Yoshiko Alice Otonari

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Yoshiko-OtonariYoshiko Alice Otonari peacefully passed away on July 8, 2015 after a difficult battle with plasma cell leukemia.
Yoshiko led a life full of adventure and laughter. She was born Feb. 17, 1961 in Berkeley, California to Taketoshi and Sachi Otonari. After obtaining her BS in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley (1983) and subsequent Masters in chemistry from Stanford University (1985), she married EJ Wucherer. The newlyweds moved to Germany where they spent two years completing schooling and touring Europe. Upon returning to the U.S., Yoshiko worked for the Borden Co. (Kentucky) and the U.S. Air Force (California) prior to embracing the role of being a mom. She was always caring and supportive, attending the many school and sporting events of her daughters. Yoshiko was also supportive of the community; she volunteered with many organizations, including PTA and Girl Scouts of America. She was a talented and creative crafter and sewer, as well as an avid camper and hiker, loving outdoor adventures with family and friends.

She is survived by her father Taketoshi, brothers Tom and Gary, husband EJ Wucherer, and daughters Kristin, Kelly and Karoline. Yoshiko leaves behind many beloved members of her extended family, local community, neighbors, friends and caregivers.

For Yoshiko, the most important thing in life was selflessness. She left a legacy of strong relationships, and will truly be missed.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to either the Multiple Myeloma Cancer Foundation or Pete Gross House, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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Mary Louise Main Barger

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

2015 Mother 27s DayMary Main Barger, age 92, died peacefully on July 1, 2015 at the Aegis Lodge community in Kirkland, Washington. From her birth to her death, Mary nurtured the people around her with her patient teaching spirit, love, grace and generous heart. Mary Louise Main was born on June 14, 1923 in Bellingham to Rolland and Lottie Main, and was the older sister of Gerald Main. Mary went on to major in math at Washington State University, and to teach at the University of Washington and in Battle Ground, Washington. Mary returned to Bellingham to work in the family lumber business, and met and married Richard W. Barger in 1956. Together they had two daughters and this year celebrated 59 years of marriage. Mary and Dick loved to travel, boat and spend time with family and friends. Mary lived a life devoted to her faith and church, family, friends and many community organizations.

Mary is survived by her husband, Richard; her daughters Molly (Evan) Holzknecht and Laurie (Cris Rongve) Barger; four grandchildren: Gretchen (Neil) Jones, Liesl (Nick) Gelotte, Sam Rongve and Gabe Rongve; four great grandchildren: Dante, Dominique and Mila Jones, and Madeline Gelotte; brother Gerald Main and many beloved nieces, nephew, cousins and friends.
The Barger family would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to the staff of Aegis Lodge, Kirkland and the Evergreen Hospice team for their diligent and loving care of Mary, our family and continuing care of Richard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mary’s name to Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle Union Gospel Mission or the First Lutheran Church of Bothell.
A service for Mary was held on July 13 at the First Lutheran Church of Bothell.

“With the death of every friend I love, a part of me has been buried…but their contribution to my being of happiness, strength and understanding remains to sustain me in an altered world.”
— Helen Keller

William (Bill) Andrew Bates

  • Written by Valley View Staff

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Ray (Pete) Palmer

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Ray (Pete) Palmer was born in Snoqualmie, Wash. and grew up in Carnation. He attended Tolt High School and graduated in 1954. He worked in the woods and was a meat cutter with Safeway before joining the Seattle Fire Department in 1961. He retired as Lieutenant in 1984.

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Marilyn Oline Moen Herzog-Peck-Ruffolo

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Marilyn Oline Moen
February 22, 1932 – December 2, 2014

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