life and family. Always liking to work with his hands, his career was in industrial maintenance, splitting time between the steel and cement industries. He never worked more than a few miles from home because, as the father of two children, Ann Marie and David, he loved to be close and have extra time with his family. Tom retired at 60 but never failed to stay busy between hobbies, friends, travels, and fun times spent with Granddaughters Sadie and Liesl.

Tom was a friend to all and enjoyed meeting new people as much as seeing those he knew. This was something that very much showed up in how he lived his life. As an avid woodworker he often used his skills to benefit others, be it with walking sticks, a handmade gift, or assisting on pinewood derby cars. He served his church as a Deacon, and showed great care in our neighborhood. As both a puppy raiser and sitter, he was long involved with Guide Dogs for the Blind, an incredible and life-changing organization. It was not uncommon either, to see him walking West Seattle from Lincoln Park to Admiral with a friend’s dog (often Stella). Tom just liked connecting with people and enjoyed dogs.

Charities Tom supported include:

The Richwood Public Library
Guide Dogs for the Blind: Seattle Puppy Raisers
West Side Presbyterian Church: Deacon Fund

Tom will be missed by the family and friends he loved and served, and who will continue to remember him fondly. He lived a full life, though one that still feels too short. To honor him, a memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at West Side Presbyterian Church, 3601 California Ave SW.

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Celebration of Life planned April 6th for ‘Ed’ Stuhlman, 1961-2019

March 23, 2019 12:12 pm
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Family and friends will gather April 6th to celebrate the life of Edgar “Ed” Stuhlman. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing with the community:

Edgar ‘Ed’ Stuhlman passed away this past Sunday, March 17th, at the age of 57. He went into cardiac arrest and suffered a head injury, and after a three-week long battle, he passed away with family by his side. Ed was a loving and wise family man who enjoyed watching hockey and spending time with his family.

A Seattle area native, Ed grew up in Burien and graduated from Highline High School in 1980. Ed lived in West Seattle and was the Store Manager of the Advanced Auto Parts in the Alaska Junction. He greatly enjoyed helping his customers and took great pride in his work.

Anyone who interacted with him would attest to his caring, genuine, and loving nature. He deeply cared about family and friends. He loved taking friends and family out to dinner, cracking jokes over appetizers, or going to see a movie. He loved music and had an irreplaceable sense of humor. For many years he was a Seattle Thunderbirds season ticket holder and loved enjoying a beer and watching the game. From watching in person to watching on TV, or even playing hockey video games, he loved the sport in any form.

He is survived by his loving family: his mother, Carole Stuhlman, sisters Lynn Schmuck, Lori Stuhlman, and Julie Stuhlman, brother-in-law John Schmuck, and his step-daughter Chelsea Cole. Along with nieces and nephews Nikki and Jorge Contreras, Robert and Carissa Schmuck, Kevin Schmuck, Kylee Schmuck, Brittany Nelson and Brandon Carnahan, and Brianna Nelson. Also, by grand nieces and nephews Ara and Eli Contreras and August Schmuck. He also had a large group of loving family in Canada, as well as his Olsgaard family, whom he loved immensely. His father, Edgar Stuhlman, and wife Spring Stuhlman preceded him in death.

A celebration of life will be held at Seahurst Park in Burien on April 6th at Coral shelter from 1-3pm with remembrances at 2 pm. The family is raising money for medical and funeral expenses, and if you feel so inclined, you can donate to that fund here or consider a donation to the American Heart Association in his honor.

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Celebration of Life planned March 30th for Eleanor Lawry, 1925-2019

March 12, 2019 7:51 pm
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Family and friends will gather March 30th to remember Eleanor Lawry. This is the remembrance they’re sharing with the community now:

Eleanor Loraine Johnson Justice Lawry was born February 28, 1925, died March 5, 2019.

She celebrated her 94th birthday at The Kenney in West Seattle, where she had lived since 2012. She was born to Arthur Johnson & LaRue (Mowre) Johnson and lived most of her life in West Seattle, and graduated from West Seattle High School in 1942. Eleanor married Keith Justice in Seattle on August 1943. After 26 years of marriage, he died in 1969. On June 1971, she married William F Lawry, Jr. They celebrated their 28th anniversary before he died in 1999.

Eleanor worked at the N&N Variety store in the Admiral Junction for several years before moving to JC Penney, where she worked for 23 years. She would probably still be working at Penney’s into her nineties if the store was still in the Junction. She was an avid bowler, square dancer, Pinochle player, Girl Scout leader and youth group leader at Tibbetts Methodist. Eleanor loved the outdoors and her garden.

She is survived by her three children: LaVonne (Justice) Gould, (Phil); Virginia Justice, AKA jim justice, (Dave McConnell); Verne Justice, (CeCe Kelly), and five grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. She is also survived by her stepchildren Anne (Lawry) Sheets, Joan Lawry, Barb Lawry, Mary (Lawry) Schultz, Bill Lawry and their families.

She is also survived by the Kolbe family and friends in Iowa, where Keith and Eleanor lived after he returned from serving in the Philippines in WWII to work his uncle’s farm. They returned to Seattle in 1952.

She was preceded in death by her brother Charles.

Special thanks to the caring staff at The Kenney. Celebration of her life at The Kenney on Sat., March 30th, from 1-3 PM.

Comments can be left at www.emmickfunerals.com/notices/Eleanor-Lawry

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Remembering George B. Ransdell, 1943-2019

Family and friends will gather in Portland next month to celebrate the life of George B. Ransdell, and are sharing this remembrance with the community:

Rufus and Mildred Ransdell of Seattle gave birth to George Bock Ransdell on January 9th, 1943. He spent his childhood in Seattle along with sister Linda Ransdell Gurnari, graduating from West Seattle High School in 1961.

Following graduation, George joined the military, serving in Germany and Fort Knox. In 1963, George married classmate Joan Frances Pickart, together parenting three daughters: Monica Lynn Ransdell, Jennifer Lynn Ransdell, and Joanna Lynn Ransdell Biron. In 1967, George and family moved to Portland, Oregon, for a job transfer. In 1989, George met and married Arlene Jensen. He and Arlene shared their time living in Portland near George’s daughters and grandchildren Violet, Vincent, Everett, Castle, Evan, and Lillian, and living in Tempe, Arizona near Arlene’s children and grandchildren. George moved permanently to Tempe, Arizona in 2017.

George spent his life dedicated to his love of family and his activities within the Mormon church, which he joined in 1963. He was a collector of vinyl records, VHS movies, and all things collectable, which developed into his favorite hobby, selling on eBay. George and Arlene with their beloved dog Turbo led active, joyous lives together until a tragic auto accident on February 21, 2019 took their lives. They will be greatly missed.

George and Arlene will be laid to rest at the Skyline Memorial Gardens, Portland, OR. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on April 14th from 12 pm to 3 pm at the McMenamin’s Kennedy School, Portland, OR.

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Remembering Patricia North Stamets, 1925-2019

The family of Patricia North Stamets will say goodbye to her tomorrow and is sharing this remembrance with the community today:

Patricia North Stamets passed away Friday, March 1, 2019, at the age of 93. Patty brought joy and happiness to all the lives she touched.

West Seattle resident Patricia (Patty) North Stamets was born August 13, 1925, in Seattle, Washington to Dr. Charles Quay North and Charlotte Davis North. She grew up in West Seattle with her 5 siblings. Patty attended West Seattle High School. She attended the University of Washington for 3 years, majoring in English Literature, until she married William Kerr Stamets of Pittsburgh, PA.

Patty and Bill were blessed with five children, settling in Bellevue, WA, for a year before moving to Columbiana, Ohio, where Bill worked as an engineer and founded Northeast Ohio Machine Builders. They raised their family in Ohio for over 22 years.

Once her children were grown, Patty returned to the Seattle area settling in Normandy Park. She had a successful real estate career in sales for John L. Scott Real Estate in Residential Properties for the next 25 years in the Burien office. Patty retired in 1995.

Upon retirement, she moved to Winthrop, WA, to become the Resident Manager for the Methow Valley Ranch Ministries, a nonprofit Christian Retreat Center. In 2014, Patty moved back to the West Seattle home of her childhood.

Patty was an avid gardener, DIY crafter, active in women’s Christian groups, and grandmother to 4 grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Patty leaves behind her children – daughter Lilly of Mill Valley, CA; Bill of Chicago. IL; and twins North of Sausalito, CA, and Paul of Shelton, WA. Her son John Stamets of Seattle predeceased her in 2014.

Patty will be buried tomorrow (March 7th) in the morning. A private celebration of her life will follow.

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Memorial service Saturday for Howard Bogie, 1929-2019

Family and friends will gather Saturday (March 9th) in memory of Howard Bogie. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing with the community:

Howard Bogie passed away February 21, 2019 in Seattle at the age of 89.

He was born November 22, 1929 in Seattle, Washington, the son of Donald and Hilda Bogie. He is survived by Dorcas, his wife of 67 years, and sons David Bogie and wife Lora and Donald Bogie and wife Sheryl, daughter in-law Sue Bogie, and his sister Alice Shantz; grandchildren Michael Bogie and wife Jan, Katherine Calligan and husband Ian, Christopher Bogie and wife Lindsey and Collin Bogie. Also, great-grandchildren Hannah Lora Calligan and Victoria and Annabelle Bogie. He is preceded in death by son Dennis Bogie and grandson Ryan Bogie.

Howard graduated from San Jose State College with an Honors degree in Recreation after serving in the Air Force. He began his 40-year career in Recreation in Redwood City, CA, moved to Salinas, CA, and then to Stockton, CA, and was with the City of Seattle Parks Department for 23 years as a Director of Aquatics, Athletics and Golf Facilities. He was very involved with aquatics his entire life and was a swimming pool design consultant.

In 1973 Washington State designated Howard as a Distinguished Washington Citizen and the City of Seattle declared February 2, 1990 as Howard Bogie Day in Seattle. He loved sports and this love led him to being a statistician for over 20 years for the Seattle SuperSonics. For KIRO Radio Howard did the statistics for the Seattle Seahawks and the University of Washington Huskies, and he also worked with the Seattle Mariners. He served as Seattle Men’s Fastpitch Softball Commissioner 1966-77 and National Vice President and brought the Men’s Fastpitch National Tournament to Seattle in 1973 and the Men’s World Tournament to Tacoma in 1980. Upon retirement he began a second career organizing Charity Golf Tournaments. He organized over 175 tournaments that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for worthy causes.

Howard was a kind soul, loving husband, great father, loving grandfather and great-grandfather. He will truly be missed by all those that had the pleasure and honor of knowing him. Howard was a very active member for over 40 years at Tibbetts United Methodist Church in West Seattle, where a Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Tibbetts is located at 3940 41st Ave SW.

In lieu of flowers, memorials honoring the life of Howard Bogie can be made to:
The Lenny Wilkens Foundation or Tibbetts United Methodist Church.

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Remembering Catherine Carfrae Rhodes, 1926-2019

March 4, 2019 9:00 am
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Family and friends are remembering Catherine Carfrae Rhodes. Here’s the remembrance being shared with the community:

Catherine Carfrae Rhodes, age 92, of Seattle, passed away on February 24, 2019 at Providence Mount St. Vincent West Seattle.

Catherine was born June 22, 1926 in Seattle to William Watt Carfrae and Catherine Grant Carfrae (born: Barnet), originally of Fife and Edinburgh, Scotland. Catherine was the last remaining Carfrae of her generation.

She is survived by her 5 children: Lorren Gregory Fladseth; William Christopher Fladseth, John Scott Fladseth, Alexandra Grant Bazemore (born: Fladseth), and Leslie Catherine Markey (born: Rhodes); 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Catherine was a lifetime resident of West Seattle and loved Alki Beach, living there for many years of her life. Other than a short time in San Diego, Catherine was a devoted resident of West Seattle, attending Lafayette Elementary, James Madison Middle School, and West Seattle High School, graduating in 1944. In the late 1950s, after working at Darigold, Catherine worked at KING TV as a Secretary to the VP of Sales.

Catherine was closest to her children, enjoyed music, reading and a “good cup of tea.” Even on a limited income, she donated to several charities for 30+ years; ASPCA, Humane Society of King County, Paralyzed Vets, and Disabled Artists (mouth and foot painters).

In the words of her favorite song, her children lovingly release Catherine on her final Sentimental Journey and pray that there is comfort and relief for her: “Gonna take a sentimental journey, gonna set my heart at ease; gonna make a sentimental journey, to renew old memories. Sentimental journey home.” May you rest in peace, mom.

Per Catherine’s wishes, there will be no memorial service. She will be laid to rest on March 11, 2019 at the Forest Lawn Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, please make in-memoriam donations to Providence Mount St. Vincent/WEST SEATTLE.

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Remembering “Rotten” Ralph Ruel Kennicott, 1937-2019

He was known – affectionately – as “Rotten Ralph,” and now his family is sharing this remembrance of Ralph R. Kennicott with the community:

“Rotten” Ralph Ruel Kennicott passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on February 21st, 2019 at the age of 82.

Ralph was born in Hagerman, Idaho on January 16th, 1937. While he was young, his family moved to Washington and settled in West Seattle.

He proudly joined the Navy Reserves before graduating from West Seattle High School in 1955. He raised his family in West Seattle and was the first of 3 generations to graduate from WSHS. During his early life, Ralph enjoyed bird hunting and fishing with his buddies. He was known for his quick wit and humor, earning him the affectionate nickname of “Rotten Ralph.”

In 1983, Ralph married Tanya, the love of his life. After his retirement, they moved to Belfair, WA (2002). There he enjoyed entertaining family and friends at their beach house, “Casa de Crab,” continuing to fish and catch crab and clams. The oysters, however, were safe from his pursuits.

Ralph is survived by his wife Tanya; children Robin (Mark) Olson, Michael (Michele) Kennicott, Alison Newquist, Lisa (Tom) Tomlinson, Emily (Michael) Duckum, and Shawn (Carrie) Kennicott; 20 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial will be held in Belfair on March 23rd, 2019. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Providence SoundHomeCare and Hospice, 360-493-7981.

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Remembering Patty Wamsley, 1931-2019

February 28, 2019 9:13 am
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The family of Patricia “Patty” Wamsley is sharing this remembrance with the community:

Patricia A. Wamsley passed away Saturday, February 16th, at the age of 87.

Patty was born in Winchester, ID in 1931 to Hilliard and Katherine Patton. She grew up near Craigmont, Idaho on the family homestead amongst a large extended family on the Camus Prairie. She attended St. Gertrude’s Academy in Cottonwood, Idaho before graduating from Craigmont High School. She went on to attend the University of Idaho and then received her teaching certificate from the Lewiston Normal.

She taught elementary school in Pasco, WA until she married Arnold “Red” Wamsley, also of Craigmont, in 1956. In 1960, Red took a job at The Boeing Company, and they moved to West Seattle, where they raised their family in the Junction area. Once her children were grown, Patty spent some time as a substitute teacher for the Seattle School District, as a page at the High Point and Southwest Branch of the Public Library, and as a volunteer at the Jefferson Elementary School Library.

Patty loved to read and to garden and, until her health prevented it, was a regular at Holy Rosary Church. Later in life, she spent time in Winchester with her childhood companion Mike Mathison, attending Eastern Star and old Time Fiddling events.

Patty leaves behind her children Kathy and David in Burien, Stacie Jo in West Seattle, and a granddaughter, as well as her siblings Mary Jo Ringwood, George Patton, Dwight Patton, and an extended collection of niece and nephews. Patty will be buried in the Craigmont Cemetery during a short graveside ceremony on Tuesday, March 5th, at 11:30 in the morning. A local lunch will follow.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that people consider a donation in her name to The Friends of the Craigmont Community Library at PO Box 191, Craigmont, ID 83523.

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Celebration of Life planned Saturday for Sharon VanHoutte, 1958-2019

Family and friends will gather Saturday to celebrate the life of Sharon L. VanHoutte. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing with the community:

Sharon Louise VanHoutte
January 6, 1958 – February 20, 2019

Our “lucky penny” Angel

Sharon L. VanHoutte, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, brought joy and happiness to all lives she touched. Shortly after her 61st birthday, Sharon peacefully passed away on February 20, 2019, and went to heaven, where she will live eternally with her savior.

Sharon lived her entire life in West Seattle. She met the love of her life, Curt, and married in 1979. They had two children, Shawna and Ryan, whom she loved and adored.

She was the woman who had everything done at the end of the day. Her diligence allowed her family to live simply and love life. She might as well have published Good Housekeeping. She liked to cook, dance, garden, walk Alki Beach with Curt; they attended all their kids’ sporting events and participated in school field trips. Sharon cherished her Christmas Eve hors d’oeuvres spreads and her infamous snowmen collection.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Virginia Cocherl, and sister Chris. She is survived her husband Curt, daughter Shawna (Tim), son Ryan, granddaughter Laylina, Mom (in law) Pat, brother Steve, sisters Donna (Bruce), Holly, Kellie (Tony), and in-laws Vicki (Dean), Karen (Mark), and Scott. Numerous nieces, nephews, and friends who were like family to her because family was most important. She was dearly loved and will be missed by all.

There will be a celebration of life March 2nd, from 12 pm-4 pm, at St. Bernadette’s Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Seattle Children’s Hospital or a charity of your choice.

“Where love is concerned, too much is not even enough.” -Pierre Beaumarchais

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Celebration of Life on March 2 for Dr. Douglas Hom, 1949-2019

A Celebration of Life is planned March 2 for longtime West Seattle physician Dr. Douglas Hom. Here’s the remembrance his family is sharing with the community:

Dr. Douglas Hom, age 69, passed away the morning of Friday, January 25, 2019. He suffered a heart attack while skiing and, after a week-long struggle at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, died peacefully, surrounded by family.

Doug was born July 26, 1949, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Dr. Leong “Lee” and Syen “Sunny” Hom. He was the eldest of four boys and, although competition was stiff, the most adventuresome troublemaker of the lot.

During his youth in small town Battle Lake, Minnesota, he played golf, baseball, and basketball; participated in band, chorus, and debate; and did other “normal” things that would surprise no one who knew him, like spontaneous multi-day canoe adventures and making sure nobody picked on his little brothers. Smart and opinionated even then, he graduated as high school valedictorian. The caption for his high school senior photo was, “Even his explanations needed explaining.” This sentiment followed him throughout his entire life.

He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1974, moved to Glens Falls, New York, and established a medical private practice. In 1985, he moved to Seattle and worked for the Providence Hospital medical group until 2000 when he and his brother, Dr. Denis Hom, opened a medical practice together in West Seattle. During this time, he also treated patients at several adult family care facilities. Drawing on the legacy set by his father, Doug took his vocation to heart. His patients were treated with the same compassion and genuine – if sometimes tough – love as his family.

Doug was a devoted father and grandfather, thoughtful mentor, and loyal friend. He had an active imagination and insatiable curiosity. He dove into life with a passion that few could match. He truly loved people: his family and friends, his patients, and people he’d just meet passing through. He felt they ultimately made his life richer and more interesting. In turn, he touched and made a positive impact on many lives.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Sunny Hom. He is survived by his brothers, Denis Hom (Mei-Lan), James Hom (Siu-Lin), Curtis Hom (Vivian); his children, Tanya Farmer (Justin), Ainsley Bar Telem (Elan), Kyra-lin Hom (Chad Richman); his grandchildren, Jocelyn Farmer, Lucas Farmer, Elijah Farmer; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to Tibbetts United Methodist Church, Operation Nightwatch, or Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 1 pm in the sanctuary at Tibbetts United Methodist Church in West Seattle (3940 41st Ave. SW). It will be open to family, friends, and all who wish to pay their respects. Black/mourning attire is requested.

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Remembering ‘Cal’ Wiseman, 1929-2019

Family and friends are remembering longtime West Seattle business owner “Cal” Wiseman, and sharing this remembrance with the community:

Austin Calvin (“Cal”) Wiseman was born in Carthage, South Dakota on August 4, 1929 to parents Austin L. and Ellen Wiseman. Cal suddenly passed away February 13, 2019 surrounded by family members.

Cal graduated from Madison High School, where he met his high school sweetheart and future bride Joyce. Cal and Joyce (nee Johnson), married May 23, 1950 in Madison, South Dakota.

Cal served his country during the Korean Conflict in the South Dakota National Guard. First stationed at Camp Carson in Colorado, and later deployed “overseas” to Alaska.

Cal moved his growing family to Seattle in 1953. He then had an extensive career in Appliance Sales and Service as the founder and former owner of the still-operating Wiseman Appliance in West Seattle. He was a member of the Elks, and various West Seattle organizations. Cal was well-known and beloved throughout the West Seattle community. He was always quick to laugh and joke with everyone he met. He had a passion for family events, travel, personalized license plates, hats, fishing, spending time at the lake. Cal was always the first to help where he could. He loved his home on Alki.

Cal is survived by Joyce, his wife of 68 years, daughter Paula (Billy) Small of Renton, Sons: Daniel of Seattle, Stephen of Kirkland, Craig of Seattle, Scott of Seattle and Mark of Des Moines; brother Arlin Wiseman of Federal Way, and sister Donna Smith of Glenwood, IA. In addition, Cal is survived by nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. Cal will be dearly missed by all of his friends and loved ones.

A private interment will follow at a later date at Tahoma National Cemetery.

To leave an online condolence to the family, please (go here).

In lieu of sending flowers, remembrance donations may be sent to St. Bernadette Parish, Elks Lodge of Burien, or Seattle Children’s Hospital, and would be most appreciated by the family.

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Celebration of Life on February 24 for Bill Peckham, 1963-2019

That’s a video tribute produced by Northwest Kidney Centers in memory of Bill Peckham, a West Seattle resident known for his advocacy on behalf of dialysis patients – himself included. With his Celebration of Life planned one week from tomorrow, we received this remembrance to share with the community:

Bill passed away on January 18, 2019, at the far-too-young age of 55, surrounded by his friends. He died at Swedish Cherry Hill from complications relating to sepsis. Having survived a heart attack, several strokes, and staph infection in November, Bill was never able to fully fight off the blood infection.

Bill was born August 30, 1963, in Evanston, Illinois, to James and Susan Peckham. He joined his proud brothers Charlie and Jimmy and lived his pre-college years at the family home in Wilmette, Illinois.

Bill graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in accounting and marketing. After graduation, he was ready to take on the world – both in business and in travel. But a diagnosis of kidney failure in his early 20s radically changed the course of his life. Bill received a transplanted kidney from his brother, Jimmy. However, the transplanted kidney soon failed and Bill knew it was only a matter of time before he needed to start dialysis.

Before going on dialysis, however, Bill travelled for several months around the world, thinking that this would be his only opportunity to do so. That travel adventure was cut short when he contracted dysentery while trekking in Nepal.

For many years, Bill thought kidney disease was the end of his life as he knew it. But with the incredible support of the staff at Northwest Kidney Centers (NKC), Bill learned to take charge of his own life. He soon learned to dialyze at home, where he did so successfully for nearly 20 years. In total, Bill lived well on dialysis for 28 years – a remarkable achievement.

Even with his kidney disease, Bill lived an incredibly full life. He worked full time making signs for Triumph Expo and Events and continued to travel, visiting 34 countries and dialyzing in 23 of them. He considered dialysis a back-door look into other cultures.

Bill inherited his love of travel. John Ledyard, Bill’s ancestor and namesake (middle name Ledyard), sailed with Captain Cook and attempted to traverse the USSR, among other great travel adventures. His grandparents also were inveterate travelers, having sailed around the world twice for months at a time, leaving delightful diaries of their voyages. Bill also traveled often with his family growing up.

In addition to his love of travel, Bill had a passion for dogs. One of his college dogmates was Tyler, an Australian Shepherd. Smitten by the breed, all of Bill’s dogs were Aussies: Brainy, followed by Cairny, and finally Banjo.

Bill was also a fierce advocate for patient care. He was an active volunteer for NKC and served on their Board for many years, including a term as Board Chair. Many know Bill through his advocacy work at NKC, from his blog “Dialysis from the Sharp End of the Needle,” and from his lobbying efforts in Washington State and Washington, DC.

Bill was pre-deceased by his parents, Jim and Sue Peckham, and his brother, Jimmy Peckham. He is survived by his brother Charlie, his dog Banjo, and many friends.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held Sunday, February 24, at 2:00 at Northwest Kidney Centers – Seattle Kidney Center – 548 15th Ave (corner of Cherry and 15th). All are welcome.

Remembrance donations can be made to Northwest Kidney Centers, PO Box 3035, Seattle WA 98114-9900 – or via www.nwkidney.org/give.

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Celebration of Life planned in April for Dennis A. Simonsen, 1942-2019

Friends and family are invited to an April celebration of the life of Dennis A. Simonsen. Here is the remembrance being shared with the community:

In loving memory of Dennis A. Simonsen, 76, recently of Tomah, Wisconsin and longtime resident of West Seattle, who died on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, surrounded by his family, at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Dennis was born on August 16, 1942 to Alvin and Helen (Lingman) Simonsen in Redmond, Oregon. He married Donna (Leiendecker) on September 5, 1970 in Juneau, Alaska, and together they have two children, Daphney Newtson of West Seattle and Devon Simonsen, also of West Seattle. He was also blessed with two grandchildren, Zachary Newtson of Peoria, Illinois, and McKenzy Newtson of West Seattle.

Dennis was a man of deep faith with a huge heart that cared for all those around him. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe parish, the Knights of Columbus in both Washington and Wisconsin, and involved in many volunteer programs, including Friend to Friend, Hospice, ICYE (international youth exchange) Catholic Community Services (Foster care), and helping with Donna’s in-home day care. His outside work included purser for the Alaska Marine Highway, travel agent here in Seattle, and in recent years, medical assisting and kidney dialysis tech.

A prayer service was held on Friday, February 8, 2019 in Tomah, Wisconsin at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home. In addition, a celebration of his life will be held on April 27, 2019 at 1 pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe church, and all that knew him are invited to attend.

Dennis is also survived by his sister, Carol (Simonsen) James of Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, as well as many nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.

His presence in our lives will be missed, but we are assured that his love for his family and the fond memories we shared will continue on within us.

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Celebration of life on Thursday for Jeffrey James Morrison, 1993-2019

Family and friends will gather next Thursday (January 24) to celebrate the life of Jeffrey James Morrison. Here’s the remembrance being shared with the community:

Jeffrey James Morrison

Jeff passed away unexpectedly January 4, 2019, leaving us with broken hearts. Jeff was born May 11, 1993 in Seattle. He was preceded in death by his dad Jim Morrison, grandparents Len and Bea Whitlock, and his dogs Ani and Obi. He leaves behind his mom Sue, sisters Mary, Karen, and Kristen, his uncle Joe Whitlock, his aunt Laurie McCormick, and cousin John McCormick.

Jeff was raised in West Seattle and attended Holy Rosary school. He graduated from Kennedy High School in 2011 and went on to attend Bellevue College, earning an Associate degree in Digital Media Arts and a certificate in Advanced Videography. He worked at Target and for Best Made Videos while attending college and was just beginning his career search. Jeff had a passion for cameras and videography beginning at a young age, never allowing his mother to keep a camera of her own very long. He was an avid gamer, skateboarder, snowboarder, and loved all forms of comedy. His greatest joys were watching the Seattle Seahawks and Mariners, and spending time with his family, friends, and dogs.

Jeff’s presence will be forever missed, but the memory of him will remain in our hearts eternally. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, January 24th, 10:00 am at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in West Seattle. You are invited to join us in this celebration of Jeff’s life, and are encouraged to wear your favorite Seahawks or Mariners gear.

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Remembering Paul F. Gaige, 1940-2019

January 16, 2019 8:01 pm
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The family of West Seattle native Paul F. Gaige is sharing this remembrance with the community:

Paul Fritz Gaige
05/28/1940 – 01/13/2019

Paul Fritz Gaige went to Heaven filled with light and joy to be in the presence of his Savior at 9 pm on Sunday 01/13/19 at Columbia Lutheran Home in Seattle.

A West Seattle native, Paul was a Boy Scout in 1952 and was included in a Time Capsule event at Alki Beach’s Statue of Liberty constructed as part of a national campaign to recognize the 40th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. This time capsule is to be opened in 2052.

Leaving West Seattle HS early, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1957 and served on the U.S.S. Frontier in Long Beach, CA, San Diego, CA, Australia, and Okinawa, Japan. He then relocated to San Jose, CA in 1962 and 10 years later became an Insurance Investigator in Hong Kong. Returning to Seattle in 1974, Paul had a career at Bethlehem Steel Mill in West Seattle and learned the art of Kung-Fu in Seattle’s Chinatown. After the Steel Mill closed down, he returned to college and became a Graduate of Seattle University with a degree in Criminal Justice while an active member and President of the Honors society. In the 1990s he began a new career as the Director of Social Services Program for DARP, a Drug, Alcohol and Recovery Program in Pioneer Square, Seattle changing the lives of thousands of people, assisting with housing and resources to stay safe and sober. The Seattle Union Gospel Mission’s “Ed G” remembers Paul Gaige’s work at DARP as a program that “broke most people’s hearts” as it “was for the ultimate broken men dying of alcoholism.”

His mother was Mrs. Glenavier Cady Marks Gaige (1917-1997), active in the West Seattle Eagles and Eastern Star and wife of Mr. Judson Melvin Gaige (1908-1976), former Boeing Supervisor who also enjoyed being active in the Eagles Club and Freemasons in the 1950s through 1970s.

He is survived by two sisters, Nancy Gaige Jones and Gail Gaige Cochran, a niece in Boston, a niece in Texas, a nephew in Germany, 5 children (Michael Gaige deceased in 1974) former wife Elena, 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make an online donation to the Seattle Union Gospel Mission or volunteer at your local homeless shelter in his remembrance.

His son Nick Gaige would like to thank the the staff at Columbia Lutheran Home, Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue, ICU at Issaquah Swedish Hospital, Veterans Administration Seattle, VA RN Jacqueline Hurd, VA Dr. Simha Reddy, VA Social Worker Kim Brown, Providence Hospice team RN Pamela Simpkin and Social Worker Chisako Wells, who took great care of him in his final season of life.

Special thanks to Pastor Jon Smith of City Church/ Churchome Seattle, Traci Jones with Champions Centre Tacoma/Bellevue, Law Offices of Jenny Ling PLLC, Carol with CookiesByCookies, Karl Kamakahi with LeafChews Seattle, Chaplain Mary Lindberg and Rev. Earl Grout of Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle.

Funeral services will be held at Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego.

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Celebration of life planned January 26 for Scott Rasmussen

January 14, 2019 10:35 pm
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Family and friends invite the community to celebrate the life of Scott Rasmussen one week from Saturday:

There will be a Celebration of Life for our wonderful friend Scott Rasmussen on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 3:00 PM at the Chelan Café in West Seattle….one of his favorite spots!

We ask that you bring your good memories of Scotty to share. Please also bring any favorite photos you have of Scotty, as well as a few copies in case others would like to have one. There will be food at the Celebration, as well as a “No Host” bar.

Come raise a toast to Scotty, the “Mayor of Alki,” and all the great memories he created for us!

Saturday, 1/26/19 @ 3:00 PM
Chelan Cafe
3527 Chelan Ave SW
206-932-7383

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Memorial service January 20 for Patricia Earle-Sylvester, 1933-2019

Family and friends will gather one week from tomorrow to remember Patricia Earle-Sylvester. They’re sharing this remembrance with the community:

Patricia Earle-Sylvester (née Rutherford)

Our mother was born in Miami, Florida, near the Everglades, on 6/15/33. Her Creator gathered her into His arms in the loving presence of her large family in the comfort of her home on 1/5/19. She died from complications caused by H.U.S. (hemolytic uremic syndrome). She was an energetic, talented, loving, and elegant lady, though in her final years she suffered mightily from arthritic pain. Despite this, she always managed a beautiful smile for her children, grand- and great-grandchildren and her many in-laws and friends.

Mom’s life was never easy. She was married at an early age to her first husband David M. Earle, with whom she had six kids in nearly as many states and many moves: Ric, Robin (husband Marc), Randy who died in 2014 (Angela), Andrew (Joanne), Kelly (Gigi), Tony (Jennifer). Despite a very difficult marriage and not very much money to spare (mom often worked nights to plug holes in the budget), those children never lacked for the basics nor for love.

In the late ’60s, David secured a job at Boeing, which brought the family to Seattle where it settled down in West Seattle. As usual, mom worked various jobs (sometimes with the help of her kids) to supplement the family’s income. Unfortunately, the marriage could not be saved and David and mom divorced in the early ’70s.

While working at Boeing, mom met and married Vincent Sylvester, who was also a skilled landscaper. When mom was laid off during the massive late-’70s recession, she began working with Vincent, who had left Boeing as well, in their new landscaping business. Together with son Randy and often the other younger kids as well, mom continued the grass-cutting operations for many years, even after she and Vincent divorced in the mid-’90s.

In the final chapter of mom’s life she formed a loving and lasting relationship with partner Mileta Radunivic, who supported her in her darkest hours with love, humility, and compassion. Together they ran an adult home for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients for 20+ years, giving comfort to those most in need.

For our mother, the most important thing in her life was her relationships with those she loved. For these she was generous to a fault. She extended that love and support not only to her immediate family, but also to the families of her in-laws, and certainly to the children and grandchildren of Mileta. She had a special fondness for her many grand- and great grandchildren, and for Mileta’s three children and grandkids. In her final days, grandson Jesse was a particular guardian angel to her and he was rarely absent from her and Mileta’s side.

Besides her children, grand- and great-grandchildren, mom is survived by her siblings Kathy, Anne, Bill, and John.

There will be a non-secular service and celebration at Bonney-Watson Washington Memorial Park & Mortuary, Sunday, January 20, at 1:00.

We would also like to thank the expertise and kindness of the Swedish hospital and staff in mom’s final hours.

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Memorial service Saturday for Louis (Eric) Erickson Jr., 1958-2019

Family and friends will gather Saturday (January 12th) to remember Louis (Eric) Erickson Jr. They are sharing this remembrance with the community:

It is with great sadness that the family of Louis (Eric) Erickson Jr. announces his unexpected and sudden passing on January 7, 2019 at 60 years old. For those of you fortunate enough to have known Eric, you knew a funny, sweet, and caring man who would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it and never asked for anything in return.

Eric was born and raised in West Seattle and was proud to say he lived there his entire life. He attended Alki Elementary, James Madison Junior High, and West Seattle High School (Class of ’77). During high school, he played varsity football and was a track star. It was also there that he met his high-school sweetheart, Deanna Tetrick.

Eric and Deanna were married shortly after high school and had two children together. Jennifer was born in ’79 and her little brother Louis III was born shortly after in ’83. They were the lights of his life and, in his words, the best things that ever happened to him. He was a dedicated family man even through tough times. He and Deanna eventually divorced and co-parented their children together. He coached his son’s basketball team, taught his daughter the proper way to maintain her car, and was over the moon when he became a grandfather.

In 1993, Eric was sent on a blind date that was set up by a co-worker. Sparks flew and there he met his soon-to-be wife, Heather. She was not only his wife, but his best friend and he would tell everyone he met how she had saved his life. He pursued a career as a medical assistant and loved what he did until physical disabilities left him unable to work. He soon took on the career as “professional grandpa” and manager of the Westview Plaza apartments.

Eric was a tried and true West Seattleite with strong ties to his community. He regularly frequented the West Seattle Thriftway to chat up the people at the deli or you would see him at The Bridge enjoying a burger. He would tell anyone who would listen about childhood escapades in Schmitz Park or how Alki has changed since he was a boy. He would bring his yellow roses as gifts to anyone who might want them. He had a sense of humor like no other and would even joke at his own expense just to bring a smile to anyone around him.

He is survived by his wife Heather, two children, Jennifer and Louis III (Kara), stepdaughter Rebecca (Ryan), and ten grandchildren (Nautica, Isaiah, Chrisheil, Jayloni, Kaylia, Tobin, Rex, Pearl, June, and Evelyn). He loved his kids and grandkids more than anything, and was having a great time being a grandpa, or “pop pop” as he was also called. He will be deeply missed.

Services will be held at Alki Congregational Church on January 12, 2019 from 12-2 pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Emerald City Pet Rescue/Kitty Harbor at emeraldcitypetrescue.org.

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Celebration of Life next Saturday for Jim Schultz, 1950-2018

January 6, 2019 8:25 pm
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Family and friends will gather next Saturday (January 12th) to remember James “Jim” Schultz. Here’s the announcement:

James was born April 4, 1950 in Seattle, passed away October 28, 2018.

He is survived by his wife Cindy, son Harley, stepsons John and Eric, Eric’s wife Robin, and grandchildren Justin, Draeven, Lydia, Charlotte, and Colton, as well as his brothers John, Norman and his wife Trina, Jeffrey, sister Virginia, nephews Anthony and Aaron, and niece Ashley. He will be greatly missed by His family and friends.

There is a celebration of life on January 12th, 2019, at the Eagles in White Center, 10452 15th Ave. SW, from 2 pm to 6 pm.

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