Obituaries

October 15, 2008

By Staff

Anna Lenea Johnson Bersaas

Anna Lenea Johnson Bersaas died Monday, Sept. 29, 2008, in Portland, Ore. She was 91. 

A graveside service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Oct. l9 at Preston Cemetery.

She was born Anna Linea Johnson in Preston, Wash., on Dec. 24, l916. Anna is survived by her five children — Sharon Bersaas, of Kent; Gloria Bersaas Nelson, Karen Bersaas and David Bersaas, all of Portland; and Rick Bersaas, of Brush Prairie. 

Anna was so proud of her nine grandchildren and two great-grand children. She will be dearly missed by all her family and friends.  

Darlene Joyce Johnson

Darlene Joyce Johnson, of Issaquah, died Oct. 5 at Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue after courageously fighting complications from an infection. She was 83.

Darlene was born Feb. 9, 1925, in Russell, Minn., to Vic and Gail Johnson. 

In 1943, the day after graduating from high school, Darlene moved to Kirkland to join her parents, who had already relocated. She worked for the 13th Naval District at the Lake Washington Shipyards, and on weekends, loved to dance at Bert Lingren’s Dance Hall in Kenmore. There, she met Robert Johnson, and after a 14-month engagement, they married Nov. 7, 1947. 

They moved to Ballard, then to a North Beach neighborhood, and raised two boys, Randy and Gary. Bob and Darlene were married 47 years. Bob preceded her in death April 4, 1994. For the past four years, Darlene has lived at Providence Point, where she had many friends and was close to family.

Darlene loved being around people and was a gracious, talented homemaker. She loved to cook and entertain, and was happiest during holidays, especially Christmas. She attended Pine Lake Covenant Church. She had a wonderful sense of humor, was thoughtful and kind, always doing things for others, and had an incredible love for life. She was the core of the family and kept up on everyone’s comings and goings, figuring out and looking forward to the next time we could all get together. 

She was preceded in death by brothers Arlo and Maurice Johnson. She is survived by her sister Gloria Williams, of Ashby, Minn.; brothers Bobby Johnson, of Brush Prairie, and Rodney Johnson of Redmond; children Gary (Eleanor) and Randy (Buffy); and four grandchildren.

Darlene leaves us with an example of how to live and be grateful for each new day with a positive attitude and strong faith. She will be dearly missed, but is lonely no longer. We will love her always.

Send remembrances to Pine Lake Covenant Church, 1715 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish, WA 98075-9589; or Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, c/o Contributions, JF-200, P.O. Box 19024, Seattle, WA 98109.

Ailie Irene Little

Ailie Irene Little, of Issaquah, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, at Providence Marianwood. She was 93.

A gathering of family and friends will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 18 at the family home. 

Ailie was born Jan. 8, 1915, in Aberdeen, to Finnish emigrants Eric and Ida Williams. She was raised in Aberdeen and graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1933. 

Ailie married Clark Raymond Boyer; they had two children, Rodney Raymond and Robert Russell Boyer. She later married Robert J. Little and they had two children, Irene Sue and James Robert Little. In 2001, she moved to Bellevue, and later that year, to Issaquah to be near her son Rodney.

A loving wife and mother, she spent most of her life caring for her family. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her dedicated son Rodney Boyer and his wife, Janice, of Issaquah; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.

Arrangements are entrusted to Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory. Friends are invited to get directions, view photos and share memories in the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.

Richard W. McClain

Richard Worth McClain, of Issaquah, died Oct. 11, 2008. He was 79.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Sammamish Presbyterian Church, 22522 N.E. Inglewood Hill Road, Sammamish, with the Rev. Dave Morgan officiating.  

He was born June 15, 1929, in Akron, Ohio, to Clifford and Josephine (Carney) McClain. He received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Findlay. A sports enthusiast, Richard played college basketball, baseball and football, and also played in a local softball and bowling league. He traveled as a member of a college quartet and men’s glee club. 

Richard served as church school superintendent and sang in the church choir and the Findlay Lyric Ensemble. He was a tenor soloist in major oratorios, weddings and programs. 

Richard and his wife Patricia were married 58 years and have three children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, who all live in the area. Spending time with them was one of his greatest enjoyments. 

Richard was a custom homebuilder and developer with his father-in-law Dwight Stowell for 18 years, and they built more than 300 homes in the Findlay area. They moved to La Jolla, Calif., where he was a corporate personnel consultant, specializing in executive recruiting for major developers across the U.S.  

Golfing and traveling in their motor home were among his favorite activities, along with working crossword puzzles, reading and watching sports. They traveled to Europe and Asia; they loved spending time in Maui every summer and especially for their 50th anniversary, when they were accompanied by their family. 

Dick had a deep faith in God and was a kind-hearted man who always put others before himself. He was known for his sense of humor and his love for people. Dick will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.  

Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory Inc., Anacortes and the San Juan Islands. 

Share memories of Dick and sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.

Michael D. Mellon

Michael D. Mellon, of Fall City, died at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue on Monday, Sept. 22, 2008. He was 49.

A gathering of family and friends was held Oct. 6 at Twede’s Café in North Bend.

Mike was born Aug. 6, 1959, in San Diego, Calif. When he was young, the family moved to the Preston area. Mike was a graduate of Issaquah High School. He served with the United States Army and following his tour of duty, Mike became a chef, working in several restaurants in the upper valley. 

On May 10, 2004, he married Laureen M. Johnson in Fall City. Mike was a former lead singer of Renegade Band, and in his leisure time, he enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Survivors include his wife Laureen, of Fall City; daughters Krystine and Victoria Mellon, of Arizona; and stepson Oran Johnson, of Fall City. He was preceded in death by his mother.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent in Mike’s name to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory.

Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.

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