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Andrew Juan Kolb

Andrew Juan Kolb died unexpectedly on Aug. 15, 2015. He was 26 years old. Andrew was born in Guatemala (Juan Alejandro Mateo) and lived there until he was two, when he came to Aberdeen to join his adoptive family. He lived the rest of his life in Aberdeen. He was baptized at the Aberdeen First Presbyterian Church, attended McDermoth Elementary School and Miller Junior High. He graduated from Aberdeen High School where his favorite class was weight lifting. Andrew was always very personable and made friends easily. It was hard not to like him. He was kind, big-hearted, generous and thoughtful. He had a great sense of humor and a terrific smile. He liked to eat (especially Mexican food, pizza, and holiday dinners), play video games, watch movies, read, play pool and ride his scooter. He also wrote poetry, sketched, took good pictures with his cell phone, and really understood computers.

Gordon Alfred Holt

Gordon Alfred Holt passed away on Aug. 7, 2015, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma. He was born on Dec. 17, 1934, to George and Leila Holt in Aberdeen, Wash. He graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1953 and the University of Puget Sound in 1958. He was a retired Kent school teacher.

Frankie Allen Thomas

Frankie Allen Thomas, age 76, a longtime resident of the Harbor, died on Aug. 14, 2015, at his home in Aberdeen. Mr. Thomas was born on March 12, 1939, in Moclips, Wash., to Frank and Matilda (Cunningham) Thomas.

Donald “BOONE” Potvin

Donald passed away at St. Joseph Hospital in Chewelah, Wash., on Aug. 16 at 10 p.m., with his family at his side. He was 58 years old. He was born in Chewelah, Wash., to his mother Darolyn Erdman and has four siblings, Steven Potvin, Jana Dee Potvin, Stacey Colton and Ricky Erdman. He worked all of his life in the Trucking Industry. He retired from Peninsula Truck Lines in 2010.

Bobbye Replogle

On Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, Bobbye Replogle, 63, from Centralia, Wash. was unexpectedly called home. This beautiful angel who was called to heaven was a beloved sister, mother and aunt and will now be a guardian angel. The family’s hearts are filled with sadness, but overflow with everlasting memories of an unforgettable woman. You will be missed, but never in a lifetime forgotten.

Oliver Emil Riekkola

Oliver Emil Riekkola went home to meet his Savior on Aug. 11, 2015, at Grays Harbor Health and Rehabilitation Center, Aberdeen. He was born in Aberdeen on June 30, 1934, the son of Emil and Hannah (Luotonen) Riekkola.

Evelyn Irene (Olson) Wilson

Evelyn Irene (Olson) Wilson passed away Aug. 11, 2015 at the Willapa Harbor Rehabilitation Center in Raymond. She was born Aug. 10, 1932, at the family home to parents Margaret (DeBord) and Fred ‘Perk’ Olson in South Bend, Wash., the same house that her father was born in.

Maaret Anita Vataja

Our dear sister, Maaret Anita Vataja, passed away in her sleep on Aug. 8, 2015 in Hayward, Calif., at the age of 62. Maaret was born Oct. 8, 1952, in Pori, Finland, to Eino and Dora (Grönlund) Vataja. In 1959, the family moved to Aberdeen and Maaret graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1971. Over the years Maaret had worked at Montgomery-Wards in Aberdeen, and Western Steel. She was very proud of her Finnish roots, having visited her birthplace a number of times, and had been a member of the United Finnish Kaleva Brothers and Sisters Lodge #9 in Aberdeen. Maaret maintained her mother’s traditions of baking braided cardamom bread (pulla) and knitting slippers (tossut). Maaret had a particular soft spot for cats.
 

Marilyn Croker

Marilyn Croker, 89, died July 30, 2015 with her family at her bedside in Bellevue, Wash. She was born in Lansing, Mich. to Jack and Velva Neva. In 1993 they migrated from the wheat fields of North Dakota to the Pacific Northwest. They settled in Aberdeen, Wash., where she attended St. Mary’s School. In 1940 the family moved to Centralia. She married Stanley Patnode in 1945. They had three children together. Stanley was in a terrible accident and had both of his legs crushed. Marilyn nursed him back to health for many years. People were astounded at the “Florence Nightingale” she became. Yet their luck was not to hold, after all the pain and hard work the two of them went through, Stanley developed cancer and died Aug. 14, 1971.

Bruce A. McLeod

Bruce A. McLeod passed away 4:25 a.m. on Aug. 8, 2015, at Kadlec’s ER. Bruce was born to Duncan and Sally McLeod Jr. of Palto Alto, Calif., on Easter Sunday, April 6, 1947. Bruce and his older sister Janyne were raised in a close-knit family in Palo Alto, Calif. He graduated Palo Alto High School in June 1965. Bruce went on to Willamette University in Salem, Ore., where he earned his BA in History. In November of 1969, Bruce married Jeanette Prather.

James Gerald Neva 1947 - 2015

James Gerald Neva, 68, left us in spirit on Aug. 3, 2015 at Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital in Portland, Ore. with his family at his side after a 15 month battle with melanoma. Jim was born on July 2, 1947 in Centralia, Wash. to Gene and Betty Neva. In 1968 he began his studies at St. Martin’s College in Olympia, Wash. where he met his wife Jeanette Alpeche Neva of Eleele, Kauai. Jim graduated from St. Martin’s College with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1972 and the couple moved to Shelton, Wash. where they lived until 1977. Jim and Jeanette then moved to Pacific County, where they spent the remainder of his years.