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Obit Thompson
Oct. 9, 1928 — May 14, 2014
Phil was born in Elbow Lake, Minn. and was the son of Lawrence and Thelma Thompson and one of nine children. He is survived by sister Shirley Stann and brothers Dave Thompson and Larry Thompson. He was married to Mikell Thompson for 47 years and was the father of seven children. He was preceded in death by daughter Debbie. He is survived by Vickie, Stacy Carlson (Tim), Chris (Melaine), Kellee, Jaime, and Robbi Woods (Jeff). He was papa to 17 grandchildren: Sean, Alex and Rachel Gellatly; Erin Matteson and Scott Rockwell; Alix and Max Carlson; Savannah and Cody Thompson; Tyson and Taylor Thompson; Dylan and Hannah Undseth and Aidan Webber; and Ryenn, Reagan and Locker Woods.
Phil was a retired naval veteran of the Korean War. He was a business owner of Northlake Concrete for 50 years. He spent many years playing weekly golf until his eyesight failed him. He loved to play poker with his brothers and friends. He loved fishing with the guys and took many fun trips to Lake Chelan. He and Mikell loved camping in their motorhome with all the children and grandkids. He and Mikell spent the past 25 years as snowbirds at their beloved Cancun, Mexico home. He loved Jesus, his family and had a special love for all his grandkids, who knew him as their Papa. He and Mikell lived at Crystal Lake Community for 47 years, where he served as an active member helping out whenever he could. Phil had a fabulous sense of humor and a servant’s heart and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Remembrances can be made to Seattle Children’s Hospital or Evergreen Hospice.

E. Adeline Miller

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E. Adeline Miller, 68-year resident of Woodinville, passed away at the home of her daughter Jenny Ingersoll on May 19, 2014. She was 98.

Born and raised in Seattle, Adeline spent her childhood studying dance, voice and drama. She was a graduate of Queen Anne High School. Adeline married George M. Fitz. They had four children. Adeline and her family moved to Woodinville in 1946.


Robert Eugene Alfano

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Robert Eugene “Bob” Alfano, 74, of Woodinville, Wash., passed away at home on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

He was the fifth of 10 children, born June 29, 1939 in Seattle, Wash., the son of the late Larry Louis and Hannah Bertha (Fontaine) Alfano.

He graduated from Seattle’s Franklin High School in 1957. He began a lifelong career in the grocery industry starting as a box boy at Albertson’s Foods in 1955. Bob worked through the ranks of the industry and went on to pursue his career with Jack Croco, the founder of QFC, as his mentor. He retired as vice president in charge of produce from QFC in May of 2000.

Bob married the love of his life, Linda L. Sariego, on August 27, 1960 in Seattle. He served in the Army National Guard as a reservist for six years in the 1960s, specializing in communications, and was honorably discharged as a sergeant.
In 2005, Bob and Linda realized a lifelong dream by opening LaConner Fruit & Produce Market in LaConner, Wash., featuring fresh produce and a café within the market. They instituted “Spaghetti Night” on Wednesday evenings, donating a portion of the proceeds to the local Kiwanis club. Bob raised and showed Welsh ponies when his children were small. He also raised and raced standardbred harness horses.

He loved spending time with his family and was affectionately known as “Poppi” to his precious grandchildren. He was a big tease and had a great sense of humor. Bob is survived by his adoring wife, Linda, of 53 years; two loving children, Joyce Muszynski and husband David, and Tom Alfano and wife Rhonda; three grandchildren, Marisa and Leah Muszynski and Joe Alfano; a sister, Betty Flamiatos, and brothers, Jerry and Billy Alfano. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Gloria Spino and Carole Norby and four brothers, Donny, Sonny, Johnny and Jimmy Alfano.

William James “Bill” Cotterill

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Cotterill ObitWilliam James “Bill” Cotterill, 71, of Colfax, Wash., passed away at his home on May 7, 2014. At Bill’s request, no formal services will be held. His urn will be buried at the cemetery in Duvall, Washington at a later date.

Bill was born on August 28, 1942 in Kirkland, Wash. to Harry and Helen (Chamberlin) Cotterill. He grew up around the Redmond-Kirkland area, graduating from Lake Washington High School with the class of 1960. He began working after high school before being drafted into the United States Army in 1964. He served for two years and was honorably discharged in 1966 and moved to Duvall, Wash. in the late 1960s where he worked his whole career as a heavy equipment and truck mechanic for Cadman Gravel in Redmond.

Bill moved to Colfax in 2009 to be closer to his brothers. He was an excellent fisherman and enjoyed his time on the river. He was often known to help other, less experienced fishermen out with their lures and rigging and always had a story to tell them as he was doing it. After he quit drinking, he would still stop at the bar after work to play pool, except he would replace his normal drink with a Pepsi. This habit eventually earned him the nickname “Pepsi Bill.”

Bill is survived by his brothers, George Cotterill of Spokane and Rob Cotterill of Colfax. He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorial contributions in Bill’s honor may be directed to a charity of your choice.

Bruning Funeral Home and Crematory of Colfax, Wash. has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Mary Hiroko Mills

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Mary always had a beautiful radiant smile. She loved life and was extremely dedicated to her children and husband.

She was born January 23, 1936 in Othello, Wash. She graduated from Othello High School and attended Edison Technical Institute.

Mary met the love of her life, Michael Mills, while working at People’s Bank in Othello, Wash. Michael was stationed there in the Air Force. The family moved to Japan and California with the military but later settled in Seattle.