Jerrie Nelson

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit NelsonJerrie Nelson, of Woodinville, died on Sunday, February 9, 2014. She was 78 years of age.Mrs. Nelson was born on September 22, 1935 in Snohomish, Washington. The daughter of Jack and Helen Harrington, Jerrie was raised in the Snohomish and Monroe area, and attended Snohomish High School. She moved to Woodinville in 1970 where she was employed at the Woodinville Tavern. Jerrie and Ed Nelson were married December 11, 1971 at the Woodinville Methodist church and would go on to share 42 years together. Jerrie lost Ed in June of 2013.

She was involved for years with the Children’s Orthopedic Hospital, the Heart Association, as well as the Weavers Guild. Jerrie loved her family, camping, sewing, needlecraft, and playing the slots when she could. A vibrant, loving, caring person, she was dedicated to those she loved, and will be deeply missed by those who loved her. She has gone to join Ed once again.

She is survived by her children, Kenn Oster of Maltby, Wash.; Gary Oster; Allison Oster ("Sis") of Woodinville; Edde Nelson of Everett; Rich Nelson of Seattle; and five grandchildren: Christopher, Michael, Steven, Kori and Caleb.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, February 22, at Woodinville Cemetery. Following the service there will be a gathering for family and friends. Please visit the website or contact Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home (425) 392-6444 for location.

Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s on-line guest book at


Shirley Mae Stipek

  • Written by Karin Hopper

Obit StipekShirley Mae Stipek, 86, of Bothell, died peacefully on Thursday, January 9, 2014, with her family at her side.

She was born March 15, 1927, in Rochester, Minn., the youngest of four children. She was the daughter of the late Peter Joseph and Christina Lucretia (Peterson) Olson.

After graduation from Rochester High School, she went on to become an airline attendant for Northwest, Eastern and Pan Am airlines. Shortly after moving to Seattle she was introduced to her future husband, Carol Stipek, by close friend Fr. William Treacy.

He married them on May 16, 1953, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Seattle. They moved to Bothell in 1956 and raised their large family on the five-acre farm north of Bothell, which later became Stipek Park.

In 1969 she went back to work as a travel agent. She spent over 20 years touring the world.

Shirley also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and her nightly glass of wine but she mostly loved being with her large family.

She was a member of St. Brendan Catholic Church for 58 years.

She is survived by her husband, Carol Stipek, of 60 years, and her children; David Stipek (Toy), Mike Stipek (Cheryl), Tracy Stipek (Betty), Carole Tucker, Mark Stipek (Marcia), Betsy Black (Bob) and daughter-in-law, Pat Stipek; 21 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; two nieces, Nancy Berg and Marilyn Musolf.

Shirley was preceded in death by her son, Tim Stipek, a brother, Raymond Olson and two sisters, Grace Jensen and Hazel Bennett.

Services will be on January 25, 11:00 a.m., St. Brendan Catholic Church, Bothell.

There will be a private family inurnment following the memorial service at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery. In remembrance of Shirley, those who wish may make contributions to your favorite animal charity.

Richard L. Grout

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Richard L. Grout met his Savior, Jesus Christ, face to face, December 30, 2013.

Richard was born March 4, 1922, and grew up in Seattle, Wash.

He was pastor at Cottage Lake Presbyterian Church from 1965-1985, when he retired to Hansville, Wash.

A memorial service is being held Saturday, February 1, 2014, 3:00 p.m., at Cottage Lake Presbyterian Church, 18350 NE Woodinville-Duvall Place, Woodinville, WA 98077.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to the church music program or to Hospice of Kitsap County, PO Box 3416, Silverdale, WA 98383.

Last member of Woodinville’s early farming families dies

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit VitulliEmma Migliore Vitulli, the last surviving member of one of Woodinville’s original farming families, died December 31, 2013, just three days short of her 104th birthday.

Emma was born January 3, 1910, in Portland, Ore., where her parents had immigrated from Italy in 1903. She was the fourth of eight children.Her father, Francesco (Frank) Migliore, worked for the railroad.When Emma was six, her family moved to a small farm in Munson Hill, a Portland suburb. By 1917, all eight children were born and busy with household duties, farm chores and school.

In 1925 Emma’s parents sold their Munson Hill farm and purchased a 21-acre farm inWoodinville. She worked on the farm with her seven brothers and sisters: Jessie, Lily, Mike, Leonard, John, Ethel and Katherine.

In 1929 Emma married Tony Vitulli who had immigrated from southern Italy in 1921.

When an opportunity arose, Tony became a partner in the nearby Zanassi Farm, and the young couple settled into the small farmhouse they would live in for the next 34 years.

During the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, Emma stayed home as most mothers of that era did, raising her two sons, Dick (Domenico) and Frank (Francis).

Tony and Emma were hard workers, but they always had time for fun: dinners, parties, picnics in the summer and card games with friends, neighbors and relatives.

Emma was renowned for her culinary skills, especially her Italian dishes; a week didn’t go by without a sumptuous dinner being served to their many relatives and friends.

In the garden, roses and begonias were two of Emma’s favorite flowers. In addition to the beautiful flora, she also grew vegetables that she turned into healthy and delicious dishes. Corn harvest parties, pea and berry picking, cookie baking, ravioli making for Christmas dinner and canning of antipasto were joys that Emma shared with family and friends.

Tony and Emma spent many happy years in the new home they built in 1969 with time out to visit Hawaii and make trips to sunny California. In 1979, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, renewing their vows at St. James Cathedral and gathering with friends and family for yet another wonderful family party of dinner and dancing.

Emma’s love of reading and learning was with her throughout her life and she became a teacher at heart. She had attended Bothell High School, but she was needed on the farm and was unable to graduate from high school.

However, in February of 2000, Emma received an honorary diploma from Bothell High School.

Following Tony’s death in 1985, Emma continued to live in the dream house the couple had built. In 2000 she moved to Brittany Park, the senior home built on the same property her parents farmed so many years before. In her final years, Emma lived at the Royal Anne senior facility in Bothell. In addition to sons, Dick (Irene) of Kenmore and Frank (Frances) of Sacramento, Emma is survived by six grandchildren: Darrel of Snohomish; Kevin (Jayne) of Wenatchee; Darcy Muzzy (Kirk) of Kirkland; Paul (Jennifer) of Seattle; Elizabeth Weinseimer (Rip) of New Hope, Pa.; and Teresa of Philadelphia, Pa. There are six great-grandchildren: Anthony, Nicholas, Kelley, Jane, Philip and Thomas.

Emma’s energy and enthusiasm for life carried over to her 100th birthday party in 2010 where she danced a brief tarantella with her niece.

Emma always wanted to be a teacher, and even though she never had formaltraining, she indeed became a wonderful educator through a wealth of life experience that she was always eager to share.

She taught her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren important lessons of life that will live on for generations. She encouraged family and friends to cook, bake and garden together. Leading by example, she showed everyone around her how to live a happy and healthy life.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated January 11 at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church in Woodinville.

Sandra (Sandy) Marie Cobb

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit CobbWe are deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of our dear wife and mother, Sandy Cobb. She died of natural causes Dec. 18, 2013.

Sandra Marie was born in Reading, Penn., Oct 21, 1945, to Marge and Eugene Schwank.

The family moved to Fair Oaks, Calif., where Sandy attended the local schools and graduated from La Sierra High School.

Sandy was thrilled to have recently attended her high school reunion. She graduated from Chico State where she met our dad, Donald Cobb. They married in the fall of 1968.

Dad was a pilot flying out of Newark, N.J., so Sandy decided to make Sparta, N.J. their home. She enjoyed teaching her 4th grade class and making new friends. After five years they decided it was time to start a family. Kari was born in 1973 and Kim in 1975. By 1977 Don was transferred to Seattle, Wash. The family settled in Woodinville. Sandy enjoyed teaching school and being an active stage mom with her daughters’ many recitals.

She was also passionate about her time spent with a local talent agency, hoping for that big break.

She was a seasoned traveler, spending countless hours at airports throughout the world waiting for a standby seat. On any given day you could find Sandy at the movies — one of her favorite pastimes.

Sandy made many lifelong friends. From her trips to see Paul Anka to her famous Halloween parties; from her impromptu social gatherings to lunch out with the girls; from the unbelievably funny mishaps to the love of her grandchildren and her dogs, Maggie and Winston, Sandy will truly be missed.

As the pilots say when a loved one has died: "She flew west."

Sandy is survived by her husband, Donald; her daughter, Kari and her husband Nuno; her daughter, Kim and her husband, Alex; her grandchildren, Erik, Karl, Mia and Diogo, and her mother Marge.

Services will be on Jan. 4th, at 10 a.m. at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish and a celebration of her life will be held on Jan 5th at an open house from 1-5 p.m. at Linda Johnson’s house.