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Neff, Jacob John  
February 28, 1923 - May 7, 2016 Jacob John Neff (Opa), 93, peacefully passed away on May 7, 2016 in Arlington, Washington, with his loving wife by his side. He was born on February 28, 1923 in Appenzell, Switzerland, to Anton and Marie Neff. After completing his education, he headed to America, where he traveled extensively around the United States from 1948 to 1953. As promised to his mother, he would return to Switzerland in five years. He left Switzerland on Christmas Eve, and returned exactly five years later, again on Christmas Eve. Soon after, he married his wife, Brunhilde Buschor on June 1, 1954. They travelled shortly thereafter to America, where they settled in Washington State, dairy farming. They lived and worked in Snohomish County for 59 years. He continued to go to the farm and work on a daily basis until he was 80. Opa loved to play Jass (Swiss Cards), hike, go on fishing trips and road trips. He also enjoyed travelling, and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Brunhilde Neff; and his five children: Jacob (Carrie) Neff, Marcus Neff, Simon (Cherene) Neff, Heidi (Steve) Atterson, Gretchen (Guy) Jones. He is also survived by his wonderful grandchildren: Jacob (Rachel) Neff, Melissa (Andrew) Albert, Emily Neff, Christoph Neff (Felicia), Jennifer (Krieg) Holland, Amanda Neff (Steven), Marcus Neff, Jessica (Dan) Ely, Nicole Neff, Simon Neff (Allison), Andrea Neff (Kenton), Alex Neff, Steve Atterson (Robyn), Chrissy Atterson (Jeremy); along with 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and five siblings: Tony, Louie, Joe, Marie Steiner, Elizabeth Armstrong; and also by six nephews. Dad always said Mom was the best companion, spending every day with him. Thank you Mom for loving and taking care of him, and thank you to Simon's family for opening their home to them. Services will be Friday, May 20, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Arlington, with reception to follow. Donations can be made to Hospice of Snohomish County.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from May 18 to May 19, 2016
Niman, Janet Louise  
Janet L. Niman, 92, passed away on April 29, 2016, nine days before her 93rd birthday. She was born May 8, 1923, in Portland, Oregon, to Burt and Dorothy Morse. Her early years and schooling were spent in Portland and Seattle, Washington with her two sisters, Adrian and Jo. At nine years of age she moved to Edmonds, Washington, with her father and sisters. She graduated from Edmonds High School in 1941 and went to work at Paradise in Mt. Rainier National Park as a maid. At Paradise, she met Roger Niman, who also worked there. Janet and Roger were married on Christmas day, 1941. Their daughter Margaret was born in 1943. They lived at Mt. Rainier until Roger was inducted into the Navy in 1943. Janet and Margaret traveled to New York, N.Y. and Boston, Mass. to be with Roger while he was in his Navy training. While Roger was away in the Pacific with the Navy Janet lived with relatives in various places in Washington and Oregon. After the war, they moved to Everett, Wash. and started building the family home in East Everett. Sons Randy and Dan were added to the family in 1946 and 1950. Janet was a homemaker, literally, and active in many areas including Homemakers club, Trinity Lutheran Church, Boy Scouts of America, 4H club, Garden club, quilting, crafts and music. She was a very giving person and had many friends. Janet was preceded in death by her husband, Roger; son, Dan and daughter, Margaret (Midge). She is survived by her son, Randy and his wife, Vicki, seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2324 Lombard Ave., Everett, WA 98201. Arrangements entrusted to Bauer Funeral Chapel, Snohomish, WA, 360-568-4126.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) on May 22, 2016
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