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Braun, Rachel Margaret  
Port Angeles resident Rachel Margaret Braun died of still-pending causes at her parents' home under the care of Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County. She was 33. Services: Memorial at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 E. Lopez Ave., at noon Sunday, June 14. Drennan-Ford Funeral Home, Port Angeles, is in charge of arrangements. www.drennanford.com .
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Published in The Peninsula Daily News on May 31, 2015
Erickson, Margaret C.  
Margaret C. Erickson passed away at home in the care of her daughter on May 14, 2015. She was born October 15, 1917, in her grandmother's log cabin near Bagley Creek in Port Angeles to Lee Harbough and Ruth Pritchett Harbough. Margaret lived out at Twin as a young child when her father was the fire warden there. When she was 5 years old, they moved back to Port Angeles, and Margaret remembered riding the train from Twin to Port Angeles in the caboose. The family then moved to West Creek, Colorado, where her mother was treated and then lost her battle with tuberculosis. This sent Magaret and her sister, Hazel, to Blyn to be raised by their aunt and uncle, Tom and Myrtle White. Margaret attended school in Sequim and graduated from Sequim High School in 1934 as salutatorian. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living Sequim High School graduate, at age 97. Margaret married Ernest Erickson on January 24, 1935. They had three children, Rodney, David and Marilyn. The family spent some summers in Petersburg, Alaska, while Ernie commercial fished, but they settled in Sequim Bay. Margaret was very close with her children, loved spending time with her grandchildren and was very active in her church in Blyn. She was also a wonderful gardener, an avid reader and greatly enjoyed cooking and baking. She always specially made a blackberry pie for her granddaughters' birthdays and often sent homemade rolls, applesauce and sugar cookies home with family and visitors. Margaret always focused her attention on everyone around her and never wanted any attention on herself. She was very proud to be the Honorary Pioneer of the Sequim Irrigation Festival in 2012 but wished they hadn't had to take her picture. Margaret was a very strong woman who loved her family, her friends and her pets that always kept her company. She lived a long and happy life and will be greatly missed by so many. In her last few months, Margaret said Ernie was waiting for her, and now they are together again. Margaret is survived by her children, Rodney Erickson, David (June) Erickson and Marilyn (Marvin) Newton; her grandchildren, Michael (Ginalyn) Anderson, Sheryl Erickson, Sharlene Farrell, Brian Erickson, Colleen Erickson, Joe (Valerie) Hart, Sanda Hart, Jason (Chrystal) Erickson, Jonathan Still, Jena (Paul) West and Jake (Danielle) Still; and 13 great-grandchildren. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Erickson; her brothers, Roy and Glen Harbough; and her sister, Hazel Stout. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 East Eighth Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362. A celebration of Margaret's life will be held Saturday, June 6, 2015, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Guy Cole Convention Center, 202 North Blake Avenue, Sequim.
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Guill, George Porter  
Port Angeles resident George Porter Guill died of age-related causes at Olympic Medical Center. He was 95. His obituary will be published later. No services are planned. Drennan-Ford Funeral Home, Port Angeles, is in charge of arrangements. www.drennanford.com .
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Hillman, Margaret  
Margaret Hillman, a longtime Port Townsend educator known for her love and compassion for kids, died May 13, 2015, surrounded by her family at her home on Tala Shore in Port Ludlow. She was born Oct. 28, 1942, in Spokane, Washington, to Eloise (McDougall) and Gerald Freeborg. Her own time in high school was a precursor to her future career, which included serving as activities director at Port Townsend High School for more than a decade. She graduated as valedictorian in 1960 from Mead High School, where she was a cheerleader, a member of the National Honor Society and a Spokane Lilac Festival Princess. An accomplished pianist, she also sang in the select girls choir the Melodettes. She became involved in Young Life and first visited its Camp Malibu on Princess Louisa Inlet in British Columbia in 1958, later serving on the work crew for several years. This was one of her favorite places, and she was able to return there in recent years on a boat trip with her family. Margaret was active at Whitworth College, where she graduated in 1964 with a degree in biology and a minor in education. She was a teaching assistant and worked in the student union while also serving as a Young Life leader for local high schools. She moved to Port Townsend in 1964 where she met the love of her life, Myron "Tike" Hillman. They married on August 28, 1965, in Spokane, and they would have celebrated 50 years of marriage this year. Their two children, Mark and Kristina, were born and raised in Port Townsend. Throughout her distinguished career, Margaret taught junior high and high school, including courses in science, health, English, social studies and math. She was passionate about providing opportunities for kids through her tireless work supporting student government, setting up concession stands, chaperoning dances and running the school store. Margaret had a genuine concern for all her students as individuals and was a mentor to many teachers. Over the years, she opened her home to young people, warmly welcoming them to a family dinner or even providing them a place to live. Always active in the community, she was involved in PEO, the Orthopedic Guild supporting Children's Hospital and Jefferson General Hospital blood drives. After she retired in 1998, she continued to serve local youth and teachers. She volunteered with the Juvenile Diversion Program Community Accountability Board for 17 years and supported teacher grants with the Washington State School Retirees' Association. Margaret loved being outdoors with her family. She and Tike hiked the Olympics extensively during the early years of their marriage. Skiing became her favorite pastime, and she spent many weekends in the winter at White Pass. She was an avid boater, and enjoyed trips to the San Juan Islands every summer. A devoted grandmother, she cherished the time she spent with her grandkids on the boat, crabbing or playing on the beach at home. In retirement she loved traveling, and she and Tike took several cruises, including their favorite — a monthlong trip through New Zealand and Australia with her sister and nephew. She and her sister also enjoyed road trips throughout the Western United States, including the Colorado Rockies and the Grand Canyon. She is survived by her husband; son Mark and his wife, Barrie, and their children, Julie and Tyler; daughter Kristina and her partner, Derek Chaves, and his son, Cody; and sister Kathryn Patjens and her husband, Hank, and son, Erik. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water Street in Port Townsend. Memorials may be made to Olympic Peninsula Young Life, P.O. Box 630, Port Townsend, WA 98368, olympicpeninsula.younglife.org , or Habitat for Humanity of East Jefferson County, P.O. Box 658, Port Townsend, WA 98368, habitatejc.org .
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Published in The Peninsula Daily News on June 2, 2015
Hopper, Charles Gary  
Charles Gary Hopper, a 64-year-old resident of Port Angeles, passed away in his home May 1, 2015, due to natural causes. He was born to Charles and Leone Hopper on July 16, 1950. His parents preceded him in death, as did his brother, Rodney Darrell Hopper. Gary was a commercial fisherman for many years, owning and operating his boat The Memories. His brother, Darrell, was a commercial fisherman as well, owning his boat the Darlin. Gary is survived by his brother, Jim; sisters Shirley Schmidt, Joyce Hahn, Dolores "Dee" Gardner and Beverly Pogany; his special friends, Dennis and Carol McGoff; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held July 5, 2015, at Wawa Point in Brinnon.
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Published in The Peninsula Daily News on June 2, 2015
Leppell, John Wesley  
Forks resident John Wesley Leppell died of age-related causes at home. He was 85. A complete obituary with service details will follow. Drennan-Ford Funeral Home, Port Angeles, is in charge of arrangements. www.drennanford.com .
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Published in The Peninsula Daily News on June 1, 2015
Pettyjohn, Joanne Elaine  
On May 10, 1932, a beautiful baby was born in the small hamlet of Inland, Clay County, Nebraska, to Edward August Hoppens and his wife, Martha Frida Arp Hoppens. The baby was Joanne Elaine Hoppens. The family lived in Inland for a short time before moving to the slightly larger village of Harvard, Nebraska, where Joanne grew to maturity, graduating from Harvard High School. After graduating, she held several jobs in the area before moving to Lincoln, Nebraska, where she met Robert John Peters, a student at the University of Nebraska. They were married in June of 1952. From this marriage, four wonderful children were born: David Robert, Sherry Lynn, Daniel Keith and Laurie Ellen. The family followed Robert's career, first as a United States Marine and then in his civilian occupations, living in Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio and then finally in Missouri. Joanne spent 25 years serving as the organist at various Lutheran churches in the Midwest. She and Robert were divorced in 1997. While serving as the organist at Christ the King Lutheran church in St. Peters, Missouri, she met Merwyn Brian Pettyjohn. As Brian described the experience, they immediately "fell in like," then fell in love. They were married June 4, 1998, in O'Fallon, Missouri. What followed, according to Brian, was 17 of the most wonderful years anyone could imagine. Jo passed away May 21, 2015, in Brian's arms in Sequim. Below are two letters from Joanne's sons: My mother protected me and made me feel safe. There was never a time when I had to wonder where she was or if she was going to take care of me. It was assumed, and as an adult, I realize that not all children have this luxury. She taught me how to be a gentlemen and a gentle man. I am a better parent because I had my mother to show me what it is like to be the best parent any child could hope for. I miss my mother and think fondly of her every day. Love, Danny Peters For those who knew my mother, you already know what I'm about to say. This is a woman who never asked for much but gave and gave to make sure others were happy. This is a woman who never encouraged her children to become great and kind but through her example showed us how to do it. This is a woman who never failed to smile and never gave her children a hint of any struggle she encountered. This is a woman who never cussed, except once or twice, from what I hear. This is a woman who never heard us cuss, except once, and then never again after getting our mouths washed out. She let us run free all day long, then had dinner waiting at sunset. Our clothes were always clean and pressed. She read to us when we were young and made sure we got to go to the library. Her patience, joy, kindness, generosity, friendliness and grace were all sealed with hugs and kisses. And with that example, that's how we raised our children. This is a woman who was cherished by her friends, her parents, her siblings, her children, her grandchildren, nephews, nieces and her husband. This is a woman who will make heaven a better place. With great love, David Peters
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Phillips, Loretta Jean "Jeannie"  
Jeannie Phillips passed away peacefully on April 12, 2015, at her Sequim home surrounded by family as her cancer battle ended at the age of 76. Loretta Jean Kratz was born January 20, 1939, in Stillwater, Minnesota, to her parents, Randall and Doris (Sinclair) Kratz. She attended Bismarck Junior College, where she met and married Robert Kupper. They eventually moved to Seattle, Washington, to raise their children, Roberta and Peter. Jeannie has had many different jobs in her life (Safeway, Pemco, Boeing), but she was most proud of her accomplishments in volunteering. She loved being a member of the Lions Club, where she met her second husband, Pat Phillips. She had many responsibilities with the Kent, Gig Harbor and Sequim clubs, including serving as president of the Northwest Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center for 2010-2012 (NWLERC is one of only 18 eyeglass recycling centers in the world), Lions Zone chair, Camp Leo counselor for diabetic kids and participating in an eyeglass mission in Jamaica. In Jeannie's spare time, she enjoyed quilting, collecting antiques, decorating, golf, playing cards, penny slots and spoiling her dogs. Jeannie is survived by her loving husband, Norman Pat Phillips of Sequim; son Peter (Trena) Kupper of Kent, Washington; daughter Roberta Kupper (Steve) Waiss of Renton, Washington; grandchildren Kristina Waiss, Kelli Waiss, David Waiss, Isabella Kupper and Zachary Vankovsky; her California family; brother-in-law Phillip Wollam; son-in-law Doug Phillips; daughter-in-law Kimberly (Martin) Jacobsson; grandchildren Ethan, Hope, Sophia, Natalie, Emma and Lindsey Jacobsson; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Randy Kratz, sister Carol Wollam and grandson Brian Michael Waiss. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 13, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the Parkwood Communities Clubhouse, 41 Green Meadows Drive, Sequim. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 East Eighth Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
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Schuman, Paul Raymond  
Paul Raymond Schuman of Albuquerque, N.M., died of heart failure in Sequim. He was 65. Services: Memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 1, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 132 E. 13th St., Port Angeles, with Pastor Patrick Lovejoy officiating. Drennan-Ford Funeral Home, Port Angeles, is in charge of arrangements. www.drennanford.com .
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Schuman, Winfred Carl  
Winfred Carl Schuman was born July 3, 1917, in Lignite, North Dakota, the middle child of nine, to Henry and Emelia Schuman. He died at Crestwood Convalescent Center in Port Angeles on May 22, 2015. He was 97. He was baptized in the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, shortly after birth. He attended a one-room schoolhouse through the eighth grade and attended Lignite High School, graduating in 1935. After graduation, he spent one year in the Civilian Conservation Corps at the International Peace Garden, North Dakota. During the summer of 1937 with some friends, he moved west to Washington state and was soon employed at the Anderson Estate in Sequim, now called Graysmarsh Farm. When World War II started, he worked for a time at Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington, before entering the Army Air Force. After serving in Newfoundland, he was transferred to England, where he was assigned to the 92nd bomber group, achieving the rank of staff sergeant, working radar maintenance on B-17s. After returning from Europe at the end of the war, he married his sweetheart, Arlene Carr, in 1945. He obtained employment at Dear Electric in Sequim, where they lived. They moved to Port Angeles, where he had employment with Jim Frederick Electric (Angeles Electric). In 1950, the family moved to Crescent City, California, to work for the plywood venture there. They returned to Port Angeles in 1962, and he resumed employment at Angeles Electric. At this time, he built a home on upper Cherry Hill, where he had resided ever since. In 1967, he decided to change jobs, going to work for the city of Port Angeles in the light department, from which he retired in 1983. In 1996, after 51 years of happy marriage, Arlene died. Two years later, he married Jeanne McDonald. Win lived to garden and build things and had a lovely rosebed and fuchsia hanging baskets as well as a small Japanese garden by the front porch. In recent years with the help of his brother and wife, he built an arbor as well as a water feature in the backyard. Win was a lifetime member of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, where he served in many positions, primarily as a trustee. He was the only remaining original charter member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Port Angeles. He had a hand in many of the additions to the church. After his retirement, he spent his time helping whomever, wherever with various projects. He also sang in the church choir, putting his bass voice to good. He leaves behind his wife, Jeanne; son Paul Schuman of Albuquerque, New Mexico; daughter Carol Rogers of Sequim; grandson David Rogers of Seattle; and great-granddaughter Joanne Rogers. He is also survived by sisters Elsie Nygaard of Trout Lake, Montana, and Joan Schott of Port Angeles; brother Leonard Schuman of Kent, Washington; and numerous nieces and nephews. Win was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Emelia Kettel Schuman; sisters Leona Smith, Agatha Schuman and Marion MacDiamond; and brothers Irvin and Wallace Schuman. There will be a celebration of life held at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 132 East 13th Street, Port Angeles, on Monday, June 1, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., followed by a private family burial at Mount Angeles Memorial Park in Port Angeles.
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