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Harold Roy Conrad

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
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Harold Roy Conrad  was born Jan 18, 1923, in Port Angeles and died peacefully at home in Monroe January 21, 2012, surrounded by his family.  Harold was one of eight siblings.

He grew up in Port Angeles on the Dungeness spit; fishing, crabbing, clam digging and playing on the log boom daily.

He swore no boy could have had a better place to grow up.

He moved to Seattle in his teen years and  graduated from Queen Anne High School.

Then he moved to Cordova, Alaska, where he fished and owned a cannery.

A World War II veteran,  he returned to Alaska after the war and then back to Seattle where he became a building contractor.

In December 1966, he married Joan Morley Ashley.  Together they found great joy in salmon fishing, square dancing, mushroom hunting, picking wild blackberries, walking, beachcombing, hiking, gardening, marathon cribbage games and family.

Now he has joined his beloved wife who passed six years earlier.

They leave three children, seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, two sisters and one brother.

Harold loved nature; was thrilled to see a cougar and a bear walk past his home! He taught us to love the simple things in life.

His wild birds, squirrels, rabbits and deer were all well fed and loved, and will also miss him. We miss both Harold and Joan greatly. Memorials are requested to Sky Valley food bank in Monroe, or the food bank of your choice.

Jill Murphy Goodsell

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit GoodsellJill Murphy Goodsell, a longtime Woodinville resident, died on January 19, 2012 after a nine year battle with breast cancer. She passed into peace at home surrounded by those she loved.

An intelligent, free-spirited woman, Jill was known for her generous nature, irreverent humor and keen intuition. Her command of the English language was precise — though the salty side of her dialoguetended to be a bit much for the uninitiated.

Jill was devoted to home, hearth, friends and food. She was an active and much loved member of the Woodinville Garden Club for 22 years. Her passion for plants, an eye for design and a love of blueconverged to create a garden that was featured in national magazines and on public garden tours.

Jill Murphy was born on July 10, 1952, in Waltham, Mass.,  to Marjorie and James Murphy. She made friends easily which was a blessing, as she slogged through early years as a reluctant Air Force brat. She settled permanently in Seattle in 1974 where an amazing life unfolded before her.

Jill married Nelson Goodsell in December 1984. Daughter Katie soon followed. Despite their divorce in1997, they remained friends.

In her professional life, Jill was the right hand to Michael G. Foster for 22 years. She also sat on the board and was executive director of The Foster Foundation until her death.

Jill helped the foundation further its mission to unpretentiously provide philanthropic support to basic human welfare issues, education, medical research/treatment and cultural activities in the Northwest.

Jill is survived by her remarkable, beloved and devoted daughter, Katie Goodsell Miller and son-in-law, Adam Miller. One of Jill’s greatest joys was being able to attend their recent wedding in April. Katie andAdam were ever vigilant in Jill’s final phase of caring and are models of strength and compassion.

Jill also leaves behind her little baby boy, Pee Wee the Cat, and three brothers: Kit, Alan and KenMurphy. Many friends throughout this community and across the country provided her with love andlaughter. She will long be remembered for her zest in life that continued to the very end.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Jude’s Catholic Parish in Redmond, Washington on Saturday, February 11, 2012, at 11 a.m. A celebration of life will take place following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name should be made to Northwest Harvest.

Leno Bassett

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Leno  Bassett was born December 6, 1914, in Kellogg, Idaho. He passed away at his home in Woodinville on January 6, 2012, at the age of 97.

Leno is survived by his wife, Antoinette; son, Leno Roger Bassett and daughter, Leanette Bassetti.

Services are scheduled for Thursday, January 12, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Acacia Funeral Home in Seattle.

There will be a brief visitation beginning at 9 a.m. the same day.

An interment service will take place at Cedar Lawns Memorial Park in Redmond, Wash.

To view photo, read his autobiography, get directions or sign the guestbook, please visit www.AcaciaFuneralHome.com.

Loren (LC) Cothern

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Loren (LC) Cothern was born Jan. 29, 1955, and entered the arms of Jesus on Dec 30, 2011, after a long and courageous battle. Loren was born in Kirkland and raised in Bellevue. He joins his mother Ardith (Ardy), father Matt McBane and close friends who made the journey before him.

Loren graduated from Interlake High School in 1973. Loren was dedicated to God, his family and his friends.

He was a man of style and all who knew him were better for it. He loved taking rides on the 1973 HD Shovelhead that he built in his mother’s basement. He was a nature lover and an avid fisherman.

Loren is survived by his devoted wife, Joanne and loving family, Jace, Ivan, Taleah, Giovonni, Rick, Julie and their families. Our deepest appreciation goes to the Transplant, ICU and nursing staff at UWMC for their genuine respect and compassion for LC and his family. Special thanks to friend/bro Bill Michado.

A celebration of life/memorial service will be held on Jan. 29, 2012.

Please visit http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/lorencothern for details.

Rowland W. Straka

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Rowland W. Straka was born in Janesville, Wis., the son of Alma and Joseph Straka.

He graduated from the Evansville, Wis., school system, attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated from the Elgin Watchmakers College in Elgin, Ill.

He received an associate degree from the Madison Business College in Madison, Wis.

Rowland was a master watchmaker, certified gemologist and member of the Gemological Institute of America.

He served in the Korean War for four years in the USAF, 6147th Tactical Control Group which was nicknamed the “Mosquitoes.”

He took over Straka Jewelry in Evansville from his father in 1955 which he operated until 1988.

Rowland and his wife, Terry, were married in Rockton, Ill., in 1968.

Closing the Evansville store in 1988, he and Terry purchased Salick’s Jewelry in Watertown, Wis., retiring from the business in 1995.

Rowland was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #35 and past master of the F&AM Union Lodge #32 in Evansville.

He was a member of Rotary International in Watertown, Wis., and active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Evansville, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Watertown and St. John Lutheran Church in Summerfield, Fla.

He and Terry retired to Florida in 1999 where they enjoyed a very active life in the retirement community of Spruce Creek South and had time to enjoy traveling both in the U.S. and abroad.

They moved to Woodinville, Wash., in May of 2009 to be closer to their immediate family.

Surviving are his wife, Terry; son, Scott; daughter-in-law, Deborah; grandchildren Erik and Elliana of Washington  and cousin Janis DiLullo of New Jersey.

Rowland was a kind, gentle man with a keen sense of humor and will be greatly missed by family and friends.  Graveside services will be held at the Tahoma Veteran’s Cemetery in Kent, Wash., on Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at 1 p.m.

If you care to send a memorial, please share with the charity or church of your choice, or the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105.