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AALMO, JOHN - Stanwood  
John Aalmo, 81, of Anacortes formerly of Camano Island, died Sunday, April 12, 2014 in Nevada. He was born October 4, 1933 to Arne and Fredricka Johnson Aalmo in Ketchikan, Alaska. John moved to Camano Island at the age of 4 with his family, residing here the majority of his life. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School and served his country in the U .S. Army. John operated Island Masonry for 25 years on Camano Island and owned and operated Earthshaking Excavation Company in the area for twenty years. John married Lois Cress on December 31, 1986. They had twenty three years together in which they enjoyed boating, fishing, camping, traveling, and crabbing before Lois passed away in 2009. John was a member of the American Legion post 92 of Stanwood, The Anacortes Eagles and the Anacortes Elks. He is survived by his son Bruce and Shannon Aalmo of Arlington; daughters Leanne Aalmo of Grizzly Flats, CA, Charlene Langlois and Darlene; step-children Mark Cress, Patty Chandler (Eric), Erva Dominguez, Karen Daly, and Rebecca Brandeburg; brother Harry Aalmo (Janice); sister-in-law Elaine Aalmo and brother-in-law Jim Brisbin (Alice); grandchildren Lauren Aalmo and (fiancé Steve), Cody Aalmo (Makhayla); step-grandchildren Tiffany Bryson (Cody), Wesley Cress, Wayne Cress, Jeremy Eldridge, Jesse Eldridge and (fiancé Holly), Jacob and Courtni Eldridge, Erica Chandler and (Fiancé Jacob); also numerous nieces, nephews and great grandchildren. Special thanks to John's nieces Terry and Debbie for always being there to help. John was preceded in death by his parents, brother Arnold, sister Jean, and wife Lois in October of 2009. Celebration of John's Life will be held 1:00 P.M. Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Camano Chapel, 867 S. West Camano Dr., Camano Island, WA. Memorials may be made to the Camano Chapel. Arrangements under the direction of Gilbertson Funeral Home, Stanwood.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Apr. 18, 2015
AMMONS, MATTHEW MICHAEL  
In Memory of Matthew MATTHEW MICHAEL AMMONS 01/02/1980 - 04/16/1998 Tomorrow is upon us - Today will be the past Our days are filled with many things- Time moves along so fast It seems like only yesterday that you decided to leave But Matt - we've missed you for 17 years - Our hearts still weep and grieve We do not know the answers - we still all wonder why We only know you're now at peace and live with God on high So fly - our blue eyed Angel boy surrounded with God's love And live in peace forever more with Angel's up above - - - We love you and miss you Matt - Your family
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Apr. 16, 2015
BRENDLE, JOHN NORMAN - Woodburn  
John Norman Brendle 81, of Woodburn died peacefully at his winter home in Yuma, AZ while napping. He was welcomed into the loving arms of God March 13, 2015. Born at home December 14, 1933 to Lawrence and Mildred (Palmateer) Brendle, John grew up in Sedro Woolley, WA. He graduated from Sedro Woolley high school in 1951 and married Laurene Ziebell, his high school sweetheart in 1952. After a two-year stint in the Marine Corps, John and Laurene moved to Seattle where they had three daughters. They landed in Salem, Oregon in 1966 before building a home on the Independence airpark in 1979 where John enjoyed piloting his 4-seater Grumman airplane. After retiring as the Vice President of West Coast Grocery's meat and deli division in 1985, John and Laurene traveled extensively around the U.S. and took numerous international trips. In 1993 the couple bought a winter home in Yuma, AZ and a home in Woodburn where they spent the rest of the year. After 56 years of sharing their lives together, Laurene passed away February 9, 2008. Twice blessed, John married Betty Aldridge December 26, 2008. They spent over 6 wonderful years together, wintering in Yuma and spending the rest of the year in Woodburn. Big John was an awesome husband, father, Poppa, uncle, brother and friend. He was an outdoorsman, pilot and golfer. John is survived by his wife Betty, daughters Linda Hood of Index, WA, Laurie Brendle-Sleipness and husband John of Albany, Kelly Domeyer and husband D.J. of Salem; grandchildren Kaleb Domeyer and wife Leslie of Salem, Jacob Domeyer and wife Emily of Colorado Springs, CO; Emmet Sleipness of Everett, WA; Rachael Domeyer of Salem and McKenzie Brendle-Sleipness of Monmouth; and great grandsons Braden and Ashton Domeyer of Salem. A celebration of John's life will be held at 12pm, April 18, 2015 at Woodburn Christian Church, 126 Workman Dr., Woodburn, OR 97071 (behind the Settlemier House). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Apr. 12, 2015
CARTWRIGHT, GERALD FRANCIS "JERRY"  
Gerald Francis Cartwright (Jerry), 84, of Sedro-Woolley, passed away peacefully at home on Monday April 6, 2015. He was born on February 22, 1931 to Donald and Mary Sloan in St. John, North Dakota. Jerry graduated from Lakota High School in Lakota, North Dakota in 1949. After high school he proudly served in the United States Navy from 1950-1954. Post serving in the Navy he attended Wahpeton State School of Science and received his Electricians Certification. In 1956 he met the love of his life Margaret (Elaine) Guilbert. They were married on June 29, 1957 in St. John, North Dakota. In the next seven years they had four children; three boys, Kevin, Dean & Todd and then finally a daughter, Shannon. Jerry was a member of the IBEW Local 714 and worked as an electrician for many years, working on the missile sites in Minot, ND, the Boeing hangers in Everett, WA, and at the University of Washington. In 1974 he moved his family to the Skagit Valley and went to work for Blue Diamond Dairy Service. He was a member of Saint Charles Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Margaret Elaine Cartwright of Sedro-Woolley; son, Kevin (Kim) of Camano Island, WA, and their daughters Kelsey & Kara; son, Dean (Teresa) of Sandy, OR and their children, Shawn, Lindsi, Cameron, Cole & Cassidy; daughter, Shannon (Brian) Lloyd of Bayview, WA and their sons, Brett & Dylan; great-grandchildren, Sophia, Matthew, Peyton, Harlow & Paisley; sister, Teresa (Roger) Rohrer of Minot, ND and brother, James Sloan of Lakota, ND as well as numerous other family and friends. Jerry was preceded in death by his son Todd James Cartwright; parents, Donald & Mary Sloan and in-laws, Andrew & Charlotte Guilbert. The family is profoundly grateful for the unwavering love & support our family and friends have given us over the years. A special thank you to Dr. Dillard for his many years of caring for Jerry and to the Visiting Angels, especially Jerry's favorite angel, Melissa Thompson. The Rosary will be recited on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM at Lemley Chapel in Sedro-Woolley with a Memorial Mass on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM at St. Charles Catholic Church in Burlington. Inurnment will be at Greenhills Cemetery. The family requests that memorials be made to St. Charles Catholic Church or the Todd Cartwright Memorial Scholarship Fund care of any branch of Skagit Bank. Share memories of Jerry and sign the online guest register at www.lemleychapel.com.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Apr. 12, 2015
COLE, THEODORE EDWARD "TED" - Sedro Woolley  
Ted Cole, 67, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on March 31, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. Ted was born in Grants Pass, Oregon, May 4, 1947 to Jesse and Anna Powell. He moved to Sunnyside, Washington in 1962, and graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1966. He met his wife, Sherri in 1967 and then went on to graduate from Grandview Automotive School in the Yakima Valley in 1969. He joined Scott Paper Company in Lester, WA in 1973, transferring to the Skagit Valley in 1976, where he worked for them as a machine operator until 1984 when the Hamilton site was shut down. He continued in logging, driving log truck for Bob Hillier until 1995 when he switched to driving propane tanker for Suburban Propane. He joined Turner Gas Co. in 1998 and continued with them until he was forced into an early retirement in 2005 after his initial battle with cancer. Ted was a lover of nature and outdoor adventure. He and Sherri instilled that love in their children at an early age, with many childhood weekends spent camping, where he was happiest sitting around a campfire with family and friends. His love of camping continued throughout his life, with some of his favorites being those that included his family especially the grandkids and his brother and best friend, Forest. Ted had an adventurous spirit and was a big kid at heart. As part of a local four-wheel drive club, Ted was an early member of the Skagit County Search & Rescue. Weekend four-wheeling trips often found the family having fun in a group of mud-crusted four-wheel drive jeeps. Ted shared his love of dirt bikes with his kids and grandkids, patiently teaching each of them to ride and spending many, many fun hours with them on the trails. Ted was committed to being the father he didn't have, since his dad passed away when he was an infant, and his children and grandchildren were very blessed by his efforts. As a father he often coached his kid's sports teams, and as a grandfather he was the most loyal fan, rarely missing an event often pulling up in a log truck if that was what it took to make it in time. He always had time for his family and would drop everything at a moment's notice for them. He was a great listener, patient teacher, the best practical joker and an amazing friend! Ted's children and grandchildren are all left wondering how in the world the sun will rise and set without his shoulders to center on. Ted is survived by the loves of his life, his truest friend and soulmate, wife of 47 years, Sherri; daughter Ann (Case) Rusnak, Jarrod Aynes, Jacy Aynes and Emily Rusnak; daughter Lisa (Greg) Poling, Ashley Joneli and Carley Joneli; son Jason (Jessica) Cole, Jackson Cole, Carter Cole and Gracie Cole. He is also survived by his siblings, Gwen Reich, Forest Cole, Jennifer McBeth, Brian Powell, along with numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins; his uncle John and aunt Lorraine Cole and his mother-in-law, Marie McComas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Anna Cole; and his father-in-law and friend, Robert J McComas. The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, May 16th at 12pm at Riverfront Park, Sedro Woolley, WA picnic following. In lieu of flowers, Ted asks for donations on his behalf to be sent to: Clear Lake Fire Department, PO Box 186, Clear Lake, WA 98235. Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories of Ted in the online guest register at www.hawthornefh.com Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, WA.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Apr. 15, 2015
COLLART, DAVID DUANE - Mount Vernon  
David Duane Collart he passed away unexpectedly doing what he loved, April 8, 2015 in California. He was born June 6, 1964 in Seattle, WA to Gary and Beverley (Salter) Collart of Mount Vernon. He is survived by his wife Liz, sons, Zachary and Devon, daughters Elissa and Hannah and parents. Celebration of his life will be Sunday, April 19th at 3:00pm at Christ the King, 1000 Fountain Street, Burlington.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Apr. 15, 2015
DANIELSON, INA C.  
Ina C. Danielson, age 79, passed away in Bellingham on March 30, 2015. Ina was born on Sept. 7, 1935 in Duluth MN to Gustave and Mildred Truman. She grew up in Burlington, WA where she attended high school. Ina also attended Bellingham Technical College. In 1952 she married Harlen Danielson. Together they had two children to whom Ina was unconditionally devoted. They were her pride and joy. Ina diligently watched over her children all of her days. Ina enjoyed an 18 year career as a medical assistant for Dr. Eugene Fairbanks in Bellingham. Ina moved to Poulsbo, WA where she worked as the Executive Director at The ARC of Kitsap & Jefferson Counties until retirement. Ina is preceded in death by siblings; Chuck Truman, Cheri Truman, and Jeanette Andrews. She is survived by son Bob (Patty) Danielson, daughter Lori Danielson, sister Susan Stucks, and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service and reception will be held on Friday, April 17 at 1:00pm at Moles Farewell Tributes Greenaces, 5700 Northwest Dr., Ferndale. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, or St. Jude Children's Hospital. Please share your memories of Ina at www.molesfarewelltributes.com
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Apr. 12, 2015
FENSTRA, O'RION LEE - Mount Vernon  
O'rion Lee Fenstra, 2 ½ years old, passed away on April 6th 2015. He was born on November 20, 2012. He leaves behind his mother, Ariel Andersen, father, Robert Fenstra, and baby brother Ares Fenstra. O'rion was filled with lots of love, joy and laughter. His bright eyes and stunning smile will be dearly missed. His celebration of life will be held at his great grandma's in Mount Vernon on Saturday, the 18th of April. Rest in peace our bright little star. Friends and family may sign an online registry and leave notes at www.kernfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the care of Kern Funeral Home.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Apr. 15, 2015
HAAVIK, TERI MAURICIO - Sedro Woolley  
Teri Mauricio Haavik departed Mt. Vernon, Washington for greener pastures on April 12, 2015. Born November 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, she spent the first 45 years of her life in Harbor City before finding her paradise in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. Teri spent her entire life caring for others. She saw her "Nona", Aunt Mabel, and mother, Florence, through their final days. She raised 5 children in her own compassionate mold and nothing delighted her more than being a grandmother. She also contributed to the lives of countless others along the way, through her work as a little league board member at Harbor City Little League and founder of the Second Chance Horse Rescue. She worked in the nursing profession and as a pharmacy technician for Maxicare in Torrance, California. Teri was led through life by her heart and was willing to share it with anyone or anything that just needed a little love. She was so appreciative of the many friends she made while living in the Skagit Valley. Teri is survived by her five children: Hansen & Liz, Jason & Ronni, Sonny & Carmen, Fred & Katie and Elizabeth & John. She also has 13 glorious grandchildren: Jonathan, Chel-sea, Kaitlyn, Sonny, Natalie, Logan, Camryn, Hannah, Spencer, Carter, Hailey, Tye, and Xavier. She also leaves behind her brother James Mascola and his two children, Debbie and Joe. Services are to be held at Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley on Saturday, April 18th at 10am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to: Skagit Animals In Need, P.O. Box 200, Bow, WA 98232. Visit their website at www.skagitanimalsinneed.org. Share your memories of Teri and sign the online guest register at www.lemleychapel.com.
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Apr. 15, 2015
HANSON, WILLARD "BILL" - Mount Vernon  
Willard Bill Hanson passed away peacefully on Good Friday, April 3rd, 2015 in Mount Vernon, WA with family around him. Bill was born in Mount Vernon on June 1st, 1927 to Herman and Myrtle Hanson. He grew up in Conway WA. and graduated from MVHS in the class of 1945. Bill spent his youth hunting ducks and trapping muskrats along the water ways around Conway with his sister Marion. In 1945 Bill enlisted in the Navy and spent most of his service time in Japan and China "showing U.S. presence" at the end of the war. On April 14th, 1951 Bill married Dolores (Dodie) Wendland at the Mount Vernon First Baptist Church. They made their home on the hill in Mount Vernon where they raised their four children. In 1952 Bill began his career as a firefighter at the Fire Department at NAS Whidbey. In 1977 he retired after rising to the position of Asst. Chief of the Fire Department. Bill was also was a volunteer with the Conway Fire Dept. and the Mount Vernon Fire Dept. In between firefighting shifts he would roof houses with his business partner Vern Hopley. Bill and Dodie were avid water lovers and took their boat out in the San Juan's to crab and fish. They made many trips to Hawaii. Their journeys also took them to Japan, Spain Portugal, Bermuda, the Caribbean, and most of the U.S. Bill was a 60 year member of the 1st Baptist Church in Mount Vernon and also a 60 year member of the American Legion Post 147 in Conway. Bill is survived by a son Roger (Sunny) Hanson of Spokane; daughter Lori (Larry) Hansen of La Conner; daughter Cathy Hanson (La Conner); and son Randy (Joy) Hanson of Bellingham. Bill has five grandchildren; Dan Hanson, Audrey (Ben) Ashworth, Ryan Hanson, Zach Hansen and Kate Hansen and one great grandson Noah Ashworth. He is also survived by two sisters, Helen Holt of Virginia and Marion Fina of Tacoma; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his wife Dolores by 24 days; and his mother and father Herman and Myrtle Hanson. A special thanks to the caretakers at Ashley Gardens in Mount Vernon for their compassionate care of Bill and Dodie while they were there. A Memorial Service will be held at the First Baptist Church in Mount Vernon on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at 1:00p.m. Memorial donations can be sent to the Special Olympics of Washington, 1809 Seventh Ave., Suite #1509, Seattle, WA. 98101; or the Skagit County Historical Museum, P.O. Box 818, La Conner WA 98257. Please share your thoughts of Bill and sign the online guest register at www.hawthornefh.com. Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home, Mount Vernon WA
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Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Apr. 11, 2015
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