Miscellaneous Skagit County, Washington Obituaries

Vivian L. Mondhan
Vivian L. Mondhan of Turner, Ore., died May 20, 2002, at the age of 79.

She was born in Anacortes on July 16, 1922, to Ashley Mondhan and Leona McDanel. She grew up in Anacortes and went to school here.

She graduated from Northwest Christian College in 1946, and served as a Christian Education minister in Tillamook, Ore., for 18 years. She also worked for Christian Missionary Fellowship in resource development for three years; at St. John's Christian Church in Portland as a Christian educator for six years and as assistant administrator for Turner Retirement Homes for nine years.

She loved people and enjoyed books and collecting dishes. She was a member of Turner Christian Church.

Ms. Mondhan was preceded in death by a brother, Stanley Mondhan, and by a nephew, Bill Mondhan. She is survived by two brothers, Pat Mondhan of Anacortes and Terry Mondhan of Seattle.

A memorial service was held at Turner Christian Church in Turner. A graveside interment service was held at Tillamook IOOF Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Turner Retirement Homes, P.O. Box 58, Turner, OR, 97392.

Althea Dwiligh Pretti
Althea Dwiligh Pretti, 80, a lifelong resident of Anacortes, died Sunday, May 19, 2002, in Anacortes, following a brief illness.

She was born May 17, 1922, in Monticello, Minn., to Carl Frank and Elsie Alvina (Kurtz) Welk.

Althea married Leon Charles Pretti on Jan. 5, 1944, in Anacortes. They were dedicated lovers of the Anacortes community and St. Mary Catholic Church.

Althea owned and operated Montague's Dress Apparel in Anacortes for 17 years. Her family and business life were her calling and she truly enjoyed her many customers. 

Althea also was a lifetime member of the Soroptimists Club. As well, she enjoyed spending time doing yard work or fishing. Althea also enjoyed her many Reno trips, Bingo nights, card games and bowling tournaments with her close circle of friends.

Our mother, Althea, loved life and had a big heart. Her passion for life and her humor were enjoyed by many. The family would like to thank the staff at San Juan Rehab and Care Center for the loving care that Althea received. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Duane Welk, of Riverside, Calif.

Althea is survived by her husband of 58 years, Leon C. Pretti of Anacortes; her son, Greg L. Pretti of Sacramento, Calif.; her daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl and Dean Stewart and Jo Lynne and Greg Metz of Mount Vernon; seven grandchildren, Chris, Stephanie and Brent Brooks, Josh, Nicole and Jameson Pretti and Mary Ann Skei; one great-grandchild, Andrew Skei of Everett; and her brother, Wallace Welk of Everett.

A Vigil Service took place May 22 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Anacortes.  A Mass of Christian Burial was May 23, also at St. Mary, followed by burial at Grand View Cemetery. 

Mary Louise Luker
Mary Louise Luker, 84, formerly of Anacortes, died Thursday, May 16, 2002, in Everett.

Mary lived in Anacortes  from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s.

She was born Dec. 8, 1917, in Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Canada, to William and Marion (Dixon) Tran.

In 1934, she graduated from Franklin High School in Seattle. A homemaker, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar William Luker, in 1992, and her daughter, Carol (Luker) Houck.

She is survived by her son, William Luker of Sedro-Woolley; brothers, Leonard Tran of Puyallup and Raymond Tran of Nevada; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

At the family's request, please send no flowers. Memorials are suggested, in Mary's name, to a charity or cause of choice.

A private memorial gathering at Purdy & Walters with Cassidy Funeral Home is planned. 

Marjorie Jean Stiegele
Marjorie Jean Stiegele, 72, formerly of Anacortes, died Thursday, May 23, 2002, in Issaquah.

She was a resident of Issaquah.

She was born Jan. 6, 1930, in Peoria, Ill. Marjorie was raised in Peoria and graduated from Peoria High School.

On Nov. 23, 1950, she married Charles Stiegele in Illinois. She lived in Anchorage, Alaska, for 35 years prior to moving to Anacortes in 1990.

They lived in Anacortes until 1994, then moved to Issaquah.

Marjorie retired in 2002 as an administrative secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, after 20 years of service.

She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi and St. Joseph Catholic Church of Issaquah. Marjorie also enjoyed sailing, gardening and volunteering at the local elementary school.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2001.

Marjorie is survived by her daughter, Cynthia A. Stiegele of Anchorage; two sons, John Stiegele of Temecula, Calif., and Steven Stiegele of Issaquah; and 10 grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church or a charity of choice.

At her request, no services are scheduled.

Arrangements were under the direction of Flintoft's Issaquah Funeral Home.

William 'Bill' Raymond Beck
William "Bill" R. Beck, 72, of Anacortes died Monday, July 15, 2002, at Alliance Living Center in Anacortes.

He was born March 19, 1930, in Portland, Ore., to Carl August and Muriel Ione (Harris) Beck.

Bill grew up in Charleston, Ore., and was a 1948 graduate of North Bend High School in North Bend, Ore.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, at which time he attained the rank of corporal. After the war, he attended Oregon State College. He graduated in 1957 with a bachelor of science degree. 

On June 6, 1959, Bill married Doris Marie Annis in Reno, Nev. They were married 43 years. 

In 1981, the family moved to Washington state, then on to Anacortes in 1984. Bill was a fisherman in Bristol Bay, Alaska, for 35 years. He also worked as a shipwright for Lovric Seacraft for 17 years.

Bill is survived by his wife, Doris, at the family home; three sons, Tom Beck of Arlington and Jim Beck and Ray Beck of Anacortes; one daughter, Lisa O'Connor of Anacortes; one stepdaughter, Marie Connor of Harrisburg, Ore.; a sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Mickie Jones of Everett; five grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

No services are planned at this time. A Celebration of Life will take place in September, during which time the cremated remains will be scattered on the Ugashik River in Alaska. 

Local arrangements were under the direction of Evans Funeral Chapel of Anacortes.

Merton E. 'Red' Liston Jr.
Merton E. "Red" Liston Jr., 74, formerly of Anacortes, died Monday, July 22, 2002, in Gig Harbor.

He was a resident of Gig Harbor.

Red was born Dec. 29, 1927, in Alliance, Neb., to Merton E. and Emma E. (Carroll) Liston. He graduated from Helena High School in Helena, Mont., in 1947.

On Jan. 8, 1948, he married Joyce M. Slanger.

Red worked as an electronic technician for several Texaco refineries, including the one in Anacortes. He worked and lived here from 1958 to 1990, when he retired after 42 years with Texaco. 

His hobbies and interests included woodcrafting, the Eagles RV Club and time with his friends and family.

Red was preceded in death by two infant sons, Michael David Liston and Timothy George Liston; and an infant granddaughter, Sarah Curow. 

He is survived by his wife, Joyce; two sons, Joseph M. Liston (Beth) of Mount Vernon and Jonn P. Liston of Anacortes; two daughters, Christine M. Curow (Cal) of Lacey and Nancy L. Howard (Fred) of Gig Harbor; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to the Franciscan Hospice, POB 1502, Tacoma, Wa., 98401-9836.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Red's life at a potluck at 4 p.m. Aug. 3 in Mount Vernon, at the home of Joe and Beth Liston.

Arrangements were under the direction of Pendleton-Gilchrist Funeral Home at Rill Chapel, Port Orchard.

David O'Neel Taggart
David O'Neel Taggart, 88, formerly of Anacortes, died June 23, 2002 after a courageous battle with lung cancer, and with his wife at his side.

He was a resident of Kent.

David was born May 17, 1914, and grew up in Seattle's Mount Baker neighborhood. 

He served as a machinist's mate, first class, in the 54th (SeaBees) Construction Battalion, U.S. Navy. He was honorably discharged June 21, 1945. 

David had a brief opportunity to mine for gold in Montana. He then moved to Anacortes and began work in the landscape, rock and construction field. He owned the Island Frontier Landscape and Construction Co. and continued to work until age 77. Much of David's rock art still can be seen on Fidalgo Island, near and around Anacortes, as well as on Whidbey Island.

David enjoyed and was active in several jazz societies. He belonged to The Puget Sound Traditional Jazz Society for 19 years and recently became a member of the Bellingham Jazz Society, which kept him busy traveling all over to different festivals.

He wanted it known he truly appreciated all of his family and friends throughout the years. David also wanted to thank everyone who took him in for the night when he was traveling on his many road trips. Those trips kept him active and alive.

David is survived by his wife, Ivy Taggart of Kent; daughters, Louise Mauk (Bob) and Mari Morrison; stepdaughter, Katy Roveto (Gary); stepson, Bruce Brown (Lorraine); five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Some of David's ashes were scattered on his beloved Fidalgo Island, at the Green Rock quarry where he lived and worked and over the bluffs of Deception Pass. His remaining ashes are laid to rest at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent.

Arrangements were under the direction of Bleitz Funeral Home of Seattle.

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