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Mildred Irene (Caldwell) Fisher

Lifetime resident of Westport, Wash., Mildred Irene (Caldwell) Fisher died at the age of 90 on Nov. 20, 2014, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital. She was born Aug. 11, 1924, in Aberdeen, Wash., to Byron and Mae Caldwell. She married Charles F. Fisher on July 2, 1948. They were married 51 years until he preceded her in death on Nov. 2, 1999. She was a member of the Post Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars 3057 for more than 35 years and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. Survivors include a son, Ronald G. Baxter (Judy) of Surprise, Ariz.; a daughter, Carol J. Strode (Wayne) of Aberdeen, Wash.; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren a great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews. There will not be a service. Dear to Mildred’s heart, memorial donations are suggested to Friends Landing, P.O. Box 328, Montesano, Wash., 98563, or the City of Westport Fire Department, P.O. Box 1195, Westport, WA., 98595.

James Joseph Palmer

Retired Montesano High School mathematics teacher, James Joseph Palmer died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at his home in Montesano, Wash. He was 91. Jim was born January 18, 1923, in Hampton, Iowa to Joseph and Ruth (Fox) Palmer.

Larene V. Swanson

Larene V. Swanson passed away on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, with her daughter, Lynn Victoria Jenkins and grandson, Benjamin Carson, by her side, at Providence St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia. She had just celebrated her 90th Birthday on Nov. 2, 2014.

Kenneth Neiworth

Kenneth Wayne Neiworth was born in Hoquaim, Wash. on Nov. 5, 1934, a middle child of four brothers and a sister: Richard, Patty, Donald, James, and George. His family and schoolmates called him Ken. He was very involved as a boy growing up in his community: as an altar boy with the Catholic church, delivering newspapers and participating in his high school student government. His mother, Helen Regan Neiworth, was a graduate of Grays Harbor College. His father, Henry James Neiworth, worked a double shift at a mill and owned a family farm, in Hoquaim.

Bruce O’Brien

Bruce O’Brien, 81, longtime resident of Hoquiam passed away on November 14, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving wife, son and daughter. Bruce was born to Anna L. Loman Whitehouse on January 10, 1933.

Janice Christine Sherman

Longtime Westport resident, Janice Christine Sherman passed away on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital. She was 84. Janice was born July 14, 1930, in Cherokee, N.C. to Perry and Ethel (Arwood) Bradley. She was raised in Robbinsville, N.C. and graduated from Robbinsville High School.

Dolores I. Mode

Longtime Grays Harbor resident Dolores I. Mode of Montesano passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, with her daughter Dorene by her side. Dolores was born Feb. 5, 1926, in Joplin, Mo., to George and Ruth (Frie) VanGundy.

Lillie Bernice Foster

Lillie Bernice Foster of Aberdeen passed away at Grays Harbor Community Hospital peacefully with her family by her side on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. She was 88. Lillie was born Sept. 18, 1926, in Oakville, Iowa, to Fredrick and Jessie (Leainteen) Lott.

Ida E. Kaplan

Ida Elizabeth Kaplan, longtime resident of Aberdeen, passed away Oct. 15, 2014. Mrs. Kaplan was born Feb. 25, 1924, in Minneapolis, Minn. (Hennepin County), to Isabelle and Homer Spears.

Loni Jean Butcher-Broten

Loni Jean Butcher-Broten of Montesano passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. She was 56. Loni was born Oct. 5, 1958, in Everett, Wash., to Mitchel and Dorothy (Cellene) Thurston. Loni was raised in Aberdeen by her mother Dorothy and step-father Walter Toy.

Gilbert George “Gil” Johnson

Gilbert George “Gil” Johnson, 93 years of age and a longtime Harborite, died on Thursday, Oct. 23. 2014, at his Montesano, Wash. home following a short illness. He was born on Oct. 30, 1920, in Stockholm, Maine to Ivar Johnson and Anna (Wadman) Johnson. He grew up on the family farm and enjoyed hunting, fishing, cross country skiing and ski jumping.