Miscellaneous Skagit County, Washington Obituaries

Donald Lester Ganske, 73, a longtime Sedro-Woolley resident passed away on Sunday, February 27, 2000 at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon. 
Don was born on February 23, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of John & Vesper Shaffer Ganske. 
He was raised and attended school in North Dakota and Oregon. He served in the Merchant Marines for a time then enlisted in the U.S. Army during WW II. 
He was united in marriage to Florence Rutledge in Vancouver, WA in 1948 and they made their home in Oregon until coming to Sedro-Woolley in 1950. Don worked as an auto mechanic for Berglund Motors in Sedro-Woolley for 11 years. He also worked as a heavy equipment master mechanic for Snelson's for over 20 years, and as a mechanic in Alaska for several different companies until his retirement in 1987. 
He belonged to several civic organizations, including United Lodge #93 F&AM where he was a 32nd degree Mason, the Shrine, Elks Lodge #1604 in Mount Vernon, the Moose Lodge in Petersberg, AK, the Eagles Aerie 2069, Knights of Phythias and the George Baldridge Post #43 American Legion. 
Don loved to collect old tools and spending time with his granddaughters. 
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Florence, at the family home in Sedro-Woolley; 1 daughter, Donna Ganske of San Diego, CA; 2 sons & daughters-in-law, Cliff & Debra Ganske and Brian & Joanie Ganske, all of Sedro-Woolley; 3 granddaughters, Sabrina, Nicole & Amelia Ganske; 2 brothers, Jacque Ganske of Sedro-Woolley and Gene Ganske of McMinnville, Oregon; a brother-in-law, Larry Hale of Sedro-Woolley; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Joan Hale and an infant brother. 
Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 4, 2000 at 2:00 PM at Lemley Chapel in Sedro-Woolley. Members of the United Lodge #93 F & AM officiating. 
Cremation and arrangements under direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley. 

Dennis Patrick Kenny, 50, of Anacortes, died in a local convalescent center, Friday, February 25, 
2000. He was born in Seattle, Washington, September 24, 1949 the son of Thomas and Mary (Mill-
er) Kenny. 
He attended Lincoln High School in Seattle and served in the Army during the Vietnam War, be-ing honorably discharged in 1969. 
As a Native American, he was proud of his heritage and of being a member of the Lummi Indian Tribe. 
Dennis loved gardening, traveling, and all outdoor activities. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas J. Kenny, Sr. and a brother, Phillip Anthony Kenny and is survived by his mother, Mary Donnelly, of Anacortes; 4 brothers, Michael Kenny of Lynnwood, WA, John Kenny of Everett, WA, Timothy Kenny of Seattle, WA, Thomas Kenny, Jr. of Shoreline, WA; as well as 5 sisters: Julieanna Bell, of Redmond, WA, Elenore Perry, of Seattle, WA, Mary Theresa Goldstein, of Seattle, WA, Susan Maxine Salih, of Fremont, CA, and Arlene Joy Talley 
of Goldsboro, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church. Please call Evans Funeral as to the day and 
time of service.
Arrangements under the care of Evans Funeral Chapel, Anacortes, WA.

Edna L. Bigham, 90, of Stanwood died Saturday, February 26, 2000. 
She was born January 30, 1910 in Missouri. She married Clarence Bigham on July 18, 1932. 
Edna was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; also four brothers and one sister. 
Beloved mother of Charles Bigham of Seattle, Art (Margret) Bigham of Michigan, Dee Ann Grieff of CA, Donna (Don) Shannon of Stanwood; beloved grandmother of David C. Hughs, Dee Shishido, Art Bigham Jr., Dan Bigham, Larry Bigham, Aaron Grieff and numerous great-grandchildren; and special friend, Audrey Knorr. At her request no services will be held at this time, a memorial service will be held at a later date. 
No flowers please, memorials may be made to the Cedarhome Baptist Church or to the charity of 
your choice. 
Arrangements under the direction of Gilbertson Funeral Home, Stanwood. 

Irene Mary Nelson, 85, formerly of Mount Vernon, died Monday, February 28, 2000 at Josephine Sunset Home, following an extended illness. She was born June 28, 1914 in Gromwell, MN, the 
daughter of Ernest and Roseanna (Crotteau) Demers. 
Irene married Glenn Victor Nelson August 16, 1939, in Cloquet, MN where she was raised. 
Glenn preceded her in death in 1995. They moved to Mount Vernon in 1941 and lived in Friday 
Harbor from 1947 until 1955 when moving back to Mount Vernon. 
Irene worked for Jerry's Grocery from 1962-1975 and for Lincoln Grocery from 1975-1984. 
Memorials are suggested to Immaculate-Conception Catholic School, 1321 E. Division, Mount 
Vernon, WA 98273.
She is survived by 3 sons and 1 daughter-in-law, Mike Nelson of Edmonds, David Nelson of Cheney 
and Mark and Kitty Nelson of Mount Vernon; a daughter and son-in-law, Glenda and Dan Roehl of 
Edmonds; 2 sisters-in-law, Hulda Nelson of Mount Vernon and Rachal Nelson of Sun Lakes, AZ; 5 
grandchildren: Jeanette Fleetwood of Everett, Brian Nelson of Powell River, BC Canada, Tracy Ruchty of Edmonds and Dan Roehl of Mukilteo and Christina Nelson at Wellesley College in Mass.; 7 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Julie, in 1942.

Betty Louise Johnson passed away Thursday, May 25, 2000 at United General Hospital in SedroWoolley, WA to be with her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. She was 77. She fought bravely against Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma for several months but God had other plans for her. 
Betty was born in Ironwood, Michigan on February 25, 1923 to John Gunnar Johnson and Jennie K. (Holten) Johnson. She grew up in Ironwood with her sister and her three brothers. She treasured her early years and especially her Swedish and Norwegian heritages. 
Betty attended the University of Michigan where she earned her master's degree in mathematics. She taught high school and junior college before going on to work for the CIA in Washington, D.C. She retired in 1978. 
While she was working, Betty opened her home to her mother, her sister Irene Shewbridge and Irene's three children. She was generous with her time and her resources and was always there for her extended family. She liked to travel to visit family and took many camping trips to state and national parks. Her favorite park was Yellowstone National. She also traveled to Sweden, Norway, Japan and China. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, by two brothers and her sister. She is survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Bruce and Lorraine Johnson of Lombard, Illinois, by her niece Betty Marsh and husband Alan Marsh of Camano Island, by her niece Barbara Satori of Hamamatsu, Japan, by her nephew James Shewbridge and his wife Joan Kowalski of Oroville, California, and by eight other nieces and nephews and several grandnieces and grandnephews, all of whom she loved dearly. 
A memorial service was held at Central United Methodist Church in Sedro-Woolley on May 30, 2000. 
Her family suggests memorial donations be made to her church, to Friendship House in Mount Vernon, or to a cancer research institute. 


Donald L. "Don" McKibben, 83, life-long resident of the Skagit Valley, died Saturday, June 17, 2000 at his home in Burlington. 

Born February 16, 1917 in Burlington, he was a son of Ralph and Izola (Rhodes) McKibben. 

Raised in West Mount Vernon, he graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1935. 

On February 20, 1939, he married Ruth Vercoe in Olympia. The couple made their home in Mount Vernon until 1944, when they moved to Bur-lington. 

He was a long-time member of Emmanual Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, where he served on the Board of Trustees, and as chairman of the ushers; and a member of the National Rifle Association. 

A self-employed ornamental iron fabricator, he had also worked as a dairy farmer, for All-West Breeders in the early 1950's; and as a carpenter. 

His interests included hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. 

Survivors include his wife, Ruth at home; his son & daughterin-law, Larry & Susan McKibben of Burlington; two brothers-in-law, Claire Vercoe & his wife Leal of Burbank, WA and C.S. Reichel of Kennewick; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

His parents and one sister, Doris Vercoe preceded him in death. 

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. through Thursday, June 22, 2000 at Hulbush Funeral Home. 

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 23, 2000 at the Burlington Cemetery. Pastor Robert L. Weltz of Emmanuel Baptist Church will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Hulbush Funeral Home, Burlington. A time of fellowship will follow at the Emmanuel Baptist Church. 

Remembrances are suggested to the Emmanuel Baptist Church Building Fund, 1515 East College Way, Mount Vernon, WA 98273. 



Maude Agnes "Pat" Skonord, 86, Mt. Vernon, WA, formerly of Friendship Village, Waterloo, IA and Camano Island, WA, died May 18, 2000 of a lengthy illness. 

She was born on August 25, 1913, in Butte, MT, to Scott Arlington Millis and Alice Martin Millis. As a youngster she lived in Iowa, Oklahoma, California and Montana. (Her mother managed the Younkers dry goods department in Des Moines, IA, in the 1920's). She married Rudolph Hjalmer Skonord in Joplin, MT on January 23, 1934. 

Besides creating a home and raising 4 children, she spent several years working as an Executive Secretary for the Ft. Reade Army Engineers In Trinidad, B.W.I. and the Joint Construction Agency in Orleans and Paris, France. She was also the Office Manager from 19591961 for Pacifica Architects and Engineers (prime contractor for the US Eighth Army and Korea Military Advisory Group). She finished her working career as a realtor in Covina, CA, after her husband retired. 
She is survived by one daughter, Sonia Johannsen, Waterloo, IA; three sons: Larry of Bremerton, WA, Douglas of Pewaukee, WI, and Rudy Jr. of Mt. Vernon, WA; also, one sister, Virginia Millis of Bellevue, WA; two sisters-in-law, Beth Skonord and Alma Hadley, both of Chester, MT; 16 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; one son, Martin Steece; 2 brothers; 1 sister; 2 nieces; and 2 nephews. 
Memorial services were held at her home in Mt. Vernon with Pastor Lowell Stordahl from Stanwood, WA, presiding. (Pastor Stordahl interned at Zion Lutheran Church in Waterloo, IA). 
Memorials may be sent to Rudy Skonord, JR., 4213 Montgomery Place, Mt. Vernon, WA, or to the Friendship Village Auxiliary, 600 Park Lane, Waterloo, IA. 

Orville "O.W." Wayne Kelley, 79, of Mount Vernon, died Sunday, June 18, 2000 at Mira Vista Care Center. He was born April 21, 1921 in Elk City, Kansas the son of Roscoe L. and Rose Mae (Cole) Kelley. 
Kelley graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1939. He then served in the US Army during WWII. During the war is where he met his future bride. He married Marjorie D. Hobbs of London, England, September 6, 1948 in Wood River, Illinois. She preceded him in death in 1963. Kelley worked as an Electrician at Texaco Refinery until his retirement in 1981. He then worked part time at Skagit County Compactor, at Clear Lake, until 1996. He also helped many of his friends with their electrical problems as well as servicing many of Mount Vernon Electric's customers. 
He is survived by a daughter, Olivia (Susie) Kelley of Mount Vernon; 2 sons and daughters-inlaw, Tim and Camille Kelley of Manassas, Virginia, and Malcolm and Kim Kelley of Powhaten, Virginia; 2 grandchildren, Crystal and Ian Kelley of Powhaten; numerous nieces and nephews in the United States and England as well as a special nephew, Alan Goodridge and his wife Marian of Southampton, England. 
He was predeceased by a daughter, Heather Kelley in 1958. 
Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, 6315 A Fleming, Everett, WA 98203-4506. 
A celebration of his life will be July 1, 2000 at 11:00 AM at Church of Christ, 215 South Gardner Road, Burlington, WA. Internment will be at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery at a later date. Cremation was conducted at Hawthorne Memorial Park under the direction of Hawthorne Funeral Home. 

Max A. Jensen, age 84, passed away peacefully and went to a better place on Friday, June 16, 
2000 in Mount Vernon.
He was born on March 31, 1916 in La Conner, the son of Morris and Alice Brown Jensen.
Max worked many years for the Moore Clark Company in La Conner. He enjoyed socializing 
with many of his long-time friends in the Skagit Valley.
He was a former member of the La Conner Volunteer Fire Dept.
He will be greatly missed by all of those that knew him.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Mary Jensen and daughter, Linda Oliver; his sister, Mary Hope; grand-daughter, Racie McKee; grandsons: Jimmy Knudson, Sean and Chris Jensen; great-grandchildren, Lani and Luke McKee; and step-daughter, Linda Gilbert.
He was preceded in death in death by his long-time companion, Toni Leigh and his parents, Morris and Alice Jensen.
Memorials may be given to the La Conner Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 581, La Conner, 
WA 98257.
At Max's request, there will not be any services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kern 
Funeral Home of Mount Vernon.

Joann B. Kramarczyk, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away on Saturday, June 17, 2000 to be in the presence of God and her much-loved husband Walter after a courageous battle with cancer and strokes. 
She was born on January 4, 1918 in Chicago to immigrant parents, Joseph and Stefania Skolozynski. Raised in Chicago and inspired by her parent's value in an education, she was the first in her family to attain a college degree from Chicago Teacher's College (now Chicago State University) and taught in Chicago Public Schools and Catholic parish school of Queen of All Saints. 
She married her beloved Walter, a pharmacist, on June 21, 1947. They made their home on the NW side of Chicago in the Forest Glen area and raised two children - James P. Kramarczyk and Alice M. (Kramarczyk) Hendricks. 
She spent most of her life in Chicago, but moved to Mount Vernon in 1984 to be near her daughter and family. 
She enjoyed travel with her husband (including 2 trips to Poland), ballroom dancing, sewing, flowers and reading, her family and especially granddaughter, Sara. 
She is survived by daughter, Alice; son-in-law, R. Lee Hendricks; granddaughter, Sara; grandsons: Adam and Nicholas Kramarczyk and their mother Karen (wife of James); nephew, Brian Skol; niece, Barbara Torres and her special caregiver of the last year, Louise LaFreniere, as well and numerous cousins and friends. 
Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter; son, James; grandson, John Walter Hendricks; brother, Casmer Skolozynski; and close cousin, Chester Skolorzynski. 
A short visitation & prayers will be held at Kern Funeral Home on June 21, 2000 at 4:00 PM before removal to Chicago Catholic Mass and burial. 
Memorials suggested to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, North Puget Oncology or the local Sadie Fund for needy pets. 

Helen A. Ossewarde, a lifetime resident of Bellingham, WA, passed away on Friday, June 16, 2000, in Bellingham. She was 96, born June 29, 1903, to Fred and Eva (Reasoner) Siemons in Bellingham. Helen graduated from Whatcom High School and Whatcom Business School. 
Helen worked in various business occupations, including Real Estate Agent for L.J. Pinkey Real Estate Sales. She was a member of the ESO Book Club, The Thursday Club, the Episcopal Church's Daughters of the King, and the Daughters of the Pioneers. She was very active in the Daughters of the Pioneers and cared especially about the preservation of the Pickett House in Bellingham. 
For many years, Helen resided in her home along the shores of south Lake Whatcom, on property that has been in her family since the late 1800's. 
She married Lewis C. Ossewarde in Bellingham in 1926; he preceded her in death on March 12, 1969. 
Survivors include her son Fred and wife Joann Ossewarde of La Conner; grandchildren: Erin Ossewarde of Santa Barbara, CA, Wendy and husband Ernie Bulhoes of Sacramento, CA; step-grandchildren: Robert and wife Jacque Beamer of Mount Vernon, Kathleen Beamer and husband Clifford Portman of Seattle; step-great-granddaughter, Lena Louise Beamer of Mount Vernon; cousins: Henry and Melbourne Reasoner of Bellingham, Eleanor Zimmerly of Portland, OR, Cheryl and husband Lyle Bickford of Seattle, Don Smith of Seattle; numerous nieces, nephews; and many wonderful friends. 
The family requests that memorials be made to The Daughters of the Pioneers-Pickett House Fund, c/o Jean Fralick, 5127 LaBounty Road, Ferndale, WA 98248. 
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, June 22, 2000, at Bayview Cemetery. 
Arrangements by Jones-Moles Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 2465 Lakeway Drive at Yew Street. 

Harold Jensen, age 85, and a resident of Mount Vernon, passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2000 in a local care center. 
Arrangements are pending with Kern Funeral Home, Mount Vernon.

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