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Alana Mayne Van Ness and John Patrick Hennessey

   More than 1000 friends and relatives attended the joint funeral held Nov. 18 for Alana Mayne Van Ness, 48, and her son, John Patrick "J. P." Hennessey, 20, of Kenmore, who both died in a one-car auto accident Nov. 14 near Malta, Idaho. They were on their way to Provo, Utah, where Hennessey was to begin his two-year mission in the Dominican Republic at the Mission Training Center.
   Mrs. Van Ness, wife of orthodontist Dr. Allan L. Van Ness, was an active member of the LDS Church, and over the past 18 years had taught many children and teenagers in the church. She has also been an enthusiastic supporter of the music and drama programs in the Northshore School District.
   J. P. Hennessey served as A.S.B. president for the 1993-4 school year at Inglemoor High School. He was also a member of Pride Club and received the Viking Spirit Award.
   His interest in drama began in the fourth grade with his performance in "Pinocchio" and continued through his school years. As a senior, he starred in Inglemoor's production of "West Side Story."
   Following his high school graduation, he attended BYU-Hawaii where he starred in "Much Ado About Nothing," "Stevenson By Heart" and two movies. He also won second place in the Hawaii State Solo & Ensemble Competition, College Division.
   Mrs. Van Ness and J. P. are survived by father and stepmother, John G. and Maria Hennessey; grandparents, John W. and Marion Hennessey; stepfather Allan Van Ness; sisters, Johanna Hennessey, Alayne Gardner Skinner, Terri Hennessey Hollingsworth and Shelly Van Ness; brothers, Jeremy Gardner, Scott Van Ness and William and Sean Hennessey; niece/granddaughter, Kristen Hollingsworth; grandsons/nephews, Nathan Skinner and Kyler Hollingsworth.
   Remembrances may be made to the J. P. Hennessey Memorial Music Scholarship, Northshore Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 173, Bothell, WA 98041.

Helen M. Knopp

   Helen M. Knopp, 87, of Woodinville, died Nov. 19 at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland.
   Mrs. Knopp was born Jan. 9, 1908 to Dr. N. N. and Anna Strand in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Following her marriage to Lloyd John Knopp, the couple lived in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and California until they moved to Woodinville in 1992.
   She enjoyed traveling in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Norway and Victoria, B.C., were favorite destinations.
   Besides being a homemaker, Mrs. Knopp was a talented pianist and artist who was known for her still lifes, seascapes, and landscapes in oil. She painted china, knitted, and worked with ceramics and leatherwork. Other favorite pastimes for her were cooking, gardening, and entertaining. She also found time to do charitable work with shut-ins and the needy, helped in nursing homes and took care of her neighbors.
   Mrs. Knopp's memberships included St. Philip's Lutheran Church of Carmel, CA., Valdres Samband, a Norwegian Fraternal Organization, and the Sons of Norway in Van Nuys, CA.
   She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Lloyd John Knopp, in July, 1994. Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Ann Knopp of Woodinville, and sister, Tessis Strand, also of Woodinville.
   Funeral services for Mrs. Knopp were held Nov. 22 at Green's Bellevue Funeral Home with interment at Sunset Hills Memorial Park.

Hazel B. Kerwin

   A memorial service will be held Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. in the Club House at Friendly Village Mobile Home Park in Redmond for Hazel B. Kerwin.
   Mrs. Kerwin, who had lived in Redmond since 1928, died Nov. 12 of a heart attack while vacationing in Spain.
   She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Weston. Survivors include her son, Melvin of Atherton, CA.; daughter, Bonnie of Bremerton; 5 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
   The family suggests donations to the scholarship fund of the Nokomis Club, 15817 NE 90th St., Apt. F142, Redmond, WA 98052, c/o Jenny Bryden.