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John Gregson

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit GregsonThe Gregson family mourns the loss of John Gregson, who passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 4, 2013.

John Gregson was born on November 4, 1940, in Blackpool, England.

His family moved to the United States in 1952, settling in Santa Monica, Calif. He graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1958, where his classmates remember him as “the English guy” and was a member of the Pen Pushers Club.

He met Janell Marr at an ice skating rink in 1958 when she was 15 and he was 17. They wed in 1964 and spent their early married years in Santa Monica, Calif., where children John and Joanna were born. The family moved to Westlake Village, Calif., in 1973, where daughter Jill was born. The Gregson family moved to Woodinville, Wash., in 1978.

John worked as an aerospace engineer at Boeing but dabbled in many other ventures, including owning and operating Games Plus in Woodinville from 1987-1992, selling real estate, working as a tax preparer and creating recipes using a concoction he called meat mix.

Ever the Brit, he followed English soccer and was a season ticket holder for the original Seattle Sounders and the Sounders FC.

John and Janell have been privileged to surround themselves with a large network of friends over the years, including a group who became regulars at Barnaby’s in the 1980s and, more recently, friends who met monthly at the Three Lions Pub in Redmond.

He will be fondly remembered for his friendly, outgoing nature, his ever-present sense of humor and his amazing fish and chips.

John is survived by his wife of 49 years, Janell Marr Gregson; son, John Gregson and daughter-in-law, Alyssa Gregson; daughter, Joanna Gregson, son-in-law, Cory Soliday, and grandson Jack Soliday; and daughter, Jill Gregson Zawatski, son-in-law, Paul Zawatski, and grandson Julian Gregson Zawatski. He is also survived by his sister, Linda Streckewald, and his brother, William Gregson.


Friends and family are asked to raise a pint of English beer in John’s honor.


Donations may be made to Seattle Children’s Hospital in memory of John Gregson (Seattle Children’s Hospital, 6901 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 or www.seattlechildrens.org).

Jan Elspeth Darst Gerard

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Jan Elspeth Gerard of Duvall, Wash., passed away at age 60 in Bellevue, Wash. after a long battle with cancer.

vvjanobitJan, born to Clark and Mae Darst, in Snoqualmie, Wash., was raised in Issaquah and graduated from Issaquah High School in 1971. In 1972, Jan married her husband, Alan Gerard. After spending their early years together in Kirkland, having their daughters Ara and Elle, they found the perfect place to finish raising their family and for Jan to enjoy her true passion, horses.

In 1987, they moved the family to Duvall, Wash. and to the 20 acres of farmland that became Kaelie’s Farm, a small piece of heaven for horses and their riders.

Jan spent the next 25 years teaching others everything she knew about horses, life and love. Jan’s love for animals only grew as Kaelie’s Farm matured from horse lovers, to include a wide array of animals and their owners.

In 2007, Jan was diagnosed with her second occurrence of cancer and began an aggressive treatment program. By 2009, the year of her granddaughter, Evalyn Faith’s, birth, Jan was in remission and was enjoying the full time duties of being a Safeway front end manager, farm owner, wife, mother and grandmother.

By mid 2012, the cancer had returned and surgery was not able to contain it.

Still, Jan fought for her family, her friends and her animals. Using all of her strength, Jan’s fight carried her through the year’s end.Jan’s strength was always what set her apart from the status quo. Her fierce devotion to her friends and family was only amplified as her cancer returned.

Even in her final days, visits from family, to friends, her barn and her fields were what she lived for.

Jan is survived by her husband, Alan; mother, Mae; sisters, Leslie and Krista; daughters, Ara (Ron) and Elle (Jimmer); granddaughter, Evalyn; and her extended family of nieces, nephews and their children. She also leaves behind her many friends and people she inspired, who were sons and daughters to her as well. Jan was preceded in death by her father, Clark.

Jan Elspeth Gerard

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
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Jan Elspeth Gerard of Duvall, Wash., passed away at age 60 in Bellevue, Wash., after a long battle with cancer.

Jan, born to Clark and Mae Darst, in Snoqualmie, Wash., was raised in Issaquah, Wash., and graduated from Issaquah High School in 1971.

In 1972, Jan married her husband, Alan Gerard.

After spending their early years together in Kirkland, having their daughters Ara and Elle, they found the perfect place to finish raising their family and for Jan to enjoy her true passion, horses.

In 1987, they moved the family to Duvall and to the 20 acres of farmland that became Kaelie’s Farm, a small piece of heaven for horses and their riders.

Jan spent the next 25 years teaching others everything she knew about horses, life and love. Jan’s love for animals only grew as Kaelie’s Farm matured from horse lovers, to include a wide array of animals and their owners.

In 2007, Jan was diagnosed with her second occurrence of cancer and began an aggressive treatment program. By 2009, the year of her granddaughter, Evalyn Faith’s, birth, Jan was in remission and was enjoying the full time duties of being a Safeway front end manager, farm owner, wife, mother and grandmother.

By mid 2012, the cancer had returned and surgery was not able to contain it.

Still, Jan fought for her family, her friends and her animals.

Using all of her strength, Jan’s fight carried her through the year’s end.

Jan’s strength was always what set her apart from the status quo. Her fierce devotion to her friends and family was only amplified as her cancer returned. Even in her final days, visits from family, to friends, her barn and her fields were what she lived for.

Jan is survived by her husband, Alan; mother, Mae; sisters, Leslie and Krista; daughters, Ara (Ron) and Elle (Jimmer); granddaughter, Evalyn; and her extended family of nieces, nephews and their children.

She also leaves behind her many friends and people she inspired, who were sons and daughters to her as well. Jan was preceded in death by her father, Clark.

A celebration of life will be held at Vasa Park Ballroom on February 10, 2013 at 1 p.m.

Timothy Jason Graham

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
Timothy Jason Graham was born April 22, 1953 in the old Kirkland Hospital to Jackie William Graham and Julia (Judy) Anne (Brummett) Graham. He was the second of four children: Michael, Timothy, Daniel, and Lorie, and lived a very fulfilling and wonderful life. At age seven he started working with his dad at their Texaco station, pumping gas and learning mechanics. He was always an entrepreneur and started backing boats into the water in Kirkland at age 10 for 25 cents. He also played in the Bellevue Philharmonic Children’s Orchestra, raced 10 speeds, rode his horse, fixed cars on the side, swam on a team and loved spending summers with his grandma and grandpa Shipley in Idaho. The sense of pride and confidence in himself and for his family was always evident.
He met the love of his life, Anna Elizabeth (Hogenhout) Graham, and they were married February 23, 1973. Together they raised five beautiful children: Julia, Christopher, Charity, Matthew, and Lucas. He spent every waking minute with his wife and children. They were his joy in life. He enjoyed simply being together, working in the shop, camping at Fish Lake, shooting targets, hunting, going over  homework. Even his hobbies included his children. Timothy was always self-employed and a true entrepreneur. He hauled horses nationally, sold hay, was in construction, a mechanic and helped his children get a head start in life. He and Anna instilled the value of hard work, integrity, and confidence in their children.The time he spent with his family is the gift he leaves behind. He was a great listener and gentle giver of advice. He loved and admired his sons-in-law Jason and Darren, and his daughters-in-law, Angie and Dani. He touched so many lives and impacted many along the way.
Timothy Jason Graham is survived by his wife of 40 years, Anna, his five children, 11 grand children, his sister and brother, mother, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and special friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Jackie William Graham and brother Daniel Matthew Graham.
Services have been held. Contributions in memory of Tim may be made to Hospice of Ellensburg in care of Brookside Funeral Home, 101 E. 2nd Ave., Ellensburg, WA 98926.

Leonard Schnitzler

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Leonard Schnitzler of Woodinville, loving husband to Mary, passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at home.

He was 70.

A funeral mass was said at St. Jude Catholic Church in Redmond.

A committal service followed at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery.

Friends are invited to view photos, get directions and share memories in the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com. Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home,