Sharon Ann Griffith

July 19, 2011

Sharon Ann Griffith, of Issaquah, died July 13, 2011, in Bellevue. She was 81.

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Sharon was born July 12, 2011, in Wichita, Kan., the daughter of Frank and Hildred Snorf. She was raised in Denver.

Sharon married Rowland J. Griffith on Aug. 25, 1950, in Richland. She and Rowland raised their four children in Bellevue and moved to Issaquah in 1988.

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Donald ‘Mark’ Pieratt

July 19, 2011

Donald Pieratt

Ferndale resident Donald “Mark” Pieratt, 55, went home to heaven June 23, 2011, after a short courageous battle with cancer.

He was born Oct. 5, 1955, in Kirkland, to Lloyd M. and Barbara Pieratt, and he was raised in Issaquah.

Mark worked and played hard. Doing business as Northern Construction, he built houses from dirt to roof while enjoying his free time with fishing (fresh and salt water), boating, camping, snowmobiling, target shooting, hiking, panning for gold, music and playing his Gibson guitar. Mark’s favorite thing to do was to mow the lawn on the rider, and his latest love was cruising on his new Harley.

He was preceded in death by his father Lloyd M. Pieratt and brother James L. Pieratt.

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Vaughn W. Ward

July 12, 2011

Vaughn Ward

Vaughn W. Ward, age 83, of Issaquah, passed away at home July 9, 2011.

Vaughn was born Sept. 27, 1927, in Williston, N.D., the son of Thomas and Ella Ward. He was raised in Williston and the family moved to Upper Preston in 1941. He graduated from Issaquah High School and married Phyllis Johnson on March 5, 1946.

Vaughn served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He worked for Pacific Northwest Bell for 35 years, retiring in 1983. He was a volunteer firefighter for the city of Issaquah for many years.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Albert Larson Post No. 3436. He was an avid coin collector, and really enjoyed hunting and fishing with his brothers.

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Patrick Henry Terry

July 12, 2011

Patrick Henry Terry, of Desert Aire, died June 26, 2011, in Tacoma. He was 79.

A celebration of life for family and friends will be at 2:30 p.m. July 24 at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive, Issaquah.

Pat was born Feb. 10, 1932, in Aiken, Minn., to Mabel and Ira Terry. He grew up in Carnation; graduated from Tolt High School in 1950; lived in Issaquah from 1968 to 1991; lived in Desert Aire from 1991 to 2003; and lived in the American Lake V.A. Hospital, in Tacoma, from 2003 to 2011.

Pat passed away after a many-year bout with Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Wendy Lynn Sun

July 12, 2011

Wendy Lynn Sun, of Issaquah, passed away at her home on Sunday, June 26, 2011, surrounded by family and close friends. After a courageous bout with cancer, Wendy slipped quietly and peacefully from this life to be with her Lord Jesus in heaven.

Wendy Sunn

Wendy was born May 1, 1963 in Seoul, South Korea. When Wendy was about 9 years old, she and her sister Kim were both orphaned, and eventually adopted by the Weston family of Florence Township, N.J., where Wendy spent her entire young life.

Her college years were spent at Monmouth College in Long Branch, N.J., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science. Wendy worked in the IT field as a software programmer.

She was blessed in Christian marriage to David Sun, also of New Jersey, on June 26, 1994. On March 5, 2002, Wendy and Dave adopted their beloved daughter Jessica from China and began their marvelous journey as a family.

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Lillian M. Bentler

June 28, 2011

Lillian M. Bentler, 80, of Sammamish, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2011.

Lil was a dedicated wife, loving mother of eight children and grandmother of 18.

Her generosity and charitable spirit touched the lives and hearts of everyone she met. Lil will always be remembered for her gentle spirit, her Christ-like ways and her generous smile.

A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 1, at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sammamish.

Friends are invited to get directions, view photos and share memories in the family’s online guestbook at

Blanche A. Freed

June 28, 2011

Blanche A. Freed passed away June 23, 2011.

Blanche Freed

She was born Jan. 11, 1923, in Iron Mountain, Mich., the daughter of William and Eva Perreault. At the age of 12, she moved to Newcastle and graduated from Issaquah High School in 1941.

Blanche worked as a dental hygienist before becoming a homemaker. She met and married Richard Freed (a former classmate) in 1957. They enjoyed traveling the United States, making new friends and visiting long lost relatives.

Blanche found her true calling when working for Christies’ Florist in Seattle, creating beautiful floral arrangements. This led to her teaching floral classes, taking painting classes and creating beautiful, fun and unique works of art — be it a whimsical doll, a classy Victorian heart or a dried floral arrangement, which were some of her many talents.

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Barbara Ann Ruud

June 21, 2011

Barbara Ann (Schmid) Ruud, of Bellevue, passed away June 14, 2011, after a courageous two-year battle with melanoma.

Barbara Ruud

She was born March 3, 1943, in Missoula, Mont., to Bill and Louise Schmid. She graduated from Missoula County High School and attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, where she met Ken Ruud. They were married Aug. 18, 1963, in Missoula, and moved to Issaquah. In 1969, they moved to Bellevue, where they have lived ever since.

Barb was a stay-at-home mom who devoted her time, love and energy to her four children and nine grandchildren. She was a constant presence at their many activities and sports. For more than 25 years, she provided in-home daycare to more than 50 children. Barb was a longtime member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Bellevue, where she served as a member of the Altar Guild and sewed quilts for Lutheran World Relief. She was an expert seamstress and knitter, and she also loved to garden and attend Village Theatre.

Barb is survived by her husband Ken; children Kendra Mills (David), Brian Ruud (Caryn) and Karen Dennis (David), all of Issaquah, and Betsy Miller (Garrett), of Lakewood; siblings Bill Schmid, Bob Schmid (Joyce), Gayle Waters (Vernon) and Bradie Simons (John).

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Robert B. Ellsperman

June 21, 2011

Our loving and supportive husband, father and grandfather passed away June 7, 2011.

Robert Ellsperman

Robert was born in Denver, Colo., on Sept. 4, 1943.

His love for the outdoors was evident at an early age. He became an Eagle Scout and was National Conference Chief of Order of the Arrow in 1963.

He was a graduate of the University of Colorado and earned his two master’s degrees at the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Colorado.

He had a long career as a dedicated teacher, principal and administrator in the public schools. He lived a life of inspiration and service to students of all ages.

Bob will be greatly missed by Carlie, his wife of 47 years; sons Stephen (Jennifer) and Eric; daughter Amy Lewis (Dan); and grandchildren Chase and Spencer Ellsperman, and Christina and Carson Lewis.

Bob will always be remembered for his bright smile and his brave and noble spirit.

A private family service will be held.

Charles London

June 21, 2011

The memorial celebration for Charles London, originally scheduled for June 25, has been moved to a private location.

Please call Seamus at 273-1880 for details.

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