Jill Murphy Goodsell

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit GoodsellJill Murphy Goodsell, a longtime Woodinville resident, died on January 19, 2012 after a nine year battle with breast cancer. She passed into peace at home surrounded by those she loved.

An intelligent, free-spirited woman, Jill was known for her generous nature, irreverent humor and keen intuition. Her command of the English language was precise — though the salty side of her dialoguetended to be a bit much for the uninitiated.

Jill was devoted to home, hearth, friends and food. She was an active and much loved member of the Woodinville Garden Club for 22 years. Her passion for plants, an eye for design and a love of blueconverged to create a garden that was featured in national magazines and on public garden tours.

Jill Murphy was born on July 10, 1952, in Waltham, Mass.,  to Marjorie and James Murphy. She made friends easily which was a blessing, as she slogged through early years as a reluctant Air Force brat. She settled permanently in Seattle in 1974 where an amazing life unfolded before her.

Jill married Nelson Goodsell in December 1984. Daughter Katie soon followed. Despite their divorce in1997, they remained friends.

In her professional life, Jill was the right hand to Michael G. Foster for 22 years. She also sat on the board and was executive director of The Foster Foundation until her death.

Jill helped the foundation further its mission to unpretentiously provide philanthropic support to basic human welfare issues, education, medical research/treatment and cultural activities in the Northwest.

Jill is survived by her remarkable, beloved and devoted daughter, Katie Goodsell Miller and son-in-law, Adam Miller. One of Jill’s greatest joys was being able to attend their recent wedding in April. Katie andAdam were ever vigilant in Jill’s final phase of caring and are models of strength and compassion.

Jill also leaves behind her little baby boy, Pee Wee the Cat, and three brothers: Kit, Alan and KenMurphy. Many friends throughout this community and across the country provided her with love andlaughter. She will long be remembered for her zest in life that continued to the very end.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Jude’s Catholic Parish in Redmond, Washington on Saturday, February 11, 2012, at 11 a.m. A celebration of life will take place following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name should be made to Northwest Harvest.

Leno Bassett

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Leno  Bassett was born December 6, 1914, in Kellogg, Idaho. He passed away at his home in Woodinville on January 6, 2012, at the age of 97.

Leno is survived by his wife, Antoinette; son, Leno Roger Bassett and daughter, Leanette Bassetti.

Services are scheduled for Thursday, January 12, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Acacia Funeral Home in Seattle.

There will be a brief visitation beginning at 9 a.m. the same day.

An interment service will take place at Cedar Lawns Memorial Park in Redmond, Wash.

To view photo, read his autobiography, get directions or sign the guestbook, please visit

Loren (LC) Cothern

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Loren (LC) Cothern was born Jan. 29, 1955, and entered the arms of Jesus on Dec 30, 2011, after a long and courageous battle. Loren was born in Kirkland and raised in Bellevue. He joins his mother Ardith (Ardy), father Matt McBane and close friends who made the journey before him.

Loren graduated from Interlake High School in 1973. Loren was dedicated to God, his family and his friends.

He was a man of style and all who knew him were better for it. He loved taking rides on the 1973 HD Shovelhead that he built in his mother’s basement. He was a nature lover and an avid fisherman.

Loren is survived by his devoted wife, Joanne and loving family, Jace, Ivan, Taleah, Giovonni, Rick, Julie and their families. Our deepest appreciation goes to the Transplant, ICU and nursing staff at UWMC for their genuine respect and compassion for LC and his family. Special thanks to friend/bro Bill Michado.

A celebration of life/memorial service will be held on Jan. 29, 2012.

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Rowland W. Straka

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Rowland W. Straka was born in Janesville, Wis., the son of Alma and Joseph Straka.

He graduated from the Evansville, Wis., school system, attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated from the Elgin Watchmakers College in Elgin, Ill.

He received an associate degree from the Madison Business College in Madison, Wis.

Rowland was a master watchmaker, certified gemologist and member of the Gemological Institute of America.

He served in the Korean War for four years in the USAF, 6147th Tactical Control Group which was nicknamed the “Mosquitoes.”

He took over Straka Jewelry in Evansville from his father in 1955 which he operated until 1988.

Rowland and his wife, Terry, were married in Rockton, Ill., in 1968.

Closing the Evansville store in 1988, he and Terry purchased Salick’s Jewelry in Watertown, Wis., retiring from the business in 1995.

Rowland was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #35 and past master of the F&AM Union Lodge #32 in Evansville.

He was a member of Rotary International in Watertown, Wis., and active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Evansville, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Watertown and St. John Lutheran Church in Summerfield, Fla.

He and Terry retired to Florida in 1999 where they enjoyed a very active life in the retirement community of Spruce Creek South and had time to enjoy traveling both in the U.S. and abroad.

They moved to Woodinville, Wash., in May of 2009 to be closer to their immediate family.

Surviving are his wife, Terry; son, Scott; daughter-in-law, Deborah; grandchildren Erik and Elliana of Washington  and cousin Janis DiLullo of New Jersey.

Rowland was a kind, gentle man with a keen sense of humor and will be greatly missed by family and friends.  Graveside services will be held at the Tahoma Veteran’s Cemetery in Kent, Wash., on Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at 1 p.m.

If you care to send a memorial, please share with the charity or church of your choice, or the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105.

Roy Bleikamp

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Obit BleikampRoy Bleikamp passed away on December 1 at a care facility in Bothell.

Bleikamp was a long time resident of Woodinville in the Tuck Lake community and served as a fire commissioner for Woodinville Fire &Rescue for a number of years.

He served with the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946 and then continued to serve as an instructor in the Navy Reserve from 1946 until 1966, retiring as a lieutenant commander.

Bleikamp received a degree in engineering from Columbia University and masters of engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.

He worked at Olin Corporation in the explosives research division.

In 1955 he and two of his friends started their own business calling it Propellex Chemical Corporation. The company specialized in propellant actuated devices used in rocket motors and escape systems on planes and spaceships.

This led to a job with McDonnell Aircraft where he developed ejection seats and rescue equipment for the F-4, Mercury and Gemini spacecraft systems.

He eventually ended up as a project manager with Monsanto Company of St. Louis.

During this time he would travel to a plant in Seattle where he fell in love with the area.

Upon his retiring in 1985, Roy moved to the Woodinville area to enjoy his retirement years.

Bleikamp married just after leaving active duty in the Navy and had two children.

His son died suddenly at age 17 and his wife lost her battle with cancer just days after their 25th wedding anniversary.

Despite these traumatic events in his life, Bleikamp continued to lean on his faith and chose to focus on the good in life.

His daughter introduced him to a woman and a relationship formed. He married Norma, and the two had been married for 36 years at the time of his death.

Bleikamp touched many people through his generosity and love of people. He volunteered at his church counseling young couples in the area of budgeting and financial management.

He was buried with full military honors at Tahoma National Cemetery on December 7.