Obituaries

Shirley S. Potter | Passages

Shirley S. Potter passed away peacefully at home Jan. 31. Shirley was born in Two Rivers, Wis., in 1920. She graduated from Oshkosh Teachers College in 1942. She married Robert M. Potter in 1952. She taught in Wisconsin and Alaska until her retirement in 1974.

  • Feb 2nd, 2010

Susan Meredith | Passages

Susan Meredith, an early island kayaker, historical reenactor and frequent participant in the Fourth of July Parade, died Jan. 26. She was 91. "Susan Meredith of San Juan Island passed away peacefully on the evening of Jan. 26, 2010," Ron Garner e-mailed on behalf of the family. "She has loved the San Juan Islands for most of her life and has been a resident and enjoyed living in the island community for 30 years. She was 91. An obituary will follow when available."

  • Jan 27th, 2010

Ann Elizabeth Mahoney Pullman | Passages

Ann Pullman had lived in Friday Harbor, Wash., for 20 years with her husband, Wayne, and son Michael and daughter Michelle (Shelley). Ann was born to Geraldine and John Mahoney, and was later joined by her brother, John M. Mahoney. She earned a B.S. in English from Loyola University in Chicago, Ill., where she also taught English. Ann then earned her pre-med degree from Seattle University. She was working as a respiratory therapist in Orange County, Calif., when she met her husband, J. Wayne Pullman. Ann and Wayne married July 4, 1974, in Los Angeles, Calif. She owned and operated a dessert catering business in Beverly Hills, Calif., for eight years, and a gourmet food shop and deli in Ojai, Calif., before moving to Friday Harbor in 1989.

  • Jan 21st, 2010

Robert W. Hutton | Passages

Robert W. Hutton died peacefully at home in Seattle on Jan. 5. He was 88. Bob was a native of the Northwest, a member and supporter of numerous local civic organizations, a successful business executive and a dedicated husband and father. With his wife Charlotte, Bob lived much of his life in the Seattle area, in addition to 25 years in Greenwich, Conn.

  • Jan 14th, 2010

Johan Elias (Johnny) Moe | Passages

Johan Elias (Johnny) Moe passed away Jan. 7, 2010 at the age of 81. He was born in Seattle, Wash., to Elias and Dagne Moe on Jan. 29, 1928 and grew up in Mount Vernon and Stanwood, graduating from Twin City High School in Stanwood. Johnny played football in high school but excelled in music, playing the coronet. He formed Johnny Moe and His Orchestra in Snohomish and entertained in Washington for many years.

  • Jan 9th, 2010

Thomas Martin Smythe ‘loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest’ | Passages

Thomas Martin Smythe passed away early morning Jan. 6, 2010 after a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer. He was 42.

  • Jan 9th, 2010

Mary Jane Leche will be remembered for devotion to family, ‘spontaneous fits of laughter’ | Passages

Mary Jane Leche, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister, died at her home in Friday Harbor, Wash. on Jan. 5, 2010. She was 80. In memory and thanksgiving for the life of Mary Jane, a Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 at 2 p.m. at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Friday Harbor. Graveside service will be conducted at Breidablik Cemetery in Poulsbo.

  • Jan 8th, 2010

Gary J. McKay Sr., great-grandson of pioneer Charles McKay | Passages

Gary J. McKay Sr. was born on Jan. 2, 1936 in Friday Harbor, Wash., and passed away on Jan. 4, 2010 in Bellingham, Wash. He was 74. Gary was the great-grandson of Charles McKay, who first raised the U.S. flag on San Juan Island after British troops left in 1872.

  • Jan 8th, 2010

Anna Belle Cole Volk | Passages

Anna Belle Volk died peacefully in her sleep at Mountain Glen Retirement Home in Mount Vernon, Wash., where she has lived for the past several years.

  • Dec 22nd, 2009

Virginia Elizabeth McCormick | Passages

A resident of San Juan Island since 1989, Virginia died on Dec. 14, 2009 at Islands Convalescent Center after a brief battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, at St. David’s Episcopal Church.

  • Dec 17th, 2009

Nanette Robinson Weissinger | Passages

Nanette Robinson Weissinger died Friday, Dec. 11, at Islands Convalescent Center in Friday Harbor, after a short and unexpected hospitalization. She was 90. She had lived in Friday Harbor for the past 10 years.

  • Dec 14th, 2009

Marsha Rachlin | Passages

Artist Marsha Rachlin died Dec. 8, 7:25 p.m. in a care center next to Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon. She was 72 and had been battling cancer. An obituary is forthcoming. A memorial celebration of her life will be held in February in the American Legion hall. In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the new Island Artisans Endowment Fund, which will fund scholarships for graduating high school seniors.

  • Dec 10th, 2009

Thomas Elton Hartman | Passages

Thomas Elton Hartman, loving father and friend, son of Glen E. and Mary Lee Hartman, lived Nov. 14, 1931 to Nov. 30, 2009. Throughout his life, he had a passion for automobiles, airplanes, and motorcycles. He graduated with a masters in engineering physics from the University of Oklahoma in 1956, where he was president of Phi Kappa Sigma and voted "Big Man on Campus."

  • Dec 7th, 2009

Lawrence Theodore Brewster | Passages

Lawrence Theodore “Larry” Brewster was born on Nov. 29, 1925 in Mount Vernon, Wash., to George Theodore and Vera Goldie (Guinn) Brewster. He passed on Nov. 27, 2009 after a vigorous battle with cancer. He was two days shy of his 84th birthday.

  • Dec 1st, 2009

Amanda Cartmill Cruz | Passages

Amanda Cartmill Cruz passed into her heavenly father’s hands unexpectedly on Nov. 12 at her home. She was 33. Born at Harrison Memorial Hospital in Bremerton, Wash., on Sept. 7, 1976, she is the only daughter of Edward and Catherine Cartmill, now residents of La Conner, Wash.

  • Nov 16th, 2009

Richard Joseph (Dick) Louden | Passages

Richard J. Louden of Friday Harbor, Wash., went to the Lord on Nov. 7, 2009. He was 84. He passed at the Island Convalescents Center in Friday Harbor with his wife Gloria, son Jeffrey and his wife Claudia, and niece Diane Buganski at his side. Diane and her sister, Donna Burton, were regular bedside visitors who provided limitless care and support to the family.

  • Nov 14th, 2009

Russell Wayne Helmeid | Passages

Russell Wayne Helmeid passed away Oct. 26, 2009 at Beacon Hill VA Hospital, Seattle, Wash. He was 63. He was born Aug. 11, 1946 in Milwaukee, Wis., the first child of Eunice P. Helmeid Haase. He was raised in the Elkhorn and Janesville, Wis., area and relocated to Fond du Lac in 1964 with his family.

  • Nov 5th, 2009

Florence Martha Dunn Settles | Passages

Flo Settles, much-loved and well-known Friday Harbor resident, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009 in Friday Harbor. Flo was born on July 17, 1926 in Tarrytown, N.Y., one of four children born to John and Susan Dunn. She had three brothers: Sydney Henry, Fred Lee and Paul Dunn. Flo met and married Chuck Settles on July 29, 1945 while he served on the USS Brooklyn, based in New York.

  • Nov 3rd, 2009

Wayne Edwin Hagel | Passages

Wayne Edwin Hagel of Lopez Island died Oct. 18, 2009 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham. He was 76. Wayne was born on Oct. 18, 1933 in Spokane, the son of Ralph and Grace (Faulkes) Hagel. He grew up and lived for most of his life in Spokane. In 1972, he started his own business, Specialty Machining & Manufacturing.

  • Oct 28th, 2009

David B. Hoisington | Passages

David B. Hoisington peacefully passed away at his home in the morning hours of Oct. 23, 2009. He was 89. He was surrounded by family and with his wonderful loving wife of 69 years, Elizabeth, by his side.

  • Oct 28th, 2009

Nourdine Jensen | Passages

He designed and/or built more than 150 boats in his tenure at the yard while at the same time serving his community in capacities such as: first Friday Harbor Port Commission, 1950-1973; Friday Harbor Town Council, 1953-1959; OPALCO board, 1965-69 and 1975-2008; and as a school board member, a volunteer firefighter, member of the Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church, charter member of the San Juan Island Yacht Club, and member of the San Juan Masonic Lodge for more than 60 years.

  • Oct 14th, 2009

Marjorie H. Webb | Passages

Marjorie was employed as a secretary in Portland for 25 years, before her retirement in 1983. Robert H. Webb and Marjorie were united in marriage in 1943. Marjorie was a beloved wife, loving sister, favorite aunt, dear neighbor, and cherished friend. She was an exceptional lady, special in her own unique way to each person. She had grace, effortless beauty, and simple elegance – always carrying herself with dignity.

  • Oct 13th, 2009

Larry Edlen | Passages

Larry Edlen, founder of Island Glass and Glazing on San Juan Island, died peacefully in Redmond, Wash., on Sept. 29. He was 83. Lawrence Monroe Edlen was born in Sabula, Iowa on May 23, 1926. He enlisted in the Navy at the age of 16 and served from 1942-46. He met his wife Pat at a dance while stationed in Seattle. After the war, Larry and Pat settled in Seattle and Larry made his living first as a glazier and later as an electrician. They bought vacation property on Cady Mountain in 1971 and built a cabin there. They moved to the island full-time in 1981 and Larry opened Island Glass and Glazing.

  • Oct 6th, 2009

Mary Elizabeth Keith | Passages

Mary Elizabeth Keith passed away on Sept. 26, 2009, in Bellingham, Wash. She was 64. Mary was born May 5, 1945, in Twin Falls, Idaho to Charles and Thelma Nanz. After graduating from Twin Falls High School, Mary attended Boise Junior College, now known as Boise State University. She married Doren Keith and they had a son, David.

  • Sep 30th, 2009

William Troy Nash | Passages

William Troy Nash of Vancouver, Waah., died in an automobile accident on Sept. 25, 2009. Troy was born July 24, 1987 in Mount Vernon, Wash., and lived his early life in Friday Harbor. His family moved to Vancouver, Wash., where Troy attended his later school years and earned his GED diploma. His earlier years were involved in sports and motorcycle racing, and he remained a sports enthusiast.

  • Sep 29th, 2009

Carroll Lloyd Weeks | Passages

Carroll Lloyd Weeks of Lopez Island passed away quietly on Sept. 3, 2009 at Life Care Center in Mount Vernon, Wash. He was 79. He was born on June 9, 1930 on Lopez Island, the son of Lloyd and Wilma (Powers) Weeks.

  • Sep 29th, 2009

Roy F. Cope, 1925-2009 | Passages

Roy F. Cope died peacefully on Sept. 15, 2009. Roy and Nancy, as best friends, enjoyed marriage, family, boat life, literature, travel, music, dance, hiking/camping and volunteering. Many friendships on San Juan Island and Horizon House are treasured as well as those in recreation, teaching and square dance.

  • Sep 23rd, 2009

Edward James Dougherty III | Passages

Edward James Dougherty III passed away Sept. 10, 2009 after a long battle with cancer. He was 66. He was the son of Edward Dougherty II and Alfreda Rosler. He was the great-grandson of Christopher Rosler, who came to the island with Capt. George Pickett's Company D during the joint military occupation of San Juan Island; and Anna Pike, a Tsimshian from Metlakatla, Alaska.

  • Sep 21st, 2009

In Memoriam: Wilma G. Bailey | Passages

Our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Wilma, left her battered body in order to enter a place of peace and health. She had a mercifully brief struggle with cancer and conceded only 30 hours short of celebrating her 90th birthday.

  • Sep 19th, 2009

Patricia Josephine (McHugh) Branstetter | Passages

Patricia Josephine (McHugh) Branstetter died at home in Friday Harbor on Sept. 8, 2009, surrounded by the love of her four children. She was 88.

  • Sep 18th, 2009

Inge Elly Schepler Eiriksson Johnson | Passages

A memorial will be held in Islands Convalescent Center in Friday Harbor on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2-4 p.m.; and in Seattle at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2-6 p.m.

  • Sep 8th, 2009

June Young worked as a congressional secretary, nurse, library volunteer | Passages

June Young (Marion June Young) died in her sleep from heart failure Aug. 19, 2009 in Placerville, Calif. She was 87. A former resident of Friday Harbor, Wash., Vancouver, Wash., and San Jose, Calif., June was born Sept. 20, 1921 in La Crosse, Wis., to William and Rose Krismer. She graduated there from Aquinas High School. June moved to Washington, D.C. when she was 18, during World War II. She secured a job as a secretary in Congress, working for one of the representatives. After WWII, June graduated from Northwestern University and Evanston Hospital in Illinois, beginning a career as a registered nurse.

  • Sep 2nd, 2009

Kenneth F. Groth, retired deputy fire chief | Passages

Kenneth F. Groth, retired deputy chief of the Yakima Fire Department and father of Trish Harris of Friday Harbor, died Aug. 11, 2009 in Yakima.

  • Aug 24th, 2009

Ed Tuck was assistant foreman of Roche Harbor Lime & Cement Co. in the 1930s, 1940s | Passages

Ed Tuck, who was assistant foreman of Roche Harbor Lime & Cement Co. in the 1930s and 1940s, has died. Mr. Tuck, who lived in Tacoma, died Aug. 17, his daughter, Cookie Tuck-Lowe, wrote in an e-mail received Saturday. "Dad sailed away Monday to join Mother," Tuck-Lowe wrote.

  • Aug 24th, 2009

J. Jerry Inskeep Jr. | Passages

J. Jerry Inskeep Jr. of Montecito, Calif., and Friday Harbor, Wash., passed away Aug. 16, 2009 as a result of liver cancer. He was 78.

  • Aug 20th, 2009

Celebration of Nancy Adkins’ life Aug. 22 | Passages

Nancy Adkins, 74, passed away at her home in Anacortes July 15, 2009 surrounded by her loving family. Though she was diagnosed with melanoma in 2001, Nancy never let that slow her down. As recently as 2008, she drove across the country visiting friends and family as far away as Tennessee. She will always be remembered as a unique woman with a fascination and fervor for life.

  • Jul 30th, 2009

Memorial service Thursday, 5 p.m., at St. Francis Church for Beatriz Velilla de Tobon | Passages

Memorial service is Thursday, 5 p.m., at St. Francis Church for Beatriz Velilla de Tobon of Friday Harbor. Mrs. Tobon passed away July 25. She was 64. Her family remembered her today as a person who loved children, loved dancing and parties, and enjoyed the company of friends.

  • Jul 30th, 2009

Celebration of Joan Komen’s life Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Roche Harbor Pavilion | Passages

Joan Komen passed away July 23 at her home in Roche Harbor after a courageous two-year struggle with ovarian cancer. She was 71. A celebration of her life will be held at Roche Harbor Resort Pavilion on July 29, 2 p.m.; and at Seattle Golf Club on Aug. 5 at 4 p.m.

  • Jul 24th, 2009

Margaret Joan Brown | Passages

Maggie enjoyed her time working at San Juan County Bank and at various retail stores in town. She was active in her community, which she cherished. She volunteered at the Blood Bank and with the Booster Club, and was instrumental in the formation of the Purple and Gold Club in 1978. She was always an avid supporter of her children's and grandchildren's school activities.

  • Jul 23rd, 2009

Nancy Adkins | Passages

Nancy Adkins, 74, passed away at her home in Anacortes July 15, 2009. She was surrounded by her loving family.

  • Jul 20th, 2009