Calendar fundraiser celebrates felines

January 10, 2012

Susan Bunch, an employee at Microsoft’s Issaquah campus, loves animals. Her current family includes two rescued cats, a horse and a dog. But Bunch admits there’s a soft spot in her heart for cats.

“Pets bring so much to our lives, and cats in particular are unfortunately overlooked sometimes as an almost disposable pet,” she said. “They deserve so much more.”

In 2009, Bunch along with fellow Microsoft employees Karen Easterbrook and Kristi Minietta began the yearly creation of the Cats of Microsoft calendar benefiting the Forget Me Not Animal Shelter.

Every year, Microsoft employees are encouraged to donate to the shelter located on the eastern side of the state in Ferry County. In return for their contributions, Bunch puts together a calendar featuring cats that belong to the many generous donors.

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Louis A. ‘Gene’ Ray

January 10, 2012

Louis Ray

Louis A. “Gene” Ray died Nov. 17, 2011, after a brief illness.

He is survived by his six daughters, Kathi, Karen, Karla, Kay, Kim and Krysti. He was predeceased by his wife of more than 62 years, Bettye, who died in December 2010.

Gene was born in Detroit on June 23, 1927, and grew up in Evansville, Ind. Immediately following World War II he served in the U.S. Army’s 14th Constabulary Regiment in Kitzingen, Germany.

Gene and Bettye married in 1948 after his military discharge. When he was hired by The Boeing Co. in 1957 they moved with their young family to Bellevue and later (in 1964) to Issaquah. Gene worked for Boeing for 33 years as a tool engineer and eventually as a specialist facilities engineer; he was responsible for evaluation and specification of computerized manufacturing equipment.

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Swedish/Issaquah welcomes first baby of 2012

January 10, 2012

Leah Katherine Ehrenstrom

Swedish/Issaquah greeted a baby to ring in 2012.

The first baby to be born at the hospital in the new year arrived at 2:16 p.m. Jan. 1, when Issaquah residents Katie and Matt Ehrenstrom welcomed 7-pound, 14.5-ounce Leah Katherine.

Dr. Kristen Austin delivered the 19.25-inch infant.

Katie Ehrenstrom works at Swedish/Issaquah. The ultrasound technician and her husband have two other daughters. Leah joins 3-year-old Addyson and 18-month-old Stella in the Ehrenstrom family.

Swedish/ Issaquah presented the Ehrenstroms with a gift basket to celebrate the occasion.

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Ada P. Seil

January 10, 2012

Ada Seil

Ada P. Seil, a lifelong Issaquah resident, passed away Jan. 1, 2012, at the Cashmere Care Center, Cashmere. She was 91 years old.

Ada Seil was born Nov. 30, 1920, in Issaquah, the daughter of James and Charlotte Bonner. She was raised in Issaquah and attended Issaquah schools. She married Russell John Seil on May 5, 1938, in Seattle.

In her younger years, she worked as a cook until retiring from the Mercer Island School District.

She was a proud Golden Eagle member at the Issaquah Eagles No. 3054. In her leisure time, she enjoyed traveling (especially to Hawaii), dancing, and spending time with her friends and family.

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Bullit the poodle survives shooting, finds local home

January 10, 2012

Now waiting to be adopted, Bullit the poodle is recovering nicely from a gunshot wound he suffered in California. Issaquah’s People United for Pets brought Bullit to Western Washington, saving him from possibly being put to sleep. Contributed

California is what Laura Tonkin refers to as a “high-kill” state.

Tonkin is the founder and director of the Issaquah-based People United for Pets. PUP routinely rescues dogs from shelters in Washington and California. Especially in the latter case, the rescued dogs otherwise likely would be euthanized. The animals are placed in volunteer foster homes until permanent new homes can be found.

When Tonkin first saw a picture, from a California shelter, of a poodle now known as “Bullit,” she thought the dog had been painted red for the recent Christmas holiday. According to an animal protective officer from that state, Bullit had not been painted, but shot.

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James Aubrey Roberge

January 10, 2012

James Roberge

James Aubrey Roberge, of Sammamish, and Mesa, Ariz., died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011. He was 96 years and 9 months old.

Jim was born Feb. 23, 1915, in Seattle, the son of Harvey Patrick and Mertie Hamilton Roberge. He grew up in Seattle and graduated from Roosevelt High School.

He spent his entire work life, 42 years, in the sheet metal business. He and his father bought their first sheet metal company in September 1936 and when he retired in 1973, he had owned and operated Roberge Sheet Metal, a custom sheet metal shop at Western Avenue and Broad Street in Seattle since 1947.

He served in World War II in a Special Services Engineers Regiment in Persia.

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Donald E. White

January 10, 2012

Donald E. White, 91, passed away at his home in Issaquah on Dec. 16, 2011.

He was born in St. Joseph, Mo., on Sept. 14, 1920, to Everett and Dorothy (Schoenfeldt) White and grew up in the area. He graduated from Central High School in St. Joseph and attended Missouri Western Junior College.

He served with the United States Army during World War II. He married Virginia Woodbury in 1944.

Donald worked as a department manager for the Quaker Oats Co. for 41 years and also served as president of the St. Joseph Grain Exchange. He was a longtime member of the Wyatt Park Christian Church in St. Joseph.

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Albert Charles Winter

January 10, 2012

Albert Charles Winter, 88, grew up in Clinton, Iowa, the youngest of 10.

Al served in the U.S. Army in World War II, earned a master’s from the University of Iowa, and worked as a CPA in Rockford, Ill., before retiring to Issaquah.

Al passed away Dec. 21, 2011.

He is survived by his wife JoAnn; sons Ron (wife Catherine) and Mark (wife Sue); and granddaughter Jordan.

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Phyllis Shirley Wicks

January 10, 2012

Phyllis Shirley Wicks, age 87, of Issaquah, passed away on Jan. 4, 2012.

Phyllis was born Nov. 3, 1924, in San Diego. She married Clarence Melvin Wicks “Mel” on Feb. 16, 1951.

Survivors include son Howard “Randy” Wicks, of the San Fernando Valley, Calif.; daughter Olivia Wicks, of Issaquah; sister Margaret Lane, of Scotts Valley, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

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Jessie Lenora Semon

January 10, 2012

Jessie Semon

Jessie Lenora Semon, of Port Orchard and formerly of Issaquah, died Dec. 19, 2011. She was 83.

A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 14 at Issaquah Christian Church, 10305 238th Way S.E.

Jessie was born July 22,1928, in Kalispell, Mont., to Joe and Edith Gosnell. She lived in Kalispell, Tacoma, Lakewood, Seattle, Bellevue, Issaquah, Oak Harbor, Du Pont and Port Orchard.

She attended Lincoln High School in Tacoma.

She was a member of the Issaquah PTA, Issaquah community theater and Issaquah Christian Church.

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