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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.
 

Linda Louise Muhlhauser

Linda Louise Muhlhauser was born on Feb. 8, 1952 to Gladys (Doust) and Roger St. Louis. She attended school at Aberdeen High School and worked as a CNA at nursing homes in Aberdeen and Hoquiam, as well as Grays Harbor Community Hospital. She married Gene Muhlhauser on Jan. 10, 1972, who later passed in 1989.

Carol Ann Kelly Gutierrez

Carol Ann Kelly Gutierrez, 74, a 17-year resident of Ocean Shores, passed away at her home there Wednesday, July 22, 2015. She was born in Elma, Wash., on Dec. 11, 1940, the daughter of Harry M. and Mabel (Larson) Kelly. She graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1958 and also from Grays Harbor College in 1960 with training in waitressing. She was very proud of this training.

Gerald (Jerry) Frank Swan

Jerry, 79, died of heart failure Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at his Olympia home. Jerry was born May 13, 1936 to Walter F. and Audrey (Davis) Swan in Aberdeen, Wash. He grew up near Grass Creek, where his family founded Grass Creek Oyster Company in the 1940s. He graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1954. He then graduated from Washington State College in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He worked in various locations in Alaska in the early 1960s. Jerry married Elizabeth Giedt on June 22, 1963 in Seattle, Wash. They returned to Alaska briefly before moving to Bellevue in 1966 and then to Olympia in 1979.

Jeanne Winifred Blumberg

Jeanne Winifred Blumberg, age 92, a resident of Hoquiam, died on July 27, 2015, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born on Jan. 8, 1923, in Elma, Wash., to Albert and Mae (Taylor) Blumberg.

Kenneth L. Furu

Kenneth L. Furu, 51 years of age and a longtime Harborite, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Olympia, Wash. He was born on July 8, 1964, in Aberdeen, Wash., and was the youngest son of Don and Norma Furu.