December 31, 2013
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 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.