James Douglas Lathrop

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James Douglas Lathrop, 77, passed away at home, peacefully in his sleep, on Saturday, March 31, 2017. He was born on June 15, 1940 in Seattle, Washington to parents Theodore and Shirley Smith Lathrop. He is survived by his domestic partner of 29 years, Kathleen Manley; sons Scott M. Lathrop (Kathryn), Ty J. Lathrop (Leslie), daughter Suzanne Q. Bigleman (Bill), stepdaughter Robin Carlson (Steve), stepson Robert Powell Liggitt; grandchildren Christopher M. Lathrop, Chloe Bigleman, Cambri Collins, Mallory Bigleman, David Lathrop, Nick Lathrop, Riley Lathrop, Jake Lathrop and Spencer Carlson, as well as many friends, family and his beloved black Labrador, Rhyder. Doug retired from the International Heavy Equipment Operators Union after 50 years of service. He worked on many of the large road construction sites in the Seattle area. A memorial service will be held on Sunday June 3rd, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the Northshore Senior Center Health and Wellness building in Bothell, Washington. In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to donate to their favorite charity.

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.