Alice C. (Holsten) Wright

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Alice C. (Holsten) Wright passed away peacefully on May 24, 2013, shortly before her 92nd birthday.
Alice was born at home in Roth, North Dakota, August 10, 1921, and grew up on a farm where she learned her life values and work ethic. After school Alice indulged in a bit of wanderlust, first traveling to Kansas City and later to Seattle with girlfriends to work.

In Seattle Alice worked for Boeing on America’s war effort. It was on a downtown street corner in Seattle where she met a GI asking directions, who later become her husband of 56 years. Charles (Chuck) Wright and Alice were married in 1944 before he shipped out to the Pacific front. Chuck and Alice decided to make Seattle home after the war and began a family with the birth of a son and daughter. Later they moved to Woodinville, which they called home for 50+ years.

After raising the children, Alice became a postal clerk at the Woodinville Post Office where she watched the area grow and made many friends in the community. Later in life Alice enjoyed travel throughout the west with Chuck. She loved baking and cooking, and her wonderful cinnamon rolls and fruit pies were always a hit with family and friends. Alice was preceded in death by Chuck and is survived by daughter, Joyce Wright; son, Donald Wright (Christina) and grandsons, Justin Wright (Soleil), Christopher Wright (Alissa) and Devin Wright. At her request, no services will be held. She will be missed.

Keith R. Ross

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Obit RossFormer Woodinville resident Keith R. Ross passed away April 18, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he was visiting his daughter Kerri. Keith was born in Bothell, Wash., December 12, 1929, along with his twin, Ken. He grew up in Woodinville and attended Woodinville and Bothell schools. He was a veteran and served in the Army as a military policeman from 1951 to 1953. Keith was a tile setter by trade and was well known for his beautiful and creative tile work. He and his late wife Doris fostered and adopted many children in their life together. They moved to Chelan, Wash., in the late 70s where he and his tile setting partner, Greg Peterson founded Columbia Valley Tile, which they ran until Keith retired in the late 90s, after which, Keith and Doris operated M & M Marina on Lake Chelan. Keith was a long-time member of the Lions Club and was a strong advocate of volunteering and community involvement.

He attended Chelan town meetings and participated on the city council, port commission and marina services.

He had a passion for older vehicles, especially Jeeps which he and his twin worked on. On most mornings you could see him with his faithful dog “Babe” at the Vogue Cafe in Chelan having coffee with his brother Jerry of Manson. Babe will now reside with Jerry and his dog Henry.

Keith is preceded in death by his parents O.W. Bill and Olga Ross and his wife Doris; son Kevin; and older brothers, Elmer and Jim. He is survived by his children, Kelly (Karla) Clement, Mike (Katie) Dickenson, Kerri Ross-Kremer, Kasey Ross, Sunny Ross-PomErleau and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his brothers, Ken (Mary) of Chelan, Dick (Panchita) of Ellensburg, Jerry of Manson; sisters, Annette (Bud) Eaton of Kenmore, Ellen Fletcher of Fairbanks, Alaska; sister-in-law, Sylvia Ross of Manson and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial will be announced later.

Richard Paul Zielinski

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Obit ZielinksiLong-time Woodinville resident Richard Paul Zielinski passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013, at age 78. Dick and his wife, Alta Theresa Veronica (Daniels) Zielinski, moved to the Northwest shortly after their 1959 marriage.

Dick was born in Salt Lake City in 1934, the second son of Stanley Albert Zielinski Sr. and Vera Gold Zielinski. The family moved to the Panama Canal Zone with the U.S. Army for two years, and was then transferred Fort Lewis where Dick and his siblings attended grade school. Another transfer took them to Brigham City, Utah, and then back again to Tacoma where Dick graduated from Lincoln High School, class of 1952. He enrolled at the College of Puget Sound, transferred to Ohio State University for two years and returned to enroll in the University of Washington.

He transferred a final time to San Francisco State, where he earned his degree.

He met Terry in San Francisco and after a whirlwind romance they were married, he graduated, and they came back to Seattle where he took a position at the actuarial firm of Milliman and Robertson. He became a director and vice-president of M & R’s employee-benefit division, and eventually retired from the firm to take up his hobbies of woodworking, boating and raising horses, pigs and rabbits. He and Terry, and their sons David and Gary spent many summers with extended family in the San Juans and at their cabin at Lake Cavanaugh in Skagit County.

In later life, he returned to his childhood faith and became a devout member of the Cottage Lake Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and Terry volunteered each week as workers at the Seattle Temple, right up until two weeks before his death.

The happiest times of his life came after the birth of his two granddaughters, Ashley Rose and Renee Daniels Zielinski, who brought great joy to the family. He will be remembered for his great smile, his laughter and his ability to do whatever he set his mind to.

Though he was a planner and a saver, he was also generous and spontaneous, and willing to help anyone in need.

His brother, Stan, remembers him as fun-loving, the life of the party. His wife describes him as very kind, with a great sense of humor. He was, she says, “pleasant to work with ... most of the time.” Above all, he loved God, his family and his fellow man.
He will be deeply missed.

William (Bill) Robert Renfro

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William (Bill) Robert Renfro, 89, of Woodinville, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on April 27th, 2013.A WWII Veteran, he was drafted into the Army at the age of 19, serving 4 years, the last 14 months in the South Pacific.  While on furlough he married the love of his life Darlene Mac Diarmid in 1943.  After the war they settled in Glendale, CA where Bill became a Glendale City Fire Captain for 29 years.   

Upon retirement, they moved to Woodinville, WA in 1979. On weekends and in retirement he enjoyed traveling, fishing, golf and spending time with his family and grandchildren.  He is survived by his wife Darlene Renfro of 69 years, children, Linda Clark (CA), David Renfro (WA), Robyn Brown (CA), Susan Stagg (WA), Wayne Renfro (CA), Richard Renfro (CA), Kerri
Schwindt (WA), 17 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

 We are grateful for the wonderful care Bill received from the staff at Evergreen Hospice.

Jean Brady

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Jean Brady040Jean was born the twelfth child to Jim and Gwen Gaines in the town of Snohomish, Wash., on April 5, 1937.  She passed away after a brief illness on April 7, 2013,  while living in Yuma, Arizona.

Throughout Jean’s life she was very active in sports such as bowling, softball, golf and tennis.

She made many life-long friends on the softball field, the bowling alleys, the golf courses and the tennis courts.

Jean is survived by her husband, Ken Brady; two daughters, Jacquie and Teri; two sons, Rick and Doug; three grandchildren, Rick, Jennifer, Craig; one great grandchild, Cameron; and numerous nephews and nieces. Jean also leaves one brother, Gary Gaines.

A memorial service will be held on May 18 from 1-3 p.m. at the clubhouse at Canterbury Square, Woodinville, Wash. Canterbury Square is the senior mobile home park, where Ken and Jean lived.

We have had opportunities to use the hospice in Yuma and in Everett and find them to be caring, well organized and professional. Please send any donations in Jean’s name to the hospice of your choice.