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SAXE, ERMA "ROSEMARY"  
Rosemary Saxe, 74 of Anacortes died on Wednesday August 19, 2015. She was born to Eva and Wilbur Clevenger in Urbana, Illinois on October 15, 1940. Her mother divorced and married Edward Williams who was the only real father she knew. She graduated from Urbana High School in June 1958. In her teen years she was active in Youth For Christ and in the North Side Gospel Center of Urbana. Her first job was as a secretary for the Compact Vacuum Company in Urbana. She met Roger, her husband-to-be, at the North Side Gospel Center when he was a student at the University of Illinois. He was to be her husband and friend of 56 years. They were married on June 7, 1959 and that September they both began studies in Christian Education and Missions at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. While at Moody she worked as the secretary of the Compton's Encyclopedia Yearbook editor. She is the mother of seven children; Annathomas Alba, Daniel Saxe (Melissa), Andrew Saxe (Angela), Matthew Saxe, Nathan Saxe (Mary), Laura Bawadhankar (Dhiraj), Annette Orbanosky (Brandon), and an adopted daughter Rose Saxe all living and 13 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Eva and Edward Williams and Wilbur Clevenger, sister Norma Jean McQueen, brother Earl Williams, and is survived by her sisters Pat English (Joe), Susan Panepinto (Tom), Nancy Lower (Bob), and her brothers Lynn Williams (Linda), and David Williams (Donna). After her children had gotten older she began working again, as a Patient Representative at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Washington, for Transamerica Title Insurance in Bellevue as a subrogation secretary, and as a home care and hospice care giver for several years in private homes and elder care facilities. When she and her husband moved to Anacortes, Washington in 1999 she began working as a home care specialist in private homes, then as an aide at Island Hospital in several departments until her retirement. She was always artistically gifted in painting with oils, acrylics, and watercolors and her paintings are displayed in various locations in Western Washington. Her cooking skills along with a generous and welcoming spirit gave many an enjoyable meal and hospitality in her home. Before she was married she was looking for an opportunity to serve in missions and her goal was to go to Africa as a missionary. That expectation was never realized but some of her children did go. With her husband Roger, she served in missions one summer in Raiwind, Pakistan, nearly a year in Marseille, France with Arab World Ministries, and two years in the North of France with Bibles and Literature in French. Her hospitality, cooking skills, artwork, and a loving and gracious heart were all a part of her faithful service to her Lord. She lived her faith in her home, at Summit Park Bible Church, at her employment, and in her community. A memorial service will be held on August 29, 20015 at 11:00 am at Summit Park Bible Church on Highway 20 Anacortes. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Rosemary, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com .
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Aug. 26, 2015
SINGER, SUSAN ANN (LEANNA)  
December 17, 1959 - August 14, 2015 Susan Singer, 55, passed away in her home in Anacortes surrounded by her loving family. She was born December 17, 1959 in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. After moving to California, she worked for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area high tech industry. She was at Sun Microsystems for 15 years, rising to a program analyst position which took her to Japan, Singapore and Australia as she developed and provided training on new Sun Logistics programs. She met her husband, Stan, at Sun Microsystems, and in 2004, they moved to Anacortes, Washington. For the past eight years, Susan has worked at Northwest Educational Service District 189 in Anacortes, where she took her beautiful smile, never-ending positive attitude, and helpful nature. Susan genuinely cared about people and frequently shared her marvelous sense of humor. Her love of animals ran all the way from elephants to spiders and everything in between, as she was heard to say, "Don't step on that spider - take it outside and let it go". Now she is with family dogs Toby and Clover, cats Ebony and Fib ("Fish Breath", who loved only Susan), and her other cats from years gone by. Susan spent her life in a variety of volunteer activities; since moving to Anacortes she has been an active member of the Citizens Auxiliary Patrol and volunteered at many Parks and Recreation functions. Over the past 20+ years she gave blood every 8 weeks contributing many gallons of blood over her lifetime. She was always ready to help anyone at anytime and in any way she could, and always with her special smile. Susan will be dearly missed by her husband, family, and her many friends. She is survived by her husband, Stan Singer, and stepson, Jeff Singer, of Anacortes; her brother Bennie Leanna of Fresno, California; and her two sisters, Mary Welser in Missouri, and Elaine Shelley in Wisconsin. Stan and Jeff want to thank the wonderful people at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and at the Hospice of the Northwest for their caring, professional support throughout Susan's illness. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), P.O. Box 19023, Seattle WA 98109-1023. Checks may be made payable to SCCA with the notation that they are in memory of Susan Singer. The family requests that donors also indicate that the SCCA donation be used for melanoma cancer research. The SCCA is a joint effort of the University of Washington Medical Center, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Seattle Children's Hospital. A memorial service celebrating Susan's life is pending and will be held late September. Date to be announced.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Aug. 26, 2015
SWANSON, MARIE E. (ELMER)  
Marie Elizabeth (Elmer) Swanson, 90, died Friday, August 21, 2015 after a brief illness. She passed away peacefully at home on the farm surrounded by loving family. Marie is survived by her husband, Eugene Swanson; two daughters, Nancy (Jerry) Ellis and Joanne (Mike) Stewart; one son, Keith (Jeannie) Swanson; nine grandchildren, Jacqueline Stewart, Richard Stewart, Jim Ellis, Jennifer Absten, Dana Grange, Amy Saben, Jacob Swanson, Ashley Gray, and Sylvana Swanson; and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Willheme Wagner; her father and mother, Jacob and Johanna Elmer; two brothers, Rudolph Elmer and Raymond Elmer; one sister, Regina (Elmer) Sofie and her infant son, Steven Swanson. Daughter of Jacob and Johanna Elmer, Marie was born in Mount Vernon, Washington on October 10, 1924. She lived with her mother Johanna until she was 12. After her mother's passing, her grandmother, Willheme, and brother, Rudolph, raised her. In 1943, she met and married the love of her life, Gene, and they were together for nearly 72 years. Marie and Gene planted roots in Mt. Vernon where they raised their large and loving family. True to the character of the Greatest Generation, Marie worked hard for most of her life. In her early married years, she cared for her home and children during the day and worked nights at the cannery to help provide for the family. She also worked for the US Postal Service for over 20 years and was co-founder of Skagit Builders. In 1956, Gene and Marie purchased 75 acres of land in Mt. Vernon, which would become home for the rest of her life. Marie was the heart of the Swanson farm and created a welcoming home for her family and future generations of family. They still gather regularly at the farm, which is a testament to her legacy. Marie was a woman with many talents and interests. She was very active in the First Lutheran Church and was a Den Mother for her son Keith's Cub Scout troop. She was an incredible seamstress who could also hop on a tractor, feed the cows, and still have time to prepare dinner for 12. She was a true pioneer, with a strong work ethic and a heart for helping others. Marie was an amazing cook. Sunday dinners were a family ritual and her grandkids were always excited to get to the farm to see what Grandma was cooking and they were never disappointed. Saturday morning pancake breakfasts were so much more than just breakfast, it was the time spent with family in Marie's kitchen where everyone felt welcome and loved. Her passion for cooking was passed down to the women in the family who all enjoyed cooking for her in her later years. Marie's family would like to give heartfelt thanks to Michelle Taylor and Yvette Adams for the loving care and friendship they provided to Marie during the last few years of her life. She loved them both. Many thanks as well to Hospice of the Northwest for their invaluable contribution to her care. We are eternally grateful for the love and care that Marie selflessly gave to the entire family. She will be terribly missed but we know that she will be with us always as we gather together at the farm. God bless you Mom, we will never forget you. Marie's funeral service will be held Thursday, September 3rd at 2 PM at First Lutheran Church, 2015 East Blackburn Road, followed by a reception at the church. You may share your memories of Marie, and sign her online guest book at www.kernfuneralhome.com
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Aug. 27, 2015
SWANSON, MARIE E. - Mount Vernon  
MARIE E. SWANSON October 10, 1924 - age 90, resident of Mount Vernon, died Friday, August 21, 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 Aug. 25, 2015
SWANSON VAUGHN NEWBAKER, HELENE  
Helene Newbaker of Sedro Woolley passed away on Friday, August 14, 2015, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Aug. 27, 2015
TORSET, HATTIEDARLENE ADRIENNE (SAWYER)  
October 4, 1932 - August 23, 2015 Hattiedarlene Adrienne (Sawyer) Torset, 82 of Mt. Vernon went to be with her Lord on Sunday, August 23, 2015. She was born in Mt. Vernon, WA on October 4, 1932, the daughter of William Eugene and Bessie (Soderman) Sawyer. She was raised and educated in Skagit County and lived here all but 2 years of her life which she spent in Marysville, WA. After graduating from Burlington-Edison High School in 1950, she married Elmer Torset on March 16, 1951 and they made their home in Mt. Vernon. Hattie's father died suddenly in 1942 when she was 9, and as many young people did then to help, she worked on farms in the berries, bulbs, and potatoes. After graduation, she worked in retail in Mt. Vernon, was a homemaker for several years, then later, for the MV Schools in the Special Services office , and in real estate in the late 70's until retired by a back injury. She loved to read; study the Bible and was a poet from a young child finding encouragement to write in grade school, and for the High School paper and annual. At one time for a few years in the 1960's while at home, she edited, and wrote for the old, "Sonnets and Satire" column, containing the prose and verse submitted to her by local writers and published in the Skagit Valley Herald. Her joy to write in later years were loving letters and emails of encouragement to "keep the faith" to friends, family, and especially her grandchildren, who also received an occasional "Grandma's Proverb" tucked into birthday or Christmas cards. An active church member all her life, she had warm memories of the Fir Conway Lutheran Church when very young, and over 77 years since 1938, as a member of Viewcrest Assembly of God now Citipoint Church, from its roots as Evangel Tabernacle, at the age of 6 years old to the present. She served in the Sunday School as a teacher beginning at the age of 17 with the 3 years old, and as a leader and teacher for over 40 years. She led Women's Ministries in Aglow International, and in the church; sang in the choir, joined prayer and Bible study groups, served on the social committees and prayer chain. Hattie was always a supporter of missionaries. She participated in missions programs, committees and projects to Irian Jaya, India, Africa, orphanages in Europe, Japan, and of special interest in later years were Bibles for China and other foreign countries, the projects of Skagit Construction Fellowship to churches in Mexico and Honduras; and the LA Dream Center, and Operation Christmas Child. Hattie and Elmer enjoyed travel, sometimes with friends or family members. Hawaii and Florida and the Bahamas were special anniversaries; 5 weeks in Europe and Israel with daughter Kim and a group of MVHS students and counselors in 1979; and an extended trip to Scandinavia meeting relatives in the birthplaces of parents and grandparents. Hattie and Elmer made numerous trips to CA and Nevada to visit children, grandchildren, friends and cousins, which she continued to do on her own after his death. Her trips included South Dakota with granddaughter, Debbie, and tracing her families past in North Dakota and Minnesota and joining her children and grandchildren on trips and a cruise. In 2005 she began spending time in Florence, Arizona in the winter months. She counted herself a miracle survivor of many serious health challenges, who by the grace of God lived a full and rewarding life, and blessed with wonderful family and friends. Hattie is survived by 3 of her 4 children, 1 son Randy of Sedro Woolley; and 2 daughters and sons-in-laws, Julie and Bill Hendershot of Mt. Vernon, and Joe and Kim Woodmansee of Sedro Woolley. 10 grandchildren: Debra (Tom) Jones of Sioux Falls, SD; Denise (Gary) Gaggens of Anacortes, WA; Kelly (Debbie) Hendershot of Windsor, CA; Tony(Janett) Torset of Sacramento, CA; Sandra (Mike) McCaskey of Lantana, TX; Paul (LeAnn) Woodmansee and Tim (Lexie) Woodmansee of Mt. Vernon, James Woodmansee of Sedro Woolley, WA; Dezirae Torset of Longview, WA and Angela Torset of Mt. Vernon; Great Grandchildren: Lisa Lemond (Walter Cuculic) of Denver, CO; Austin (Paula) Lemond of Denver, CO; Nicole Hendershot of Mt. Vernon, WA; Derek Ralph of Sedro Woolley, WA Christian and Andre Gonzalez of Longview, WA and Ashley, Ryan and Dylan Douglas and twin sisters McCaskey of Lantana, TX; Chase Woodmansee, Kyler Woodmansee, Grady Woodmansee, and Claire Woodmansee all of Mt. Vernon, WA. Rex Woodmansee of Sedro Woolley, WA; one sister-in-law Olive Torset and numerous nieces and nephews. Hattie was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Torset in 1997; her parents William and Bessie Sawyer, 4 brothers Bill Sawyer Jr., Charles Sawyer, David Sawyer and Bob Sawyer; her sister, Virginia Scott; her son, Jerry Torset, nieces Marilyn Locke and Midge Scott and nephews Bill and Walt Scott, Tom Sawyer, Duane and Mickey Torset; and several brother-in laws and sister-in-laws and extended family members. Viewing will be held Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 10:00 am until 5:00 pm at Hawthorne Funeral Home. A celebration of Hattie's life will be held Thursday, September 3, 2015, 11:00 am at Christ the King, 830 N 16th St. Mount Vernon, Pastor Ron Smith officiating, followed by a reception at the church. The graveside service will follow the reception at Hawthorne Memorial Park. Memorials are suggested to: Gideons International, Citipoint Church 3302 Cedardale Rd D100 Mount Vernon, WA 98274 Please share your thoughts of Hattie and sign the online guest register at www.hawthornefh.com. Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home, 1825 E College Way, Mount Vernon.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Aug. 30, 2015
VAUGHN NEWBAKER, HELENE RHETA (SWANSON)  
Helene Rheta Swanson Vaughn Newbaker of Sedro Woolley entered into her eternal life on Friday, August 14, 2015. She was born May 18, 1934, in Port Ludlow, Washington, the only daughter of Harry Swanson and Jean Esther Stewart. She was eighty-one years old. Helene was a 1952 graduate of Chimacum High School in Port Ludlow and served as Co-Valedictorian of her graduating class. Following graduation, she entered the School of Nursing at Everett General Hospital, graduating in 1955 as a Registered Nurse. After a thirty-year practice, Helene became interested in various types of health-care protocols and entered Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon. She earned her Doctorate of Chiropractic in December, 1986. For eleven years, Helene cared for patients until personal health issues caused her to give up her practice. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Harry Edward Swanson, her son Loren Gene Vaughn Jr., and her daughter Luann Helene Vaughn. Helene is survived by her loving and devoted husband James E. Newbaker and her former husband Loren Gene Vaughn Sr. both of Sedro Woolley, her son Theodore Joel Vaughn of Bellingham, brothers Armond Swanson and Samuel Swanson of Port Ludlow. Additionally, she is survived by her adopted family Brian and Karla Ames of Shelton, Washington; Diana and Jon New of Anacortes, Washington; Bret Ames of Anacortes; Darla and Phillip Simpson of Anacortes; Darci McKinley of Anacortes; Michael Newbaker of Clear Lake, Washington; Sonya and Billy Douglas of Southaven, Mississippi, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Throughout her life, Helene gave selflessly to her classmates, her family, her friends, and her community as a teacher, a volunteer firefighter, a first responder, a counselor, and a healer of spirit. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Kathryn Boyd and the Life Care Center of Skagit Valley in Sedro Woolley and Hospice of the Northwest. The family is holding a private celebration of her remarkable life.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Aug. 30, 2015
WARKENTIN, ALBERT "AL"  
Albert H. Warkentin, age 91, passed away on August 22, 2015. He was born on March 24, 1924 in Meade, Kansas, the son of Henry & Sarah (Zielke) Warkentin. While working as a free-range ranch hand, he met Bettie Lou Hamm, his wife of 65 years. They were married on August 24, 1948 in Hooker, OK where they began farming and raised their family of 10 children. In 1951 they moved to Washington. Al worked for the Continental Telephone Co., retiring at the age of 58. He then returned to his first love, farming, which he continued to do until age 86. Al was loved and will be well missed. He is survived by his children, Sylvia Fashant, Clarice Thaete (Daryl), Naomi Stearns (Garry), Mark Warkentin, Jim Warkentin (Tina), Rosalee Hoeft (Paul) and Thelly Hudson (Lee); 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and an older sister, Viola Friesen. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bettie and three sons, Phillip, Douglas and Steven. The Warkentin family wishes to acknowledge the staff and friends of Creekside, Hospice of the Northwest, Kennan and Valerie Christensen for their much appreciated hospitality and the Alger Community Christian Reformed Church. A Graveside Service will be held at the Bow Cemetery on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 11:00 AM followed by a Life Celebration at the Alger Community CRC, 1475 Silver Run Lane, Bellingham (Alger) at noon. Visitation is available on Thursday & Friday from 9 to 5 at Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley. Share memories of Al and sign the online guest register at www.lemleychapel.com
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Aug. 26, 2015
WARKENTIN, ALBERT "AL" - Bow  
ALBERT "AL" WARKENTIN March 24, 1924 - age 91, resident of Bow, died Saturday, August 22, 2015. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Aug. 25, 2015
WELCH, MYRTLE "MARGE"  
Marge Welch, 82, a longtime resident of Anacortes, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at her home in Livermore, CA after a long, courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma. Born M. Marjorie Heimerl on November 19, 1932 in Suring, WI, the daughter and seventh of nine children of Fred and Emma (Ziereis) Heimerl. She graduated from Amasa High School, Amasa, MI in 1951. Marge later moved to Los Angeles, CA where she met Bob Welch. They married on September 7, 1957 and enjoyed 52 years together. After living in Seattle, Kennewick and Tacoma, Marge and Bob retired in Anacortes where they built and lived in their home at Skyline. During that time Marge spent many years traveling with Bob, cooking, baking, entertaining and spending time with family. A favorite activity was taking long walks through Washington Park where she enjoyed the scenery and chatted with people along the way. She was active at St. Mary Catholic Church and she had many neighbors and friends. In 2010, as a widow, Marge moved into Chandler's Square where she spent over 4 years enjoying friends, participating in social activities and working in the library. In March of 2014, Marge settled in Livermore, CA where she spent time doing her beloved crossword puzzles, visiting with family, taking long walks and meeting new friends. Marge is preceded in death by her husband, Bob Welch; her parents, Fred and Emma Heimerl and five siblings. She is survived by three daughters, Donna DuFresne (Jared), Kathleen Carpenter (Pete) and Judy Rich (Bill); five grandchildren, Kory Carpenter (Hallie), Doug and Leanne DuFresne, Nik Rich and Kylie Carpenter; two sisters, Hazel Lade and Amy Anderson; a brother, Bob Heimerl (Audrey); two sisters-in-law, Helen Burke and Nancy Heimerl and many cousins, nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Evans Funeral Chapel, 1105-32nd St., Anacortes, WA. Interment will follow the service at Grand View Cemetery in Anacortes with a Reception to be held at Evans Funeral Chapel after the Graveside Service. Memorials may be made in Marge's name to St. Mary Catholic Church, The Multiple Myeloma Foundation, St. Vincent DePaul or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Marge, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com .
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Aug. 25, 2015
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