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WORDEN, Katharina "Katie" (Deutsch) - Spokane  
WORDEN, Katharina (Deutsch) "Katie" (Age 80) Katharina Worden, born November 25, 1934 in Speyer, Ukraine, passed away on July 26, 2015 at Hospice of Spokane. She is survived by her daughter Margaret (Meg) and favorite son-in-law Ken Trambitas; sister Bernadette (Valentin) Herzog; grandchildren: Kathryn, Brittany, and Nichole Trambitas; great-grandchildren: Brooklyn, Aziazah, and Kyan; sister-in-law Carol Lynn Deutsch; nieces and nephews: Kathy (Baumstark) Zaring, Mary (Baumstark) McGonigle, Victor Baumstark, Peter Baumstark, Gretchen (Deutsch) Rock, Joseph Deutsch, Matthew Deutsch; cousins Celeste (Daratha) Smith, Gabe Daratha, Kathy (Daratha) Kirkinburg, Michael Hildt, and Rich Aspenleiter (also her godson); son Michael Worden. Katie immigrated to North Dakota from Germany in 1951 with her mother (Margaret), sister (Bernadette) and brother (Adam). She then moved to Spokane, WA in 1953 and married Virgil Worden June 21, 1956. She was a member of the Concordia Choir (since 1953), German American Society (since 1956), and belonged to numerous bridge and card groups. She loved to travel and experience different cultures and cuisines. In her last days, she was able to visit with many of her family members and friends. She greatly appreciated all the hospital visits and phone calls. Shortly before Katie passed away she said, "Time to go everyone is calling me". "In case I'm not here anymore, I'll be here in your spirit". Katie, named after the saint Katharina, was preceded in death by her parents Josef and Margaret (Stockert) Deutsch; husband Virgil; son Mark D. Worden; great-granddaughter Zion Zones; brothers Jacob, Josef, Matteus, and Adam; sisters Franziska and Magdalena; aunt Angelina (Stockert) Daratha; and brother-in-law Pete Baumstark. There will be a visitation on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, from 9:00am until 5:00pm, at Hennessey Funeral Home and Crematory. A Celebration of life will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at 11:00am, at St. Augustine's Catholic Church. If you wish, memorial donations may be sent to the German American Society, Spokane, WA. Special thanks to Kathy Zaring, Celeste Smith, Rich (Gayla) Aspenleiter, Andrea Stuart, Ken Trambitas and the Nappi family for being there for Katie these last few weeks and helping her daughter, Margaret. Thank you to Holy Family Hospital for their compassionate care and Hospice of Spokane North. To view Katie's online Memorial, please visit www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 28, 2015

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WEBSTER, Ronald Franklin - El Paso  
WEBSTER, Ronald Franklin Ronald Franklin Webster passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2015, at University Medical Center Hospital in El Paso, TX. He was 75. Ron was born Nov. 1, 1939 in Okanogan, WA, the son of Frank and Mary (Schaller) Webster. He grew up in Omak and Brewster, WA, where he attended K-8 grades. As a youngster, Ron loved sports, was known affectionately as "Bongo" by his teammates, and was an avid reader of Sports Illustrated. In 1955, Ron traveled to Columbus, OH to attend the Josephinum Pontifical College, where he graduated from high school and began his undergraduate studies, affiliated with the Catholic Diocese of Spokane. This began a long-term interest in becoming a Catholic priest. During these years, Ron enjoyed reading Thomas Merton's Seven Story Mountain, began journaling and writing poetry as a personal artistic expression and began observing a regular devotion to prayer. In 1959, Bishop Bernard Topel granted permission for Ron to enter Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Monastery as a novice, but, a year later, Ron realized that he was not prepared for the rigor of this lifestyle (e.g., a vow of silence) and returned to Brewster where he worked in the apple orchards and built his personal resources to attend college. Ron completed his BA (English) and earned his teaching certificate from Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, in 1964. He first taught English literature at Simi Valley High School in Simi, CA and later at Davenport High School in Davenport, WA, where he also served as drama coach and long-distance running coach. During his years in Davenport, he commuted to Gonzaga to complete his Master of Education (1969). In 1971, Ron entered the Jesuit Novitiate in Sheridan, OR, and subsequently graduated from Gonzaga with an MA in philosophy. During his Regency, he was assigned to the Jesuit Community in Arequipa, Peru, where he learned Spanish and taught English. He began his theological training at Regis College, Toronto, ONT, but left the Jesuits to return to the Northwest and develop his vocation as a layman: writing, serving the poor and disenfranchised (through such volunteer organizations as Habitat for Humanity and the Pro-Life Movement). He became active in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Spokane and maintained correspondence with poets and writers across the country. In 1980, he took a job working for a lumber company in Colville, WA, with which he supported his passion for study, writing & pastoral works of mercy. Over the years, a few journals and anthologies accepted his poems for publication, including The Merton Journal. He collaborated with graphic artists in the Northwest, creating art pieces that included his poetry. His efforts to publish a book, Narrow Path to the Deep Power, reached galley proof stage, but then his book got sidelined during the company's buy-out process. In 1994, after experiencing a personal crisis, Ron made a pilgrimage from the Northwest to a series of monasteries and retreat houses in the Western U.S. Then Ron came to Our Lady's Youth Center in July of 1994 and lived at The Lord's Ranch, cheerfully doing what was asked of him. Here, he found a spiritual home for his vision of life, advocating for and serving the poor (both personally and politically). He eventually moved to Las Alas as the caretaker there. He was a servant of the servants, generous with his time, and happy to be with our brothers and sisters in need across the border in Juarez, Mexico. He loved helping others in their physical needs and also their spiritual needs. Ron was a faithful witness to life and prayed outside the local abortion clinics, caring both for the babies and for their mothers in crises. He also stood up for traditional marriage and worked hard to defend it. Ron was a member of the Knights of Columbus. We will miss this humble, gentle and compassionate friend and brother who died peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Ron is survived by his four brothers and four sisters: Jim in Tacoma, WA; Wynn in Pateros, WA; Laura Lee (Brownton) in San Bernadino, CA; Kyle in Richland, WA; Mary Frances "Frani" (Obermeyer) in Spokane, WA; Dan in Brewster, WA; Patty (Cornett) in Albuquerque, NM; and Gen (Isensee) in Spokane, WA; as well as their spouses, children and grandchildren. His parents preceded him in death. Visitation: 5-9 p.m. Monday, July 20, 2015 at Our Lady's Youth Center at Las Alas with Rosary at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at 12:00 noon, Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at Sacred Heart Church, El Paso, TX. Burial will follow at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery. We will be having a memorial Mass for Ron in the area at a latter date. SAN JOSE FUNERAL HOME of El Paso, TX has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from July 26 to July 27, 2015

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WELLER, Holly Go-Brightly  
WELLER, Holly Go-Brightly Holly was born December 23rd, 1977 and passed away at age 37 on July 22nd surrounded by the tremendous love of her family and friends. Holly is survived by her loving husband Matthew Weller; their four adoring children Jack (8), Kyle (6), Lily (4) and Maya (20 months); as well as her mother and father, Yvonne and Harold Page of Mount Vernon, WA; and her younger sister Melody McDonald (and Ryan along with their two sons Conner and Logan) of Lake Tapps, WA. Holly did not lose her battle with cancer, she won in every way possible. Anyone she met was touched with the positive light that emanated from her soul. She will be deeply missed. A vigil will be held Tuesday, July 28 at 7pm at St. Augustine Parish located at 428 W. 19th in Spokane, WA. Funeral Mass will be celebrated the following day, Wednesday, July 29 at 10am also at St. Augustine Parish. After the service she will be laid to rest at Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery located at 6910 S. Ben Burr Rd. Immediately following, there will be a potluck reception in the gym of St. Augustine Parish. All are welcome. Arrangements have been entrusted to:
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 26, 2015
WILLIAMS, Ty Robert  
WILLIAMS, Ty Robert Ty Robert Theodore Williams, born May 18, 1970, went to Heaven July 8, 2015. Born in Olympia, WA. Resided in Kelso, Longview and Spokane, WA and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Graduated from R. A. Long, High School, 1988. Father Ronald Williams, Mothers: Cheryl (Sheree) Cleven and Marcia Williams (Heaven). Daughter Vanessa Williams, and son Anthonny Williams. Sisters: Lorie Price Bischoff, Cyndi Price Ochsner, Erica Derby and Andrea Strine. Brother Shane Williams (Heaven). Brothers-in-law Joe Ochsner and Chris Bischoff. Aunts and Uncles: Larry Enloe, Randy Enloe (Heaven), Donald and Teddy Williams (Heaven); Connie and Mike Delger, Gail Huggard, Betty Peck, Rhonda and Harold Chase and Sharon Harmon. Very Special Nephews: Aric Hall and Blake Ochsner and Very Special Niece Peris Ochsner. Cousins: Travis Williams, Troy, Amber, Rana Snow, Billie, Christina, Cody and Robie (Heaven). Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and one great-niece. Loving grandparents Ted and Nadine Williams (both in Heaven), Bob Enloe and Marge Hagy (both in Heaven). Thank you to all who played a role in shaping what an awesome human being Ty was, especially family, friends, teachers, coaches, and even acquaintances. Our deepest thanks to God the Father for allowing us the privilege of having the time we did with Ty. The Celebration of Life for Ty will be announced at a later date.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 26, 2015
WILSON, Mary Shields  
WILSON, Mary Shields JUNE 23, 1923 - JULY 18, 2015 Mary Shields Wilson died on Saturday, July 18. Born in Spokane to Mary Belle and Frederick Shields, Mary spent her entire life dedicated to family and the community of Spokane. Her leadership skills were evident as early as high school where she was elected the first female student body president at Lewis & Clark High School. She graduated from Vassar College with degrees in philosophy and English literature. In 1946 she married Frederick Wilson, Jr. and raised two daughters, Kathy Wilson of Arlington, VA and Carol Wilson of Spokane. Mary was a well known Spokane leader with an amazing list of accomplishments: President and Outstanding Sustainer for the Junior League of Spokane; Board member of the YWCA, United Way, Spokane Community Mental Health Center, American Cancer Society, St. John's Episcopal Cathedral and many more. She served six years on the Sacred Heart Medical Center Board and was Chair two different times. Most notably, Mary was appointed by Governor Dan Evans to serve as Trustee for Eastern Washington University. Mary loved spending the night in a dorm with students and going to classes with them the next day. She quickly became well known and well loved by the entire University. Spokesman-Review staff writer Dorothy Powers (another Spokane legend) wrote a column about Mary's dedication to her community and noted her unique manner, "Somehow she manages a rare combination of charm with candor." The more Mary did for Spokane, the more she was asked to do. She generously shared her home for meetings and gatherings, and became a role model for younger women wanting to learn leadership skills. Her gracious treatment of everyone was unwavering. One can never forget her resounding "I love you!" at the end of every phone call. Mary was preceded in death by Fred Wilson in 2007. Besides her two daughters, Kathy and Carol, Mary is survived by son-in-law Mike Wilson, Jeffrey and Trisha Wilson, Chicago, IL, and Michael and Laura Wilson, Spokane, and five great grandchildren: Juliana, Colette, Finley, Bennett and Addison Wilson. Funeral services will be held at The Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 31. In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts be sent to Providence Sacred Heart Foundation, EWU Foundation, or the Junior League of Spokane.
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Published in Spokesman-Review from July 22 to July 26, 2015

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Winn, Mary E.  
March 22, 1941 - July 18, 2015 WINN, Mary E. (Heffernan) passed away peacefully in her home in Spokane, WA. She was 74. Mary was born on the family ranch in Williston, North Dakota on March 22, 1941 to W. Lawrence and B. Cecilia (Knutson) Heffernan. The family moved to Spokane in 1948. She graduated from the all girls private school Holy Names Academy in 1959 & married her first husband Frederick A. Slentz in 1961. They had five children together. She later married James Winn in 1998. Mary is survived by her children & their spouses, Amy (Phyllis), Michael (Tawney), Barbara (Alan), Joan (Robert) & James (Kali). Three siblings, Patricia (Leo), David (Sue) & James (Sandi). Eight grandchildren, Ashley, Gabriella, Nicholas, Majla, Donovan, Alexandra, Joey & Gavin as well as many nieces & nephews. Mary is preceded in death by her parents Lawrence and Cecilia, husbands Fred & Jim, two brothers Dennis & John, nephew Wayne & niece Kimme. Mary traveled extensively & loved her work in geology & mining. She was very artistic & took great pleasure in drawing as well as making her own jewelry & clothing for her children when they were younger. She successfully ran her own restaurant in Depoe Bay,Oregon where she was famous for her giant pancakes. She was a very active member of the Eagles Lodge, especially in Lincoln City, OR where she enjoyed donating her time to cook & bake for large groups. She liked going to the races & going on cruises with friends. She will be remembered by many. There will not be a service per Mary's request.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 25, 2015

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WARNICK, Joan Louise - Spokane  
WARNICK, Joan Louise Resident of Martinez May 29, 1939 - June 22, 2015 Joan was born in Spokane, WA. She graduated from Rogers High where she met and married the love of her life Jim Warnick. After marriage and having three daughters they moved to California in July 1963. Joan and Jim recently celebrated 58 years of marriage. Joan was a homemaker and worked for the family business until her retirement. In recent years she enjoyed family trips to Kauai and spending time with her beloved three Dachshunds (Hayley, Misty and Loriel). Joan is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Jim; her daughters, Teresa Thomas (Andy) Martinez, CA, Lorie Warnick (Michael) San Rafael, CA. Grandsons: Robert Stuscavage (Jessica) Elk Grove, CA, Justin Thomas (Meghan)San Diego, CA, Brandon Thomas, Martinez, CA and great-grandson, Liam James Thomas, San Diego, CA. Joan was preceded in death by her daughter, Kathy Jo Warnick; parents, Eugene and Louise Gifford; sisters, Kaye Strasburg and Carolyn French. Over the past 11 months mom was cared for by many nurses and assistants at John Muir Hospital and Manor Care, Walnut Creek, CA. All of whom became her extended family. We thank all of you. Special thanks to Pam Mom's ICU nurse at John Muir Hospital who was her angel on earth in her final days and moments. Mom you will forever be in our hearts, we love you and miss you! Since you left Hayley has joined you in Heaven. Friends and Family are invited to attend the memorial and graveside services on Saturday, July 25 at 2:00 p.m. Fairmount Memorial Park, Sunset Chapel, W. 5200 Wellesley, Spokane, WA. Celebration will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Miracle Babies, San Diego, CA. www.miraclebabies.org .
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Published in Spokesman-Review from July 19 to July 22, 2015
WILSON, Duane M. - Spokane  
WILSON, Duane M. (Age 81) Duane passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on June 26, 2015, of natural causes. Duane was in remission from Stage III Cancer, since March of this year. Duane was born November 7, 1933, in Park Rapids, MN to Harold and Ruth Wilson. He graduated from Park Rapids Area High School and then received his teaching degree from Bemidji State University, where he majored in Music Education. Duane met his future wife, Joan Fiemann, while she was teaching Home Economics in Park Rapids. He and Joan married in 1956 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead, MN. Duane was a high school band director at various Minnesota schools. He began his career with the Minnesota Education Association in 1965 and relocated the family to White Bear Lake, MN. Duane and Joan raised four kids and moved to Spokane, WA in 1979. Duane began his own consulting firm, Duane Wilson & Associates, specializing in Labor Relations. Duane loved music and started playing in dance bands as a young teenager. He was an avid collector of antiques and loved estate and garage sales, especially negotiating the prices! Duane loved spending time with family and friends, with the Wilson house being the gathering place for all. Duane was preceded in death by his wife, Joan E. Wilson, in 2005. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Ruth; and siblings, Robert, Donna and Harold Deane Wilson. Duane is survived by his two sons, Steven Wilson, Kalispell, MT, Michael Wilson, Lewiston, ID; two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Jake Dault, and Monica and Rick Woodworth, all of Spokane, WA. He is survived by his five grandchildren, ReAnn and Jenna Wilson, Tori Wilson and Matthew and Megan Woodworth. Duane's "grands" were his pride and joy. Duane is also survived by many nieces, nephews and in-laws, whom he treasured greatly. A Memorial Service will be Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 3:00 pm at Audubon Park United Methodist Church, 3908 N. Driscoll Blvd. in Spokane. Duane's family would like to say a special thanks to his longtime friend and physician, Dr. Jeff Clode. The family would also like to thank the physicians and staff at Cancer Care Northwest. Thank you to all who have touched Dad's life. Memorial Contributions may be made to Audubon Park United Methodist Church, 3908 N. Driscoll Blvd., Spokane, WA 99205 or Cancer Care Northwest, 605 E. Holland, Suite 100, Spokane, WA 99218.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 22, 2015
WINFREY, Elnora Blanche  
WINFREY, Elnora Blanche Died peacefully at home surrounded by family on July 17, 2015. She was born August 7, 1926 in Neppel (now Moses Lake), Washington to Marion and Blanche Bower. The family moved to Spokane where she attended Lindbergh High School. She married Lewis Winfrey August 8, 1942 and proceeded to devote her time and energy to raising a family and being actively involved in PTA, Red Cross, March of Dimes and later bowling. She is survived by her four children, Noralou (Bill) Hildebrand of San Diego, CA, Nancy Oettel of Everson, WA, Linda (Butch) LaBreche of Hayden, ID, and Daniel (Eliza) Winfrey of Fairbanks, AK; twelve grandchildren, Daphne, Heide, Todd, Wade, Julie, Eric, Shelley, Travis, Sharon, Lynette, Cameron and Charity; (35) great-grandchildren and eleven great-great-grandchildren. Elnora was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis; her parents; brothers, Max, Jake, and Dennis and sisters, Ruth and Maxine. A Memorial Service will be held at 2 pm on Friday, July 24, 2015 at Hennessey Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley, WA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Spokane. Please visit www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com to share your thoughts and memories with the family.
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Published in Spokesman-Review on July 22, 2015
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