Robert Lukas Kaftan

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Robert Lukas Kaftan, 86 from Woodinville, died peacefully from heart failure in his sleep on May 6th, 2018 at Evergreen Hospice, outside of Seattle.
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James Lindell O'Neal

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onealJames Lindell O’Neal, 91, passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at his residence in Des Moines, WA. James was born on Dec 7, 1926, in Rogers, New Mexico, the son of James and Fay (Cooley) O’Neal.

After graduating from high school, James served our country as an MP in the US Army. He married Grace Dalton in 1950, and began his career of 30+ years in the construction industry.

Sport fishing, fly-tying, camping, and traveling were activities dear to his heart, but woodworking was his favorite hobby. He could carve and whittle wood for hours; making lovely gifts for the people that he loved.

James is preceded in death by his wife, Grace; a son, Phillip O’Neal; a daughter, Karen Smith; and his three brothers, Everett, David, and Otis O’Neal.

He is survived by his daughters, Billie Wilson, Margaret Wingert, and Linda Dart; his son, James O’Neal; 6 grandchildren; 14 great- grandchildren; and many others that love and miss him very much.

James’ family would like to thank the amazing, caring staff at Wesley Home Care Center, and also the staff at Sticklin Funeral Chapel for their kindness during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Seattle Children’s Hospital, PO Box 5371, Seattle, WA 98145-5005

A Celebration of Life will begin at 3:00 PM on Saturday, May 12th, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #1490, 32618 Railroad Ave, Black Diamond, WA. Come join us for a time of food, friendship, and memories.

Selena Lee Sperry Johnson

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Selena Lee Sperry Johnson 5 7 1979 4 20 2018Selena Johnson, age 38, grew up in the Cottage Lake area with a neighborhood of kids that were like family.  She attended school in the Northshore Alternative Program, Leota Jr. High, Woodinville High School and Running Start, graduating in 1997.  Selena was bright and funny and loved playing softball and soccer.  At 14 she started  working at her family's travel agency, Canyon Park Travel.  Selena loved to see the world and backpacked throughout Great Britain, Europe and Australia with friends.  Always an animal lover, she volunteered at PAWS while still in high school.  Her first job there was to feed baby birds that had fallen out of nests until they could be released into the wild.  It was a dangerous job because she fell in love with the orphaned kittens she took home to foster and ended up adopting the orphans herself.  The staff at PAWS recognized how dedicated Selena was to caring for animals so they hired her to be a veterinarian's assistant.  When she mastered placing IVs in tiny kitten veins it occurred to her she could certainly start IVs on people.  This evolved into her career in nursing.  After volunteering for the Evergreen Hospice program she found her passion was helping the elderly.  Selena was a nurse in care facilities in Stanwood, Arlington, Marysville, Mt. Vernon and Kona, Hawaii.
Selena found the love of her life and best friend in Marty Johnson.  They were married in July 2011 and lived on Camano Island.  Selena was a breast cancer survivor since 2014.  She was recently diagnosed with a heart defect and had a routine procedure to repair it.  Six weeks later her sudden death was a shock to all her family and friends.
Selena is survived by her husband-Marty Johnson, parents-Lee & Melanie Sperry of Woodinville, sister-Corynne Dejong and nephews- Cohen & Kade of Bonney Lake, Wash., mother-in-law-Dorothy Faydo of Camano Island, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.  Selena joins her grandparents-Bud & Beulah Olsen of Davenport, Wash. and aunts-Barbara, Bonnie and Brenna in Heaven.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of Selena's life will be held:
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Service at 1:00 pm, reception following
Cedar Park Chapel of the Resurrection
16300 112th Ave NE, Bothell, Washington 98011

Anna Berger 1929-2018

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Ann Obit PictureAnna (Ann) Berger, age 88 passed away peacefully on April 13, at Evergreen Hospice, in Kirkland, Wash.
Ann was born in Schaffhausen Switzerland, and grew up with her sister Yvonne helping her parents run the Restaurant Warteck. This restaurant/hotel was beautifully situated with a terrace overlooking the Rhine River. However, between school work, and helping with the restaurant, there was very little free time in her childhood. She often said that she would never marry a man who owned a restaurant or a farm, as the work was all encompassing.
When she was done with high school, she moved to the French part of Switzerland for six months, to become fluent in French. Upon her return, she enrolled in medical classes and worked for a doctor’s office. These were happy times for her, and she stayed in touch with this doctor until his recent death.
While at the Restaurant Warteck, she then met a handsome man in uniform that often came to the restaurant. He was in the Swiss military at the time, and after finding out that he did not own a restaurant or farm, she fell deeply in love.  Bill and Ann were then married in 1954, and remained happily married until his death in 2002. After their marriage, they moved briefly to New Jersey, then to Minnetonka, Minnesota.
While in Minnetonka, Ann was an active member of the Minneapolis Swiss Club. She was an avid Jass (Swiss card game) player and hosted the Annual New Year’s “Jass” Party which would last well into the mornings. She often would play cards with her husband in the evenings, keeping score over the entire year. They owned a ski chalet in Michigan, which Ann decorated with hand painted coat of Arms for each Swiss canton.  She and Bill enjoyed travel, taking many trips to Switzerland, Florida, Hawaii, and Arizona. 
After retirement and the birth of their granddaughter Nicole, they decided to leave Minnesota and move to Woodinville to be closer to family. She and Bill also joined the Seattle Swiss Club, meeting new friends and continuing the Jass tradition. She was very close to her granddaughter, always remarking on all her achievements, and sending her home painted cards as Nicole grew older and moved away. She later “adopted” the neighbor’s children as well, and got a second family which she cherished.
Ann had a passion for painting, both acrylic and watercolors, and has a beautiful collection of paintings and cards that live on in her memory. She was an avid gardener, always planting germaniums, and other flowers, and had a prolific tomato plant collection that fed the whole neighborhood.  She knit the most beautiful sweaters, clothing her family down to her daughter’s dolls and teddy bears. She passionately loved her home, and appreciated the love and support of her neighbors, relatives and friends.
Ann is survived by daughter Edie Ochandarena, granddaughter Nicole Ochandarena and sister Yvonne Gantenbein. A memorial service for will be held at Evergreen Hospice on May 19 at 2:00 p.m., followed by a reception at Ann’s Home for all at 3:30 p.m. She will be laid to rest at the family plot at Groveland Cemetery in Minnesota on May 27.

Roger Simon Rohrich

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On March 26th, 2018, Roger Simon Rohrich unexpectedly passed away peacefully at his home in Anacortes, Washington at the age of 76. 
roger obitHe was born on Feb. 16, 1942 to Joseph and Mary Rohrich on the family farm outside the city of Linton, North Dakota, a small, but growing area that was settled in 1828 by his immigrating Russian-German relatives. German was their first language, learning English when the children went to school.  A family of nine children who were taught at an early age how to work hard in order to be productive.
In 1960 his brother Irvin encouraged Roger to move to Seattle to sell cars with him at his dealership.  His early work ethic enabled him to progress quickly and he was hired in 1962 by Arthur Evered of Evered Motors in Bellevue, Wash. This is where he thrived and for the next 40+ years he climbed the ladder and ultimately became part owner of Bellevue Lincoln Mercury. Known by many in the car business and beyond as being fair, hard driven, honest, and respected by all who knew him. He often responded to the name “Commander in Chief.”
In 1967 he married Sandra Wood, was inducted into the Army, and they lived in Germany for two years. They were married for 40 years, raising their three boys in Woodinville, since 1972.  Many good times were spent at their vacation home on Similk Beach in Anacortes, where he eventually retired.  He excelled at his hobby...crabbing in the bay and sharing the catch! 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mary, a sister Irene and brother Clarence. He is survived by his loving family which includes his son Rob and daughter-in-law Laurie; son Brian; son Kevin and daughter-in-law Meredith; grandchildren Alison, Reid, Elizabeth, Grady and Brooklyn; brothers Claude, Irv, Clem, and Wilbur; sisters Lorraine and Yolanda; many nephews and nieces; countless friends and associates all of whom will miss his energy, generous habit, and infectious laugh.
Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, May 4th at 11 a.m. at St Teresa Calcutta, 17856 Woodinville-Duvall Rd. in Woodinville.
Reception follows at the American Legion Hall 21910 HWY 9 SE in Woodinville.
A burial will be held on Saturday, May 5th at 3 p.m. at Fernhill Cemetery, State Rt 20 in Anacortes.
A reception follows at 4 p.m. at the ELKS LODGE, 1009 7th Street in Anacortes.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: WSEA (WA State ELKS Association) Childrens Therapy Elks Lodge, 1009 7th St., Anacortes WA 98221  c/o Stacey Brown/ In memory of Roger Rohrich
Farewell Dear Father, PAPA, Brother, Uncle and Friend...
Auf Wiedersehen!  (until we meet again)