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Mary Graber

Oct 18, 1944 - Nov 06, 2023

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Kirkland, WA

Mary Lynn Graber, age 79, of Kirkland, Washington passed away on Monday, November 6, 2023. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www. sunsethillsfuneralhome. com for the Graber family.

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Lorna Kay Barnhart

Mar 07, 1945 - Feb 20, 2024

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Kirkland, WA

Lorna Kay Barnhart, age 78, of Kirkland, Washington passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. Lorna was born in Spokane, Washington. A celebration of life for Lorna will be held Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 10:30 AM at Juanita Community Club, 13027 100th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034.

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Jane Elizabeth Stockert (née Weckel)

Nov 14, 1947 - Feb 17, 2024

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Kirkland, WA

Jane Elizabeth Stockert (née Weckel) November 14, 1947 – February 17, 2024 “Your faith, your family and your gardening enthusiasm have always been an inspiration to me. Your friendship is very dear and a blessing.” ~Esther R Jane, beloved wife of 52 years to David Stockert, treasured mother, mother-in-law and grandmother to daughters Clare Ross (spouse Chad Ross and son Luis) and Katharine Stockert (spouse Greg Goldstein and daughter Grace), adored sister to Laurie Weckel (spouse Kirby Dahman (deceased), son Will, daughter-in-law Hannah and granddaughter Sophia) and Howard Weckel III (daughter Elizabeth), passed away at Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland, WA on Saturday, February 17th. Born in Chicago, IL on November 14, 1947, first child to Bernice Hamilton Weckel and Howard Weckel Jr., she grew up in Elkhart, IN, graduating from Elkhart High School in 1965, Ball State University ( B.S. Elementary Education) in 1969, and Oakland University (M.S. Education) in 1971. Jane and her beloved Dave married on April 3, 1971 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Elkhart. Soon after, Dave was drafted into the army, and was called to serve at The Presidio in San Francisco, during the waning years of the Vietnam War. Enchanted by the natural beauty of the West Coast, Jane and Dave decided to make their life together in the West, moving to Tacoma, WA in 1973, and permanently settling in Seattle, WA in 1985. The basic biographical details of life do not offer a proper accounting of Jane’s fortitude, diligence, trail-blazing, and thoughtfulness. For someone as petite in size as Jane, she was larger than life, inspiring many – especially her husband and daughters – with her strength of character, courage, deep commitment to her faith and community service. Throughout her life, she worked to make this world a more informed, beautiful and loving place. Jane began her teaching career in Detroit, MI, and completed it in Seattle Public Schools, most recently at Whittier Elementary School, where she taught for many years. Early in her teaching career, Jane realized that learning to read was the key to her students’ future academic achievement, so she sought professional accreditation as a reading specialist, and then dedicated herself to teaching hundreds of children to read, launching them as life-long learners. Motivated by her love for all of God’s creation and desire to share the Good News, Jane volunteered in numerous ministries with her beloved Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Magnolia – as Children’s Church School Coordinator and teacher, initiator of an adult bible study group (now in it’s eighteenth year), Vestry member, Lay Reader and Lay Eucharistic Minister (whose ministry is to deliver Holy Communion and companionship to parishioners unable to attend church in person). An essential aspect of Jane’s deep faith was her passion to care for the earth. She was endlessly curious about the natural world, striving to be the most thoughtful steward of the gifts she’d been given. In addition to maintaining her own beautiful flower beds and fruit and vegetable gardens, each summer, at least one weekend per month, Jane volunteered as a Master Gardener, offering expert gardening advice at local nurseries, for many years at Fred Meyer in Ballard. Recently she was awarded a special pin for her 40 years of dedicated service. Known for setting a high bar for entertaining – and making it look effortless – Jane always prepared just the right amount of food (often made with ingredients from her own garden), beautifully presented, with attention to details that made every guest feel welcome and included. Jane loved international travel and adventure. Closer to home, she especially thrived on the hiking trails and ski slopes near the cabin that she and Dave built. Some of her happiest hours were spent sitting on the cabin’s deck, curled up with a good book, a faithful pup snuggled nearby, surrounded by the mountains she so loved. In recent months, friends and family from across the country wrote to Jane to express their love and gratitude for her impact on their lives: “I remember thinking Uncle Dave and Aunt Jane were the trailblazers. We wanted to follow your example and plant our family, our hearts and our souls out west. And here we are!” ~Jack S. “I’ve always been so grateful for your leadership on hosting and inviting me to a church newcomer’s dinner at your house.” ~LaShon “I remember I learned from you how important it is to write and mail notes and cards. Mom loved your notes. I know because I read a few and saw how they made her so happy.” ~Maryann “You wrote the most compassionate note when my mother passed away ten years ago that I still remember. You are a generous and wonderful person and I am very grateful to know you. Joyous, caring, thoughtful and always willing to help others describes you.” ~Lisa “You are a ‘standup woman’.” ~Dottie H. “I will never forget how much you did for my family when we first came to Seattle. You were always so patient and kind with all my children. You taught us all so much. Your strength, resilience, courage, and will are inspiring.” ~Anna “Your kindness and acceptance as we arrived in San Francisco set a standard for friends. You have fought an incredible fight; as always an example to be admired.” ~Patsy “I think about the fun times at the lake. Watching you water ski was a treat for me. You were so graceful.” ~Rita W. “We were lucky to have those good years teaching children’s worship.” ~Patty B. ”You were my big sister. The one I followed and always wanted to make proud. Throughout our lives you showed us how to live with integrity. Now you have shown us how to live into our deaths with dignity and grace.” – Laurie W A memorial service will be held at Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Magnolia on Saturday, April 6th at 11 am. Flowers may be sent or donations in her name to her legacy program at Episcopal Church of the Ascension.

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Eva Grace Burtla Leach

Oct 12, 1933 - Feb 17, 2024

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Kirkland, WA

In loving memory of Eva Grace Burtla Leach who passed on February 17th, 2024 with her 2 daughters by her side.She is survived by her husband Duane E Leach, her daughters Gail Huncovsky (Ed) & Julie Leach. Eva moved to Kirkland in 1965 where she raised her children. Later in her life, she volunteered for hospice and spent her time caring for people in need. She will be forever missed but never forgotten.

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Jean Conrad Cook

Oct 06, 1930 - Feb 21, 2024

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Kirkland, WA

Jean Conrad Cook, of Kirkland, Washington passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, February 21, 2024. She was 93 years old. The family will be planning a private memorial service for her. "Afterglow" 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 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. Helen Lowrie Marshall

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Marla Jacobson Blaser

Jan 04, 1940 - Feb 21, 2024

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Kirkland, WA

Marla Jacobson Blaser, age 84, of Kirkland, Washington passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2024. A graveside service for Marla will be held Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM at Acacia Memorial Park & Funeral Home, 14951 Bothell Way NE, Seattle, WA 98155. A memorial service will occur Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, 14951 Bothell Way NE, Seattle, WA 98155. A reception will occur Saturday, March 2, 2024 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM, 14951 Bothell Way NE, Seattle, WA 98155.

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Janice Carol Evans

Dec 24, 1936 - Feb 13, 2024

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Kirkland, WA

Janice Carol Evans of Redmond died from complications from her lungs/heart on February 13,2024 at Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland, WA. She was 87. Janice was born on 12/24/1936 in Missouri to Vella Rose Annette Leake and Raymond Junior Leake. She was raise by her Grandma and Grandpa (Leona and Elbert Leake) She moved to Keokuk, Iowa where she attended school and met her future husband Dale LeRoy Evans. They were married October 11,1953. Janice liked to garden and had a tremendous gift of sewing. She could sew anything without a pattern! She really enjoyed being on a bowling team, writing poems, and liked when the family would get together in her back yard for dinner.Her true passion was her love for music and dancing! Janice was known for her strong will right up to the day she passed. She was preceded in death by her daughter Melody C Eldred (2013), son in law Douglas C. Mohney (2013), husband Dale L. Evans (2003), son Ricky D Evans (1956), father Raymond J. Eller, and mother Vella R. Ridgley (Leake) 1976. Surviors include her daughters Pamela D. Fischer (Bill) of Edmonds WA , KimberLee J. E. Mohney of Post Falls ID; grandchildren 6 boys and 1 girl…Travis L.Drake of Kirkland WA, Tyler B. Drake (Tonja)of Sagle ID, Kyle J. Eldred of Cle Elum WA, Jeffrey R. Eldred (Teanna) of Carnation WA, Conner W. Eldred of Snohomish, WA, Daren J. Mohney of Rathdrum, ID, Andrea M. Schneider (Cole) of Post Falls ID. Great grandchildren; Reagan,Murphy and Aiden (Tyler&Tonja) , Henry (Kyle), Kasen ,plus 1 (Andrea & Cole) and of course all nieces,uncles and cousins from all over who have indeed impacted her life. A Graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday March 1, 2024. This will be at the Tahoma National Cemetery 18600 S.E.240Th St Kent, WA 98042 followed by a brief Celebration of life at 4:00-5:15p.m. 7802 168th Ave NE, Redmond (cabin house) – parking only around the perimeter of the park. Please bring stories you would like to share. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations be sent to Evergreen Hospice,12822 124th Lane N.E. Kirkland 98034 or to Aegis Living 4585 W Sammamish Parkway NE Redmond,WA 98052

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Russell Norman Banks

Aug 06, 1947 - Feb 12, 2024

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Kirkland, WA

Russell Norman Banks passed away peacefully at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, Washington, on February 12th, 2024, at the age of 76.Russ was born on August 6th, 1947 to Betty Lofgren and Nathanial Banks. He attended Lakes High School in Lakewood, WA, where he lettered in wrestling and was also the captain of the wrestling team his senior year.After High School, Russ enlisted in the US Navy, and served in the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged and received a Purple Heart during his time in the military for his role in a rescue mission. When he left the military, he finished his academic journey at the University of Washington, earning a Bachelor’s Degree.Russ then began his professional career, which included time as a senior buyer for the Bon Marche, a salesman for Ethan Allen Furniture and Thomasville Furniture. He enjoyed making business connections, and was lucky enough to travel the world to destinations such as Italy, Spain, England, and not to mention the many states he was able to visit, his favorites being North Carolina and New York (his trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame was always a topic of discussion).Russ was an avid Seattle sports fan. He would never pass up an opportunity to have a conversation about the Seahawks, Mariners, and he would definitely let you know how much he missed the Sonics! He was also a very big fan of anything that had to do with Elvis Presley, which was shown by his massive collection of vinyl records, and his tendency to always play Elvis songs during the holidays.Russ is preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Erika Banks. He is survived by his grandson Ben Hagen, his son Chris Banks, granddaughter Haley Banks, Brothers Steve(Heidi)Banks and family, Daniel(Jona)Decker and family, sisters Linda Ross , Sheila(Jack)Winter and family.

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Kenneth Donald Sturges Jr.

Oct 02, 1953 - Dec 28, 2023

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Kirkland, WA

Kenneth Donald Sturges Jr., known to all as Ken, passed away on December 28, 2023, at the age of 70. Born in Miles City, Montana, on October 2, 1953, and raised on the plains of Iowa, Ken’s journey led him to Kirkland, Washington, where he wove a tapestry of strength, compassion, and quiet introspection. Ken’s life was marked by a dedicated balance of service and personal passion. After graduating from Lake Washington High School in 1971, he met his lifelong love, Irene David, an encounter that preluded his distinguished service in the United States Coast Guard as an Electronics Technician, Rank E-6. Their marriage on July 2, 1977, was not just a union of hearts but also of minds, enduring over four decades. Professionally, Ken’s versatility shone through. His career at Interpoint and later as a truck driver for Swift highlighted not just his technical prowess but also his love for solitude and reflection. His achievements in safety, recognized by over two million safe driving miles, mirrored his meticulous nature and commitment to excellence. Ken’s resilience in the face of personal loss, including the untimely passing of close friends and family members, underscored his profound strength and depth. Despite these challenges, he found joy and solace in life’s simple pleasures, like his evenings spent with a cigarette, a glass of Black Velvet and Coke, and his thoughts. His participation in a bowling league showcased his social side, balancing his introspective nature with a love for friendly competition. His unwavering devotion to his family was exemplified in the care he provided for Irene during her long illness. This period, while challenging, highlighted his incredible strength of character and depth of love, a love that he also extended to his children, Rev. Alfred Sturges and Sanjeevi Sturges, his daughter-in-law Michelle, and his beloved grandchildren, Elisha and Honna Leigh. Known for his quick wit and intellect, Ken’s contributions to the community were significant. He was a cherished Sunday School teacher at St. John’s Episcopal Church, where his lessons went beyond faith, instilling values of kindness and service. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 10th, at 2 pm, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Kirkland, WA. The service will include the committal of Ken’s ashes in the church’s columbarium, alongside his beloved wife, Irene David. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcomed at St. John’s Episcopal Church in his memory. Ken’s legacy is not just in the lives he touched or the achievements he made, but in the quiet moments of kindness, the laughter shared, and the wisdom imparted. He leaves behind a legacy of resilience, love, and an indomitable spirit that will continue to inspire those who knew him.

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Pat Cronin

Feb 03, 1933 - Feb 03, 2024

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Kirkland, WA

Pat “Patty Lou” Cronin, peacefully passed away surrounded by love on her 91st birthday, February 3, 2024, under the passionate care of providers at EvergreenHealth Hospice Care Center in Kirkland, Washington. She is now dancing in the heavenly gardens! She was born on February 3, 1933, in Great Falls, Montana, to the late Julius Paulson and Lilly (Paulson) Alsaker. Pat was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Cronin, her father Julius Paulson, her mother Lilly Alsaker, her brother Forest Paulson and her companion, Dick Mellis. She lived in many areas surrounding Great Falls, including Raynesford and Belt for 57 years. Wanting to be closer to family she moved to Kirkland, WA in 1990. Pat was a remarkable woman who had a zest for life that was truly inspiring. She was known for her kind and caring nature, always putting others before herself. Pat had a heart of gold and was a great listener, offering a shoulder to lean on and words of wisdom to those in need. She had a timeless sense of style and was always a classy dresser. Her greatest joy was spending time with her large family, especially having all of her daughters together. Her adventurous spirit took her on many journeys throughout her life, and she embraced every opportunity that came her way...especially a good happy hour! Pat was an energetic woman that could never sit still. Gardening, ballroom/tap dancing,and golfing were some of her favorite activities. She also enjoyed playing games with her friends and family, creating laughter and friendly competition...and sometimes she might have even cheated ;) She loved a good party especially her infamous Super Bowl birthday bashes and it’s no surprise that she chose her birthday to make her grand departure, ensuring it would be a date impossible to forget! Don and Pat co-owned and operated Don's Twin Freez in Riverview, Great Falls, where they created lasting memories for countless customers. Pat served as a care companion for several local seniors, providing much needed assistance and joy to their lives. Additionally, she worked as a merchandiser for McCormick Spice Company in the Greater Seattle area. Pat's dedication extended beyond her professional life, as she volunteered her time with various organizations. She was an active member of the Altar Society at St. Luke's and St. Joe's Catholic Churches in Great Falls and a member of the Seattle Children's Hospital Guild. Pat also volunteered at the Seattle Children's Thrift Store in Redmond, WA and served many countless hours over 20+ years on the Landscape & Gardening Committee at Springtree Condominiums, where she resided. Pat was a devoted mother to her 6 daughters: Linda Klein (Sequim, WA), Donna Bureson (Dallas, TX/Phoenix, AZ), Susan Geiger (Kirkland, WA), Julie Parkhurst (Kirkland, WA), Lisa Cronin Mitchell (Las Vegas, NV) and Nena Hartman (Atlanta, GA). She cherished her role as a mother and took great pride in raising her daughters. Pat was also a loving grandmother to 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren which she absolutely adored. A memorial service to celebrate Pat's life will be held on Sunday, May 12, 2024, at Sunset Hills Memorial in Bellevue, WA. The specific time will be announced closer to the date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Pat's memory to the “Hospice Fund” at EvergreenHealth https://evergreenhealthfoundation.com/donate/ Pat Cronin will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. She leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, and a zest for life that will continue to inspire generations to come. Pat’s story was one of a life well-lived! “Until we meet again at that great party in the sky”.

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Robert J Wishon

May 01, 1933 - Jan 21, 2024

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Kirkland, WA

Robert J Wishon, age 90, of KIRKLAND, Washington passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2024. A graveside service for Robert will be held Saturday, February 17, 2024 from 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM at Greenwood Memorial Park Funeral Home, 350 Monroe Ave Ne, Renton, WA 98056.

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