Death notices as of May 21, 2016

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Obituaries are condensed biographies of people's lives, written by the people who loved them. Like a memorial service, they tell us things we may not have known about the person, and may leave us wishing we had known them better.

Obituaries from The Seattle Times

Ronald Wolcott  age 75  Services held at St. Luke in Shoreline for Seattle resident Wolcott, who retired after owning a marine business for 23 years.

Mary Fung Koehler  1933-2016  Third woman to graduate from the school of chemical engineering at the U of Illinois. She was the only female minority in her law class, and pregnant with her fifth child when she graduated on time from UW Law. She practiced law in Lake Forest Park for 20 years. In the early 80s she successfully represented two lesbian mothers in a child custody dispute brought by their ex-husbands. The landmark case went up to the appellate courts and was upheld. Donations in her name can be made to Bastyr University.

Robert D. Countryman  1922-2016  15 year volunteer for Shoreline Fire. Retired manager of Evergreen-Washelli. Coast Guard veteran, member of Rotary, Elks, and American Legion. Donations suggested to Washington Elks Therapy Programs or Medic 1 Foundation.

Betty Godfrey  1929-2016  Shoreline resident spent many hours of service to her Nazarene church in Seattle, where services were held.

Beverly Anne Wood  1924-2016  A member of St. Barnabas Anglican Church in Shoreline since 1988, where services were held. Greatly admired by her children for her strength as a single mother.

Mazen Issa Harb  1958-2016  Shoreline resident was born in Jerusalem and spent part of his childhood in Saudi Arabia. Graduated from Roosevelt in Seattle and began working in the family business, Shoreline Family Auto Care and Sales. "Collecting, repairing and restoring classic cars -- particularly muscle cars -- was a long term passion." Services at St. Mark in Shoreline.

G. Lucille Tomlinson  1927-2016  Shoreline resident had been living with her daughter in Spokane Valley for the past year. She was a devoted homemaker and stay at home mom, with an "infectious laugh and fun loving personality."

Helen Rose Maier  1925-2016  Shoreline resident was a member of St. Luke church in Shoreline, where services were held.

Phyllis Elaine (Hastin) Norman  1940-2016  A devoted nurse, the Shoreline resident was her family's historian, seeking to trace her family roots back through the centuries.

Jack Roy Waterson  1934-2016  Graveside services, with reception held at St. Mark of Shoreline.

Ralph H. Palmen  1942-2016  Shoreline resident and member of Aurora Church of the Nazarene, where services were held. Vice-president of Acme Personnel, top salesman at Sherwood and Roberts Real Estate, Founder and president of the Palmen Institute, Inc. and co-founder of Express Employment Professionals. Long time member of Seattle Golf Club and fundraiser for Children's Hospital.


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