Perfect timing

October 1, 2013

Automotive specialist shifts gears to saving lost souls

After 15 years of keeping cars and trucks on the road, Nate Bean, owner of Integrity Automotive Maintenance & Repair in Issaquah, discovered his true calling had little to do with changing spark plugs or servicing radiators.

The North Bend resident has joined forces with a local prison ministry that reaches out to men and women who may have lost their way. The stamps on his passport trace missions to three continents and more than seven countries in less than 36 months.

Bean’s curbside ministry dates back sharing portions from the gospel on the sidewalk outside Bellevue Square.

Contributed Nate Bean (left) sits down for a photo with orphans and children of incarcerated parents in India during his first Prisoners for Christ overseas ministry trip in November 2010.

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Nate Bean (left) sits down for a photo with orphans and children of incarcerated parents in India during his first Prisoners for Christ overseas ministry trip in November 2010.

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Bygone python

October 1, 2013

Hamilton heads home after nearly a week on the lam

A python hid behind the walls in an Issaquah High School classroom for almost a week.

Even though Hamilton, biology teacher Bryan Robles’ ball python, posed no threat to the children who learned his secret hiding spot, it still is an unsettling thought.

Robles said that the almost 4-foot snake had never tried to escape. However, after a summer left in the care of a student, Hamilton grew.

“All last year, he didn’t attempt to get out,” Robles said. “He’s just grown. He’s graduated to eating rats and he used to just eat small mice.”

Contributed Student Devon Keller was very glad to see Hamilton, the ball python, return after his almost weeklong disappearing act.

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Student Devon Keller was very glad to see Hamilton, the ball python, return after his almost weeklong disappearing act.

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Hunt for treasure at the senior center

October 1, 2013

Volunteers are at work preparing the Issaquah Valley Senior Center for its biggest fundraiser of the year, the annual White Elephant Sale.

The center is 35 years old, and Executive Director Courtney Jaren said something like the White Elephant Sale has gone on from the beginning to supplement the budget. This is her fourth year overseeing the event.

Jaren said the sale is “a little more of a treasure trove than a garage sale. We have people in their 80s and 90s who are downsizing from an entire lifetime of collecting and donate items to the sale. Everything being sold is a donation.”

She said the most unusual thing she has seen at the sale was a vintage, antique Frederick & Nelson hand-carved, three-drawer bureau with the tag still on it.

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Issaquah library hosts mental awareness session

October 1, 2013

With Salmon Days visitors crowding the streets of Issaquah, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Eastside hopes to attract people to the library to a “Get a Head Start on Mental Illness Awareness Week.”

Judi Jeanotte, administrative assistant at NAMI Eastside, said the session, at 11 a.m. Oct. 5, is for people with mental illness, and family members and caregivers of mentally ill people.

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JoAnn Fukui

October 1, 2013

JoAnn Fukui, of Sammamish, loving mother to Jami, Alexia, Julia and Anna, passed away after a yearlong battle with ovarian cancer on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at home. She was 55.

JoAnn also survived by her mother Adeline, and siblings Nancy, David, Mary and Jan and their families.

JoAnn Fukui

JoAnn Fukui

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Dorothy Mae Pickering

October 1, 2013

Dorothy Mae Pickering, 80, of Rexburg, Idaho, formerly of Kooskia, Idaho, and Issaquah, passed away at home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She left for her heavenly home on Sept. 13, 2013, with her loving husband at her side.

She was born in Long Beach, Calif., in 1933, to Jack and Leela Cousyn. Her teenage years were filled with music studies, knitting, sewing and ice skating. She graduated from Mount Vernon High School and married Drury Davis Pickering on Sept. 6, 1952, in Seattle. They had 61 wonderful years together.

Dorothy Pickering

Dorothy Pickering

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Don La Croix

October 1, 2013

Don La Croix, 73, passed away Sept. 18, 2013, in his Long Beach home. His wife of 41 years, Alfie, was at his side.

He leaves behind three children, Jennifer (Joe Panico), Jaleesa and Patrick, as well as a large extended family.
Don and Alfie were longtime residents of the Issaquah area.

Don La Croix

Don La Croix

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Aretha Wright

October 1, 2013

Aretha Iris Wright, of Issaquah (Preston), passed away Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at home.

She was born April 3, 1920, in Port Angeles, to Hiram and Clara Wright. She attended Roosevelt High School in Port Angeles.

Aretha was married to Sylvan Ridenour in 1938, and then to Claude Wright in 1946.

She was preceded in death by her parents Hiram and Clara Wright, and her siblings Howard, Roy, Jaretta, Grace, foster brother Les Raleigh and foster son Harold Mallare.

Aretha Wright

Aretha Wright

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Bernell John Guthmiller

October 1, 2013

Bernell John Guthmiller, of Issaquah, passed away Sept. 26, due to complications of diabetes.

Bernie is survived by his loving wife of the last 39 years, Kathy Guthmiller. Bernie and Kathy raised a beautiful and lively brood of girls; Cathie Ogilvie, Glenna Usselman (James Usselman), Sharene Kuhrt (David McGrath) and Stacey Kuhrt.

Bernie was preceded in death by his son Doug.

Bernie is also survived by seven precious grandchildren, Christina (Daniel Graham), David, Melissa (Scott Haas), Jacob, Jade, Taylor and Jordan, and also five lovely great-granddaughters, Chloe, Courtney, Alexis, Gabrielle and Hailey.

Bernell Guthmiller

Bernell Guthmiller

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Lana (Haro) Farrington

October 1, 2013

Lana (Haro) Farrington passed away in Issaquah at the age of 70 on Sept. 21, 2013, after a yearlong battle with lung cancer.

She was raised near Lake Sammamish by her parents Elmer Haro and Patricia (Ek) Haro. Her childhood summers were spent at Alexander’s Resort, owned by her grandparents George Ek and Hazel (Alexander) Ek.

Lana graduated from Issaquah High School in 1961 and earned an interior design degree from Washington State University in 1965. In 1966, she married Curtis B. McPhail, a pilot, who was tragically killed while test flying an experimental airplane in 1971. She married Terry Farrington in 1976, and they later divorced.

Lana Farrington

Lana Farrington

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