Obituaries

Passages | Tom Holmes of Friday Harbor, former college and pro football lineman

Tom Holmes of Friday Harbor died Friday in Islands Convalescent Center. The former college and pro football lineman succumbed after a two-year struggle against Lou Gehrig's Disease. His age could not be immediately confirmed. He was 35 when he was the subject of a front page story in the Sept. 12, 2007 Journal.

  • Mar 2nd, 2009

Marie Cunniff | Passages

Marie Cunniff could pass her son off as a younger brother and get away with it, crochet an afghan in record time, and at 100 make a TV interviewer blush. She was always punctual, preferring to be early to appointments in the event she could be seen early. "Always wanting to be early, she did, however, surpass her brother Anthony, who passed at 100," her son, Herb Cunniff, said after his mother passed away Feb. 19 at the age of 101.

  • Feb 26th, 2009

Ursula Heiting | Passages

Ursula courageously fought and beat cancer three times over the last 30 years and her positive outlook in the face of adversity is an inspiration to all who knew her. An avid traveler, she made yearly trips to Europe to visit her daughter and friends, even last summer at the age of 91.

  • Feb 19th, 2009

Passages | Audra Crosby

Audra Crosby, a long-time Friday Harbor resident, passed away peacefully in Tacoma on Jan. 5, 2009. She was surrounded by family at the time. Her beloved husband, Lance, preceded her by almost two years, having passed away in Tacoma on March 26, 2007. They had been married for 67 years at the time of his passing.

  • Jan 27th, 2009

Passages | Memorial for Genoa Kayte London on Saturday, 1-3 p.m., at the fairgrounds 4-H Building

Genoa Kayte London, 23, passed away on Jan. 20, 2009, at her home in Eminence, Ky. Genoa was born in Seattle on March 29, 1985. She spent four years in Friday Harbor where she attended Friday Harbor Middle School and High School while living with her two grandmothers, Janna Gingras and Liz Illg.

  • Jan 23rd, 2009

Passages | Richard Carl (Rich) Trainer

Richard Carl (Rich) Trainer passed away Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington. He was 65 and had fought a courageous 28-month battle with cancer.

  • Jan 20th, 2009

Passages: Marta Kristin Anderson Iverson

Family and friends will gather Saturday, 3 p.m., at the Iverson home to remember Marta Kristin Anderson Iverson. Marta Iverson was born March 19, 1959. She died Jan. 13, in the presence of family and friends, of ovarian cancer.

  • Jan 15th, 2009

Passages | Timothy Marvin Parker

No services will be held and in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes and the San Juan Islands.

  • Jan 7th, 2009

Passages | Robert E. Halverson

Bob passed Jan. 4, 2009 of natural causes. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lolly; his daughters, Diane and Nancy; his son-in-law, Thomas; grandchildren, May and Leif; and cousins, Mrs. Douglas Steele of Lake Forest and Jaci Wisniewski of San Dimas.

  • Jan 7th, 2009

Passages | Warren Eugene Stanton

Warren Eugene Stanton of Friday Harbor, Wash., died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009 in Friday Harbor. He was 66. He was born on Sept. 13, 1942 in Portland, Ore., the son of Howard and Rhea (Conn) Stanton.

  • Jan 6th, 2009

Passages: Bonita Crosby Morrow

Bonita C. Morrow passed away Dec. 8 in Pendleton, Ore. She was 79. She was born in Friday Harbor, Wash., on Aug. 20, 1929 to Logan and Juanita Crosby. She married John Theodore (Ted) Schuman on July 3, 1949. They had five children together: John Theodore (Jack), Daniel Robert, David Thomas (Tom), James Paul, and Marna Lynn.

  • Dec 10th, 2008

Passages: Viola ‘Vi’ Lorraine King

Viola “Vi” Lorraine King, age 91, went home to her Lord and Savior on Friday, Dec. 5, 2008. She was born to Walter and Hattie (Messenger) Andrus on Oct. 6, 1917 in Blaine, Wash., where she spent her childhood years. She graduated from Blaine High School in 1935 and, shortly thereafter, moved to Friday Harbor to work as a nanny. In Friday Harbor, she met Blair King and they married Oct. 1, 1939 in Blaine. They made their home in Friday Harbor, where together they owned and operated King’s Market for 40 years. In 2001, Vi and Blair moved to Lynden to be near family.

  • Dec 8th, 2008

Passages: Jean McLeod

Jean McLeod, who during her 20 years in Friday Harbor enjoyed sailing, gardening and doll making, has died. She passed away suddenly Nov. 17 in Atlanta, Ga. due to lung failure. She and her husband, John, were building a home in Hayesville, N.C., where they moved to be closer to family.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008

Passages: Patricia Joanne Saylor

Patricia Joanne Saylor passed away on Monday morning, Nov. 17, 2008, at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham with her children and husband, Dick, at her side. She was hospitalized the week before due to complications following a serious fall. She was 74.

  • Nov 23rd, 2008

Passages: Riley Pratt O’Brien

Riley Pratt O'Brien of Friday Harbor, Wash., formerly of Winnetka, Ill., and Buffalo, N.Y., died at the age of 97 on Nov. 8, 2008. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Mary Frances Aspinwall; and his wife of 16 years, Martha Towle Fortune.

  • Nov 19th, 2008

Passages: Patricia Plant

Patricia Plant of Sausalito, Calif., passed away peacefully Nov. 15, 2008 in Tiburon, Calif. She was 92 and a summer resident of Shaw Island. She is survived by her children, Richard of Inverness, David of Woodacre, and Marden of Belvedere; grandchildren, Nathaniel and Joshua Plant, Christopher Mosher and Hana Alvarez; and great-grandchildren, Kathryn and Carl Plant; Patricia, Carlos, Sonia, Reina and Clara Alvarez; and Maya Mosher.

  • Nov 18th, 2008

Passages: David Ernest Daum

David Ernest Daum was born July 31, 1939 in Pittsburgh, Pa., and passed away on Nov. 1, 2008 at the age of 69. Dave was a long-time resident of San Juan Island, enjoying his retirement in the sun here and in San Jose, Cabo San Lucas.

  • Nov 12th, 2008

Passages: Rusty Pollock was ‘a consummate gentleman’

Rusty Pollock, administrator of Islands Convalescent Center, died Friday, 4:55 p.m. in Island Hospital after a brief bout with pancreatic cancer. He was 58. Service was Saturday at Evans Funeral Chapel in Anacortes. A memorial service is being planned on the island. Details will be published later.

  • Nov 10th, 2008

Passages: Kathryn “Robbie” Robb

Kathryn Robb, known to many islanders as “Robbie,” was born in Great Britain on April 29, 1933, and died in the morning of Oct. 24, 2008. She passed away in her home on San Juan Island surrounded by a few friends and loyal old dog, Sam, by her side.

  • Nov 10th, 2008

Passages: Darline D. Evans-Nichols

A Memorial Celebration for Darline will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008 at the home of Shaun Evans and Beth Rosenzweig, 10425 E. Riverside in Bothell, between 3-6 p.m. Funeral arrangements are being made at Evans Funeral Home in Anacortes, Wash. Visit www.evanschapel.com.

  • Oct 28th, 2008

Passages: Calvin Van Cleve Cantrill

At Cal's request, no services will be held. His ashes will be dispersed in the waters of the San Juan Islands. Memorials may be made to the Animal Welfare Institute, Friday Harbor, (360) 378-8755.

  • Oct 22nd, 2008

Passages: Funeral for Norman Mills on Oct. 25, 1 p.m., at Valley Cemetery

Norman Franklin Mills passed away peacefully, surrounded by love, on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 at the wonderful age of 94. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008 at Valley Cemetery in Friday Harbor, Wash., with a reception to follow at Elements Hotel & Spa, 410 Spring St., Friday Harbor, Wash.

  • Oct 20th, 2008

Passages: Stewart Powell Redfern

Stewart Powell Redfern of Friday Harbor, Wash., passed away Sept. 28, 2008 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham, Wash. He was 65. Stew was born June 24, 1943 in Seattle, Wash., to Don and Mary Redfern. Stew grew up with a love of the outdoors and exploring the many places of the Pacific Northwest. The proverbial wild child, Stew had a small habit of finding trouble where no trouble seemed to be. If trouble could not be found, he would settle for mischief. These traits were with him to the end.

  • Oct 6th, 2008

Passages: Celebration of Barbara Graves’ life Oct. 12 at Cattle Pass

To all friends of Barbara Graves: Join in a celebration of her life Sunday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m., at Cattle Pass, at the old Coast Guard building. Bring memories of Barbara to share. If weather is inclement, the celebration will move inside.

  • Oct 3rd, 2008

Passages: Joan T. May

Joan T. May, 81, of Friday Harbor, passed away on Oct. 1, 2008, at Island Hospital in Anacortes. Arrangements are pending.

  • Oct 3rd, 2008

Passages: Elizabeth Ann Burton

Elizabeth Ann Burton, 82, of Friday Harbor, passed away on Oct. 2, 2008, at University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. Arrangements are pending.

  • Oct 2nd, 2008

Passages: Ann Elizabeth Slocombe

Ann Elizabeth Slocombe of Friday Harbor, Wash., died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008…

  • Sep 9th, 2008

Passages: Capt. Robert Morrison Wampler

Capt. Robert Morrison Wampler was born on April 8, 1920 and raised in Bloomington, Ind. Bob passed away peacefully at September House in Friday Harbor, Wash. on Aug. 30, 2008.

  • Sep 8th, 2008

Passages: Dolores (Dee) May (Vickers) (Nash) Estell

Dolores (Dee) May (Vickers) (Nash) Estell passed away Aug. 16, 2008 in Mount Vernon, Wash., from complications of a stroke. She was born May 31, 1930 in Helena, Mont. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Seattle. She married Carleton Edward Nash in 1950.

  • Aug 21st, 2008

Passages: Duane Roger Gangelhoff

Duane Roger Gangelhoff of Oak Harbor, formerly of Minneapolis, Minn., and Roche Harbor, passed away Aug. 18.

  • Aug 19th, 2008

Passages: Big John Vejvoda, retired police officer, dies

Big John Vejvoda, a retired police officer and a long-time member of the San Juan Lions Club who was a fixture at its fund-raising events, has passed away.

  • Aug 18th, 2008

Pre-vacation reflections on a very busy island

I decided to do a three-dot column à la Herb Caen or Emmett Watson, to note a few things I thought about writing on before goofing off in the sun ... we needed the break. Here goes ...

Lawrence W. Getz

Lawrence W. GetzDec. 3, 1930 - March 24, 2007Born and raised in…

  • Mar 24th, 2007

Ole Alfred Mathisen

Ole Alfred MathisenOle Alfred Mathisen died March 12, 2007.He was 88.He was…

  • Mar 12th, 2007

Anne L. Rishel

Anne L. Rishel died on Jan. 20, 2007 in Burlington, Wash., after…

  • Jan 20th, 2007

Hazel Velma Taylor Lindsay

Hazel Velma Taylor Lindsay was born on October 13, 1915 in St.…

  • Dec 5th, 2006

Andor Toth

Andor Toth, world–renowned violinist and founding director of Chamber Music San Juans,…

  • Nov 28th, 2006

Bill Brant

Sept 25, 1915 – Nov. 26, 2006 Bill was born in Seattle. His parents…

  • Nov 26th, 2006

Carole Hymer

Carole Hymer has sailed off island. She died peacefully, Nov. 18, 2006…

  • Nov 18th, 2006

Leoleon Alice (Pat Wagness) Certo

Leoleon Alice Certo (Pat Wagness)Leoleon Alice “Pat Wagness” Cervo of Lopez Island…

  • May 25th, 2006