|DONALD LESTER GANSKE
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
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
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Joan Hale and an
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 &
Cremation and arrangements under direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.
DENNIS PATRICK KENNY
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-
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
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
Arrangements under the direction of Gilbertson Funeral Home, Stanwood.
IRENE MARY NELSON
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
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,
BETTY L. JOHNSON
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
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
Raised in West Mount Vernon, he graduated from Mount Vernon High School
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
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
Remembrances are suggested to the Emmanuel Baptist Church Building Fund,
1515 East College Way, Mount Vernon, WA 98273.
MAUDE AGNES "PAT" SKONORD
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
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,
ORVILLE "O.W." WAYNE KELLEY
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
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
Max worked many years for the Moore Clark Company in La Conner. He
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,
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
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
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
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
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
Memorials suggested to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, North Puget Oncology
or the local Sadie Fund for needy pets.
HELEN A. OSSEWARDE
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,
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.