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Selena Lee Sperry Johnson

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
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

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
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

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
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)                                                    

Ernest C. Board

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
board11-5-1947 TO 4-2-2018
 
Ernie was born in Kirkland, the seventh son of George and Lucille Board on November 5th, 1947.   His childhood was spent on the “river” in Woodinville with his six brothers and two sisters.
 
Ernie graduated from Bothell High in 1966 and secured employment at Northern Pacific in 1967.  He was a member of the Maintenance of Way, and worked as a gandy dancer, track inspector, machine operator, loving his “boom.”   He loved his job and when honored at his retirement party after 41 years of service commented on how lucky he was to have a job on the tracks in his motorcar or Hi Rail in the Cascades or along Puget Sound. His work ethic was one of his finest qualities.
 
Ernie enjoyed Glamping, salmon fishing, snorkeling, golf, boating, antiquing crabbing razor clamming, stunt kiting, and collecting Pacific Northwest art to commemorate his travels. He loved to tinker on things and solve problems.  He was a past member of Kingston Cove Yacht Club and served as Fleet Captain in 2008, loved choosing the port and organizing the cruise.
 
The number one thing Ernie was known for was helping people.   He took care of EVERYONE, without hesitation no matter how it affected his life.    He did this never looking for praise or reward.  
 
Ernie’s Circle of Life include his wife of 44 years, Kerry; sons Ernest Craig, Kim and Christopher Board (Sara); daughter Cheryl Board Waite; Sisters Pam Board and Joanne Board; brother  Bud (Di), Jim (Mavis), Curt (Joyce), Danny (Dar); and grandkids  Benjamin and Bradley Waite, Brenna, Bailey, and Brylee Board; Reagan, Dominic, and Pierson Board.
 
A celebration of Ernie’s life will be held Saturday April 28th 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. at Sammamish Valley Grange, 14654 148th Avenue NE, Woodinville. Our family extends an invitation to all who wish to share their personal memories.
 
WE WILL ALL MISS YOU FOREVER.

Jeff Kristoffer Gallardo Zante

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff
Jeff Kristoffer Gallardo Zante passed away unexpectedly at Evergreen Hospital on March 25th.  At the age of 39 years. He was Born in Seattle, WA on February 6th 1979.
Jeff is survived by his Parents; Mildred and Paterno; his brothers, Jason, and Joven.
 
Jeff liked to fish. He had an affinity for landscape. He was a sports enthusiast and was extremely athletic. A great taste in music especially anything produced by the, "Star Trak Label."  Jeff was a problem solver, a jack of all trades enjoyed projects around the house. "And do not forget to do good and to share with others…" - Hebrews 13:16.
 
Jeff was kindhearted with an unforgettable laugh. He had a passion to please everyone. One of the last things he mentioned to a close friend was, "I just want to make sure Mom and Dad are always ok." He loved his family and always put them first. He will be deeply missed by friends and relatives.
 
Special Thanks to:
Staff at Evergreen Hospital Emergency & Intensive Care
Foundation Night Club
Rooney's Bar
Q Night Club
Fred Zante Farm
Everyone from Jeff's GoFundMe  https://www.gofundme.com/zante039s-march-for-life?u=18094856