Linda Niemi: Linda (Koko) had a passion for living

Linda (Koko) had a smile for everyone she met. Her focus was always helping and taking care of others. She left those she touched better than she found them. Linda will be missed by many friends and neighbors. Linda loved music and travel. Her first love was music, and it was followed by a passion…

Brenda ‘Sophia’ Kriger: Artist, musician, athlete

Brenda Kay “Sophia” Kriger July 18, 1954-September 10, 2020 Brenda Kay “Sophia” Kriger was born on July 18, 1954 in Eugene, Oregon. She was the 5th of 6 children born to Clyde and Dorothy Kriger. She was a cute, curly haired little girl. As a 4 year old she was the runner up in the…

Mike Hanchett: Impact of long-time Edmonds wrestling coach went far beyond the mat

Mike Hanchett’s name has been synonymous with wrestling in the Edmonds community for more than four decades. For 29 years, Hanchett coached at College Place Middle School, Edmonds High School and Edmonds-Woodway High School. He served as an assistant coach for 20 years combined at Edmonds and Edmonds-Woodway under legendary Coach Mike Hess and then…

Marcos Valle: Edmonds College ESL professor touched many lives

Dr. Marcos Rosalvo Alvarenga do Valle passed away at the age of 66 on August 11, 2020, after suffering a brain aneurysm on August 9, 2020. Born on May 5, 1954, Dr. Valle was born in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. He earned his undergraduate degree from Universidade Gama Filho in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil,…

James Edward Thomason: He lived his life with kindness

James Edward Thomason July 27, 1930-Aug 12, 2020 James Thomason, 90, of Edmonds, WA passed away August 12, 2020. He will be buried at the Tahoma National Cemetery. Jim was born on July 27, 1930. He was the son of James Marshall Thomason and Bess Woodard. While he moved between Kansas City and Chicago many…

Mardy Lippke: She wanted to help make the world a better place for all

Mardy Lippke Vibrant | Young | Compassionate Mardy was an amazing human, wife, mom, and friend. She was always there when you needed her going above and beyond to help and care for others. She will be dearly missed by all that knew her. She passed away peacefully in her sleep early Monday morning, August…

Memorial scholarship established for 2015 EWHS grad Evan Zhao

A memorial scholarship has been established in memory of 2015 Edmonds-Woodway High School graduate Evan Zhao, who died May 27 in a rock climbing accident. According to his sister Claire Young,  Evan — a full International Baccalaureate student at Edmonds-Woodway — graduated winter quarter 2020 from the University of Washington with a degree in informatics….

The artist has departed: Remembering Ray Gerring

I would like to tell you about my friend Ray Gerring. He was a painter who eventually went blind, a WWII veteran who served in the Air Corps, and a local author who memorialized the early 20th century Seattle he grew up in. Ray was a slender, birdlike man. By the time I knew him,…

Margaret Eaton: Quick with a quip, she loved her children, grandchildren

Margaret F. Eaton On Friday, May 15, Margaret passed away peacefully at her home in Edmonds, WA, surrounded by her family. Margaret was born in Seattle, July 4, 1934. She attended St. Therese School and graduated from Holy Names Academy. Margaret played the piano for various events while growing up in Seattle. Later, she enjoyed…

Rhoda Curtis: Multimedia artist, entrepreneur, Teddy Bear miniaturist

Rhoda Ann Curtis was born April 8, 1952 to loving parents James and Evelyn Curtis in Seattle WA, where she spent her formative years. The Curtis family moved to Edmonds and Rhoda graduated Edmonds High School, class of 1970. She received a Degree in Education from Western WA University in 1974. Multitalented; Rhoda was a…

World War II fighter pilot Robert ‘Buck’ Weaver dies at 101

Edmonds resident Robert ‘Buck’ Weaver died on May 4, at the age of 101. A long-time member of Edmonds-based VFW Post 7780, Weaver was a familiar face at Edmonds’ annual Memorial Day ceremonies and 4th of July parades. “It is a honor to call him friend and comrade,” said Post Member Mike Denton. “He will be…

Robert Fuller: Air Force veteran and financial advisor was committed to community service

Robert Allan Fuller passed away at home on April 27th following a brief illness. Bob committed himself to community service, including trustee and board chairman of Evergreen School, Apogee Institute board member, Lynnwood Rotary board member and president, Lynnwood Rotary Foundation trustee and president, South Snohomish Chamber of Commerce board member and president, Lynnwood Public…

Mary Katherine Cole: Long-time volunteer known for generosity, good humor

Mary Katherine Cole passed away on December 15, 2019 at age 81. Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Mary moved with her family to Seattle as a small child but lived most of her life in Edmonds. She joyfully attended Washington State University, and graduated from the University of Washington. Mary spent decades volunteering for Planned Parenthood…

Sharon Hanson: An ambassador of hope for cancer survivors

Sharon Hanson passed away on April 16, 2020 at the age of 77. She was surrounded by her loving family at the time of her death. After a 13 ½ year Pancreatic Cancer survival journey, Sharon made the decision to end the fight on her terms and spent her last days with family and loved…

Mary Lou Block: Former Edmonds Port Commissioner had a long career in urban planning

Mary Lou (Fletcher) Block passed away on April 3, 2020, in Edmonds. Beautiful, intelligent, artistic, outgoing, and kind, Mary Lou treasured her relationships with family, friends, and co-workers. Born on February 13, 1940, Mary Lou grew up in Yakima as the only child of William and Carolyn Fletcher. She enjoyed an idyllic childhood and was…

LeRoy VanHee: His retirement years were devoted to photographing Edmonds wildlife

LeRoy VanHee spent his retirement years documenting wildlife in Edmonds. He could be seen most mornings, walking his circuit along the waterfront and the marsh with his Canon camera in hand. He died at home on March 21, 2020, following a short illness. LeRoy contributed his photos to the Edmonds Department of Parks and Recreation,…