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Cody S. Bonifer

Lifelong Hoquiam resident Cody Scott Bonifer passed away at home on Feb. 5, 2016. He was 27. Cody was born Oct. 6, 1988, in Aberdeen, Wash., to Cecil and Victoria (Parker) Bonifer.

Bonnie J. Olson

Beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Bonnie Jean Olson, died at Swedish Medical Center on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, after a brief illness. She was born in Bellingham, Wash., on March 5, 1937, the daughter of Grace Still Fredrick’s and John Still. She graduated from Renton High School in 1955 and began work in the banking industry.

Beverly L. Briscoe

Longtime Aberdeen resident, Beverly L. Briscoe, passed at Grays Harbor Community Hospital. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at the age of 77. She was born in Aberdeen, Wash. on March. 6, 1938, the daughter of the late Lyle and Grace (Reams) Manley. She graduated Montesano high school. She had worked at Aberdeen Senior Center and retired in 1989. She married Leroy Briscoe in Aberdeen on June 6, 1987.

Henry H. Basso

Henry H. Basso was born in 1922 in Cloverdale, Wash., to Augusta and Henry W. Basso. He attended school in Kalama, Wash., graduating in 1941. While in high school, Henry was active in Future Farmers of America and football.

Mary J. Secor

Mary J. Secor of Aberdeen passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. Mary was born in Aberdeen to Lyle and Lillian (Beardslee) Valentine. Mary was raised in Montesano and graduated from Montesano High School in 1970.

Mary J. Secor

Mary J. Secor of Aberdeen passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. Mary was born in Aberdeen to Lyle and Lillian (Beardslee) Valentine. Mary was raised in Montesano and graduated from Montesano High School in 1970.

Goldie J. Wright

Longtime South Aberdeen resident, Goldie Jean Wright, died at her home Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, at the age of 83. She was born in Grand Rapids, Minn., on Oct. 24, 1932, the daughter of Homer and Ruby (Ludgate) King. She attended schools in Minneapolis and after coming to the Harbor in 1942, she was schooled in Hoquiam and Aberdeen.

Linda L. Graves

Linda Lavern Graves, age 56, passed on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Sutter County, Calif. She was born on Oct. 14, 1959, in Fresno, Calif., to Willie Mae (Primer) Pizzio and Jona Graves.

Duane Frojen

Duane Frojen passed away Feb. 4, 2016, after a long battle with sarcoidosis of the lungs and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Born Jan. 22, 1944, in Cheyenne, Wyo., he attended grade school in Broadus, Mont. His family then moved to Missoula, Mont., where he attended high school and college. He graduated from the University of Montana in 1965.
 

Pamela K. Valentine

Lifelong Montesano resident Pamela Kaye Valentine passed away Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016’ at Grays Harbor Community Hospital. She was 70. Pamela was born Sept. 11, 1945’ in Aberdeen, Wash.’ to Rolland and Hazel Smith. She was raised in Montesano and graduated from Montesano High School in 1963.

Ella Marie Zabel

Ella Marie Zabel, born June 5, 194,3 in Spokane Wash., to mother Jean Fish. On Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, she went into the loving arms of god. She went to the loving arms of God, peacefully surrounded by her family.

Mary A. Koski

Mary Aune Koski, longtime resident and a civic leader of Aberdeen, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. She was 88 years old. Mrs. Koski was born with the name Aune Maija in Vahakyro township, Finland, on May 9, 1927, to Aino and Toivo Jouppila. The Jouppilas owned a small dairy farm in rural Finland. Serious responsibilities came early to Maija, as she was the eldest of three children in a household that held infirm grandparents and younger children from distant relatives, as well as war refugees at times. At the age of 12 she was placed in charge of pasturing the family’s dairy cows when her father went to war. At 15-16 she was called to duty as a “Pikku Lotta,” a member of the military’s auxiliary air patrol. Her mission, armed with binoculars and a radio, was to report Russian bomber incursions into the area. She was awarded Finnish war medals for her service. At the age of 17 she went to work for the county’s dairy plant, and at 18 was promoted to manager in charge of the dairy’s distribution of free food to the poor. Around this time she met her future husband and life partner Ollie Koskinen. They wed on June 24, 1949. Little more than a year later, equipped with two suitcases and $150 smuggled in a toothpaste tube, they set off for New York and continued on to Aberdeen by bus. They chose Aberdeen because Ollie had an aunt living there who sponsored their immigration.

Jason C. Louderback

Jason Christopher Louderback of Elma passed away on Jan. 18, 2016 at his home in Matlock. Jason was 38. He was raised in Aberdeen. Later the family moved to Matlock in 1984. He graduated from Montesano High School in 1996.

Rick A. Pullar

Rick Allen Pullar, 61, of Montesano passed away at his home on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016. Rick was born April 15, 1954 in Aberdeen, Wash. to Wayne and Freida (Bruner) Pullar. He was raised in Montesano and had also lived 3 years in Topeka, Kan. where he attended Shawnee Heights High School. Returning to Montesano in 1970 and graduated from Montesano High School in 1972.