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Susan Evelyn Dunn

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit DunnSusan was many things to many people. She was a daughter, a sister, a mother, a grandmother; a teacher, an artist and an amazing cook, a beloved friend and a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. Susan left this world with loved ones by her side on Monday, August 19, in Duvall, Wash., at the age of 75.

Susan was born to Wilbur and Evelyn (Miller) Grant on December 16, 1937, in Seattle, Wash. She spent her early years growing up on a Vashon Island farm with her brother, Jeff Grant, and formed life-long friendships with her peers at the local schools. It is also thought that she developed her fondness to chocolate during this time, a problem that has been passed down to two generations (and counting).

Susan married in October 1, 1955, to Ralph Gonzalez of Puerto Rico and in March 24, 1961, to Harry M. Dunn of Fife, Wash. From these two unions came three children: Kathleen Bell of Kent, Wash., Patrick Kelly Dunn of Monroe, Wash. and Kendall Dunn of Des Moines, Wash. She had six grandchildren, all of whom she spoiled with her famous homemade pies, cinnamon roll ups and, of course, chocolate.

During her career, Susan worked to make a difference in the lives of her students. As she taught English to non-native speakers, she enjoyed the opportunity to practice her Spanish as well.

Throughout her life, Susan championed many causes and donated to a variety of charities. It is in this spirit that her family requests that donations be made in her memory in lieu of flowers. Some of the causes that were close to her include:

Evergreen Hospice Services

2822 124th Lane N E

Kirkland, WA 98034

Prisoners For Christ-Juvenile Division

P O Box 1530

Woodinville, WA  98072-1530

Susan’s family would also like to thank all of her friends who supported her in her final months. The outpouring of well wishes was a testament to the amazing person she was (and the fantastic company that she kept).

A celebration of Susan’s life will be held on Saturday, September 28, at 2 p.m. at the Cottage Lake Presbyterian Church in Woodinville, Wash.

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.