Dec 10, 1929 - Aug 01, 2023
Wolfgang Joerg Otto Blechschmidt
Nov 25, 1940 - Feb 06, 2024
Wolfgang “Wolf” Joerg Otto Blechschmidt, Nov. 25, 1940 – Feb. 6, 2024Wolf died peacefully, surrounded by family at age 83, from pneumonia.Born in Berlin, Germany to Alfred Wilhelm and Irma Anna Blechschmidt, Wolf apprenticed at age 16 as a Machine Builder in Berlin, where he attained Journeyman status. Leaving Germany with a friend in 1961 to travel the English-speaking world, he stopped first in Canada and found employment at Stihl and Otis Elevators near Toronto, before meeting Sarah at a local wine festival, and dancing his way into a marriage and the first two of three sons.Recruited by Boeing Commercial Aircraft, Wolf drove across Canada to Seattle in 1967 with his family, settling in Bellevue and soon was recruited to the 747 Flight Test team. While working for Boeing, Wolf received an Associate Degree from Bellevue Community College, later transferring to the University of Washington. Wolf took on side and summer jobs while studying to augment the skills he developed in the nascent local medical diagnostics industry as a mold maker, eventually leaving school to form his own business, Proto-Design, in 1974. He added a third son to the family the following year.First custom precision CNC machining and assembly supplier to many regional startups, including ATL, Flow, and Heart Technology, innovators of the medical ultrasound industry, the waterjet industry, and differential ablation in arterial surgery. Wolf pioneered adhesives as a means of fixturing and assembly, and later designed innovative fixturing, tool holding, and the Visiport line of electro-mechanical devices for safety and process monitoring in the machine tool industry. Over many years he grew this part of the business into a global supplier, exporting 90% of his product line to Europe and Asia, and receiving two US Patents for his work. Wolf was a long-time supporter of the National Tooling and Machining Association, and enjoyed attending national events.Wolf was a lifelong lover of reading, favoring mystery novels and historical fiction, an avid soccer fan known for arranging the company work schedule around the World Cup television schedule, and a lover of music, culture, and food from around the world – frequently cooking new dishes at home. Wolf also loved to travel, frequently visiting Europe, Japan, Central, and South America.Wolf is survived by his wife Sarah, sons (Ralph) Sean, Michael, and Brian, grandchildren Lisa, Raine, Marco (Maya), and Lily, and daughters-in-law Elena and Brook. Donations can be made in memory of Wolf to St. Vincent de Paul or Food Lifeline.
Mary Ann Bueker Blake
Aug 27, 1937 - Feb 13, 2024
Mary Ann Bueker Blake, a cherished mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away peacefully on February 13, 2024, at the age of 86 in Bellevue, Washington. Mary was born on August 27, 1937, in California, Missouri, to Kathryn Lucille (Medlin) and Theodore C.W. Bueker. She was known for her warm smile, compassionate heart, and love for her family. Mary attended California public schools, where she met her husband, Albert Blake, whom she married on December 1, 1957. Together, Mary and Albert laid a foundation of love and support that continues to live on through their family and the cherished memories they shared.Mary earned her registered nurse degree from Research Hospital in 1958 and worked as a nurse her entire career. After retirement, she was a volunteer at a local hospital.Growing up in the heartland, Mary developed a deep appreciation for gardening, caring for plants, playing cards, and social events. She carried this appreciation with her as she built a life filled with love, laughter, and the creation of long-lasting memories. Mary was the light and strength of her family, and her presence will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Her grandchildren were the light of her life, and she adored them. Mary is survived by her daughter, Lea Anne Jackson (Richard); grandson, Blake Jackson; granddaughter, Katie Grove (Braden); sister, Sue Porter along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her husband, Albert Lee; her son, Alan Blake; and her infant daughter. Throughout her life, Mary embraced the world with open arms, with her family and friends by her side. Mary's legacy is one of love, family, and the countless moments that bind us together. Her life was a testament to the beauty of nurturing relationships and cherishing every encounter. As we say goodbye to Mary Ann Blake, we celebrate the extraordinary life she led and the indelible mark she left on the hearts of those she touched. Her spirit will continue to inspire us, reminding us to embrace each day with the same enthusiasm and grace that she did. Her absence will be truly missed forever.
Jun 17, 1925 - Feb 07, 2024
It is with deep sorrow and immense love that we announce the passing of Isabel “Belen” Velasquez on February 7, 2024 at the age of 98 years. After coming down with pneumonia in late January, Belen spent her final days in peace surrounded by family at Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue, Washington. Belen’s family will cherish their memories of her: daughter, Evangeline “Angie” Pineda of North Bend, WA; grandchildren, Miguel Concepcion (and wife Lynda) of Lakeland, FL, Elizabeth Garrido (and partner Craig) of New Braintree, MA, Monica Concepcion (and partner Peter) of Somerville, MA, Jose Pineda III (and wife Riza) of Staten Island, NY, and Camille Biggins (and husband Sam) of North Bend, WA; and great-grandchildren, Charles, Jacob, Valentine, Jose IV, and Jaelynn. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jose “Pepe” Pineda Sr.; children, Elizabeth “Baby” Concepcion and Jose “Boy” Pineda Jr.; and sister, Remedios “Remy” Santamaria. Belen was born on June 17, 1925 in Manila, Philippines, to Beneta and Adriano Velasquez. At the tender age of 7 Belen led her younger sister to safety following their mother’s untimely death during childbirth. They fled to a Catholic convent and orphanage where they grew up until they came of age. In her youth Belen enjoyed playing volleyball and dreamt of becoming a journalist but she never had the opportunity to finish college. Due to their orphanhood, Belen and Remy were compelled to move north to Cabanatuan City in the Nueva Ecija province to seek refuge from a maternal aunt. Belen eventually married Pepe in the early 1940s in the midst of World War II. As she mourned the stillbirth of her first child, Belen dedicated her life to the success and security of her three remaining children, Baby, Boy, and Angie. From their humble beginnings in a provincial nipa hut, all three children went on to graduate from prominent Philippine universities as a result of Belen’s magnificent devotion. In 1981 Belen unexpectedly moved to the United States with the help of the American Red Cross to spend the rest of her life near her son, whom she had to lay to rest in California. She began building a successful career as a life insurance agent for Prudential and was nationally recognized. Soon after, however, Belen was called upon once more to help Angie raise her daughter, Camille, in Torrance, California. In 1995 the family of three relocated to Auburn, Washington, as part of Angie’s career with World Vision. Belen, Angie, and Camille shared some of their fondest memories together as a small, multigenerational family of women. Eventually, starting in 2015, Belen spent her final years at a loving adult family home in Bellevue, Washington. Belen was an extraordinary woman whose biblical influence was felt in all the lives she touched. She was as renowned for her tenacity, eloquence, and conviction as she was for her exquisite natural beauty. But Belen Velasquez was known for her maternal love most of all. Belen’s family will hold dear many memories from her life, including her love of lush gardens perfumed with roses and adorned with a Blessed Virgin grotto; assembling collages from fashion magazines and family photos; sculpting the perfect brow with a good pencil; playing timeless European and Filipino classics on the piano; and, of course, all things Catholic. The gift and sanctuary of her presence will not only be missed, but remembered forever. A funeral service in Belen’s honor will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 1:00 PM, at Bonney Watson Funeral Home, 16445 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA 98188. The family wishes to thank Gabriela Deaconu, Colleen, and staff, as well as Overlake Medical Center staff, for their compassionate, steadfast care of Belen.
Nov 23, 1933 - Jan 25, 2024
Warren Samples died in Overlake Hospital on January 25th, 2024 at the age of 90. Warren was born on November 23rd in Richmond, California to Claude and Margery Samples. He graduated from Richmond High School early and promptly joined the Air Force in 1951. He served until 1955. He married Jo Ann Lacey in 1967 and they settled in Seahurst, WA. In 1976 they moved to Fullerton, CA where he worked for Holmes and Narver for many years, managing large-scale construction projects that took him to places like Alaska, Hawaii, and Saudi Arabia. He retired from Holmes and Narver in 1984 and moved to his favorite city, San Francisco. A huge 49ers and Giants fan, he attended many games at Candlestick. Later, he and Jo Ann moved to Bellevue, WA where he began another career managing capital projects for the Bellevue School District. He managed the renovation of existing school buildings as well as building brand new schools. When his wife Jo Ann became ill, he selflessly cared for her until her death. He enjoyed spending his free time traveling, going to watch the thoroughbreds at Emerald Downs and following his favorite sports teams. He will be remembered for his great generosity. Warren is survived by his stepchildren Matt (Stephanie) Sandmeyer of Bothell, WA, and Margaret (Drake) Sandmeyer-Dodge of Costa Mesa, CA, his sister Nanci (James) Paulson of Camarillo, and his grandchildren Ryan, Dane and Miles. He is preceded in death by his wife Jo Ann and his parents. All are welcome to sign the online guestbook below and add any message or stories for the family.
Connie Marie Brown
Jan 15, 1962 - Feb 07, 2024
Connie Marie Brown, age 62, of Bellevue, Washington passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2024. Connie was born in Tacoma, WA. An evening service for Connie will be held Tuesday, February 13, 2024 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Tulalip Gathering Hall, 7512 Totem Beach Rd., Tulalip, WA 98271. A celebration of life will occur Wednesday, February 14, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Tulalip Gathering Hall.
Robert Bruce McAuley
Jan 17, 1929 - Feb 11, 2024
Robert Bruce McAuley, age 95, of Bellevue, Washington passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2024. I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one. I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I’d like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.
Robert Frank Sebastian
Jul 11, 1941 - Feb 04, 2024
Beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Robert Frank Sebastian, left this world on Sunday, February 4th, 2024, to begin his next adventure. He passed peacefully at home, surrounded by the presence and love of his family. Known for his unwavering dedication to family, the passionate pursuit of knowledge, and his personal love for nature and adventure, Robert's legacy will forever resonate in the hearts and lives of those who had the privilege of knowing him.Born on July 11, 1941, in Chicago, Illinois, to Nicholas and Marion Sebastian, Robert's journey began with the strong foundations of love, hard work, and ethical living laid by his family and his upbringing. He attended St. Aloysius grade school in Chicago before graduating from York High School in Elmhurst, Illinois. Dedicated to achieving his life’s goals, he continued his education at the University of Illinois, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management.After graduating with his bachelor’s in 1963, Robert took a life-changing trip to Europe, his first international trip, that sparked his life-long passion for travel and learning about the world. After returning from Europe, he joined the US Army and served as a helicopter crew chief on a Huey UH-1 in Korea, which further fueled his appreciation for other cultures. Robert completed his education in 1969 with an MBA in International Business from DePaul University.In 1967, after five years of courtship, Robert embarked on the grand adventure of marriage with Margaret Alexander in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Their union blossomed into fifty-six more years of devotion to each other, with a loving family of three boys. Their life together took the family all over the world, from Japan back to the MidWest to the Pacific Northwest to Bangladesh, finally settling for good in Bellevue, Washington, where they’ve called home since 1984.Robert's professional journey spanned four decades, during which he made significant contributions to the financial world as an international banker and finance consultant. Notably, he served as president of the Export Assistance Center of Washington, leaving an indelible mark on the financial landscape of the region.Beyond the workplace, Robert was an artist and philosopher, passionate about sharing his discoveries in science, economics, history, philosophy, and nature. An avid traveler, voracious reader, and nature enthusiast, he enjoyed hiking, camping, backpacking, discovering new cultures, and gardening. His intellectual and outdoor pursuits led him to become a member of both Mensa and The Mountaineers, showcasing his passion for challenging himself both mentally and physically.Survived by his devoted wife, Margaret Sebastian, their children, Robert, Brian, and Gregory Sebastian, and his granddaughter, Brooke Sebastian, Robert's legacy lives on through the role model he provided. Robert lived a life of virtue, morality, and service, always acting from a place of love, and always striving for balance. No matter what challenges he faced, his love for life and for family always shone through.An interment ceremony with military honors will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2024, at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington, honoring Robert's service and commitment to his country. Friends and well-wishers are invited to view photos, share memories, and leave condolences at www.flintofts.com.In honoring the life of Robert Frank Sebastian, let us reflect on the profound impact he had on each of us, cherishing our memories of a loving husband, father, grandfather, accomplished professional, life adventurer, and good king. Arrangements are entrusted to Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory.
Nov 17, 1976 - Feb 08, 2024
Carole passed away in Bellevue, WA on February 8, 2024, following a diagnoses of colon cancer 18 months prior. Surrounded by family and friends, Carole was in hospice at home only a few days before her passing. Carole and her family were buoyed by the constant love and support of many throughout her entire treatment. Carole was born in 1976 in Seattle, WA. She was the oldest child of John and Kathleen (Wald) Visich. She grew up in Clyde Hill, with her younger sister Renee, living next door for many years to her grandparents Frank and Helen Wald. Carole was fortunate to live near so many of her family in the Seattle area, including grandparent Philip and Lucy Visich, Aunts, Uncles, and many cousins, and spent much time with them all throughout her childhood and beyond. Carole’s tight connection to her family was a key theme throughout her entire life. Starting in 6th grade, Carole attended Forest Ridge School, where she developed many close friendships. Her favorite classes included English and History. Over the past several years she reignited this school connection by becoming a member of Forest Ridge’s alumni book club, led by one of her favorite teachers, Sr. Odea. During High School, Carole was also a member of the Mt. Baker Crew team, rowing starboard. In Carole’s junior year, she travelled to Melbourne as an exchange student, fostering a lifelong love of travel and adventure. Carole initially attended Providence College, but transferred her senior year to the University of Washington to be closer to family while she completed her BA in English. This fortuitous move meant that in January of 1998, Carole was attending a party in Seattle when a young Coast Guard officer named Erick Roane walked in. They were immediately inseparable, and when Erick was stationed in San Diego only a few months later, Carole became a frequent flyer visiting him every possible weekend she could. The ever bargain-hunting Carole charmed her regular gate agents so she could be consistently “bumped” from earlier to later flights, thus making the cost of one ticket last for several weeks at a time. By 1999, Carole and Erick were engaged, and in September of 2000, they were married. Carole worked first as an office manager and the for a marketing company after college, but there was only one job that she was knew she was called to do. In January of 2004, she finally earned the title of “Mom,’ with the birth of her oldest son Connor. He was followed by his brother Spencer and sister Elizabeth. Carole was the type of Mom everyone hoped for, and she fully embraced and embodied this role. Carole happily built her life around her children; she loved supporting their endeavors, volunteering at their schools, and organizing many activities, from baking, to games, to her personal favorite, long walks to explore. Carole loved to travel, and was able to visit England, Scotland, Istanbul, Paris, and right before her diagnosis, a month-long tour of Italy with her family. But it was the quiet vacations to places like Cannon Beach and Hawaii that she enjoyed the most so that she could just spend time being with her family. When Carole was diagnosed with cancer, she unwaveringly faced her future with bravery and strength, supported by her faith and her strong community of friends. Every day was made special by her friends and family to show her how loved she was by many. Carole is survived by her husband, Erick; children, Connor, Spencer, and Elizabeth; father, John Visich, sister, Renee (Kevan) Kurdzos, nieces, Zoe and Margaret Kurdzos; parents-in-law, Mike and Jan Roane; and many other friends and family. She is preceded in death by her mother, Kathleen Visich. Scriptural Recitation of the Rosary will be Friday, February 16th, at 7 PM at 508 N. 36th St, Seattle, 98103 Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, February 17th at 10:30 AM at 9460 NE 14th St, Bellevue, 98004 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to
Billie Jean Hall
Sep 23, 1927 - Feb 01, 2024
Billie Jean Hall was born in Puyallup Washington to Elmer and Clara Helgren on September 23, 1927. She passed away peacefully on February 1, 2024 at the age of 96. She is survived by her three children Richard B. (Kathy) Hall, Susan M. (Walt) Davenport, and Ronald D. Hall, as well as several grandchildren, great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Billie Jean graduated from Puyallup High School in 1945 and she was so proud that some of her great grandchildren are the 5th generation to go to PHS. She is known and loved by many that have crossed her path during her long life and in her many interests. Over the years Billie Jean has been an Avon lady, a rhododendron and azalea nurseryman, a blueberry farmer, a Daisy Girl Scout leader, a foreign student hostess, oil painter and worked for Puget Sound Bank in the print department. She was part of a bunko group, a weekly breakfast group, a tatting group, a Sunday school group and member of the Puyallup Nazarene Church. She has traveled with friends making new friends wherever she went. She worked several years at the Puyallup Fair and the Good Guys Car show. Billie Jean also volunteered at the Puyallup Police Department for years as a receptionist in the lobby often giving advice to the prisoners as they were let out! We are all left with terrific loving memories as well as dozens of her beautiful oil paintings. The family is so appreciative for the exceptional loving care given to our Mom and Grandma by Multicare Hospice team, Alice, Kelsie, Melody, and Kayla that were with her for two and a half years as well as the caregivers, Mez, Helen, Naomi, and Zion at Welcome Home Heritage Glen Adult Family Home where she happily spent her last seven months. There will be a Celebration of Life honoring Billie Jean Hall on March 23, 2024 1:00 P.M. at the Puyallup Nazarene Church 1026 7th Ave. SW. Puyallup WA 98371. To send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of Billie Jean Louise Hall, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.
Lucille Mae Pizzalato
Died : Jan 16, 2024
Lucille Mae Pizzalato passed away peacefully in Bellevue, Washington on January 16, 2024. She was born in Roslyn, Washington, the oldest child of Harry and Lillian (Markovich) Newton. During her youth, Lu was involved in various activities including horseback riding with the Roslyn Riders and participating in school sports. Her first job was working at Mus Pharmacy in Cle Elum, Washington. After moving to Bellevue, Washington with her husband and children, she worked for Bellevue Florist for many years, as a floral designer and as their bookkeeper. She leaves behind her husband of 71 years, Al Pizzalato. Al and Lu were high school sweethearts and were happily married in Cle Elum, just one week before Al shipped off to Korea. After Al returned from the war, they lived for a time in Cle Elum, where both of their children were born. They eventually moved to Bellevue, Washington where they raised their children and have continued to reside. Lu is survived by her son, Alan (Cecelia) Pizzalato of Covington, her daughter, Sue (Bill) McDonnell of Mukilteo, her six grandchildren, Nick (Carrie) and Brad (Jessica) Pizzalato, Gina (Daniel) Shaughnessy, Megan (Kevin) Parker, Keri (Ryan) Oxner, and Katie McDonnell as well as her nine great grandchildren, Leo, Trajan and Octavius Pizzalato, Jordan and Peyton Pizzalato, Brooklyn and Riley Parker and Hadley and Piper Oxner. She was preceded in death by both of her parents, her brothers, Robert and Leroy and her sister, Glenda Newton. Lu was very much loved by her family and friends and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with family. She was an avid supporter and cheerleader of any activity pursued by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She and Al attended as many events as they were able to. They both loved camping and fishing trips which frequently included friends and family. Her children have many wonderful memories of the various family activities they all participated in when they were growing up, including snowmobiling, skiing and motorcycle riding. They appreciate what a good sport their mom always was about doing these things with them. Lu had a wonderful sense of humor and a beautiful heart. She will be missed by all who loved her. At her request, a small private service will be attended by immediate family only.