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Friedericks, Carl W. - Stanwood  
CARL W. FRIEDERICKS, M.D., M.P.H. Dr. Carl Friedericks died in Warm Beach Sr. Community, Stanwood, WA on July 3, 2015 at age 94. He was born in Hamburg, Germany to Charles & Very Friedericks. At Albright College, Reading, PA, he met Elizabeth Anne Lutz whom he married in 1944 while at Univ. Penn. Medical School. As a Presbyterian missionary, with his wife, he served as a physician, administrator and professor in China, India, Nepal, and Kyrgyzstan. They were blessed with 4 children, Richard born in USA, Anne (China), Charles (India), and James Bahadur (Nepal). He is survived by his wife, their 4 children, their 11 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. Celebrating Carl's joyful and adventurous life, his Memorial Service will be on Sat. Aug. 15 at 1:30 pm at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church: 1511 East Broad St., Mount Vernon, WA 98274
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on July 29, 2015
GROBSCHMIT, JAMES F. "JIM"  
Mr. James (Jim) Grobschmit, age 85, a longtime resident of Skagit Valley passed away at his home in Mount Vernon on Friday, July 24, 2015. He was born in Ballard, WA on January 16, 1930, the son of Mathew and Jennie (Zeldenrust) Grobschmit. Jim attended kindergarten through two years of high school in Ballard, when his father retired; they made their vacation cabin into a larger home and moved from Ballard to La Conner where Jim finished his last two years of high school, graduating with his class of 1948. After high school he left for Seattle in the fall to attend Edison Technical College. He was then drafted into the Army in 1951, serving his country in Ludwig, Germany. While in Germany, the Army sent him to Food Service School where he graduated with the highest grade the school had ever given any student. He then returned home from the Army in 1953. He married Betty Carole Hanstad and together they raised four children, daughter, Lori Cheney and her husband Richard; son, Steven Grobschmit and his wife Tamara; daughter, Debbie Byrn (deceased) and her husband Roger; daughter, Carol Ann Churchill and her husband Mark; eight grandchildren, Mathew and Jesse Sipe, Candice Duclos and her husband Jason, Adam Grobschmit and his wife Lailani, Jason Byrn, Stephanie Krupke and her husband Nick, Madeline and Markus Churchill; five great grandchildren. Looking for work which was hard to find after the war, he found a job at the old hotel in downtown, Mount Vernon. He then went to work at the Riverside Market. He went on to work for Les Christson at The West Side Thrifty Foods Grocery when the city closed the road to build the West Side Bridge. He left Thrifty Foods and went to work for Sunshine Biscuit where he became the top sales person for Sunshine. Then as he climbed the ladder, he was the CEO for a Thriftway Food Store in Oak Harbor. He moved his family to Freeland, WA and opened another store. He returned to La Conner and was the owner and operator of the La Conner Food Center. Jim's wife, Betty Carole, passed away on July 5, 1978. Jim married Lynn Richter in August of 1979, together they lived a happy life, and both retired and took to the road traveling every winter in their RV for 21 years, seeing all of the USA. Their favorite place to visit was New Orleans by February in time for Mardi Gras. They never came home without three new friends they had met that winter. Jim would walk the dog and he always brought a stranger home for a cup of coffee. Jim was a lifetime member of the Everett Elks Lodge #479 and also the Mount Vernon Elks Lodge #1604; the Mason Garfield Lodge #41of La Conner. Memorials in Jim's memory may be given to the Humane Society of Skagit Valley, 18841 Kelleher Road, Burlington, WA 98233. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 30th10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Friday, July 31, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM at Kern Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Monday, August 3, 2015, 2:00 PM at Kern Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kern Funeral Home.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on July 31, 2015
GROBSCHMIT, JAMES F. "JIM"  
Service Announcement James F. Grobschmit, 85, a longtime resident of the Skagit Valley, passed away Friday, July 24, 2015 at his home. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 30th 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Friday, July 31st 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM at Kern Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held on Monday, August 3, 2015, 2:00 PM at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. A complete obituary will be published in a future edition of the Skagit Valley Herald.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on July 29, 2015
GROBSCHMIT, JAMES F. "JIM" - Mount Vernon  
James F. "Jim" Grobschmit, age 85, resident of Mount Vernon, died Friday, July 24, 2015. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Kern Funeral Home, Mount Vernon.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on July 28, 2015
GROBSCHMIT, MARIE  
Marie Grobschmit, 95, of Mt. Vernon WA, passed peacefully into the arms of her Savior Jesus Christ on June 27th, 2015 in Burlington, WA. We celebrate her long, faithful life as family and friends remember her as a wonderful, loving Mother, Grandmother, and sister, a thoughtful and loyal friend. She was a Godly woman of faith and will be greatly missed. Marie was born in Ellingsoy, Norway to Peder and Anna Jorgensen, March 15th of 1920. At the age of eight, she and her family immigrated to the United States, residing in Seattle. She attended Ballard High School graduating in 1939 and then went on to attend Business College. She moved to the Skagit Valley in 1951 after marrying her high school sweetheart William "Bill" Grobschmit. Marie kept busy raising her family and was an active member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon. She had a gift of music, with a beautiful soprano voice; she sang in the choir and directed a children's choir for many years. She loved to entertain friends and family in her home, loved flowers and gardening, and enjoyed traveling with her husband, friends and family. Marie is preceded in death by her husband William M. Grobschmit, who was the love of her life, her parents Peder and Anna Jorgenson, siblings John Jorgensen and Borghild Bryan, and son Larry Hendricks. Marie is survived by her sister Bjorg Kaldestad of Seattle, sons, Jeff (Linda) Hendricks of Anacortes, David (Tammie) Grobschmit of Mt. Vernon, and daughter Jennie (Randy) Krumm of Stanwood, as well as eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1515 E. College Way, Mt. Vernon WA on Monday, August 10 at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrance donations can be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church Missions Support. Condolences and thoughts may be left on Marie's on-line guestbook at www.hawthornefh.com . Marie's family would like to thank the staff and residents at Creekside Senior Living for their love and caring shown to Marie and family over the past several years. Also, we would like to extend our appreciation to all the staff at Skagit Valley Hospital for the gentle, considerate care given to her and the family most recently. Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home , Mount Vernon, WA
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on July 26, 2015
GROVER, MONTE R.  
September 19, 1947 - July 21, 2015 There was this man born on September 19th, 1947 in Cedaredge Colorado to Lewis and Lola Grover. This guy was known to some as a son, to others a brother, to one foxy lady a partner in crime and to three men a father. However, the name most us of called him was grandpa. Grandpa was lucky to be born the middle child, and for those of you who are the middle child, well you know how wonderful that experience can be. Grandpa moved around as a child, but still found time doing what most boys love to do. Grandpa and his brothers spent lots of time building things, fixing things, and working on cars. Grandpa had a knack for being able to look at anything once and know just what to do to get it working again. Grandpa loved to carve things and would spend hours at a time sitting with a piece of wood and creating immaculate carvings that left others speechless. He too would be left speechless when we brought our artwork around but would graciously accept it and find somewhere proudly to display it. As Grandpa grew up he found it was time to put his hobbies aside and he joined the army as a late teenager. He completed his service term and left with an honorable discharge. Grandpa became part of the Local 302 Operating Engineers. Being a part of this Union took him all over the United States. Grandpa worked on the Alaska Pipeline, the building of Interstate I-5 and numerous bridges all over the state of Washington. During this time working for the Union grandpa met his foxy lady and partner in crime while wooing her at the Salvation Army. From this point going forward they were inseparable for the next thirty years. Grandpa spent countless hours teaching his grandkids how to play sports, sell fireworks, and of course play a mean game of cribbage. Grandpa was passionate about his sports and at times would yell at the t.v. thinking if he yelled loud enough the players might turn around and tell him thanks for the advice. When grandpa wasn't watching his Mariners or Seahawks, he was watching cars make a lot of left turns. Grandpa loved to have fun and when he wasn't watching sports he was riding around in his red corvette with the love of his life right by his side. Grandpa was a man who had the pedal to the metal in all areas of his life. Grandpa is going to be missed but in Grandpa's words he would want us to, "stay safe but have a little fun". Grandpa is survived by his partner Treva (Nielsen), his three sons Kelly, Lewis, and Jesse, his brother V.R. (& Susie) Grover, numerous nieces and nephews, and according to him the best grandchildren around. Grandpa was preceded in death by his parents Lewis and Lola, and his brother Mark. At Grandpa's request no services will be held.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company from July 26 to July 29, 2015
HALL, MELISSA JEAN  
January 11, 1944 - November 15, 2014 LIFE CELEBRATION. Join family and friends for lunch and a hike, Saturday, August 1, 2015, 12:00pm. mlsa.hall@comcast.net for details.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company from July 26 to July 30, 2015
HARTLEY, MARVIN  
Marvin Hartley Sr., 79, of Anacortes, passed away at Island Hospital in Anacortes, on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Marvin was born in Andrews, SC on October 10, 1935, to Eliby and Idell (Martin) Hartley. He moved to California in 1960. Marvin married the love of his life, Molly Lewis in 1973 and they raised their family in Chino, CA. They moved to Anacortes in 1991 where they have resided since. Marvin enjoyed the outdoor life, fishing and hunting, and family gatherings. He drove a truck for a living most of his life. Marvin is survived by his wife, Molly; 6 sons, Marvin Jr., Donald, Randy, Mark, Tom, and Mike; a daughter, Shelly; 22 grand kids; 21 great grandkids. Marvin had a great sense of humor and was loved by all. He will be greatly missed. There will be a private celebration of life at a later date. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Marvin, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com .
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on July 29, 2015
JENKINS THORNTON GANO, ALENE A.  
Alene passed away July 18, 2015 in Mount Vernon. She was born May 29, 1920 in Bay View, WA. She grew up in Anacortes and Bay View Ridge. She graduated from Burlington High School in 1938. She was preceded in death by her husbands Gerald Thornton, Bill Gano, her son Rick Thornton and son-in-law Bob Campbell. She is survived by her children Jeri Calhoun, Helen Campbell, Terry Thornton, Cindy Tschider and Suzy Thornton and their families. A pot luck dessert will be held at the Family Lot on the Skagit River at 1pm, Sunday, August 30. Call Cindy for directions.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on July 31, 2015
JORGENSEN, EARL L. - Oak Harbor  
April 24, 1928 - July 14, 2015 In Loving Memory Earl Jorgensen, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, peacefully passed away surrounded by loved ones on July 14, 2015, in Coupeville, Washington. He was born April 24, 1928, in St. Paul, MN, to Earl Jorgensen, Sr. and Elnora (Nelson) Jorgensen and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After he graduated from Marshall High School, he served in the Army in post-war Japan and went on to the University of Minnesota where he graduated from the school of dentistry and was a member of the Psi Omega fraternity. He received his orthodontics degree at the University of Iowa in Cedar Rapids, IA. He practiced orthodontics in Fremont, California and later in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Upon retirement, he resided in Sedona, Arizona and Whidbey Island, Washington. Earl will be remembered by family and friends as an intelligent, kind and loving man with a keen sense of humor. His love of nature, wildlife, and the great outdoors inspired us all. He enjoyed traveling the world, sailing, canoeing in the boundary waters of Minnesota, hiking in the wilderness, nature photography, and was an accomplished oil painter. Many of his paintings have been exhibited and sold in galleries throughout the Pacific Northwest. He loved the arts, classical music, attending many concerts throughout his years. Earl is survived by his wife of 20 years, Marty (Rogers) Jorgensen (Oak Harbor, WA); his son John Jorgensen (Newport, OR); his daughter, Kristi Jorgensen-Villines, her husband, Rick Villines and their daughter, Ella (Sammamish, WA); his grandchildren from his (deceased) son Gregg Jorgensen: Erik Jorgensen (Durango, CO) and Sara Jorgensen-Holder, husband, Jack Holder, and their sons Isaac and Miles Holder (Fort Collins, CO). Earl will be greatly missed. We know he lives on in the hearts of all he left behind. His adventurous spirit and great sense of humor will be welcomed in the heavenly home. Happy trails to you dear one! A gathering for family and friends to celebrate his life will be held at: Senior Center in Oak Harbor, WA, Saturday, August 1st, from 2:00-4:00. 51 SE Jerome St., Oak Harbor. Please join us to share your memories and friendship with him. Light refreshments will be served. Earl was a strong advocate for the preservation of nature and wildlife. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations may be made to The Nature Conservancy in Dr. Earl L. Jorgensen's name. Thank you.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company from July 27 to Aug. 1, 2015
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