Sample obits

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Elisha Stearns, 1972-2020

He was a protector and a soldier—deployed twice to Iraq and earning a Bronze star on his final deployment. He was passionate and funny, a thoughtful gift giver, an enthusiastic supporter of the Seattle Seahawks, a political junkie, and an aspiring heavy metal singer. He …read more

Kathy Jo “Toni” Hammer, 1960-2020

A lifelong tenderheart and lover of fun, Kathy Jo “Toni” Hammer was just weeks away from her sixtieth birthday when she died of heart failure November 3, 2020. She leaves behind a heartbroken partner, two beloved (i.e., spoiled) cats, and many loved ones who will …read more

Janet Lenore Vaughan (Malling) Ely, 1941-2019

The world lost a true giver when Jan Ely passed away due to complications from Alzheimer’s in Los Gatos, CA, December 26, 2019. She was 78. Jan had a warm heart, a gentle, playful spirit, and a radiant smile that made everyone around her feel …read more

Gerard C. Gold, 1962-2019

He was known as “G.” “G” for Gerard and “G” for Gold but also “G” for genuine, “G” for giving, “G” for “You good?” the daily text he sent to those in his wide circle.  He was a short man with a big presence. A …read more

Sheila Urbanetti, 1927-2019

Sheila Urbanetti used to say that the three most important things she’d done in her life were: 1) have her two children 2) separate from her husband 3) have her knees replaced. And in that order. That’s just how she was—all five foot, two of her: …read more

Charles Juenemann, 1949-2018

Charles Thomas Juenemann, educator, explorer, ponderer, and lifelong friend, died December 27 of a heart attack. He was 69.  Charles was a self-taught guitarist and pianist, a daily crossword puzzle doer, a mender (antique amplifiers and speakers, relationships). He was a book guy, a sports …read more