West Seattle, Washington
Family and friends will gather September 30 to celebrate the life of Dr. Bob Fraser, and they’re sharing this remembrance with his community:
Dr. Robert (Bob) T. Fraser, 76, passed away at his West Seattle home on May 12, 2023. Bob was a loving husband, father, son, brother, and grandfather and dedicated advocate for people with disabilities. Bob was the first born of four children to Hugh and Mary Fraser; July 9, 1946, Staten Island, NY. After graduating Lemoyne College with a BA in English, he served in the US Army as a decorated Sergeant in Vietnam.
He then returned to further his education, earning a MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from University of Southern California, a PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Master of Public Administration from Seattle University. He was a certified rehabilitation counselor and certified life care planner.
Bob’s distinguished professional academic career began at the University of Washington in 1976 as consultant for the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. In 1977, Arthur A. Ward MD hired him as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery, where he established the vocational rehabilitation program. This program grew to become the non-profit Neurology Vocational Services Unit within the UW Epilepsy Surgery Program and now treats people with various neurological conditions. In 1991, he was promoted within these two departments to Professor, and eventually Professor Emeritus.
He has served on the Boards of numerous professional organizations. His scholarly work includes authoring more than 140 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. His leadership, competence, and abilities have been recognized by numerous federal grants that span the National Institutes of Health to the Veterans Association to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Not only a scientific scholar, but Bob was also very active in the Seattle community. He was a long-time member and past President of the Emerald City Rotary, as well as contributor to Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, and a beloved and well-known local in West Seattle.
He lived life with gusto as an ardent lover of food and culture, especially the language, art, and food of Italy. Most of all, he loved his friends and family, all of whom have been deeply touched by his kindness, modesty, compassion, enthusiasm, wit, humor, drive, and humble dedication to improving the lives of others.
Bob is survived by his wife Nora Gibson (West Seattle), daughter Simone Bruyere Fraser and husband Miles Forgette and grandson Fraser Forgette (West Seattle), stepdaughter Anne and husband Stewart Moore and children (Ethan and Isla) (Edmonds, WA), stepson William and wife Shannon Stabler and son (Christopher) (Portland, OR), brothers John Fraser (Brooklyn, NY) and Tom Fraser (Seattle), and sister Virginia Fraser (Chicago, IL).
Commemorative services for Bob will be held September 30th at 11 AM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in West Seattle. If you would like to make a donation in memory of Bob, you can do so to the Neurological Vocational Services within the University of Washington Rehabilitation Medicine Department (nvsrehab.org) or the Foundation for Rehabilitation Psychology (rehabpsych.org).
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Family and friends will gather Thursday to celebrate the life of Donny Smith. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing with his community:
Donald “Donny” John Smith, 52, a man who was deeply loved by many, passed away unexpectedly on September 3rd, 2023.
His larger-than-life, magnetic personality touched thousands of people. He is survived by the love of his life Megan, his two astounding daughters Sadie and Stella, as well as his mother Ann (Ward) Smith, brothers Garrett and Johnny Smith, sisters Maggie Downer (Brian) and Pauline Elam (Ethan), and his beloved dog Claire. He is preceded in death by his father Gary Smith and his grandparents.
Donny was born in Seattle and spent his childhood on Vashon Island, later graduating from Kennedy Catholic High School in 1988 with many lifelong friends and lots of great stories. After high school, his love of connecting with people led him to Alaska Airlines, where he was a devoted flight attendant for 34 years. Flying the skies also brought him to his love, Megan Blix, where they bonded over their shared interests of the Seattle Mariners, snow skiing, traveling, and gathering with friends. Donny and Megan were then blessed with their two beautiful daughters, who were the center of his universe. He had immense love for his family and was an amazing father. His passion for new adventures, whether it was bicycling, boating, or playing card games, always ended in great stories and laughs. He was the favorite carpool dad, and always involved with the girls’ schools and activities.
A true helper, he could often be found lending a hand to a neighbor, and was always generous with his time. Donny will be best remembered as having the unique ability to relate to anyone who crossed his path. Without fail, he would show them genuine interest and make them feel important, whether you were his close friend, family member, or stranger sitting next to him at a Mariners game. His magnetic personality changed the atmosphere in any room he stepped into, and you couldn’t help laughing even if his jokes were sometimes slightly inappropriate. Somehow, he was able to get away with anything. Donny forever changed the lives of those who were lucky enough to know him and the world will not be the same with him gone. He will be profoundly missed as a loving husband, a father his children adored, a devoted son and brother, a favorite uncle, and a genuine friend. “I lava you.”
A memorial service and celebration of Donny’s life will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in West Seattle on September 14th at 10:30 am. A reception will follow at 12:30 pm at the Alaska Care Retreat. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alaska Airlines Employee Assistance Fund or to support the continued education of his daughters through the following links.
Service: Holy Rosary Catholic Church: 4139 42nd Ave SW
Reception: Alaska Care Retreat: 1555 4th Ave S.
Cards to: 5057 SW Stevens St, Seattle, WA 98116
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In July, the family of Ken Schiele shared this remembrance. Now they have set the date for the gathering to remember him:
Celebration of Life for Ken Schiele:
Ken’s family is hosting a Celebration of Life on Sunday, October 8th from 2-5 pm at Stoup Brewing Company on Capitol Hill.
If you’d like to attend, please RSVP by September 24th to: email@example.com
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Family and friends will gather September 24th to celebrate the life of Mike Nies. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing with his community:
Michael Jay Nies (Mike)
October 27, 1959-August 11, 2023
After an extended illness, our beloved Brother, Uncle, and Friend passed away and headed to his eternal fishing expedition.
Mike was a lifelong resident of West Seattle, and a lifelong outdoorsman. Mike was an auto mechanic for his entire adult life, starting in high school at Tom’s Automotive in West Seattle and working there for over 30 years. Mike was also actively involved in the West Seattle Sportsmen’s Club; the annual children’s trout fishing was always a highlight for him. He could be seen sitting in a chair and baiting countless hooks for the entire day.
He will be missed by everyone whose life he touched. Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Clara Nies. He is survived by his brother Jim, Sister-in-Law Kathleen, and his Nieces, Amanda Nies, Holly Wartella, and Jayme Nies. He is also survived by his great-niece Scarlett and great-nephew Cassius.
There will be a celebration of life on September 24th beginning at noon at the West Seattle American Legion Hall, 3618 SW Alaska Street.
Family and friends are remembering Greg Lorentz. Here’s what they want you to know about him:
Gregory Joseph Lorentz
February 10, 1937 – August 16, 2023
He did it his way!
Ring-a-ding-ding, the Chairman of the Board and last remaining member of the Rat Pack has left the building. Life-long Seattle resident Gregory Joseph Lorentz, 86, passed away peacefully on August 16, 2023. Greg was a truly unique soul who worshipped Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, football, beer, and USC. He religiously read the paper every morning, was a dedicated Seahawk and Mariners fan, never missed a hydroplane race, was an impressive bowler, and insisted upon wearing freshly shined wingtip shoes to work every day. Words to describe Greg: tough, hilarious, hard-working, goofy, polite, generous, sweet, and devastatingly handsome.
Greg’s early life was spent on Beacon Hill, where he attended St. George School. He had fond memories of his neighborhood gang of friends who got him into all sorts of trouble, as well as his beloved French grandparents who showered him with love and delicious French cuisine. He went on to graduate from O’Dea high school and then the University of Southern California. In between partying and sunbathing, Greg managed to earn a degree in business and printing from USC. After college, Greg served as an MP in the army and was very proud of his service. In the business world, Greg worked as a lithographer for both Craftsman Press and The Seattle Times. He was a devoted employee who worked through holidays and snow storms just so everyone could enjoy their morning paper — you’re welcome, Seattle! After retiring from the printing business, he kept himself entertained by working for The Seattle Mariners, where he enjoyed chatting with all the players.
Greg married Sharon Mitchell and they settled down in West Seattle to raise a family. Together, they fulfilled Greg’s childhood dream of traveling the globe. Some of his favorite destinations were Greece, Spain, Rome, Germany, and Runaway Bay in Jamaica. Gregory is survived by his son Mark, his wife Cheryl and their two children Quinn and Annie; daughter Anne-Louise, her husband Evan and their daughter Frances; and his beloved cat Edith. Greg was a kind, quirky, and gentle soul who was loved and adored by all who knew him. His family and friends are absolutely heartbroken to lose him and will miss him immensely. We can only imagine that when he got to the pearly gates he was ushered in by Frank Sinatra, who greeted him with a smile and a cocktail. We love you, Dad.
-There is no planned funeral at this time. The family will have a wake for Greg in the coming months.
Family and friends are remembering Stefan Gryniewski. His father shares this remembrance:
My son, Stefan Gryniewski, died of an accidental drug overdose in the early morning of August 23, 2023. He left this world too soon. At least I know that he is at peace now in God’s love and no longer subject to the ravages of a terrible drug addiction.
He will be missed terribly and remembered always.
From his very beginning Stefan faced challenges in life. He was born prematurely, weighing a mere 2 lbs. 4 ozs. He spent 58 days in an incubator before coming home. When I first held him in my hands, and he wasn’t much bigger than my hands, I wondered aloud “how is this baby going to survive?” However, he received excellent care from the doctors and nurses at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, and I am forever grateful.
Stefan was a fighter. He not only survived but he thrived. He sought to overcome every obstacle he faced in life. He had the strength, courage, and desire to live life to its fullest. He was smart, funny, sociable, dependable, and loved his family. Unfortunately, over the last few years Fentanyl and heroin hijacked his resolve and took his life.
Stefan’s smile lit up a room. He loved to laugh and sing. For some odd reason he had a special love for songs from the 1970s. He was a goofball in every way. He was also focused, motivated, and goal oriented.
Growing up, Stefan immersed himself in many things. He loved sports – especially baseball and football. He was a rabid Mariners, Huskies, and Seahawks fan. He loved American muscle cars and dreamed of owning one at some point in his life. He took every auto shop class that he could in high school and learned his way around cars.
Stefan also loved camping and nature. We spent many wonderful summers camping together at Tahklahk Lake in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. He loved swimming, fishing, hiking, and reading Harry Potter by the fire. For those memories Tahklahk Lake will always occupy a special place in our hearts now and forever.
A voracious reader, Stefan was also interested in current events, politics, and the world around him. He was passionate about many causes and always stood up for what he believed in. He had a particular gift for languages and was fluent in many of them. Stefan was proud of his Polish heritage and dreamed of traveling to Poland someday to meet his relatives.
More than anything, Stefan wanted to create a loving, stable life for his family and dreamed of a successful career, becoming a homeowner, and contributing to his community.
Stefan graduated Cum Laude from Ingraham High School, where he also wrestled and played football. He was enrolled at the University of Washington – Tacoma, where he was 30 credits short of a degree in Global Honors at the time of his passing.
Stefan is survived by Bruce Gryniewski (father), Eva Luna (mother), Levi Gryniewski (brother), Pechanda Von (wife), Felix Gryniewski (son), and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers or remembrances, please consider making a donation to a drug addiction treatment center or organization of your choice. No words can describe the pain of losing a child but every life we save will be forever in his memory.
Family and friends plan to gather October 5th to remember Earl Eugene Nokes, Jr., and are sharing this remembrance now:
On August 17, 2023, the Nokes Family lost a patriarch and a major pillar of our community when Earl Eugene Nokes, Jr., leapt from this world into heaven.
Gene attended West Seattle High School, as did many of his cousins and his three younger brothers Bill, Don, and Ed and sister Elaine. He graduated from WSHS in 1962.
After serving in the Air Force, Gene married his sweetheart, Paula, 55 years ago on August 17, 1968.
He then began a sales career that took him hither and yon, finally settling his family in Dublin, CA, where he became a mainstay of St. Raymond’s Catholic Church.
Gene, affectionately known as “Genie-boy” to us, leaves behind a legacy of love, faith and devotion.
He now joins his son Byron and sister Margaret “Peggie” Nokes Hunnicutt, both of whom journeyed on this past year.
Gene Jr. is survived by his loving wife Paula, and their daughters Kerry (Dan) Page, Erin (James) Spence, Gwen (Patrick) Crane, all of whom provided loads of love and affection for Gene and Paula over the years, along with an abundance of grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
See you on the other side, our lovely brother, uncle, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and life-long friend. We miss you!
A Celebration of Life for Gene will be held at St. Raymond’s Catholic Church, 11555 Shannon Ave. Dublin, CA, at 10 am on October 5, 2023.
Family and friends are remembering Roger Armstrong, and sharing this with his community:
Roger Lee Armstrong, born on July 14th, 1947, in Bellingham, Washington, to parents Myrtle and Mervin Armstrong, passed away peacefully at his West Seattle residence on August 8th, 2023, at the age of 76.
Preceding him in death were his sister, Edith Blakeway, his brothers Vincent and James “Moe” Armstrong, and his sister Zelda Kennedy. He is survived by sister Darlene Blurton and brother Greg Armstrong. Following his graduation from Bellingham High School, Roger answered the call of duty and served as a Tracked Vehicle Mechanic in the Vietnam War. Upon his return, he briefly engaged in gillnetting before embarking on a remarkable 35-year career in the commercial floor-covering industry.
His passion and precision left an indelible mark, felt near and far. Roger was married to the love of his life, Christine, for 45 years, meeting serendipitously when he approached her for a dance at Embers on Alki. They shared a profound love for each other, and were inseparable.
They also shared five children; Trina (Rob) Funkhouser, Darryl (Dan) Alexander, T.J. Armstrong, Hesper (Dario) Guerra & Adam Armstrong. Roger also had seven grandchildren: Ellie, Miranda, Ariana, Ali, Abi, and Aubri, and his favorite grandson, Bobby. His first great-grandchild is expected this September. Cherished and loved by all, and known to most as “Papa,” his love and dedication for his family was unmatched.
Wherever Roger went, his presence was felt and appreciated, often met with smiles and laughter. Roger not only had a great sense of humor and sharp wit, he also enjoyed golf, fishing, camping, and hockey.
One of his favorite pastimes was watching the Kraken – he found it thrilling and it gave him a sense of comradery. He was a lifelong Bob Dylan fan and avid cribbage player, who loved all things dark chocolate, and could fix anything.
Donations made in Roger’s memory may be sent to: Bridge Disability Ministries 12356 Northrup Way, Bellevue, WA 98005
Service details to be announced.
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Arrangements Entrusted to Emmick Family Funeral Home of West Seattle
Family and friends will gather next Thursday (August 24th) to remember David T. Hall. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing with the community:
David Thomas Hall was born on 11th January, 1955, in Dayton, Ohio, and passed away peacefully on 10th August, 2023, at the age of 68. David was preceded in death by his father, David A. Hall, and his brother Terry Hall. He was a beloved son of Constance Wieschenberg, and brother of Rick Hall.
He is survived by his son, Doug Hall; his former wife Susan Hall and their children Steven Hall and Mallory Koch; and grandsons Caden and Carter Koch.
David was raised with his brothers in a military lifestyle as their Master Sergeant father traveled around the country from base to base with the family in tow. During his teenage years the family spent several years living in Thailand before settling in the Sumner/Lakewood area. David developed a passion for music and through his high school years he would book and perform gigs with his band, often playing at Joint Base Lewis/McChord. Eventually a music producer caught sight of the young talented band and offered them a contract, so they moved to Los Angeles to pursue their music careers.
In 1981 David met Susan in Santa Monica, CA while she was traveling abroad from the UK. They were immediately smitten with each other and their love story began. They flew to England a year later to be married, and in 1983 made their move from California, eventually setting up home in West Seattle. David excelled in his new career in Real Estate at Ron Turner Realty. As he became established in the area, West Seattle gave David the home base he had always craved, and he made so many good friends over the years. Known by most as David T, or “Silver Fox” because of his full head of hair, he continued his love for music and for several years was a popular Emcee and Music Organizer for the annual West Seattle Street Festival and also Holy Rosary WestFest, along with entertaining the crowd with his band, B Rich & The Poor Boy$.
David was passionate about boating with his family. He taught his children how to fish, and snow-ski, and took them on many summer camping trips. David rarely missed any of their sports games, always cheering them on from the sidelines. He was umpiring a Pee Wee baseball game one year and it broke his heart when he had to call a strike out on his little Stevie and send him to the bench. He would bring a small speaker amp to Mallory’s basketball games and play the “Rocky” theme music as her team entered the gym; and everybody got to know his son Doug, who would often accompany him to the office. David enjoyed playing poker regularly with his pals; and discussing theology at his Bible Study mornings. He loved to talk with people from all walks of life. He had a fondness for stray black kittens, bringing them home if they needed one; and he always had a warm pair of gloves and a few dollars in his car for a needy stranger on the street.
David was the light that entered the room, beloved by so many. Though his light went out for him that peaceful night, he was wrapped in the presence and loving arms of his family, and his light will continue to shine in their hearts, and in Heaven.
On Thursday, August 24th, at 2:00 pm, David will be remembered for his love of family, friends and his joyous spirit at a Funeral Mass at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in West Seattle. This service will be followed by a reception across the street in the School Hall. Livestreaming links to the service will be available on the main page at www.holyrosaryseattle.org
Per his wishes, David’s cremated remains will be interred at a later date at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester, NY.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that a donation be made in David’s name to St. Vincent de Paul charity at holyrosaryseattle.org/stvincent, which works with needy people in our community.
Please share memories, photos & condolences with David’s Family on the Tribute Wall at emmickfunerals.com/obituary/David-Hall
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Family and friends are remembering Jack Blondin, and sharing this with the community:
September 20, 1939 – August 2, 2023
Jack passed away peacefully at home with family after an 11-year battle with multiple myeloma. He was born in 1939 in Tacoma to John and Mildred Blondin along with his sister Anne and brother Kring (both deceased). His family followed his father’s job as a Civil Engineer to Hawaii, San Francisco, Elmer City, Mill Valley, Bremerton, and Kelowna, BC, where he graduated high school. He graduated in Economics from the UW, Seattle, where he met Linda Berry, and they married in 1964.
His passion was being on the water, boating throughout the San Juans and the Canadian Gulf Islands. He started as a Sea Scout, founded Far East Yachts, owned a marine electronics company, and joined Seattle Yacht Club, where he made many life-long friends and held the offices of Staff Captain, Quartermaster, Treasurer, Trustee, and was awarded the prestigious Carl Zecher award for outstanding service.
A financial advisor with Merrill Lynch in Seattle for 34 years, he brought a conservative approach and personal concern for the success of his clients. He volunteered with Junior Achievement to prepare young people to succeed in life.
Jack and Linda traveled extensively in Europe and Asia, which opened his eyes to the fact people have the same wish for peace and a good life for their families the world over. Retirement brought long summers on the boat, an annual return to Hawaii, and lots of playing dress-up with granddaughter Dori and living-room fishing expeditions with grandson Logan. Family was the most important thing to Jack.
He is survived by Linda, his wife of 59 years; daughters Christina Hasselbalch and Heidi Blondin and grandchildren Doriana Hasselbalch and Logan Blondin; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held in September. Share memories at www.emmickfunerals.com/obituary/Jack-Blondin
Family and friends will gather August 25 to remember Mary Marlene Flanary. Here’s the remembrance that’s being shared now with the community:
Mary Marlene Flanary, daughter of Frank Griffin and Catherine Brady Neville, was born on 12/30/1932 in Deadwood, South Dakota, and passed on 12/18/2021 in Hot Springs, Montana.
She was preceded in death by her son Donald Schoenberg, husband and father of her children Jerome Schoenberg, and husband Robert Flanary. She is survived by daughters Suzette Perna, Rosalind Schoenberg, and Melanie Money. She leaves behind six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Marlene had two notable passions: music and family. An accomplished pianist and lifelong learner, she took up the study of the harpsichord at age 80.
Marlene surrounded herself with her larger-than-life extended family hosting frequent holiday dinners. All were welcome in her home on Queen Anne Hill and later in her home on Beach Drive in West Seattle.
Her early education in parochial schools in Butte, Montana, was followed by a high-school education in San Francisco, then Seattle. She achieved a Bachelor of Arts from Seattle University and a masters in speech and hearing therapy from the University of Washington.
A service will be held at 10:00 AM on August 25th at Holy Rosary in West Seattle. For those who would like to pray the Rosary, it will begin at 9:30 AM. There will be a gathering at 11:00 following the service. Her family welcomes you.
Family and friends will gather August 12th at a funeral mass for Sofia Escandar. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing now:
Born on December 14, 1930 to Soren and Anna Hovsepian in Tehran, Iran. She was a proud housewife, mother, grandmother, and a great-grandmother.
Sofia also ran a small specialty embroidery bedsheet business from home, an entrepreneur way ahead of her time. She attended a Catholic nuns Boarding School in Isfahan, Iran for six years, the best years of her childhood. She returned to Tehran teaching elementary French class and later meeting Alexander Escandar.
After moving to the states, with her adorable accent, she managed to get involved with a few volunteer groups and keep herself busy. Mom was a very social person, enjoyed her friends, her Church, and the YMCA Community and her coffee dates with her friends. Mom especially loved her neighbors. Most of all, mom’s greatest joy was cooking, especially when she had her family around her to enjoy.
Sofia leaves behind her oldest daughter, Stella Shahbazian (Hermes and grandchildren – Niko & Armand). Also, her son, Edgar Escandar [Wilma and grandchildren – Emmanuelle (Henry and great-grandchildren – Chloe and Vivianne), Talia, & Darius (Andrea)]. She also leaves behind her youngest daughter, Jacqueline Espinosa (André and granddaughter – Alexandra); and Grandchildren – Vida & Tiffany from Pierre, her late son. Sofia passed away peacefully on August 1, 2023 with her family at her side. She has joined her beloved husband Alexander, her beloved son Pierre, and her only sibling Adolf.
A funeral Mass will be held at Holy Rosary on Saturday, August 12th, at 10 am. Any memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Sofia’s favorite charity, or Holy Rosary Church.
Family and friends will gather August 10 to celebrate the life of Harry Langen. Here’s the remembrance being shared now with his community:
John Henry (Harry) Langen, Jr, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of July 5, 2023. Harry and his twin brother Charlie were born in Boston, Massachusetts on April 28, 1930 to John and Catherine (Mahoney) Langen. John Sr. was a career Navy man and the family lived in a number of places across the U.S., moving to Bremerton, WA in 1943, where his father was stationed at Bremerton Naval Shipyard. Harry attended Bremerton High School, where he met the love of his life, Gloria Mary Strattman. They both were members of the graduating class of 1948 and were married on September 9th, 1950. In 1953 Harry and Glo moved to West Seattle, where they made their home, raising 6 children.
His artistic talents were always an important part of his life and he started his career as a sign painter. It didn’t take too long for him to realize climbing up on billboards to paint was not for him and he began studying technical drawing at Edison Technical School (now Seattle Central College) on Capital Hill. In 1952 he took a job as a draftsman at Boeing Airplane Company. Harry would remain at Boeing working as a draftsman and engineering illustrator on a variety of both military and civilian projects, including the SST (Supersonic Transport), 747 passenger jet, and the B-1 Bomber. Retiring on January 1, 1990.
Harry enlisted in the US Army in 1948, eventually serving 30 years in the Army Reserve and attaining the rank of Command Sergeant Major. After basic training, he was assigned to the Reserve Unit of the 6th Army’s Training Division based in Bremerton, WA. He was later assigned to the 104th Infantry Training Division based at Fort Lawton in Seattle, with 2-week active duty posts at Fort Lewis, WA; Fort Lawton, WA, and the Mojave Desert. The 104th Infantry headquarters was eventually relocated to Fort Ord, California, preparing new recruits for deployment to Vietnam. Harry’s Reserve Unit then began reporting to Fort Ord for their required annual 2 weeks of active duty.
During his trips to Fort Ord, Harry’s artistic nature became enchanted with the natural beauty and rugged shoreline of the Monterey Peninsula, where Fort Ord is located. Glo began accompanying him for his two active-duty weeks. She in turn fell completely in love with the area, the small town of Carmel, California, as well as the history and beauty of San Francisco.
Thus began a tradition of the Langen vacations in Monterey, California, both as a couple’s getaway (sans children) or as a road trip down US 1 with all the kids, where many memories (and beautiful watercolor paintings) were made.
Marriage, family and the Catholic Church were central to Harry’s life. As founding members of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Harry and Gloria were active in the parish throughout their many years; involved with liturgical committees, teaching CCD, developing church decorations, and singing in the choir. They were recognized for their legacy with a seat of honor on the OLG 50th anniversary show car in the West Seattle Grand Parade.
A constant throughout Harry’s life was creating and sharing his art. Not having any formal art training, he developed his skills through self-study and workshops with many of the Northwest’s well-known artists. He originally began working with watercolor, then evolved into other mediums such as stained glass, silkscreen (serigraph), pen, stick ink, fabric art, and then came pastel. It soon became his media of choice, relishing the challenge of understanding the medium and the joy of working in it. A self-described “people person,” he always took pleasure in sharing his art, whether in casual conversation, teaching classes or through in-person demonstrations. A member of several Northwest art organizations, he particularly enjoyed his time spent with Artists United.
In addition to his art, Harry and Gloria were active members of the Westside Wheelers Square Dance Club for many years as well as spending much of their annual vacation time camping with their extended family and friends.
In 2012, Gloria and Harry sold their longtime family home and moved to the Bridge Park Retirement Community in West Seattle, where he played an active role in the community and once again shared his passion for art by conducting art classes for the residents.
Harry was proceeded in death by his beloved wife, Gloria, his sister Francis, his brother Charles and his grandson Joshua Waleryszak. He is survived by his children, Judy Waleryszak (Tom (d)), Mike Langen (Alyson), Cathy Olson (Frank (d)), Teresa Langen Earl (Ken), Margaret “Peggy” Langen, and James Langen (Andrea), six grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
A funeral mass in celebration of Harry’s life will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church on Thursday, August 10th, 2023 commencing at 10:00 AM. A reception will follow in Walmesley Center. Interment will be at Holyrood Cemetery that afternoon.
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Family and friends are remembering Ken Schmidt, and sharing this remembrance with his community:
Kenneth Jerome Schmidt was born March 27th, 1940, in Morton County, North Dakota, and passed away in Bellevue, Washington, on June 21st, 2023.
The youngest of 15, he was preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Marianna, and siblings John [who passed away in 1919, shortly after birth], Philip, Tony, Ida, Julia, Agnes, Bertha, Ted, Ralph, Eva, Arnold, and Bob. Ken is survived by his wife Mary, brothers Adam [Elva] and Tom [Pat], former wife Carol, his three kids, Joe [Jane], Beth [Cameron], and Paul [Holly], Mary’s kids Dana, Tyrie, Blaiz [Amy], and Sommer [Joe], and a large extended family. He was affectionately known in his later years as Pop, or Pops.
Ken’s family moved out west to Seattle from North Dakota in 1942, settling in Rainier Valley. One particularly vivid memory he shared with us around the dinner table, from his early youth in the immediate post-WW2 era, was feasting on fat trout his elder brothers pulled from nearby Lake Washington. He graduated from St Edward’s elementary school in 1954, and from O’Dea HS in the spring of 1958. At the end of that summer, he and his buddies Al Chapman and Rich Fenkner enlisted in the Army. Basic Training was at Fort Ord in Monterey. He served his hitch in Fontainebleau, France, a period of his life he always recalled with fond affection. Upon returning home from overseas, Ken was hired by VWR Scientific, where he met and fell in love with Carol Rossmann. The young couple married in 1963, and settled in West Seattle, at a house near Schmitz Park, where they raised their family. Ken and Carol separated in 1986. Ken’s second great love was Mary Grubic – they were wed in 1998, and stayed together until his last breath. Their home in Bellevue was the scene of many large and festive family gatherings, always centered around a delicious meal.
Ken lived a long, full life as a son, brother, uncle, father, and grandfather. He was a big football fan, liked salmon fishing and playing card games, loved to travel, and really enjoyed running [until his knees gave out]. Pop always took great pleasure in making a tasty pasta sauce or soup for us all to come together over. He faced death the same way he faced the entirety of his life: head on, ready for the challenge, no BS allowed. His memory is cherished, and he will be deeply missed by those who loved him.
Family and friends are gathering this afternoon to remember Dr. Angela C. Beard. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing with the community:
Dr. Angela Chimene Beard
October 28, 1963 – April 9, 2023
Angela Chimene Beard was born in DeKalb, Illinois on October 28, 1963, to Curtis Wayne Beard and Virginia Marie (Hall) Beard. Angela passed away on April 9, 2023, when cancer claimed her body, but not her spirit. She was 59.
Angela moved with her parents and two sisters from DeKalb when she was five. They took up residence in the beautiful state of Washington, where she spent most of her life. The city always called her, and she thrived living in Seattle and New York City. Her “growing up” town, Lynnwood, was always special to her, as the foundations of an enriching and fulfilling life were born there. She lived in Lynnwood until she attended the University of Washington in 1981.
Angela’s love for the arts began at an early age, with ballet tutus and pirouettes. She dreamed of becoming a professional ballet dancer. Her dreams evolved but were still ballet related, when she was hired at Pacific Northwest Ballet, where she worked for many years. Not only did this work-place adventure satisfy her passion for ballet, but she made life long, meaningful friendships. Angela went on to various occupations, almost all in the arts. Most recently, her talents were put to use as Professor Beard at City University in Seattle, and at the University of Washington.
“Avid” is not nearly impactful enough to describe her love of travel. History was fascinating to Angela, and she satisfied her reverence for the subject by visiting Europe and Asia several times. In her high school years, her family hosted exchange students from several countries, and she was able to take advantage of their hospitality. Her most recent trip was to Egypt.
Angela took great pride in her intellect, exemplified by her high level of education. She graduated from Lynnwood High School in 1981. From there, she attended the University of Washington, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1987. She carried her love for UW with her always, and never missed a chance to cheer on her Dawgs. In 1999, she packed her bags and headed to the city that never sleeps. She pursued a Master’s Degree in Performing Arts Administration from New York University, graduating in 2001. Never one to be satisfied with the status quo, she continued her love of learning at NYU and earned a Ph.D. in Public Administration, Nonprofit Management in 2011. The student became the teacher.
Growing up, Angela’s Dad was a sportswriter for a local newspaper. She was raised on the Seattle Supersonics, but her zest for football and baseball could not be denied. She rarely missed watching a Seahawks game, and the Mariners were a staple in her home.
Angela had countless friends, who could rely on her for laughs, advice, discussions about politics, support for ideals, and acts of thoughtfulness. No friend was ever without a home. She offered hers with an open heart to many who needed shelter in times of trouble. She extended hope and love to those who were weary and afraid. Kindness is her legacy.
Angela is preceded in death by her parents, Curt and Virginia Beard. Those who will miss her most are siblings Michelle (Allan), Rachel (Keith), Greg, and Mike (Stacy), nephews Travis and Jason, nieces Chelsea and Haley, grand-niece Emerson, and her beloved dogs Tinsel and Poppy.
A private burial will take place at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery in Shoreline, Washington. In true Angela fashion, she wanted a giant party with all her friends and family. It’s at 2 pm today at Pacific Northwest Ballet, 301 North Mercer.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.bauerfuneralchapel.com for the Beard family.
Family and friends will gather next Tuesday to remember Jerry Rice. Here’s what they are sharing with the community:
Longtime West Seattle resident Jerry Rice, 72, of Olympia passed away on July 5th. He was born in Seattle to Howard and Ellade (Sinnett) Rice. He attended Holy Rosary School, St. Martin’s High School in Lacey, and graduated from Seattle University. Meeting and marrying the girl-almost-next-door, the love of his life, Barb Conlan, he gladly joined her large and boisterous family, and they became an important part of his life. After he and Barb raised their own family in West Seattle, they retired to Olympia in 2018, where they enjoyed kayaking, biking, and walking in nature.
Jerry was one of the kindest, most giving, and selfless individuals to walk the earth, with great personal integrity. He was a gifted mechanic, and helped many people throughout his life, both with their cars and in other ways — be they friends, family, or strangers. While sharing his talents generously, he always remained a humble soul. He loved animals, particularly cats, and in addition to being adored by his own felines, was “godfather” to assorted neighborhood cats who came to visit him.
His passion was classic Chevrolets, and he restored scores in his lifetime, his “baby” being a 1959 Chevy Impala. During the last year of his life, while undergoing chemo, he elected to take on a new project, and completely disassembled and restored a 1977 Chevy Nova. Jerry was not a man to sit idle, even while battling cancer. In addition to restoring cars, he was always eager to improve his homes, and with amazing skill created many beautiful updates and additions to both interiors and yards, including building huge decks at his Olympia lakefront home.
Jerry was preceded in death by his beloved son Matt. He leaves behind Barb, his wife of 41 years, and daughters Brigette and Katie. A funeral mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Lacey on July 18th at 10 a.m. Any memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Jerry’s favorite charity.
Family and friends are remembering Ken Schiele and sharing this remembrance with his community:
Kenneth Louis Schiele
October 21, 1969 – June 30, 2023
Ken, our son, husband, dad, brother, and friend, passed away peacefully in the early morning on June 30, 2023 with his wife and mother at his side. He was 53 years old.
Ken was born on October 21, 1969 in Inglewood, CA. Over the course of his childhood, he and his family put down roots in Boise, Idaho, Rye, New York, and Tehran, Iran. Ken studied mechanical engineering at Gonzaga University in Spokane, also obtaining a master’s degree for the same from the University of Washington, then settling in West Seattle with his wife Lisa.
Ken’s favorite role in life always was being a father and husband, but this man wore many hats. He had a long career as a ski designer at K2, where he was part of a team creating some of the best telemark skis in the world. If you’ve ever taken a deep powder turn with a free heel on a pair of K2 telemark skis, a bit of Ken Schiele took that turn with you. Ken loved skiing, and it took him around the world with favorite trips including the Haute Route in the Alps, the many days with the K2 crew at Whistler, and Hokkaido in Japan. He also loved to hit the slopes in Idaho at Bogus Basin and Brundage with his dad and brother-in-law Clay.
Ken was fond of saying, “I don’t exercise under fluorescent lights.” Every day he was on the move, and he escaped to the outdoors every chance he got: skiing, kayaking, mountain biking, longboarding, and even taking up downhill skateboarding in his fifties. A lifelong, beautiful-to-watch, expert telemark skier, there are stories of Ken telemark skiing a half pipe and hitting a slopeside playpark to ride some rails in a vintage skydiving suit.
And music! Ken was a drummer, who once set up with his punk band “The Orphans” and played a gig in front of the United Nations in New York City. He was a DJ for years at KAGU, the student-run radio station at Gonzaga, creating and hosting the early ‘90s Saturday night standard, Radio Identity Crisis. For Ken, discovering new music was a lifelong passion, and his collection of Cumbia on vinyl is rumored to be one of the largest in the Pacific Northwest. His love of music and skiing once collided, in fantastic form, when he dragged a pair of telemark skis he had designed to a concert by LA punk band X, gifting a band member and telemark skier with a pair.
Ken loved Peanuts, Charlie Brown, and especially Snoopy. The stuffed Snoopy from his daughter Louise accompanied Ken to the hospital and never left his side.
Above all, at his core, Ken was a family man and will be remembered for his love for and pride in Lisa and Louise. Ken’s generosity of spirit, joie de vivre, kindness, and offbeat sense of humor will be missed by so many people that he touched throughout his life.
Ken is survived by the joy of his life, daughter Louise; his beloved wife of 28 years, Lisa Esztergalyos; parents Roy and Sue Schiele; sister Christine Schiele Gutierrez and partner Jack Culverhouse; sister Janet Schiele Roscoe and husband Clay Roscoe; sister-in-law Maria Esztergalyos and husband Eric Hanson; nephews Marco, Ezra, Rex, and Charlie and niece Estella; and mother-in-law Theresa Esztergalyos, who called Ken her lighthouse.
We will see you soon on those slopes, Ken, where every day is a bluebird day and every run is deep powder and fresh tracks! “All the love. All the power.”
In remembrance of Ken’s amazing life and love of music his family requests that any charitable donation be made in his name to KEXP (kexp.org/donate). A celebration of Ken’s life will be held in October 2023, in Seattle.
Family and friends will gather July 30 to celebrate the life of Bob Hereford, and are sharing this remembrance with his community:
Robert Roy Hereford, age 73, passed away on 6/9/2023 after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer 22 months earlier. Bob’s strong will and good humor during his chemotherapy allowed him, and those who loved him, to enjoy the gift of many treasured bonus days, including time spent with his wife, Karen, exploring the San Juan Islands on their Nordic tug, Shearwater.
He was born and raised in West Seattle. He joined the Air Force in 1969 and served until 1973, mostly in Thailand. There, he discovered photography, which became his life’s passion and career. He was a much-beloved employee at Seattle Central College, working as the school photographer, until his retirement in 2014.
But he also developed a second passion, when he was introduced to commercial salmon fishing in Alaska in 1981. His first season in Bristol Bay hooked him. He eventually became the skiff man on a seiner skippered by John Nevin out of Kodiak, AK. John and his family came to be very dear friends, and Karen often joined at the end of the season to fish, crab and enjoy adventures around Anton Larson Island.
He could always be counted on, to be there if you needed him, and to entertain with his stories and laughter. He was honest and generous and kind, but also mischievous. He loved conjuring surprises, especially for Karen, some of which are legend.
His loss is immeasurable to all who knew him.
He was so grateful for the care he received from the Swedish Cancer Institute, Dr. Philip Gold, his nurse Nancy, Dr. Christine McConnell, her nurse Charlie, and all the other incredible nurses and staff there.
He is predeceased by his father Clyde, his mother Helen, and nephew Jake, and is survived by his wife Karen, sister Robin, brother David (Natalie), nephews Sam, Reif, Tyler, and Joshua.
A celebration of his life is planned for 7/30. Contact his wife, brother, or sister for details. Please consider donating to Swedish Cancer Institute, or Fishermen’s Memorial Fund.
The family of Dan DeSantis, who died in July 2020 at age 75, wants to remind those who knew and loved him that his long-delayed Celebration of Life is this Thursday:
Celebration of Life for
July 13th, 2023
4 pm-8 pm
Dakota Place Park (California/Dakota)
If you have questions, email ginarosedesigns (at) gmail.com.
Family and friends will gather next Saturday (July 15th) to celebrate the life of Stacey McKelvey. Here’s the remembrance they are sharing with her community:
Stacey Marlo McKelvey, beloved daughter, sister, auntie, cousin, and cat-mom, passed away on June 19, 2023 in West Seattle.
Stacey was born November 20, 1969 in Seattle to Laura and Bill. The following year on the same day, November 20, 1970, Stacey’s little sister Brook was born. One of Stacey’s favorite things was being able to celebrate both their birthdays together and remind people that they were born on the same day.
Stacey was a lifelong West-Seattleite who attended Gatewood Elementary, Denny Middle School, Rainier Beach High School, and South Seattle Community College. She loved waking up early, flowers (especially orchids), music and singing, movies (lots of musicals), and her kitties.
Stacey is survived by her parents: Mother Laura and Steve Neilsen; Father Bill and Debby McKelvey; her Sister Brook and Jim Amundsen; her Brother Cam and Brittany Neilsen and Niece Elianna; her Niece Melissa Jones and her Husband Kei Kawada; and her Fur Babies Black and Blue.
A Celebration of Life will be held to honor Stacey on Saturday, July 15th, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave SW.
Please send any photos or memories to StaceyMckelveyMemorial@gmail.com to share with the family.
Family and friends are remembering Daniel Spengler and sharing this remembrance with his community:
Daniel Robert Spengler
Date of Birth: 1-21-1946, Seattle, to parents Daniel F. Spengler and Virginia R. Spengler (Lee). His family were West Seattle residents for over 70 years and active in Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and community. Dan lived in his family home until his passing.
He passed away peacefully on July 3, 2023, at home in the arms of his wife.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Tamsen Spengler, daughter Lisa Spengler, son in-law John Price, granddaughter Piper Price, brother Dan Spengler, sisters Donna Harrison and Karen Metcalf, and many cousins, all whom he loved dearly. He enjoyed spending time with his cousins. He even assisted with raising some of them. He truly appreciated their assistance during his battle with lung cancer and throughout his life.
He enjoyed participating in the Junior Achievement Program in school and was the Valedictorian for his graduation from Briscoe, Tukwila, WA and attended O’Dea High School, Seattle.
Dan was a Shipfitter in the Boilermakers Local Union; he became a Business Representative and then an Organizer for Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local Union 104. He subsequently was promoted to Union Organizer for the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers. Dan attended many training seminars regarding labor organizing and was an effective organizer in many states. He was motivated by his desire to improve the lives of working men and women.
He was a dedicated board member of the United Friends Group Homes in West Seattle. He loved visiting with the group home residents and always made them smile and laugh. He often brought his Wheaten Terrier, Fanny, there to visit with him, which the residents truly enjoyed.
Family and friends will remember him for his love of gardening, especially his roses and his love, training and caring for rescued Wheaten Terriers. He was always there for his family and friends with a helping hand when needed, and shared a true sense of humor with them. He had a love of music and always had a line from a tune to share with others. He often would sing a few lines of the song “Happy Trails” to folks as they were leaving.
Dan requested no formal service be held and a private gravesite burial be held for family only.
In memory of Dan, memorials can be made to PetConnect Rescue. email@example.com. 877-838-9171, PO Box 60714, Potomac, MD 20859
To share your condolences and memories of Dan, please visit www.EmmickFunerals.com/obituary/Daniel-Spengler
Family and friends are remembering Marty Davidson, and sharing this with his community:
Martin “Marty” Swen Davidson of Seattle, Washington, beloved and cherished Dad, husband, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend, neighbor, and cat owner, passed away on June 25, 2023, at age 56, of heart failure.
Martin was born in Seattle to William and Beverly Davidson. A true Washingtonian, he grew up in Kent and graduated from Bremerton High School, where he was named Prom King and Class President. He attended the University of Washington and earned a degree in Accounting from Seattle University. Martin went on to become a Certified Public Accountant.
Over his career, Marty (as he has been known since college) has worked at numerous companies, including Price Waterhouse, AT&T Wireless, National Frozen Foods, PCC Community Markets, and Bartell Drugs. When he passed, he was Senior Director of SOX compliance at Rite Aid. Marty served on the Board of Directors for Camp Fire, a national nonprofit that connects young people to the outdoors, others, and themselves.
Family and friends were always the cornerstones of Martin’s life. When he was 7 years old, his father and Uncle David started to build “the round cabin,” at Hartstene Pointe, where he and his siblings and cousins spent summers and weekends together swimming, exploring the beaches, boating, building bonfires, and riding bikes. Hartstene Pointe was Martin’s “happy place” from early childhood, through high school and college, and long into adulthood, where Marty, Jamee, and Max obtained their own place and friends and family spent hours enjoying “the Barnacle” and being out on the boat.
Martin developed a tight group of lifelong friends in college with annual fly-fishing adventures including treks in the Northwest, Montana, and, recently, a trip of a lifetime to Patagonia. Also, avid music lovers, they seldom missed concerts by their favorite bands, starting with being Deadheads and attending many Grateful Dead concerts.
Marty met Jamee Fields, his beautiful and loving wife of 20 years, at AT&T Wireless. Their marriage was full of love and adventure. They truly were best friends who built an incredible life together. They enjoyed travel, boating, playing pickleball, good food, fantastic wine with great company, daily games of Settlers of Catan, and spending time with those they loved most. The highlight of their life is their amazing 13-year-old son Max, whom Marty cherished with his entire being. The two enjoyed “hanging out,” challenging one another at chess, ping pong, and basketball, and talking about history, politics, favorite books, and TV shows.
Marty was a generous, thoughtful, kind-hearted, intelligent, engaged, and vibrant man of many talents. Known as the “Mayor of the Neighborhood,” he welcomed and showed up for everyone. He embraced life, spending hours gardening, tying flies for fishing, and socializing. He was proud of his Icelandic/Norwegian heritage, and his love of trivia and politics made him an excellent source of information about world events, current and past. He had an endearing sense of humor and was universally beloved by all.
Martin “Marty” was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Lee Wayne Davidson. He is survived by his wife and son; sister, Sandra Davidson; brothers Bob Davidson (Molly) and Steve Sorensen (Michele); nieces and nephews Jessie Davidson, Ford, Harpur and Marshall Davidson, Dane and Nicole Sorensen; and a large extended family that includes beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, and close friends-turned-family.
A Raise Your Glass/Celebration of Life will be held on July 27. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Camp Fire Central Puget Sound, SonicGuild, Seattle Humane Society, Safecrossings Foundation, in Martin “Marty”’s memory. Forest Lawn Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Family and friends want to remind all those who knew and loved Leticia Martinez that the community celebration of her life is tomorrow (Saturday, July 1st) in West Seattle. Everyone is welcome at Alki Masonic Center (4736 40th SW) between 1 pm and 4 pm. Leticia, who was 58 years old, has been gone now for three months. The original announcement of her memorial was in her obituary, published here June 5th. As noted then, crowdfunding via the GoFundMe page “Justice for Leticia“ continues, to help support Leticia’s son, legal costs, and memorial expenses.