Rae M. Castagno Bakamus

December 31, 2013

By Contributor

Rae M. Bakamus passed away Dec. 23, 2013, after a courageous battle with a debilitating illness.

She was born in Renton on March 7, 1927, daughter of Rem and Gertrude Castagno, and was raised in Issaquah with her seven siblings. She graduated from Issaquah High School and later married her sweetheart and dance partner, Vlase Bakamus, whom she was married to for 64 years. They resided in Morton before retiring in Issaquah.

Rae M. Castagno Bakamus

Rae M. Castagno Bakamus

Rae was known for life-guarding at the “old swimming hole” on the Tilton River; bowling a near perfect score, but settling for a 289; baking her famous blackberry and apple pies; and holding court for whomever dropped by, a pot of coffee still waiting for her next visitor.

Rae had a wonderful sense of humor, a readiness for having fun and an ability to make whomever she met feel so special.
Rae considered her family and friends her greatest treasures. She was a loyal and caring wife to her late husband Vlase Bakamus, and loving mother to her late daughter Jean Sackmann (Lou).

Her daughter Janice Bede (Brew) and son Bill Bakamus (Cathy) provided extraordinary care for their wonderful mother over the past six months. She will be sorely missed by her eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

A service to celebrate Rae’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 11 at Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home (www.flintofts.com).

Remembrances may be sent to Shriner’s Hospital for Children at Portland, 3101 S.W. Sam Jackson Road, Portland, OR 97239.


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