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Donald W. (Bill) Fraser, Jr.

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit FraserDonald W. (Bill) Fraser, Jr. was born December 28, 1948, to the world famous gold medal skier, Gretchen Kunigk Fraser and passed away on Sept. 1, 2013.  Bill grew up in Vancouver, Wash., where his father owned the Don Fraser Oil and Gas distributing company.  He attended school in Vancouver and attended Shaddock Military Academy in Minnesota.  He joined the army in 1968 and served in Viet Nam.

He married Linda in 1970 and they raised their children, Heather and Jeff in Woodinville. He was part of the Army Reserve’s 92nd aviation company and was a hydraulic specialist on Chinook Helicopters at Paine Field in Everett, until 1980.

He managed Aurora Rents North, an equipment rental shop after that time until 1988. 

After a divorce in 2000, he moved to Texas where he resided with long time partner and friend, Mary Lou King, until he passed away due to a stroke.  He was a mechanically gifted person and his passion was working on and showing classic cars. He belonged to numerous car clubs and won awards for his ’72 Pantera, ’55 Chevy, and  ’03 Mini Cooper.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gretchen and Don Fraser of Sun Valley, Idaho. He has left behind his children, Heather Fraser in Snohomish, Wash., Jeff and Michelle Fraser and grandsons, Nathan, Parker, Wyatt and Eli in Lake Stevens, Wash. and a lot of friends and other relatives. An open house celebration of his life will be held at 3263 Lk. Park Rd. Belton, Texas, on Sept. 7 from 12:00 – 3 p.m. and at 4717 143 St. S E, Snohomish, Washington on Sept. 21 from 12:00-3:00 pm.

Maria Ursula Maxfield

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit MaxfieldMaria Ursula Maxfield, 81, a resident of Brittany Park for the past three and a half years, died peacefully in Kirkland, Wash., August 31, 2013 with her daughters by her side after suffering a stroke.

Born between the World Wars in the German region of Bavaria, she completed her education and worked for a German trade union in Munich. Her leadership potential, as well her fierce intelligence and independence, won her a German Marshall Fund scholarship to study at Cornell University in the Industrial and Labor Relations School. A12-month trip followed, backpacking across four continents with her would-be husband. Maria worked as a journalist at Time Inc. in New York City, when few women did, and later earned her living translating and abstracting academic work from seven languages for an academic information service. She was also employed as a technical writer at the Rutgers Institute for Alcohol Studies and Werner-Lambert – Pfizer.

Maria was often sighted walking at Brittany Park or at Crystal Lake swimming during the summer months. An avid reader and intellectual, she read several books a week. She started a poetry group and a science DVD group, and was a proud ambassador for Brittany Park.Maria is survived by her daughters: Sylvia Maxfield of Brookline, Mass. and Solveig Whittle of Woodinville, Wash. and six grandchildren: Terrell Maxfield Bulger of Portland, Ore.; Zoe Maxfield Bulger of Durham, N.C.; Katherine Maxfield Bulger of Durham, N.C.; Alexandra Frances McCarthy of Seattle, Wash.; Fiona Maria McCarthy of Woodinville, Wash.; and Christopher Pace Robinson of Woodinville, Wash. A private service will be held in Boston, Mass. Donations in Maria’s memory may be made to Evergreen Hospital Foundation – Hospice Services http://foundation.evergreenhospital.org/page.aspx?pid=343.

Denise Anne Dugal-Wulfman

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit WulfmanAt the end of an 11-month battle with cancer, Denise Dugal-Wulfman died at her home Sunday morning,

August 25th. Denise was born January 3, 1968 in Fort Kent, Maine to Dennis and Geraldine Dugal. Growing up, Denise divided the backseat of the family station wagon fairly with her older brother Dana as they moved and attended schools from Bangor to Missoula.
 

Along the way Denise discovered music. As a musician Denise used first the clarinet and ultimately a career in music therapy to augment the world around her.  
 

Her life as a musician was enriched while studying at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California when she met her husband of 25 years, Edward (Ted) Wulfman.  They were married in Bozeman, Montana on August 6, 1988.  Upon graduating from the Conservatory of Music in 1990 Denise worked at the Parkland Convalescent Hospital and Morton Bakar Center with geropsychiatric rehabilitation programs and taught weekly music lessons.
 

In 1992 Denise and Ted moved north to Washington state where she continued her work as a geriatric case manager at Eastside Mental Health in Bellevue.
 

She continued her rehabilitative work for the next four years at which point she started DDW’s Music Therapy Services in Woodinville.  
She co-founded Market Street Music in 1998.  Denise continued developing programs for early childhood

music at Bellevue College as a Parent/Infant Lab Music Specialist, starting work on a master’s degree in 2012.
 

For as much honor Denise gained as an award winning teacher and therapist nothing in her professional life rivaled the joy she shared with her children, first Alison, born in 1993 and Zachary, in 1997.  Into their hearts she pumped the compassion and caring that allowed her to take in stray animals, champion people with disabilities, and sing instead of whispering.  In them thrives all the spirit, “bright and fierce” that Denise could impart.  
 

Denise is preceded in death by her grandparents Robert and Eleanor O’Halloran and Roland and Kathleen Dugal.  
 

She is survived by her husband Edward Wulfman, children Alison Wulfman and Zachary Wulfman, parents Dennis and Geraldine Dugal, and brother, Dana Dugal.
 

A celebration of Denise’s life will be held starting 3 p.m. Saturday, September 21, at the Woodinville Alliance Church.
 

In lieu of gifts, donations can be made to the Get Your Rear in Gear Colon Cancer Coalition, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer, or Homeward Pet Adoption Center.

Margaret Ward Gamache

  • Written by Karin Hopper

Obit GamacheMargaret “Peg” Ward (also known as Zita or Margaret Gamache to her family) has moved on to be with her beloved “Johnny” (John Melvin Gamache) after a long illness.
 

She passed on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013. Margaret was the founder, director and much loved teacher at Carnation’s Tolt Hill School that she ran for preschoolers and kindergartners from 1980 to 2005. She was assisted in running the school by her husband, John Gamache, musical director at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church who taught music at the school. She married John in 1976 and he preceded her in death in 1999.  
Margaret was born in Minot, North Dakota, on February 7, 1933, the eldest of seven children to Judith and Leon Ward. The family moved to Seattle, Wash.,in 1943.  She graduated from St. Edward’s Grade School in Seattle and Holy Rosary High School in West Seattle. In the fall of 1952 she entered the novitiate of the Dominican Sisters of Tacoma at Marymount.  
 

She continued her education at St. Martin’s College in Olympia earning her BA and masters degree in teaching She left the Dominican community after 20 years of teaching primary education in various schools both in Washington and California.
 

She is survived by her siblings and families: John E. “Jack” Ward, Michael T. Ward, Barbara J. Nevin, Joan E. Traylor, Mary C. Hirschkorn and Timothy P. Ward. She is also survived by the adult children and families of her husband’s children: Emilie M. Leming, John Sutton-Gamache, James P. Gamache, Susan E.Gamache, Katy M. Keehn and Paul A. Gamache.  
 

Margaret was a deeply spiritual, joyful and loving person and we will all miss her greatly.
Services will be held on Saturday, September 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church at 31911 E. Blanche Street, Carnation, WA 98014 to be followed by a light lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Carnation Senior Center at 4610 Stephens Avenue, Carnation, WA 98014.
Remembrances may be made to either St. Anthony’s church or to the charity of your choice.

Theodore John Aarstad Jr.

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit AarstadTheodore John Aarstad Jr. of Carnation, Wash., was born December 9, 1927, and went home to be with the Lord on August 15, 2013. 

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Wines; father, Theodore Aarstad Sr.; daughter, Mary-Margaret Pettifer and son, Randal Brown.

He is survived by his loving wife, Audrey; sons, Theodore (Lynn) Aarstad Sr. of Spirit Lake, Idaho and Ronald (Debra) Brown of Centralia and daughter, Diane (Denny) Driggs of Bainbridge Island;  his brothers, Ronald Aarstad and Marvin (Betty) Aarstad of Gainesville Wis.; his sister, Sharon (Don) Prisk of Fort Atkins, Wis.; 14 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

Theodore (Ted) joined the Navy and at the end of World War II, he served in the occupation of Japan. 

After being honorably discharged from the Navy in 1948, he worked as a labor foreman until he retired.

Ted married his sweetheart Audrey in 1963 and they just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. 

They enjoyed numerous trips together and have been longtime residents of Carnation for over 36 years.

Ted was a member of the American Legion and was known best for his dancing and hunting abilities.

He had a smile that dazzled all of us. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

A memorial service will be held at Tolt Congregational United Church of Christ (4851 Tolt Ave., Carnation, WA 98014) on Tuesday, August 27, at 11 a.m. A reception will follow.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, gifts be made in honor of Ted to the Humane Society www.humanesociety.org.