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10A OLYMPIAN SUNDAY FEBRUARY 16 2020 Diane Ponzoha A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020, 12:00 3:00 p.m. at Tumwater Best West- ern, 5188 Capitol Blvd. SE, Tumwater, WA 98501. No for- mal program. Enjoy light re- freshments as you share sto- ries of Diane with her family and friends.

Dress is casual; purple was favorite color. For questions about the location, contact Rose at Best Western, 360-956-1235. To read the full obituary and share memories, please visit Edwin Robert Jane (Bob) Edwin Robert Jane (Bob) of Green Valley, AZ; previously Tumwater, WA passed away in Green Valley, AZ on Feb ruary 8, 2020. He leaves be hind his wife Judy Jane and his three daughters Denise Allred, Deborah Ford and Roberta Helm as well as 4 grandchildren Julie Ford- Krush, Keith Ford, Devin Boos and Brian Allred, 6 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Jewell Plamondon. Service information at George Richard Gaw George Richard Gaw, 69, of Tulalip, Washington passed away surrounded by love ones on January 27, 2020. Richard was born on March 1, 1950 along with his twin sister, Diane, to Marion Eloise (Hartnett) and LaMar Hugh Gaw in Seattle, Washington. He is survived by Deborah Howard and their daughter Emma Conley (Brent), granddaughter Claire Louise, sisters Marilyn Lombardini, Marcia Scarborough, Diane Vanderhoof 4 nieces and nephew. Richard grew up playing baseball and fishing the wa- ters of Puget Sound.

He grad- uated from Olympia High School in 1968 and played baseball for Olympic College. He graduated in 1983 from the University of Washington with a degree in Kinesiology and a Teaching Certificate from Western Washington University in 1986. A lifelong Husky, he liked to remind people Men Wear Richard was a kind and gen- tle soul, dedicated father and doting grandfather. He will be greatly missed. There will be a Celebration of Life this summer at Mission Beach, details to come.

Henry F. Hansen Henry F. Hansen passed away January 7, 2020 at St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. He was born January 13, 1931, in Copenhagen, Den- mark.

He moved to America in 1954, and worked as a high- way bridge engineer for Washington State from 1964 until retirement. Henry is survived by daughter, Audrey Wiggins (Ron); sons, Arne Hansen, and Carl Hansen (Judith); four grandchildren, Matthew Wiggins (Emily), Mark Wiggins, Mar- garet Wiggins and Julie Han- sen; three great granddaugh- ters; and loving extended family. Services will be held at a later time. To read the full obituary or share memories, please visit William F.

McCord William Fugua McCord passed away February 10, 2020, in Aberdeen, Washing- ton. He was born August 28, 1935 to William F. and Rhoda Cord in Newport, Rhode Is- land. He served in the U.S. Air Force, and later became an Air Force flight engineer.

He is survived by his wife, Norma McIntyre McCord; and loving extended family. Services will be held Tues- day, February 25, 2020 at South Sound Manor, 455 North St. SE, Tumwater, WA 98501. A viewing will take place at 1:00 p.m., followed by the funeral at 2:00 p.m. To view the full obituary or share memories, please visit

James (Jim) Tengesdal James (Jim) Tengesdal was born in Tacoma, Washington on May 11, 1923 to Hans and Forrest Tengesdal, and was the youngest of 3 boys. He passed away in his home in Lacey Washington on January 25th, 2020. A 1940 graduate of Lincoln High School, Jim stood out academically and was on the school wrestling team. After graduation he took a job with Boeing, in Seattle where he worked in the wing department. On Halloween day in 1942 Jim joined the Army Air Corp as WWII was ramping up.

He was stationed at the Casper Wyoming Air Base where he became a mechanic on B-17s and B24s. After the war, Jim took advantage of the GI Bill to en- roll at the College of Puget Sound in Tacoma where he studied geology. Graduating with a bachelors degree in 1949, he ap- plied for the few geology positions available at the time and landed a job with The Bureau of Reclamation at Coulee Dam, Washington, where he worked on the third powerhouse proj- ect. Little did he know at the time, but his life was about to change dramatically. In 1950 Jim met Ellen Houghton, a lovely typist from the Bu- reau secratarial pool.

After a whirlwind romance the two were married in Harrah, Washington in June of 1951. After 68 years of marriage, two sons, Markus and David and many ad- ventures all over the globe, Jim still considered himself to be the luckiest man alive to have landed the beautiful Ellen, The Bureau took the family from Euphrata, Washington to Medford, Oregon, to Salem, Oregon, to Boise, Idaho. Toward the end of his career, with the boys out on their own, Jim took a 2 year Bureau position in Nicaragua to help the local gov- ernment upgrade their hydroelectric infrastucture. The cou- stay was cut short by a violent government overthrow that ousted all forengers from the country. A final stop in his long career was a one year Bureau project in Malayasia to use his expertise on an upcoming hydroelectric dam.

From there the couple completed their trip around the world on their way home to Lacey. In 1979 Jim retired from 30 years of government service. He and his brother George remodeled a home that father owned on Long Lake and Jim and El- len spent their next 40 years in this beautiful setting. Jim found a special fullfillment in joining the volunteers at the American Lake VA Hospital golf course shortly after mov- ing back to Washington. He put in over 35 years of service helping maintain the golf course for disabled veterans and seldom missed a chance to play a round himself.

Of the other joys in his life which included steelhead fishing, clam digging, fixing almost anything that was broken, rooting for his be- loved Seahawks and Mariners, greatest passion was for his family. He is survived by his wife Ellen, sons Markus and David Tengesdal, grandson Wyatt Tengesdal, nephew Tim Tengesdal (Nancy) and niece Pam Robinson (Wayne) as well as many nieces and nephews on his side of the family. A family and friends gathering will be held in memory this summer at his long time home on Long Lake. Jerry North Jerry North passed away on January 24, 2020. Jerry was born in Oklahoma on Febru- ary 26, 1941.

His family moved to Rainier Washington when he was 6 years old. He attended the Rainier schools. Jerry and Joyce (Huss) Hope were married April 12, 1996. They have been married for almost 34 years. We are all very proud of our "mixed" family which consisted of Mike North, Diana Hitchings, Lena North, Cynthia Schultz, Roger Hope, Stephen Hope, 10 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren.

Jerry retired from the Raini- er House Movers in 2004, then volunteered at Millersylvania State park for 3 years. Jerry was a hunter for many years and loved playing golf as of- ten as possible. He also en- joyed traveling and playing pool and darts. We thank the many Doctors who have worked so hard to help Jerry these last few years. And we want to thank the many people who have ex- pressed their sympathy in all kinds of ways.

God Bless each of you. Joseph F. Barker Born to Mildred Joseph on August 29th 1927 in Philadel- phia, PA. Joe is survived by Bette, his wife of 70 years and daughter Joanne. His old- er daughter Patti is with Je- sus.

He has 2 granddaugh- ters, 4 grandsons, and 8 great grandchildren all of whom were blessed to know him. A photographer by trade, a skil- led woodworker and crafts- man who, in his lifetime built two houses for his family. He worked and lived his faith daily. Kenneth Lee Trautman Kenneth Lee Trautman, 87, passed away at Clatsop Mem- ory Care on December 16th, 2019. Ken was born December 26th, 1931 in Wood, South Da- kota to Fred and Ethel Trautman.

Ken was one of thirteen children and is sur- vived by siblings Nora (Wayne) Calhoun, Betty McDougal, Luella (Jim) Lynnlee. In middle school Ken and his family relocated to Montesano, WA. Ken attended Grays Harbor College on a basketball schol- arship and transferred to WSU and received a degree in Forestry. Ken married his high school sweetheart Julie Thompson and had three sons, Phil, Jay and Jon Trautman. He built his first home in Tumwater WA, where he raised his children to appreciate hard work.

Ken met Cheryle Behnoud, surviving wife in 1990 and en- joyed being a stepfather to her three children Scott, Angelia and Tyler Behnoud. He built his dream log cabin in Pe Ell, WA and enjoyed the beauty of the Chehalis River from his deck while surrounded by family and friends. In 2004 he relocated with his wife to Bay Center, WA where they built their dream retirement beach house. Ken put hard work first and was a savvy businessman, that made the most of his Forestry Degree. Work al- ways came first but he made time to be an avid world trav- eler.

He traveled through Russia, China and Europe. Ken was always there to help a neighbor, family or friend when work was needed to be done. He was a self- proclaimed gardener that loved to spend time on his tractor taking care of his yard along with the local cemetery and any neighbor that asked. A Celebration of Life will be held April 25th at 11 am at the Montesano City Hall. Malcolm H.

Stilson He was born in Los Angeles, California on May 26, 1923. He lived in South Pasadena, California and graduated from South Pasadena San Marino High School in 1941. He attended the University of Southern California from 1941-1942; then went into the Army Air Corps in December 1942. He was trained as a radio mechanic, but wound up in India in Major Melvin Entertainment Production Unit as a pianist for the G.I. show "Who was that Lady?" Peter Gennaro, tap dancer and later a choreographer for Broadway musicals and the Perry Como Show, was the Staff Sergeant in charge of the show.

The Master of Ceremonies for "Who was that Lady?" was Andrew Duggan, actor and later movie and television star. Malcolm returned from over seas as a Staff Sergeant in 1946. He returned to U.S.C., married Sue Houts in 1947, and gradu- ated with a B.A. in 1949. Afterwards he attended the new Long Beach State College from 1951-1953 where he earned Califor- nia elementary and secondary teaching credentials.

He was recalled to active duty as a Sergeant First Class during the Korean War, but was given a dependency discharge on the birth of their third child. In 1954, the family moved to the State of Washington. Malcolm was to teach the 5th and 6th grades at Glenwood, Wa. He quit teaching in March of 1955 and went to work for 8 years as a schedule planner with the Boeing Company, Renton, Wa. Malcolm entered the Master of Librarianship Program at the University of Washington in 1963 and gained the M.L.

in 1964. He was appointed Documents Librarian in the University of Washington Law Library in 1964 by Marian Gallagher the Law Librarian. In 1966 he was appointed Associate Professor, Documents and Off Campus Librarian by William LaFranchi, Director of the Library, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 1969 Malcolm and his family returned to Washington State and was appointed Staff Librarian in the new Evergreen State College by James F. Holly, Dean of the Library.

As one of the Founding Fathers of Evergreen, Malcolm served in many ca- pacities; Documents, Serials, Chief of User Services and Head of Reference Services. He contributed many original musical comedies to relieve the tensions at Evergreen and fi- nally retired in 1985 to take care of his mother, who died at the age of 98 in 1988. After retirement, he kept busy writing family history and other memoirs, playing the piano daily, and developing a large videotape library. He was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, (U.S.C.); Beta Phi Mu (Library Honorary). He was granted Staff Emeritus at Evergreen in 1985 (the first such designee, only one of two).

He is survived by daughter Sue Ann (Stilson) West and sons Malcolm Leland Stilson, Warren Randolph Stilson, and Robert Scott Stilson; seven grandchildren and six great grandchil- dren. Margaret A. Rusnak Margaret A. Rusnak passed away on February 1, 2020. She was born October 1, 1949, the daughter of Kenneth and Ruth Neilson, in Tacoma, Washington.

She enjoyed a wonderful childhood in Tacoma with grand- parents, aunts, uncles and cousins in Tacoma, Auburn, Sumn- er, Portland and Nisqually. She graduated in 1967 from Lin- coln High School in Tacoma and attended Central Washington University where she met her husband Chet. She married Chester L. Rusnak in 1968 and eventually, over the years, they opened three SmokeStack Fireplace Patio Shops in Olympia, Centralia and Tacoma. The business thrived for many years and together they won several cruise vacations from wood stove manufacturers.

Margaret was an avid bowler in the Olympia area and en- joyed going to various tournaments in the western United States with her bowling team. She and Chet also loved dachs- hunds, raising several during their lifetime. Margaret is survived by her brother, Ken Neilson (sister-in- -law, Pam); niece, Shannon Uhrich (husband, Joe); nephew, Brian Neilson (wife Tina); great-niece, Lauren Uhrich; great-nephews, Nick Uhrich, Samuel Neilson and Keegan Neilson; as well as numerous cousins. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Chet; her parents; and canine companions, Josie, Heidi, Emma and Katy. The family would like to acknowledge her special friend and neighbor, Richelle Glascock.

During the last months of her life, she received love and ex- cellent care at Adult Family Home in Olympia. A graveside service will be held at Claquato Cemetery in Chehalis at a date and time yet to be decided. Please share memories at Marilyn Anne Chartier Marilyn Anne Chartier, 67, of Yakima Washington passed away on January 10, 2020 in her home. She was born on January 10, 1953 to the late Lawrence and Lil- ly Chartier.

She was one of 11 siblings and is survived by Phyllis Trog, Sandra Chartier, Eva Chartier, Dennis Chartier, Carla Thieme, and Joann Cook. Marilyn owned a house cleaning service, and was a loving and dedicated mother to her three children, Jena Chartier-Shepard, Sara Fennessy, and Jacob She- pard all from her previous mar- riage to Jay Shepard. Marilyn was also very proud of her four grandchildren, Deven Fennessy, Taryn Fennessy, Tsunami Acosta and Audrey Gauthier-Shepard. Marilyn is loved and missed by many family members and friends. There will be a celebration of life and potluck March 1, at Pelli- Event Center at 12pm.

5757 Littlerock RD SW Tumwater, WA. Michael Oery Michael Oery was born in Reno, Nevada, on June 22, 1982, and went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 6, 2020. He passed peacefully at St. Peter Hospital in Olym- pia, Washington. Michael attended the Uni- versity of Nevada Reno, and graduated with a BS degree in Social Sciences from Cen- tral Washington University.

He was a deep thinker with a big heart who loved animals. Michael is survived by his parents, Kay and Tom Oery of Olympia, Washington; his brother, Christopher Oery (and partner, Robert) of Re- no; his uncle, John Oery (and wife, Linda) of Modesto, Cali- fornia; his aunt Elly Witter, and cousins, Matt and Mi- chelle Witter, all of Ukiah, California; and special friend, Meaghan Savory of Tumwater, Washington. No local services. Inurnment will be at a later date back in Reno, the city he called home. Please share memories at

Yvonne Marie Schroedel Svasand On January 12, 2020, Yvonne passed away peacefully in her sleep at home in Ballard, Washington. She was born Ju- ly 29, 1964 in Port Angeles, Washington to her parents, Thomas and Doris Schroedel. She was the youngest of three siblings. Yvonne grew up in Lacey, Washington and graduated from North Thurston High School in 1982. Shortly after High School, she packed up her VW Bug and drove her- self to Dallas, Texas to work in a hotel with a friend.

After her time in Texas, she longed to be back in the Pacific Northwest and she settled in Seattle. She went on to be married for twenty years and produced two beautiful chil- dren, Ian Annika. career spanned from sales at Nordstrom to ultimately her love as a real estate Her final years were spent as a Senior Broker at Point 3 Real-Estate and a Relocation Specialist at Seattle Rental Group. In 2019 she soared to the top of real-estate brokers in the city of Seattle. She was also a mem- ber of the Swedish VASA Lodge and Ballard Elks Lodge Yvonne was survived by her loving partner Tony Monroe, her two children Ian Svasand, and Annika Svasand, her mother, Doris Schroedel, and her two brothers, Tom Schroedel and Chris Schroedel.

She will be missed by many nieces and nephews, loved ones, and many friends for her sense of humor, friend- ship and great smile. A cele- bration of life will be held on February 22, 2020 from 2-4 pm at the Ballard Elks Club 6411 Seaview Ave. NW, Seattle, WA. 98107. The family suggests that colors are worn instead of black ObituariesObituaries Obituaries Rentals Obituaries Rentals Selling Your Home? We Can Help! 360-754-5454 Obituaries Exclusive Online Content View and create a personalized Moving Read and sign the online Guest Book Revisit and share your memories anytime Send or gifts Phone: 360.570.7791 Paid Notices Your News Source Your News Source Your News Source OBITUARY COPY PHOTOS DUE: For Sunday Monday publications by Friday For Tuesday publications the day prior by We are closed Saturday, Sunday, and all major holidays OFFICE HOURS: to Phone: (360) 570-7768 Online Submission Forms: Select OBITS and click on the package available.

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