Alan Richard Ross was born August 23, 1939 in Edmonds, Washington, “Big Al” passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 78 on March 30, 2018 at home in Redmond, Washington.
Al grew up on the Eastside – his parents (Gordon and Kay) raised him in Beaux Arts Village with his sister Kay Wetzel (Charles) and brother, Doug. Al graduated from Lathrop (Alaska) High School after a move before his Senior year. But, he returned and graduated from the University of Washington in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity was very important to Al during and after college. Because of that, he served as an advisor to Pi Kappa Alpha for decades.
Afterward, a scholarship for the most improved grade point average was named in his honor. He loved the Huskies and he loved the Pikes.
After college, Al met his wife of 51 years on Mercer Island. Despite the Apple Cup angst, Al and Gwen have two children, Brian (Carol) and Brett (Heather) – and three grandchildren: Tanner, Aisha, and Haley – all of which knew of his grandpa jokes. His nieces were also dear to him: Linda Hamilton (John), Laurie Hayward (Mike), and Karen Wetzel.
Al was widely known through Lakeside Drug in Redmond – he was a Pharmacist there for 44 years, owning and operating the business (alone or in partnership) from the early 1990’s until his retirement in 2008. He has many life-long friends he has worked with or who were loyal customers – and he loved that family!
Besides his family and Lakeside Drug, Al's love was the family cabin on Treasure Island where July 4th was always a family celebration with a parade and fireworks.
In lieu of flowers, donations are welcomed to Northwest Kidney Centers or Pi Kappa Alpha Al Ross Scholarship: https://pikefoundation.webconnex.com/PLO (Please make sure to note "Al Ross Scholarship / Beta Beta Chapter" in the "Please note any special consideration for your gift:" field).
Laina Margrete Molbak, a devoted and passionate supporter of social causes, nurse, hard-working co-founder of Molbak’s Garden + Home, and beloved family matriarch, died peacefully at home on March 30, 2018 at the age of 92.
Laina was born September 11, 1925 in Støvring, Denmark and completed her nurse’s training at Aarhus Community Hospital, in Aarhus, Denmark prior to emigrating to the USA in 1950 along with her husband, Egon. She settled in Seattle where she established herself as a Registered Nurse, a profession she truly loved. Laina grew up in a family of educators who took their civic duties and love of country seriously so it was no surprise that in 1958, she was selected from 3000 of her fellow newly-naturalized citizens to speak in a ceremony at Volunteer Park, Seattle, about why she became an American and what American citizenship means to the individual.
The family of Rhonda Ciuchta is holding a life remembrance celebration for her at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, on April 16th, at 2:00 p.m. The address is: 9900 Willows Rd NE, Redmond, WA 98052. Rhonda passed away peacefully at home in Woodinville on March 26th, following a four year battle with ovarian cancer. She had been a wine steward at Fred Meyer in both Mill Creek and at the Overlake Bellevue location. She is survived by her amazing husband Chris Ciuchta, her three wonderful adult children, Carissa Ciuchta, Jennifer Ciuchta and Chad Ciuchta, a wonderful daughter-in-law, Brittany Ciuchta, one adorable grandson, Parker Ciuchta, her mother, Diane Putnam, her brother, Rick Cuyler, and many awesome nieces, nephews and in-laws. Rhonda was a great person who loved good wine and delicious food. She smiled often and her laugh was contagious. She was an amazing friend to so many people, and she was also extremely generous. Anyone is welcome to attend and share in remembering her life and light. If you have a 6x4 photograph of a memory with Rhonda that you don't mind parting with, we do ask that you please bring that, as we are filling up an album with pictures and memories for future generations.
Formerly of Columbus, Ohio, Margaret (known as Peg) Jones passed away in the early morning hours of St. Patrick’s Day following a head injury several days before. She attended Ohio State University for Occupational Therapy and later earned a Master’s Degree in Education at Arizona State University. She was a long-term school teacher at Desert View Elementary and other Washington District schools in the Phoenix area.
She was the mother of four children, Meridith Metzger of Coronado, California; Paul (Tad) Cocanour of Granbury, Texas; Doug Cocanour of Peoria, Arizona; and Scot Cocanour of Woodinville, Washington, and was formerly married to Norm Cocanour of Scottsdale, Arizona. Peg later married Jim Powell and following their divorce returned to her maiden name later in life.
Peg often spoke of living through the Great Depression and World War II and of her parents, Meredith Jones and Hilda Lamb Jones, who were able to provide for the family, as well as for extended family members and friends. Those experiences contributed to her life-long practice of saving useful items, recycling, and gardening for producing fruit and vegetables, as well as a wide variety of plants and flowers. She was an expert in embroidery and needle work and produced heirloom gifts for her family and friends throughout the years. She was skilled in a wide variety of handicrafts like paper making, greeting cards, and handmade bookmarks with humorous messages. Raised in the Methodist Church in Ohio, she and her former husband Norm were long-time members of Faith United Methodist in Phoenix in the 60s and 70s. She later moved to Seattle and over the past 30 years resided in several towns in Washington state including Woodinville, Eastsound, Orcas Island; Bothell, and Bellevue.
She will be happily remembered by her children and grandchildren for her love of reading, which she instilled in them, the countless number of children she taught to read in public school, her ever-curious pursuit of knowledge, her reverence of the outdoors, nature, and the seashore. Peg was also a nudist in her 50s and 60s, a pursuit that provided plenty of family discussion and hilarity. She loved stage acting and performed in college productions and in amateur theatre at her Bellevue senior residential community, Silver Glen, where she lived until her death. Peg had a boisterous, quirky sense of humor that made her ever-changing and entertaining. She leaves behind her children, 13 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
Stephen (Steve) Philip Dolan, 68, of Woodinville, WA, passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2018. He was born May 24, 1949 in Spokane, WA, the son of the late Philip Edwin and Mary Louise (Hazen) Dolan. Steve married the love of his life, Janet L. Brown, on August 5, 1972 in Spirit Lake, Idaho. He loved spending time with his family, building a lake cabin with his own hands, entertaining grandchildren, barbecuing and driving the boat for water skiers. Steve is survived by his wife of 46 years and their 3 sons: Edward Stephen Dolan, his partner Heather and her son Wyett; Ryan Christopher Dolan and his wife Jill; and Paul Philip Dolan and his wife Andrea; three brothers, James, Timothy & Debbie, David and their sister, Anne; ten grandchildren, Katie, Sarah, Keegan, Caleb, Thomas, Addison, Lucas, Steven, Marissa and Ellie.
Steve served 42 years at Boise Cascade, including 32 of those years as Branch Manager of the Building Materials Sales & Distribution Center in Maltby, WA. He especially loved working with people.
Steve was always engaged in and encouraging positive works within the community. He was a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Woodinville who served as club treasurer, membership chair, and auction chairperson. He led Rotary’s campaign to develop Woodinville’s Wilmot and Rotary Community Parks. He was Treasurer of the Scholarship Foundation of Northshore, a supporter of the Maltby Food Bank, Official Treasurer of the Township of Grace (AKA Dole-out-Dolan), past board member of the Lake Cavanaugh Improvement Association, and long-term board member of the Western Building Materials Association. Steve was co-founder and active advisor for Dolan Academy & Learning Center in Woodinville.